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exterior front of inn, surrounded by beautiful lawn and green trees
bright blue swimming pool surrounded by greenery with view overlooking trees
title - about us

Welcome to our Inn in Middleburg, Virginia

quote from past guestOur family-friendly B&B is truly your home-away-from-home when you visit the Shenandoah Valley. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and just an hour from Washington DC, our bed and breakfast will truly let you leave your cares and your stress behind.

This area satisfies diverse interests and lifestyles. We are located close to a variety of attractions and activities including historic sites, shopping and antiques, hiking and biking, leisure sports, and many area wineries.

Enjoy the many activities and events throughout the year, including horse events like steeplechase and point-to-point races, country fairs, garden and farm tours, arts and crafts shows, and the Christmas in Middleburg parade.  Take excursions to Washington DC, Harpers Ferry, WV, or Shenandoah National Park.

Children and Pets are Welcome at the Inn

We are happy to provide kosher meals and accommodate dietary restrictions upon request, and we pride ourselves on going the extra mile to make your stay at Briar Patch enjoyable and memorable. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for our help. We welcome you with open arms!

dining area with lavendar and yellow walls porch with white wicker furniture and plants
inn owners, Ellen and Dan

Ellen Goldberg & Dan Haendel - Owners

After spending more than 20 years in the financial services industry, Ellen decided to make a career change by purchasing the farm with her husband, Dan Haendel, and turning it into a bed & breakfast and event site. Undaunted by the fact that they knew nothing about the hospitality business, Ellen & Dan have wholeheartedly embraced it. They enjoy welcoming guests from all walks of life and seeing them delight in the beauty of this property.

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Henriette Buell

Co-manager Henriette has worked for Dan & Ellen for a number of years, which helped her obtain a hospitality degree. Her knowledge, organization skills (an important trait for managing events), and pleasant personality have enhanced her work in every aspect of the business. Henriette lives on the property in the little white house at the end of the driveway with her husband Alden (Buddy) Buell and their daughter Emma.

picture of co-manager

Jennifer Fries

Co-manager Jennifer graduated from Virginia Tech's hospitality program and has been co-manager for several years.  Jennifer is an amazing multi-tasker, cool under pressure (an important trait when managing events), and is a very sweet person.  In addition to running the day-to-day operations here, Jennifer & Henriette offer event coordination services (Cool Coordination) and can also prepare small meals (such as brunches, lunches for meetings, and small rehearsal dinners).

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Susan Newlond

Susan is Briar Patch’s housekeeper extraordinaire. She is responsible for maintaining all eight bedrooms in the main house and the one-bedroom cottage, which is no small task. Of course, we bring in extra help as needed. Susan is thorough, loyal, and a very pleasant person.

picture of building and grounds keeper

Jamah (JP) Patterson

Everyone will recognize JP’s smiling face as he maintains The Fox Den at Briar Patch event building, works on keeping the grounds in shape,or helps direct parking. JP is also thorough, loyal, and has a very pleasant personality.

We all pride ourselves on going the extra mile to make your stay at Briar Patch enjoyable and memorable. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for our help. We welcome you with open arms!

group photo of owners, co-managers, housekeeper and groundskeeper
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