One of the employees who has been with Primland for decades described Primland as a "diamond in the rough". We couldn't agree more. After seeing a large article in our local newspaper over a year ago, I decided we had to visit Primland. We planned a 4 night, 4 day stay in October with our family of me, my husband and two children in their 20's. We came from one way in NC and the children met us halfway coming from another part of the state. Had no idea what to expect. Our mountain home we rented was absolutely fantastic with a great deck, hot tub overlooking the mtns,.and a house that was extremely comfortable in every way. We pre-booked golf for the men, and skeet shooting for all of us.
I want to say that the employees are all fantastic. I can't even list all of the names of the people with whom we came in contact with who were wonderful in every way. Most of these folks have been with the company for years. This is five star service in a rustic atmosphere.
My husband and I had dinner in the Pub on our arrival, and the lodge is gorgeous and very comfortable. We had a great pub dinner with drinks with a great bartender. Only one other group was in for dinner even though I think the place was at capacity. The whole time we were there we felt almost like we were the only ones on the 22,000 acres. There are more employees than guests. The lodge has beautiful inn rooms, two restaurants, a huge game room with pool table and ping pong table and TV. A huge theatre, first come first served with your blu-ray movie. Awesome! Spa with indoor pool and spa and outside lounges for warmer days. Large fitness room with good selection of machines. Lovely public rooms with modern fireplaces. The wraparound decks of the lodge are incredible with comfortable furniture scattered everywhere to see the views of the golf course and mountains. We had a picnic at one of the tables after golf.
We had already decided to cook all the rest of our meals. The restaurants are expensive, but our children would prefer to eat basic home-cooked food than more gourmet food, and they were so happy in their crap clothes for the whole time.
This was one of the most relaxing vacations we have taken with the children. We tend to go and do and see, and this was so laid back. The hot tub was awesome and was checked for chemicals by the staff daily. Golf was incredible. Fabulous course and views. Hiking was very nice. The easy trail is really a moderate trail. The moderate trail is nice. We didn't get to the difficult trail. Skeet shooting for people who had never picked up a shotgun was great. Carl was our guide who is head of hunting, so he was such a great instructor. We did an hour and half of instruction which was shooting at different stands. Then another hour and half of shooting at pairs at different stands. With Carl's help we were able to know where to shoot and all had over a 50% success rate of hitting the clays!! Much better than we even hoped for. Our 20 year old daughter was the only one who hit the bouncing rabbit clays! It was a highlight for our family to enjoy together.
We fished twice in the stocked pond and pulled in huge catfish and bass as well as over 25 small bass we threw back. Carl cleaned our fish for us and we cooked them for dinner. Service was so wonderful they even brought minnows in a huge container to the pond for us with an aerator with fish food and then said just leave it and we'll get it later.
We saw people doing the ATV rides, but we'll have to do that next time. When we asked they all had a wonderful time on the trail rides. Others did horseback riding and had a great experience.
We didn't know what to do with our garbage from the kitchen as with the animals, there are no outside garbage cans, we called and within 5 min, our garbage was picked up. We needed more paper towels and they delivered them right away. Even in the homes, toiletries are provided as well as TP, paper towels, all linens, dish liquid, washing machine and dryer needs and dishwasher powder.
These people really want to meet every need.
We were surprised to find the wildlife that is everywhere. There are huge bird fields for hunting but even down by the fishing ponds, the pheasants are just wandering around for you to be around. Beautiful! Deer and birds of prey everywhere. Rabbits on the trails and enjoyed seeing the hunting dogs in the kennels.
I really can't say enough about this resort. I couldn't be more impressed and we have already talked to neighbors and friends to go with us on another visit. Go and enjoy!!
- 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