Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast

23130 Briar Patch Lane, Middleburg, Virginia 20117
Innkeeper(s): Ellen Goldberg & Dan Haendel, Owners
 

 6 Jul 2014, 10:50 am

Briar Patch B&B Inn Wins Six Prestigious Awards


Briar Patch B&B Inn is very proud to announce that we have earned six awards this year from the nation’s top wedding and travel websites and publications, including Wedding Wire, The Knot, Trip Advisor, Washingtonian, Virginia Living, and Leesburg Today.

For the wedding awards, we believe it is our commitment to making each bride & groom’s vision of their special day a reality coupled with our spectacular country setting that results in so many beautiful weddings at Briar Patch and leads to the award winning reviews submitted by our brides and grooms. With our 47 rolling acres, beautiful grounds with pool & hot tub, historic lodging in a 200 year old house & a cottage, great mountain views, & event building for up to 200 guests, we are an ideal location for a getaway, wedding, party, fundraiser, meeting, or retreat.

For the B&B awards, we believe it is our exceptional service, outstanding accommodations, and breathtaking setting with mountain views that set us apart.  We currently offer nine bedrooms in a 200 year main house & separate cottage.  We are in the process of adding three more bedrooms in a new building called the Chicken Coop on the site of a former chicken coop.  The Rooster Room, the Hen Room, & the Chick Suite will have all the modern amenities in a setting that will re-cycle some of the wood from the old building.

Receiving these awards is literally the icing on the cake for us.  After all, our first priority is to delight our guests and, for the wedding couples, to make time spent with their families and friends on their wedding day simple, elegant, and memorable. 

The Briar Patch team thanks all those brides & grooms who voted for us for the wedding awards and all the guests & friends of Briar Patch who helped us win the B&B awards.

Here are the awards we have won this year:



Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Awards 2014



 
2014 marks the sixth year in a row that Briar Patch has received the Wedding Wire Couple's Choice award; we are proud to have won this award every year since its inception in 2009.  Votes are cast in the form of reviews from the brides & grooms for each venue or vendor they worked with during their ceremony and reception, and then Wedding Wire selects the top 5% of eligible wedding businesses.  This site boasts over one million reviews posted, and we are pleased to have risen to the top in our category! 

The Knot Best of Weddings 2014 and
The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame

                                                

Briar Patch has won The Knot Best of Weddings award every year since The Knot has been conferring this award thanks to brides & grooms who love us!  Winners represent the top 1% of all wedding vendors reviewed in the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area who won this coveted award - no small accomplishment.

In addition, we are one of a select few companies who have won The Knot Best of Weddings four times, earning us a place in The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame!

Washingtonian Bride and Groom 2014
Best Wedding Vendors

Briar Patch has won the Washingtonian Bride & Groom Best Wedding Vendors award for 2014 and we have enjoyed receiving this distinction every year since they began giving the award.  The award recipients are selected by editors of the magazine supported by a panel of wedding industry experts who designate the top businesses in each category.

Trip Advisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence Winner


Briar Patch B&B Inn has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award for 2014, a distinction we have enjoyed for many years. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

Leesburg Today Best of Loudoun 2013-2014





Leesburg Today newspaper does an annual readers poll called Best of Loudoun to determine the best places to eat, shop, stay overnight, have an event, get healthcare services, and scores of other everyday needs.  Briar Patch is pleased to have been chosen by Leesburg Today’s readers as the runner up in the category of Bed & Breakfast/Inn.

Virginia Living Magazine Best of Virginia 2014



Virginia Living magazine readers voted on their bests in dining, shopping and doing across the five regions of Virginia — Central, Eastern, Northern, Southwestern and the Shenandoah Valley. More than 32,000 readers let them know where to find the best the state has to offer for the Best Of Virginia awards.  We are excited that Briar Patch B&B Inn was chosen by Virginia Living’s readers as one of the best B&Bs in Northern Virginia.

Whether you are planning an intimate destination wedding, gathering for your closest friends and family, or a getaway, please get in touch with us and learn more about how the lovely grounds and modern event building at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn will offer you a great time.

Upcoming Events at Briar Patch 25 Apr 2014, 5:22 am

Upcoming Events at Briar Patch

In the next week, in addition to the weddings we are hosting at Briar Patch this weekend and next, we are hosting three fun events:

Tuesday, April 29 (5:30 - 7:30 pm)
Virginia Wedding & Event Network


Briar Patch is hosting a Kentucky Derby themed event, so get your big beautiful southern hat, sip some mint juleps and network with our area's wedding & event leaders, small business owners, and maybe even a few brides. If you would like to feature your business at this event please let us know. 

Featured Vendors: Culinary Delights by Feist. The Popcorn Monkey.

Featured Photographers:
Robert Everton Photography
Stephanie Leigh Photography
Jordan Koepke Photography

Members $10 Guests $20
Contact Didi@vawenetwork.com or go here to register


Thursday, May 1 (11:30 am - 1:30 pm)
Dulles Divas Networking Luncheon




The Divas cordially invite you to High Tea, where beautiful hats, tea, education, and networking meet. All of  the most estemed woman (and men) of  Loudoun County society will be at Briar Patch B&B Inn for this elegant and fun luncheon.  This is a soiree you do not want to miss!

Included in tickets:
Lunch and Tea
Hat of your choice provided by Jenny Bersentes of Handmade by Miss Jenny http://www.handmadebymissjenny.com/About-Us.html
Goodie Bag full of swag
Raffle Ticket (If you would like to donate a raffle prize email us with the prize or simply bring the prize with you and bring it to the event)

Speakers:

Cindy Battino, ACSM, CCS / Brennan Healing Science Practitioner / Reinvent Your Life with Transformational Healing  TOPIC: 4 Easy Ways to De-Crap Your Life Inside and Out!
Lisa Geraci Rigoni, Owner of Leave it to Lisa

Cindy Battino, owner of Transformational Healing and Lisa Geraci Rigoni, owner of Leave it to Lisa, have come together to help people shift their lives from chaos to peace, overload to empowerment, and fear to self-acceptance. Cindy and Lisa have created the C.R.A.P. method to rid you of the crap that is holding you down and back from your true essence.

At Dulles Divas, Lisa and Cindy will show you four easy ways to help you start seeing changes in your life immediately. They will give you a taste of the transformation that is possible when you attend the three (3) day workshop series entitled: De-Crap Your Life Inside & Out. You can’t afford to miss this event.
We hope to see you there!

Go here to register for this event.

Sunday, May 4 (1-5:00 pm)
Loudoun County Bed & Breakfast Guild Open House



For the 6th year, the Loudoun Bed and Breakfast Guild will host its Annual Open House Tour on Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 1 to 5 pm at various locations around Western Loudoun County. This free, self-guided tour has become a favorite over the past six years.  It provides the public with the opportunity to visit a selection of unique and beautiful places around Loudoun County with samplings provided by wine, food and fun partners.

Touring guests are also eligible to win more than $1,000 in overnight stays, restaurant gift certificates, and special prizes in drawings at the individual B&Bs and event sites. Visitors can decide for themselves how many Bed and Breakfasts and event sites they want to visit during the afternoon.

This is a wonderful chance to look around the B and B’s which are not always open to those not actually staying there. Owners or managers will be on hand to answer questions as well.  There are ten bed and breakfasts and event sites taking part in the Loudoun Bed and Breakfast Guild Open House Tour this year:

Lovettsville/Hillsboro/Purcellville Area:
Fieldstone Farm B&B (new this year)
Georges Mill Farm B&B
Hillsborough B&B (new this year)
Shepherds Corner Farm (new this year)
Stone Manor B&B
Tangle Twig Farm B&B (new this year)

Middleburg Area:
Briar Patch B&B Inn
Goodstone Inn & Estate
Middleburg Country Inn
Leesburg Area:
Zion Springs B&B

For further information and to download the Loudoun Bed and Breakfast Guild Open House 2014 brochure, please visit www.loudounbandb.com and click on the Open House icon. Start the tour at any location and visit as many B&Bs as you wish during the afternoon. Please also “like” the Loudoun Bed and Breakfast Guild page on Facebook and follow the Guild on Twitter.
Please call 866-771-2597 or email info@loudounbandb.com for more information.

Visit the Loudoun B&B Guild booth at the Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival this weekend to pick up a B&B Guild Open House brochure and to say hi!



Changing Seasons 8 Apr 2014, 9:39 am

As spring finally approaches, there are many things happening here in our tiny little town.  Annual events are starting their publicizing and the flowers are starting to bloom.  Even at Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast there are changes in the air.  

We have made progress on our new building (the Chicken Coup).  The plumbing is going in and the electric wires are being installed! We are hoping that as the weather continues to warm up the progress will continue. 

Along with this warmer weather that  I hope will continue we have officially entered wedding season.  The past  three weekends have been full of love, happiness and lots of laughter.  The pool has been opened, and we are waiting for the chemicals to be settled in the pool before we open it to guests.We look forward to helping our brides and grooms celebrate poolside later this summer. 

We have even added a new member to our family.  If you follow us on Facebook you will have seen him.  His name is Sir Mail Hopkins!


We hope to see you soon!


Yoga Retreat for Women March 7-9, 2014 at Briar Patch B&B Inn 5 Nov 2013, 7:00 am

There is something quite special about gathering with women in a serenely beautiful setting to practice yoga over several days.  That's exactly what we are offering the weekend of March 7-8-9, 2014 here at the Briar Patch B&B Inn located in Middleburg, Virginia.

Once again we join with Suze Auda of The Yoga in You, and invite you (and possibly together with a friend) to step back from the daily demands of life, family and work and carve out time for yourself for a long weekend of self reflection and yoga. 

Suze shared these thoughts with us ...

"I never imagined how significant the retreats have been to so many women.  Since 2010, seven retreats and 55 guests later I have witnessed memories in the making, budding relationships, and a growing community of women.  I believe any weekend away can be rejuvenating but when you're able to get away AND practice yoga, something really special happens:  it gives us permission to recharge, reset, and refuel our energy and spirit on neutral ground while we connect to ourselves on a much deeper level.  And I'm confident it is at this level where we begin to know and discover who we truly are."

Here are the details to help you make your plans soon:

Yoga Retreat Weekend for Women
Friday, March 7 - Sunday, March 9, 2014

Presented by The Yoga In You

Yoga Guidance by:  Suze Auda
300 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Alliance Member, Registered E-RYT 200Retreat Location:  Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn
23130 Briar Patch Lane Middleburg, VA 20117

Rates starting at $275 per person (double/shared bath)
  • Private, exclusive use of the main house/cottage & amenities
  • Two nights lodging and over seven hours of yoga practice in The Fox Den at Briar Patch 
  • Arrive as early as 4 PM Friday - Activities conclude approximately 1 PM Sunday (Sample Itinerary Available)
  • All levels welcome!  Participation in activities are optional!
  • Includes prepared hot breakfast or brunch Saturday and Sunday, daily beverages and snacks
  • Various rates/room options to meet your interest (Single/Double Per Bed; Private/Shared Baths)
  • Ample time to enjoy nature, hiking, shopping, rest & relaxation (hot tub included!)

Reserve Early ~ Limited Pampering Spaces Available!
SPRING 2013 RETREAT WAS SOLD OUT!
Rates starting at $275 per person (double/shared bath).
Check The Yoga In You website for retreat info or email inquiries to Suze Auda

Visit the Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn website for more room details.

The Details:
Non-refundable $50 deposit reserves your space
Balance due January 15, 2014; No refunds issued after January 15, 2014
Registrations are always accepted after January 15th if space is still available!
Reserve Your Place:   Email Suze Auda (yoga.in.you@gmail.com) with contact info and mail check payable to:  The Yoga In You, 2711 Calkins Road, Herndon, VA 20171.

Confirmation sent upon receipt of deposit which includes room reservation instructions and a sample retreat itinerary. 


Take time to listen to your body, heart, and mind as practicing yoga can help reduce stress as well as refine and realign your perspective.  We hope you can join us for this special gathering of women!

Aspiring Innkeepers: Interview with Ellen Goldberg and her Second Act 6 Jun 2013, 8:00 am

Dreaming of a new career?  One that takes you outside of the corporate rat race or the daily grind of having to fight traffic each day for several precious hours to get to your office and report to someone else?  Maybe it's time for you to think about your second act, just as Ellen Goldberg, co-owner of Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn, was inspired to do in 2002.

