Surrounded by American History, This Boutique Hotel Is a Hidden Gem

When we think of Williamsburg, founded in 1699, we automatically equate an area steeped in colonial American history; yet a few miles away from the historical epicenter, cobblestone streets and Governor’s Palace lies a slice of European heaven. Wedmore Place is a 28-room boutique inn that opened in 2007 and is located on the historic 300-acre farm known as Wessex Hundred. It truly is one of the most unique themed accommodations in all of Virginia, and it is just an hour away from Midlothian. 

Walking into the lobby with its 16-foot ceiling and huge stone hearth will be the beginning of your journey mixing history, luxury, charm and warmth. Wandering through the lobby, the hallways, library and conference rooms is like strolling through an old-world museum. An actual knight in shining armor even holds court and greets guests. Heavy drapes, thick wooden beams and exquisite hand-painted tile all add to the magnificent European feel of Wedmore Place. Each room at Wedmore Place is uniquely decorated to reflect a different region of Europe, creating an exclusive experience for visitors. Most of the rooms feature a working wood-burning fireplace, adding to the romance and old-world charm. The room themes include Corinthian, Tuscany, Scandinavian, Wales, Venetian and Normandy, among others. No two stays are alike because no two rooms are alike. From artwork and decor to paint colors and historic furnishings, each room will transport you to another place and time. Every overnight stay at Wedmore Place includes a European-style continental breakfast with warm, fresh, flaky, buttery croissants that will leave lingering memories until your next visit.

Wessex Hundred is also home to the award-winning Williamsburg Winery, Café Provencal and the Gabriel Archer Tavern so guests can have an immersive wine and culinary getaway and never have to leave the propertyZagat rated Williamsburg Winery as one of the “nine wineries with fabulous food” in the U.S.  

Café Provencal is a dinner-only restaurant that was recently recognized by Wine Spectator magazine as one of the eight most outstanding winery restaurants in the U.S. Featuring local and regional ingredients, the menu curated by chef David McClure offers guests a unique wine-inspired spread unlike any other in the region in a French-style, picturesque atmosphere. 

The Gabriel Archer Tavern serves lunch and afternoon appetizers in a casual farm-to-table dining experience with a menu that celebrates the finest Virginia-grown ingredients. Recognized as one of the best places to enjoy wine and oysters in the Commonwealth, Forbes magazine also said of the Gabriel Archer Tavern, “You’re not going to find better food for these prices anywhere in the area.”  

Founded in 1985 and opening to the public in 1989, the Williamsburg Winery was the 16th winery in Virginia in a state that now has close to 300. It offers several different tours daily with tastings included or options for tastings without tours. Each tasting allows guests to select seven wines from a list of fine or reserve wines. 

Wedmore Place is currently offering the special Romantic Winter Escape Package through March 31. This includes a one-night stay in a traditional room with a wood-burning fireplace, a wine tasting and tour of the barrel cellar for two, a bottle of Williamsburg Winery Wine, artisanal chocolates, a $100 dinner voucher at the Café Provencal and a European-style continental breakfast for two. This package starts at $275 per night.