About The Inn
Breakfast at the Inn
Begin your day with coffee served outside your door. Coffee and teas are available beginning at 7:00 AM or earlier by request on the guest floor. You may relax in the library, sitting room, or return to your private room. Robes are provided in each of the rooms so you can feel comfortable getting your morning coffee or tea, as soon as you rise.
Breakfast is served in the downstairs dining room from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM. During the growing season many ingredients are products straight out of the Inn’s gardens, providing natural and organic fruits, meats, and vegetables. Organic gardening and preparing fresh and nutritious meals are passions of the innkeepers.
Be sure to advise us of any culinary preferences or allergies (gluten, vegan, vegetarian, etc.) at the time of reservation. We take your needs into account when planning the daily menu.
Breakfasts include our version of French Toast that we call “Lost Bread.” The French call it pain perdu which is the French translation. You may also see blueberry pancakes with scrambled eggs and sausage, local vegetable omelets, an asparagus frittata or our own take on Eggs Benedict which we call Eggs Westwood.
Crystalline spring and summer mornings allow guests to start their day outside, enjoying a wonderful breakfast spiced with a beautiful view of the farm. Food for the stomach and the heart.
About the Inn
The Inn at Westwood Farm was established in 2007 offering 4 private guestrooms on 15 acres of rural charm. Stroll through the flower gardens, relax in the barn, visit our resident chickens, feed treats to the horses, check out the vegetable garden or just sit on the back patio sipping a glass of Virginia wine. There is enough space and privacy to do as much or as little as you would like.
All our rooms, located on the 2nd floor, have queen size beds with private bathrooms. The Yves Delorme bed linens along with robes and slippers assure you will be taken care of. Standard in each room are fresh flowers from our gardens, sleep masks and ear plugs for the sensitive sleeper along with photos and paintings from local Orange County, VA artists. Your bathroom comes equipped with hand milled soaps, Gilchrist & Soames bath products, a hair dryer, sunflower rain shower heads, and soft absorbent towels. Two of our rooms have whirlpool tubs. There is free WiFi throughout the inn, complimentary soft beverages for you enjoyment in the second-floor library, fresh supply of bottled water throughout, turn down service and complimentary evening snacks with Virginia Wine.
Early morning coffee and tea service is served on the guest floor each morning at 7 am. Two-course breakfast is served from 8 am to 9:30 am each morning. Breakfast is in the first floor dining room or outside on the patio or porch, weather permitting.
Located less than a mile from James Madison’s Montpelier and other historical sites, we are in close proximity to numerous local vineyards including Barboursville Vineyards, Early Mountain, Honah Lee Vineyard, Chateau Merrill Anne and Belmont Distillery, as well as local breweries and distillers.
Our concierge service is a signature of the Inn. Your innkeepers, Elizabeth and Jay, are well versed in the activities available in the area and are here to help you plan your stay to ensure it becomes a lasting memory. Besides offering discounts to the historical sites, we have complimentary wine passes to several of the nearby vineyards.
We believe our attention to detail is a major part of your overall experience here at the Inn at Westwood Farm.
The Farm and its Legacy
Built in 1910, Westwood was an operating farm in the Robert Dabney Browning family up through the mid-1900s. 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. In 1910, Robert and his bride Bessie Twyman built the Greek Revival style farmhouse which was “in the woods, west of Oakley”. Westwood, as it was named, became the first house built in Orange County with indoor plumbing!
The farm was passed on to Mr. Robert Browning’s daughter, Mildred Berkeley, and her husband, Colonel Robert Lee Rodgers, a history instructor and rifle coach at Woodberry Forest School. The only grandchild of Robert Dabney Browning, and nephew of the Rodgers visited the property shortly after Jay and Elizabeth, the current innkeepers, moved to Westwood and gave them a full tour of the farm. They discovered where the apple and pear orchards once stood, the pig sties, the field used for growing crops, and the field 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, etc.) Jay unearthed while digging in the garden. They also came across the area where unused farm equipment was piled up and left 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, bullets, metal droppings, etc…giving more and more indication that troops indeed passed over the property.
Since 2004, the innkeepers, Elizabeth Goeke and 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.