There’s something about a winter weekend in a cozy B&B in the heart of DC’s Wine Country® that really soothes the soul. As Valentine’s Day approaches, consider a romantic getaway to one of these gorgeous Loudoun retreats.
Tucked in mist-shrouded hills between Leesburg and Middleburg, Stone Gables has a distinct Colorado ski lodge vibe. The stone walls, pine interiors and crackling wood fireplaces keep you warm on winter nights, while the expansive grounds make for great walks and hiking trails. When it snows it really does look like the Rockies up here. Owners Leslie and Wayne Tharp bought it two years ago and installed an open plan chef’s kitchen off the lobby where hearty breakfasts are made. Of the four rooms, the Stone Gables Suite with original stone walls, wood beams and romantic clawfoot tub is a favorite.
This expansive arts and crafts-style B&B with three sprawling guest rooms on the slopes of a working farm outside Hillsboro has some of the best views in Loudoun. Book the main Shiraz Suite with its steam shower, billiard room, stone fireplace and private terrace. You can wander out on it in the morning to see the sun come up over the valley, then watch is set over the Blue Ridge in the evenings. It shares a boundary with equally stunning Hidden View B&B and Hillsborough Winery, Brewery and Vineyard. Work up a thirst roaming the combined 60 acres before sharing a bottle of the Serafina Rose.
This historic B&B on scenic Snickersville Turnpike offers country-chic accommodations in an 1860s-built Main House and a series of cottages on the grounds. Choose the elegant Ashby Suite with its hardwood floors, Oriental rugs and handmade drapes in the main building, or the French Country-style Powell’s Studio on the grounds, former studio of renowned landscape painter Lucien Whiting Powell. Sumptuous al fresco breakfasts await each morning, lush gardens and bird songs all around. Although the address is Purcellville, you are just a short drive from Round Hill, Bluemont and Middleburg.
Built in the 1730s by Quaker farmer Richard Brown, this log, stone and brick farmhouse is one of the oldest properties in Loudoun and still in the Brown family today. Set in stunning gardens, with forests and pasture all around (it’s a working beef cattle farm), guests stay in the Log House Suite, which has a separate entrance, four poster Queen bed and second attached room with twin beds ideal for children. Breakfasts – you will love the farm eggs and sausages – are served in the low-slung log house sitting room. Make sure to walk the grounds during your stay and pay a visit to the historic 18th Century Quaker village of Lincoln.
On a dirt road outside historic Willisville near Middleburg, this 520-acre estate was the home of Col. Richard H. Dulany, founder of the Upperville Colt and Horse Show in 1853 – the oldest horse show in the U.S. Now run by his descendants, the Morison family, the rustic late 18th Century manor house features a music room with vitrola and baby grand piano, and a living room filled with stunning antiques and oil paintings depicting local gentry and hunt country scenes. There are five upper floor rooms, three with Queen canopy beds, and the handsome front porch is a popular spot for bourbon cocktails in the evening, often with members of the eccentric Morison family who run the place. Magic.
If it’s history and outdoors you want, look no further than this 1790s farm B&B north of Lovettsville, a short drive from the Potomac River. Rebuilt in the 1800s, restored in the 1960s and modernized in 2009 by current owners Bart and Carol Hodgson, the house features three guest rooms, a kitchen and secluded private porch, while the 35 surrounding acres of farmland feature a carriage house, spring house, stables and stone cottage. You can spend hours exploring the grounds or simply relax and enjoy the sublime restaurants, breweries and wineries of nearby Lovettsville. You are only 40 miles from Washington D.C., but it feels like a world away.