Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stone Manor Country Club

Situated on a 114-acre estate, Stone Manor Country Club is approximately 50 minutes from Washington, DC, Baltimore and Northern Virginia. The 18th century  manor home is elegantly adorned with a majestic staircase, nine fireplaces, period antiques, stone terrace, large garden tent and can graciously accommodate both small intimate groups and large formal functions. Impressive grounds are further enhanced with a historic barn, pond, bridge and gazebo for memorable photographic opportunities.  Innkeepers, Vern and Astra Grams, provide excellent service to this bed & breakfast in Middletown, MD.

As part of my birthday weekend getaway that Keith planned, we stayed overnight at the Stone Manor Country Club in the Thistle Room, a multi-level room complete with a two-person jacuzzi tub. A separate shower/bathroom is on the upper level with a skylight and cathedral ceiling that amplifies the queen size canopy rice bed.

  

The room was elegant, private, and provided a great "mini retreat" for us.  I can see how the Stone Manor is popular for romantic getaways and weddings.  Other rooms, all unique, are also available.  Keith planned a few winery tours (Orchid Cellar, Sugarloaf, Frederick Cellars) as well as a special dinner, therefore he knew we would need to stay the night and made the right choice with Stone Manor.  I had always wanted to stay at a bed & breakfast and the beautiful Spring weather only added to the overall relaxing ambience.

Breakfast for all the guests is served promptly at 8:30am in the historically charming Stone Room and is made by Astra Grams herself.  A typical breakfast consists of a scrumptious casserole, freshly baked muffins, fresh fruit, or yogurt and granola with juice, coffee and tea. Astra also brings her attention to style and detail to the manor’s gracious surroundings. Hospitality abounds while guest’s privacy and solitude are highly respected.


We chose a table by the window and were served our choice of hot tea and orange juice.  Then we started with a vanilla yogurt parfait with peaches and granola.  It was light and tasty.  Next, we were served a hot and comforting dish of an egg casserole similar to a fritatta, consisting of eggs with sausage topped with potatoes and cheese.  On the side were a couple slices of a delightful lemon poppy cake.  Although our stay at Stone Manor was short, the hospitality and service by Vern and Astra was above par.  The breakfast was far better than typical continental style breakfasts offered by many hotel chains.  I happily took home a bag of cranberry nut oatmeal cookies that Astra made as well. They were a delicious snack for the road trip back home to DC.

Total Rating: 3.7
Food: 4, Price: 3, Service: 4, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 2

What I ate:

Vanilla Yogurt Parfait
with peaches and granola

Egg & Sausage Casserole
with potatoes and cheddar cheese
served with lemon poppy cake

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