Goodstone Inn operates an intimate sustainably managed farm on its expansive 265-acre estate. The farm provides the highest quality of produce for our award-winning, farm-to-table Conservatory Restaurant. The farm is home to a flock of sheep, an intensively managed vegetable garden, apiary, cut flower beds, orchards and laying hens. Our friendly goats, Daisy and Duke along with our regal llama Greyson, who proudly guards the Goodstone sheep, are our local celebrities.
The farm established Goodstone as a leader in Loudoun County’s farm-to-table movement and provides unique educational opportunities for our guests. The Goodstone team believes in sustainability and works to create healthy pastures and growing areas that are sustained with compost made on site and through the natural fertilization that comes from our livestock.
As you can well imagine, it is a process to ensure this operation runs smoothly throughout the seasons. However, we take great pride in this unique amenity and connection to mother earth.
Goodstone grows pasture-raised lamb, eggs, vegetables, mushrooms, orchard fruit, cane berries, herbs, micro greens and cut flowers.
All of our animals have access to fresh air, clean water, pasture and adequate shelter. Goodstone limits synthetic inputs and uses antibiotics only when absolutely necessary. We rely on natural processes like pasture rotation to control disease and parasites.Goodstone has a grass-based farming system supplemented with minerals and non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) feed. We use a holistic planning process. This means we consider all aspects of our business when making decisions and take into account the synergy between different parts of the farm. Our goal is for the Farm at Goodstone to function as a small ecosystem with each part supporting the others.
The focus at Goodstone is on soil health. All fertilizers are natural (compost made on-site, manure from our animals and food grade fish emulsion). We grow mainly heirloom varieties and a few hybrids . . . but absolutely no GMOs. We rely on crop rotation, cover cropping and foliar feeding. As a result, Goodstone’s produce is beautiful and nutrient dense.Come out and tour our scenic property, meet our sheep and lambs, and check out what we’re growing this season! We hope to see you on the Farm at Goodstone!
Goodstone’s rolling pastures are the breeding and nurturing grounds for over 100 head of Black Angus cattle, Icelandic sheep, Suffolk sheep, a flock of about 100 hens (which produce all of the eggs used daily in the Restaurant at Goodstone), three fine thoroughbred horses, and several barn cats.However, the star of the Goodstone menagerie is our beloved mascot, Oliver, a rescue pig from Middleburg Humane Society, who weighs in at around 700 pounds! Guests walking the grounds are delighted to mingle with and photograph the animals.Other critters of the unconfined type also live on or pass through the estate include fox, squirrel, woodchuck, deer, badger, beaver, eastern box turtle, snapping turtle, possum, raccoon, groundhog, mink, weasel, coyote and many birds, reptile and amphibian species, too numerous to mention.
Goose Creek teems with bass and trout. About one-third of our acreage is ungrazed grassland, mostly of the timothy, brome and fescue varieties. Each year we harvest copious amounts of baled hay in two cuttings – one in the late spring and the other in the late summer or early autumn. Some of the hay is used as fodder for our bovine, ovine and equine residents and the rest is sold to other farmers in the area.About Goodstone’s eggs: Our hens are encouraged to act like chickens. Their beaks are allowed to grow naturally. They have access to sunshine, grass and all the bugs they can find. They scratch, take dust baths and sun themselves. We provide them with a safe yard and a warm coop with plenty of light and space. Their feed consists of non-GMO grain, minerals and probiotics. They are offered kelp meal which contains tons of trace minerals and adds lots of protein to the eggs. As a result, our eggs look better (darker yolks), taste better, and are far healthier (higher levels of Omega 3’s) than grocery store eggs.
The Goodstone team is very excited about our thriving Beekeeping Program. Guests will have the opportunity to see beekeeping first-hand on the Farm at Goodstone. In addition, Executive Chef Eric Smith will use the home-grown honey (when harvested) in his seasonal menu at The Restaurant at Goodstone. The farm has established Goodstone as a leader in Loudoun County’s farm-to-table movement and provides unique educational opportunities for our guests. The Goodstone environmental team (Mark, Tiffany and Debbie) is responsible for the sustainability initiatives and believes in sustainable measures including composting and utilization of garden produce, honey, and eggs from our chicken coop. We also recycle old newspapers, provide environmentally friendly soaps, shampoos, conditioners, etc., for guests, and carefully monitor our energy use. Enhancing our riparian buffer zone to help protect our watershed is an important project at our VA country inn.
Our Virginia country inn features exquisitely designed flower, woodland, orchard and kitchen gardens throughout the estate. Our highly skilled staff maintains and constantly updates the gardening program at Goodstone, creating “living sculptures” throughout the estate — using sustainable agricultural techniques and the reintroduction of long-lost indigenous plants. Each of the estate’s six unique lodging accommodations – French Farm, Dutch Cottage, Manor House, Spring House, Carriage House and Bull Barn – is surrounded by unique gardens complimenting the architecture and setting of each dwelling. Also featured on the estate are sumptuous cutting gardens, serene woodland gardens with serpentine garden paths, a large vegetable garden and an herb garden. The kitchen gardens significantly enhance the farm-to-table cuisine in the Restaurant at Goodstone.
Surrounded by tall oak trees, the Carriage House Courtyard offers a quaint setting with an elegant flagstone walkway leading guests to the main building on the 265-acre estate. Centered in the courtyard, a lovely water fountain and blooming gardens invite you to take in the natural beauty as you relax on one of the wooden benches. Boxwood, roses, pachysandra, hosta, hellebore, clematis, tulips and seasonal plantings are planted in the ornamental beds for year-round interest. Suet and hummingbird feeders hang in the crape myrtles in each corner of the courtyard. Classical music is played through a stereo sound system to round out an exquisite garden experience.
The Woodsy Garden at Goodstone features a charming wooden arbor draped in clematis and provides a unique doorway into the garden. A mossy fern pathway leads to the expansive lawn area. The garden is used as a wedding venue and party space in the spring and summer with its excellent shade and vistas of the farm, stone walls and rolling pastures. Guests at the inn often use the space for relaxing (on a blanket or swing) and for picnics. Guests may order gourmet picnic lunches from the kitchen and can use a natural free-form tree stump as their dining table! In the spring, there is a succession of blooming trees and shrubs including redbud, dogwood, viburnums, rhododendron, lilac, hellebores, Virginia blue bells, bleeding hearts, daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinths.