Inn at Westwood Farm
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Welcome, Rejoice, Relax at Inn at Westwood Farm in Orange, VA
Sun-filled, elegantly appointed 1910 farmhouse on 15 lovely acres with barn, paddocks, gardens and woods, make staying at this inn a unique experience. Early morning coffee & tea outside your door, sumptuous breakfast in the dining room or on the garden patio,appetizers with Virginia wine in the early evening.
If your senses appreciate simple elegance, space, pampering, excellent service, calming atmosphere, attention to detail, exquisite healthy dining, peace & quiet, nature's beauty, flowers, herbs and animals...you will enjoy Inn at Westwood Farm.
Conveniently located 1 mile from James Madison's Montpelier, and easily accessible to Charlottesville, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Shenandoah National Park and Old Rag Mountain. Dulles & Richmond International airports are both within a 2 hour drive of the Inn and Charlottesville Albemarle Airport is a short 30 minute drive.
Concierge service is a signature of the inn. Whether your interests are history, wineries, antiques, art, food, agriculture, running, cycling, hiking or sky diving, we can assist you in planning your activities. Picnic lunches may be arranged for guests so your touring day may continue at a leisurely pace. Morning breakfast includes bounty from the farm's gardens and fresh eggs that have been gathered each day from the farm's resident hens.
Please contact us with your special requests or visit our website for the section titled "Accessorize your Stay" and let us know which accessory we can arrange in advance of your stay.
This bed and breakfast offers far more than a bed and a meal. Be sure to advise us of any culinary preferences or allergies (vegan, vegetarian, etc.) at the time of reservation. We take these needs into account when planning the daily menu.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Jay Billie and Elizabeth for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! What sets your inn apart?
The Inn at Westwood Farm has a modern touch & feel within a comforting rural setting. it's a different experience than most inns out there. You are clearly in a no-doily zone.
What are you best known for?
Guests rave about the entire B&B experience that we offer. Guests enjoy warm hospitality in a comfortable setting that invites calm and relaxation. Additionally, there are numerous activities to take advantage of.
What is the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We receive written thank you notes in the mail on a regular basis. Our guests truly appreciate the memorable time they spent with us and take the time to let us know!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
This area has plenty of historical significance including James Madison’s Montpelier which is within walking distance of our inn. Guests enjoy the "away from it all" rural characteristics and often visit the many wineries nearby.
What is a fun thing to do in the area (must do)?
Many of our guests enjoy visit local wineries and touring the James Madison’s Montpelier which offers tours and exhibits for visitors.
What other activities will you do in the area?
There's plenty to do! Some ideas include hot air ballooning, kayaking, horseback riding, skydiving, and of course, shopping!
What is your favorite recipe?
We serve our guests a secret recipe we call Eggs Westwood. It's a favorite here!
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There are so many great places to eat that it's difficult to choose just one. There's something for everyone from Palladio, a 5 star restaurant located in Barboursville, VA to The Barbeque Exchange in Gordonsville, VA
What’s the season that you like the most at your inn? Why?
Spring & fall are the most gorgeous times of the year and really show off Mother Nature's talent. Some popular seasonal activities are the VA Film Festival and the Montpelier Hunt Races.
Any good area guides that travelers could reference?
http://www.montpelier.org/ offers some good information about the area.
- Terry-cloth monogrammed robes and slippers Wireless internet is available throughout the inn and porches
- Early morning coffee and tea service outside your door
- Seasonal bouquets in our guest rooms
- Fresh supply of bottled water
- Writing supplies
- Alarm clocks w/adapters to connect your own music
- Sunflower rain showerheads in all bathrooms
- Shampoo, conditioner & lotion
- Whirlpool tubs in some rooms
- Hair dryers
- Hand-milled soaps
History-The Farm and its Legacy
Built in 1910, Westwood was an operating farm in the Robert Dabney Browning family up through the mid 1900's. The property was part of a large tract of land known as "Oakley"and was parceled to the one son, Robert, who wished to continue farming. The farm was passed onto Mr. Robert Browning's daughter, Mildred Berkeley and her husband Colonel Robert Lee Rodgers, a history instructor at Woodberry Forest School who lived on the farm during summer vacation. A nephew of the Rodgers visited the property recently and gave Elizabeth and Jay the real tour of the farm. He pointed out where the apple and pear orchards once stood, the pig sties, the field used for growing crops and the one dedicated for hay only. In the back of the home was a blacksmith shop which explains the various metal pieces (old farm implements, horseshoes, spoons, hand tools, etcâ€¦) Jay has unearthed while digging in the garden. He also pointed out the area where they would pile up the unused farm equipment against a few trees. This accounts for the wagon wheel rim and farm tool sticking out of the tree at its base.
During the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee's Confederate troops and look-outs were assigned along the Rapidan River in preparation of a large scale Union attack. A major encampment site has been unearthed in the past few years on Montpelier's property less than a mile away. We have found a North Carolina Confederate button in the backyard giving more and more indication that troops did move over the property.
Since 2004 Elizabeth Goeke & Jay Billie have worked to reclaim the abandoned gardens and are slowly bringing Westwood back to a small working farm. Many old gardens have been reclaimed from years gone by and new ones established. During the growing seasons breakfast includes many ingredients picked from the Inn's gardens. Fresh cut flowers from the farm's perennial beds are placed in guest rooms and throughout the Inn.
Magnificent trees landmark the property. Black walnut, white and red oak, poplar, maples, hickory and cedar dot the landscape.
We cultivate our own fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables. Meander through the Inn's 15 acres. Smell the fresh air, pick your own berries or veggies or just enjoy the view of Orange countryside. Enjoy farm fresh eggs for breakfast from our resident hens and feed treats to the horses, llamas and donkey.
Breakfast at the Inn
Begin your day with coffee served in the upstairs library. Coffee and teas are available beginning at 7:00 A.M. or earlier by request on the guest floor. You may relax in the library, or return to your room. Robes are provided in each of the rooms so you can feel comfortable getting your morning coffee or tea, as soon as your rise.
Breakfast is served in the downstairs dining room from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM. Whenever possible the fruits, meats, and vegetables are natural or organic. During the growing season many ingredients are products straight out of the Inn's gardens. Organic gardening and preparing fresh and nutritious meals are passions of the innkeepers. A satisfying main course is provided as well as a bouquet of fruits and juices. Be sure to advise us of any culinary preferences or allergies (vegan, vegetarian, etc.) at the time of reservation. We take these needs into account when planning the daily menu. Crystalline spring and summer mornings allow us to start the day outside, enjoying a wonderful breakfast spiced with a beautiful view of the farm. Food for the stomach and the heart.