Ellen grew up surrounded by a family of entrepreneurs, and was finding herself on the path to become the third generation to run a furniture store business in suburban Philadelphia.  After watching her family battle the long hours, aggressive competition, and no paid time off, she enrolled herself in college and earned both an MBA (Columbia) and law degree (George Washington University).  Successfully climbing the corporate ladder, by the time Ellen turned 50 she found herself a Vice President at Fannie Mae.  She also was enduring an exhausting Washington DC commute and juggling the priorities of others.

After a lovely drive into the countryside in 2001 with her mother to enjoy the fall colors of Loudoun County, Virginia, Ellen happened upon a for-sale sign posted at the then deteriorated Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast.  She immediate recognized it as a place she had spent time at years before with her young daughters.  With fond memories (and good business sense) stirring in her mind, she became inspired by the idea of escaping the corporate trappings and venturing out on her own - much in keeping with the business traditions she had grown up with.  Full circle?  You bet.

The rest, shall we say, is history.  You can learn more about Ellen's decision to join the ranks of thousands of other corporate ex-patriots who have migrated their talents and energies into the world of innkeeping by watching this video and reading the original article as published on Slate: Second Acts.



For a first hand look at the transformation of this charming and historic B&B under Ellen and husband Dan Haendel's inspired vision and thoughtful direction, make plans to stay at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn the next time you are passing through Middleburg, Virginia.  It is a lovely setting for weekend getaways, destination weddings, or quiet corporate retreats.  



Winter's Back! 25 Mar 2013, 8:55 pm

Remember our last post from two weeks ago? We were excited about what seemed to have been spring's arrival and all the delightful flowers that come with it.
If you live in the NoVa area you know how unpredictable the weather has been lately, which is exactly why today we found all our beautiful daffodils, crocuses, forsythias, hyacinths, snowdrops, and anemones covered in snow.

Our guests enjoyed the view from our front porch, and some even ventured into the hot tub before enjoying a leisurely breakfast in the main house kitchen.

What do you like to do on snow days?



Spring is Almost Here 13 Mar 2013, 10:15 pm

We have some exciting things to share as we are gearing up for wedding season 2013: the snow and cold have finally made room for all of our thousands of bulbs and we can't wait for the hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips to make an appearance! Our pool is almost open for the season, the stained concrete floors in the Fox Den have been refinished, the construction for our new 4-bedroom cottage has begun, and we are busy making plans for the landscaping of the grounds.

In the midst of all the excitement we have also welcomed our newest staff member, Tricia, who will be introduced here soon. She has joined us at the beginning of the year, and we are very happy to have her on board.

Keep coming back for more updates and exciting announcements!






Briar Patch B&B 2013 Winner: Best Weddings Northern Virginia 28 Jan 2013, 7:00 am

Our enchanting brides, along with panels of distinguished wedding experts, have cast their votes and again bestowed several prestigious awards on Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast Inn for 2013!



The Knot Best of Weddings 2013

Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Awards 2013

Washingtonian Bride and Groom 2013 Best Wedding Vendors

 


We believe it is our commitment to listening to each bride's vision of her special day coupled with our spectacular country setting that results in so many beautiful wedding ceremonies and receptions at Briar Patch and leads to the award winning reviews submitted by our brides.

Receiving these awards is literally the icing on the cake for our staff.  After all, our first priority is to delight our brides and grooms, and make time spent with their families and friends on their wedding day simple, elegant, and memorable. 

So what exactly is the background on these awards?

2013 marks the fifth year in a row that Briar Patch has received the Wedding Wire Bride's Choice award; we are proud to have won this award every year since its inception in 2009.  Votes are cast in the form of reviews from the brides for each venue or vendor they worked with during their ceremony and reception, and then Wedding Wire selects the top 5% of eligible wedding businesses.  This site boasts over one million reviews posted, and we are pleased to have risen to the top in our category! 

This is the third time we have received The Knot award, thanks to bride's who love us!  Winners represent the top 4% of all wedding vendors reviewed in the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area - no small accomplishment.

2013 marks the fifth year in a row that Briar Patch has won the Washingtonian Bride & Groom Best Wedding Vendors award, and have enjoyed receiving this distinction every year since they began giving the award in 2009.  The award recipients are selected by editors of the magazine supported by a panel of wedding industry experts who designate the top businesses in each category. 

While these awards are important to us as business owners, the real rewards are watching wedding dreams blossom into reality for the couples we get to know along the way. 

