My family and I stayed at the Mark Addy the last weekend of September for a wedding. First off, the property is beautiful, especially in early fall. The inn itself has a lot of charm, the rooms that I saw (there are many!) were well appointed and very clean. The dining area was romantic and fairly spacious.
However, it became apparent that the inn keepers, while charming and welcoming, were not prepared for large numbers of people, and the food preparation left a lot to be desired. We arrived at the inn for the rehersal dinner, and filled the dining area to capacity. The courses were small and spaced widely apart, timewise, and cold by the time many of them were served. I was a little disappointed with the quality of food since I had heard and read so many rave reviews, but chalked it up to inexperience in serving such a large group. They also ran out of the filet option and the innkeeper had to run through the group to find volunteers to change their choice.
Unfortunately, this proved to be the norm for the remainder of the weekend. After a rather disappointing "three-course" breakfast of blueberry bread (which was delicious) fruit cup, a lump of raisin oatmeal (cold) and a stone cold tiny slice of quiche, we prepared for the wedding and reception.
I can honestly say I have never been so disappointed by food served at a reception. It was a series of appetizers that were served to each table on a plate to be passed around.
The first- extremely dry bread and olives. The second, cold meatballs and cold (yuck) frittatas. All of the above was extremely sparse, but so unappetizing that no one at our table really ate any.
The final course which was served about two hours after the second, was cold meat kabobs.
If that wasn't bad enough, there was a buffet dinner served at $40 a head that consisted of dry chicken in a cream sauce, steak, overcooked shrimp, some unappetizing vegetables, and rice. Once again, they ran out of steak (the bride didn't get any!) and recycled the dried out kabobs they had served at lunch as compensation!
We didn't bother to stay for the "three course" breakfast the next day which consisted of fruit cup, waffles and bacon (which had been cooked the night before!)
In addition, we had to make a run 5 miles down the road to a gas station for water and soda, since none was available at the inn, with the exception of the reception, for a fee, of course. I might want to point out that one will spend a minimum of $169 per night for the smallest rooms.
I took my family to a restaurant on the way home so they could recoup from starving all weekend.
I can see how with a small group or individuals the meals would probably have been better, but it was apparent that the innkeepers were just not prepared for a full house and a total of 100+ guests.
I will say the employees, who seemed to be working from dawn until late night, worked their tails off, and were extremely helpful to the best of their abilities.
No wedding ever goes off without a hitch, in my opinion, but I wouldn't want to book a wedding or event at this inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 10 Guest room inn on Nelson 151 - Virginias vacation Destination - with 7 wineries, 3 craft breweries, a cidery and a distillery within 8 miles. Situated in Rockfish valley with views of The Blue Ridge Mountains. Fine Dining Restaurant on premises. All rates include a 3 course breakfast. ... more less
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