My wife and I were visiting to look at Primland for a gathering of a small group of clients. Primland had been recommended by a good friend who lives an hour away. We had not heard of it until recently and it isn't listed as a AAA or Forbes 5 Star yet. However, after a two night visit, we think that honor will be bestowed soon. Primland has strong legs for being only 4 years old, built we were told by a wealthy European family who fell in love with the mountains.
The service from professional, yet enthusiastic, staff, fine bedding, great views and temperature (consistently 10 degree cooler temps than most of the southeast) made it a fine trip. The architecture, challenging golf and excellent spa put it in the top elite category of US hotels in our asssessment. It even has a world class observatory, shooting sports, horses and fly fishing in a scenic river. Part of the original Appalachian Trail is on the property.
We had been hesitant to visit because of concerns over dining. However, every meal we had was of gourmet quality as the Chef studied at Greenbrier and Inn at Little Washington. In Elements dining room, the food was creative, presentation superb and the dining experience was the best we have ever had in any mountain resort, including top rated Sun Valley, Idaho, and Deer Valley, Utah. Prices were comparable to what other top resorts charge but service was among the best.
In short, we think this is a 5 Star Resort and in the same category of Cloisters, Four Seasons Palm Beach, Greenbrier and Inn at Palmetto Bluff. Its prices are very similar, though there are packages that make it more comfortable. Rooms in the 26 room lodge are of 3 varieties of size and it appeared that all have 100 mile views of the NC or VA mountains. The decor, including baths, is as good as its gets with top notch bedding, furniture and L'Occitane amenities. There are also a selection of "mountain" homes that are part of the 12,000 acre compound, including a one king bedroom luxury "tree house" we saw that overlooks a cliff on the golf course.
The only negative is that it is miles away from everything. Mt. Airy NC is 30 minutes away and Martinsville, VA an hour, but from Raleigh or Greensboro NC only 90 minutes.
We would recommend to friends, family and clients.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape There are many people at Primland with an abiding respect for the land, who know the sounds and smells of the forest so intimately, they will open your eyes to the simple pleasure of a mountain getaway at this refined East Coast vacation resort. They will show you the subtleties of nature and reacquaint you with the restorative powers of silence. Your server will remember just how you take your drink, your children's names and that you like a freshly baked cookie after lunch. You will sense the love your wilderness guide has for the mountain and all its creatures, and the depth of his expertise. You will always find a kind word, authentic humor and an open heart. It was the vision of Primland's founder, Didier Primat, to create a place of immense beauty that offers his guests a return to simple human pleasures in an environment of refined authenticity and sensuality. He developed Primland in an eco-conscious and thoughtful manner, as the ultimate retreat for world-class golf, refined dining and outdoor activities. Our love of the land is expressed in our extensive efforts to minimize our impact on nature, the freshness of our food, the many organic, sustainable ingredients we source locally or grow in our organic garden and the care with which we look after our guests. Didier Primat instilled his passion for Primland in every member of his family and staff , and they carry forward his legacy with soul, with heart and with a commitment to genuine hospitality. Art is an important part of the Primland experience. We consider hospitality to be an art that involves sharing emotion and pleasure through attention to even the most subtle detail. We also feel that surrounding you with inspired pieces of art enhances your experience. Throughout The Lodge, you will find hand-selected works by American artists as well as authentic and rare Aboriginal paintings from the most remote Australian territories. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Primland Hotel Meadows Of Dan