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Forbes Travel Guide

“Discover the hidden gem that is The Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, Virginia, a scant hop, skip and jump away from Charlottesville. Part of the newish Southern Living Hotel Collection — think The Grove Park Inn in Asheville and Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Blackberry Farm in Tennessee — the 14-room property is so much more than its title of “Inn” suggests…”

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Forbes Travel Guide Pets

Five Luxurious Hotels That Pamper Your Pets The Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Va. “The new Overlook Cottage, which opened this May at the luxurious Inn at Willow Grove, features three deluxe suites where dogs will feel right at home. A welcome basket filled with treats, bags for curbing and a customized door sign bearing your pooch’s name are just the first extra-special amenities that guests with pets will notice. The reservation team will also provide your dog’s favorite food upon request at check-in (simply let the reservation specialist know what brand your pup usually eats), and inside the suites, stylish hypoallergenic dog beds await your furry friend for a much-deserved nap after a day of traveling. At turndown, Fido will be especially happy to hit the lights when he sniffs the organic dog treat left on his pillow. The luxury hotel — which is located an hour away from Charlottesville — even welcomes dogs at its Vintage restaurant, where owners can order food for their pets to enjoy on the patio dining area. Or, if you’d rather curl up for a movie in the suite (we suggest films like Old Yeller or My Dog Skip), place an order for a custom room-service meal made with ingredients your dog is already accustomed to eating at home. The meal, which will be created by executive chef Jason Daniels, will be delivered with care by your butler. Be prepared for your arrival by packing a current copy of your dog’s rabies vaccination. The front desk will also collect any details about the dog’s medical history and allergies, as well as a $65 fee per pet, per... read more

The Telegraph

“one of the best: The Inn at Willow Grove , a handsome 18th-century Piedmont plantation -style mansion fronted by white pillars…”

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Baltimore Style

The Butler Did It By BaltimoreStyle At 7:30 a.m., Stephen Sanford, my, ahem, butler, knocks on the door of my cottage, a silver tray bearing a pot of French press coffee and a paper bag of hot sugared beignets in his arms. Only a day earlier he had asked what time I wanted my morning treats, walked me through the garden to my cottage and, after adjusting the heated floor in my bathroom and showing me how to turn on the fireplace in my bedroom, entreated, “May I please get your bags from your car?” as if I were allowing him a great favor. Later that evening, I arrived back at the cottage to find a pot of rooibos tea and four tiny trompe l’oeil chocolate sandwich cookies posing as bite-sized hamburgers (the lettuce, I soon discovered, was tinted coconut; the tomato, a sliver of strawberry). My butler had also turned down my enormous bed and quite possibly plumped the half-dozen pillows that fill it. My butler. Not a phrase I’ve ever used before; nor will I soon use it again unless I return to the Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, Va., a rural oasis 130 miles from Baltimore and a short 40-minute detour from Skyline Drive. “Inn” seems a small word for a 40-acre property that includes a 1778-vintage manor house, suites and a few private cottages (soon to include several pet-friendly options in spring 2013), a spa, a renovated barn used for private events, gardens, fire pits and a farm-to-table restaurant. Owners David and Charlene Scibal, bought the 18th-century property in 2008 after watching it fall... read more

Departures Magazine

Virginia’s Historic New Luxury Inn Ron Blunt SHARE: An 18th-century plantation mansion is reborn as The Inn at Willow Grove. By Joshua David Stein on July 07, 2011 Houses, like horses, have good bones. In Orange, Virginia, a hamlet a few leagues north of Charlottesville, ground, horses and homes are the trinity around which life revolves. Walking through The Inn at Willow Grove, a new 11-room property housed in a 1778 plantation mansion, co-owner David Scibal runs his palm over the burlap cotton–covered walls of the salon, where guests gather nightly for sundowners. “When we found the house,” he says, patting an oak balustrade, “it was in disrepair. The floor was crooked. The roof was sagging. The walls were buckling. But it had good bones.” After a multimillion-dollar two-year restoration, the inn opened its doors in October last year and showed exactly what good bones (and a lot of work) can do. Approaching the property—37 acres of fallow tobacco fields studded with willows and white pines—it seems a typical antebellum estate: four smooth, equidistant columns, two latticed balconies (one Jeffersonian), an easy yellow façade amid the lush green hills of the Piedmont. And the porch. There’s nothing quite as simultaneously imposing and welcoming as a Southern porch, and this one—of generous proportion, with four rocking chairs facing westerly—wouldn’t be out of place in a Margaret Mitchell novel. It is not difficult to imagine the hills dotted with fires of the troops that encamped here during the Civil War. This continuity—with the land, with time—is important in a county where many homes still bear the names given to them in... read more

Inn The News was last modified: November 10th, 2016 by TheInnAdmin

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