Warmth, Comfort and Serenity A review of Brierley Hill Bed and Breakfast
The minute I saw pictures of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I knew we had to find a place to stay there. My husband and I were about to undergo a complex medical procedure and we desperately needed to clear our heads & relax. Brierley Hill provided just that! It was a piece of heaven, and it truly restored my soul and gave me the strength to get through what was ahead. We even brought along some temperature-sensative medication that Joyce graciously kept in the fridge for my daily use. We could not have been happier with our 4-day stay.
The website shows exactly what the rooms look like: beautiful, tastefully decorated, clean, packed with luxuries and antiques, nestled on 8 lush acres near the top of a mountain hill with panoramic views, and provincial but with access to contemporary ammenities. The directions were excellent, and the trip from Washington DC is quick and scenic (<3hrs). Our room (Once Upon a Time) was even prettier in person, decorated in rich, deep tones with a breath-taking view of the valley and mountains it overlooks. Most B&Bs don't have any media ammenities, and it can make the city-folk feel quite unnerved. I was glad to have access to internet, the business center telephone and TV/DVDs, but the scenery was so beautiful we hardly needed to take advantage of it. Our room did not have a balcony, but the large windows lent a great view of the lush greenery & landscaping the innkeepers have fostered over time with berries, grapevines, and flowers of all kind. This is definitely a place to take long, romantic walks or nestle up by the room's fireplace and drink hot coffee or tea and biscotti from the refreshment area. On many of our walks we enjoyed picking a handful of fesh, sweet blackberries, which attracted deer in the early evening hours that we watched from the veranda (Jim can lend you binoculars, too).
Ken and Joyce are the most talented, hospitable and compassionate inn keepers I've met in our many stays at B&B inns. They were great company to talk with when we decided to bring dinner back to the inn and picnic on the veranda. We even found out they hailed from Louisianna near friends of ours. Every morning's breakfast was even better than the next. The chilled melon soup (honeydew) was divine, as were the banana nut waffles w/ real maple syrup. The innkeepers were so atuned to their guests needs: they asked about our room preferences, food allergies or special dietary needs for breakfast, whether we needed directions, recommendations, anything. I enjoyed the litle luxuries like hair caps, makeup remover towels, Gilchrist & Sommes Chamomille soaps/lotions, fluffy towels, blowdryer, Q-tips/cotton balls and magnified makeup mirror. Parking was spacious; the road & driveway to their inn was recently repaved; new landscaping was put in with a gazebo; their dog was so adorable (although kept away from guests, we got to visit with her by request since we missed our own pooch--no pets allowed).
While there, we visited the Goshen Pass-fishing,swimming, rafting and hiking in April-Sept, the Virginia Military Institute and Museum, the Marshall Museum, Lee Chapel Memorial, Washington & Lee University, Stonewall Jackson's only house ($6 entrance fee), as well as took a drive towards West Virginia through the Goshen Pass to a wonderful cafe that serves the BEST blackberry pie in the world (ask Joyce), then on to Lake Moomaw where we encountered black bears (eegads!), but it was so beautiful and serene. Wanted to go back for the holidays but it quickly booked up! Go! You won't regret it!
PS, speak up if you are military. Jim himself is a veteran who honorably served his nation and is returning the favor to our brave men and women.