About an hour from metropolitan D.C. -- yet a world away! Admittedly, it is not easy to find this B&B, off a series of winding, one-lane country roads. But it is worth any effort, especially for the city-weary. Located on a 400-acre working farm, innkeeper Ruth Pritchard and her daughter spent the better part of a decade painstakingly restoring the original plantation house that has been in the family for eight generations. From the sign on the road, it's over a half-mile to the house, beyond endless apple orchards, grazing cattle and sheep, past a creek with a couple of wrought-iron chairs set invitingly on the banks. Once checked in, my husband and I took our bottle of wine down to the spot by the creek, kicked off our shoes, and lazily sipped and slid into the standstill simplicity of the place, while butterflies floated overhead and deer browsed just yards from us. Heaven. Our blue-themed room (The Wellford) featured a king canopy bed, tall windows, and TWO working gas fireplaces -- one in the bedroom and one in the spacious bathroom, with its clawfoot tub and separate stall shower. No TV set in any of the three guest rooms (there is one in the downstairs parlor) but it would have been sacrilege to switch it on anyway. Breakfast is sublime: fresh eggs from the farm, sausage or bacon from their own pigs, fruit compote with fresh-picked peaches, plums and cherries, applesauce that was hanging on a tree two hours earlier. Everything raised or grown on the farm is organic, free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and preservatives, and many of their natural products are available for purchase at the "store" next to the main house. (The small, two-story brick building was originally the farm's schoolhouse. A sister structure on the other side of the main house, once the summer kitchen and servants' quarters, is now guest lodging.) Sitting on the porch at night, the black sky is bedazzled with stars, the only glitter in this unspolied land. Truly a languid journey back in time -- and one not to be missed. Ditch the city bustle and GO for an idyllic respite from modern life!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eighth generation, 400 acre organic livestock farm surrounds the b&b. Our room rates start at $195 including full, country breakfast of products from the farm. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smithfield Farm b&b
- Smithfield Farm Hotel Berryville