Whether you are planning an intimate destination wedding, or gathering for 200 of your closest friends and family, get in touch with us and learn more about how the lovely grounds and modern event center at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn will add a little extra fairy dust to your wedding day dreams.

2013 Cooking Classes hosted by Briar Patch B&B Inn 20 Dec 2012, 6:59 am


Chef Vaughn Skaggs and Students
Everyone loves watching those television celebrities whip up amazing dishes in seemingly minutes before their eyes.  The kitchen space is organized, all ingredients at the ready and waiting to be called into action as the Chef works their way through the recipe with hardly a note or cookbook in sight.

These shows are fun to watch, but there is one key ingredient missing:  you don't get the chance to actually participate in the slicing, dicing, mixing, smelling and eventually tasting the final product!

Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn invites you and your favorite foodie/travel companion to book a weekend visit with us in January or February 2013 and learn how to bring together a delicious 4-5 course meal with all the flare of a professional chef!

Join our featured chefs, Chef Vaughn Skaggs and Chef Bernard Henry, in our event building -- The Fox Den at Briar Patch -- on these select dates:

January 11-12-13, 2013
February 8-9-10, 2013

Here are the details to further wet your appetite for a gourmet getaway weekend:
  • Stay with us 2-nights (Friday and Saturday)
  • Enjoy our delicious breakfasts Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • Friday night includes a Wine tasting with an expert from a local winery and appetizers prepared by our Chef
  • Consider a self-guided or organized 3-hour wineries tour on Saturday afternoon
  • Cooking class on Saturday night where you will be invited to do a little of that slicing and dicing, learn tips from the Chef on advanced preparation, holding, and presentation techniques.
Chef Vaughn Skaggs explains culinary fine points

At our January Cooking Class conducted by Chef Vaughn Skaggs, attendees will enjoy bringing this 4-course meal to life, savor the results, and take home the recipes to share with family and friends:




Friday evening hors d'oeuvres:
  • Smoked Trout, Pecans and Scallion Gougeres
  • Creamy Cheddar and Kale Tartlet
  • Grilled Flank Steak on a Blue Cheese Crostini and Caramelized Onions
  • Saturday evening dinner
Saturday evening dinner:
  • Soup: Honey Kabocha, Roasted Apples, Crème Fraiche and Spiced Pistachios
  • Salad: Winter Spinach Wilted, with Warm Brie, Red Onion, Roasted Tomato, Mustard Crostini and Pancetta Vinaigrette
  • Main Course: Pride of Plains, Braised Beef Short Rib, Spinach, Risotto, Crispy Leeks with Raison and Cipollini Jus
  • Dessert: Warm Cranberry Apple Tart
Visit our website for details on room rates and availability for these special weekends.

Cooking class pricing:  $95 per person plus tax

We know your time spent with our Chefs will be entertaining, and you may even come away feeling more confident about your cooking skills! Check back soon for details about more cooking classes at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn.   Bon Appetite!


Easter Weekend Wedding 10 Apr 2012, 7:36 pm

It was a beautiful wedding this weekend as Sam and Elizabeth tied the knot with close family and friends from both this side of the pond and the other (United Kingdom). They are such a cute amazing couple that are so in love and you could not ask for a better family, on either side, to marry into! Their friends are so supportive of them and are so happy that these two found each other which was obvious through out the weekend.

Sam and Elizabeth wanted a unique weekend starting off with a rehearsal dinner from Pizzeria Moto, a portable/traveling brick-oven pizza kitchen. Saturday was a nice relaxing day for the bride and groom with Make-Up by Tracie coming out to Briar Patch to do the girls hair and make up in our Cottage. Legends Catering did a fantastic job as always with the food and refreshments. There was a 3PM ceremony in our ballroom so as not to risk any uncertainties of weather. The brides brothers, all musicians, did a fantastic rendition of "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles. Fitting that the groom is British. Here are some pictures of their special day. Elizabeth I wish you all the best in your move to Germany!

The tables were set in the back of the room behind the ceremony.


The ceremony was in a semi-circle shape like a theater.


They used our bird cages and our antique oil lamps as centerpieces.


Mingling before the ceremony.

Father of the Bride ready to walk his little girl down the aisle.

Happy calm bride and bridesmaids seconds before walking down the aisle

Such a beautiful ceremony!