Primland lodge garners top recognition

Staff report

MEADOWS OF DAN, VA – The Lodge at Primland scored an international accolade in the latest Travel and Leisure ratings, tying for first in The World’s Best Designed Hotels rankings.

It shared the No. 1 spot with Castello de Casole, a 10th century castle on 4,000 acres in Sienna, Italy; and Ocean House, in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

The Virginia mountain resort scored highly with readers, many of whom wrote in with rave reviews about the serenity, the use of indigenous materials, the observatory and the ridge-top golf course laid out by renowned architect Donald Steel.

One said: “I drive like Danica Patrick normally but it was so beautiful I found myself inching along. The whitewash and natural colors are soothing and the outdoor rocking chairs will have you ‘porching,’ an inn tradition, after just one day. The design lulls you into tranquility.”

Added the Travel and Leisure report: “Surrounded by 12,000 acres and the Blue Ridge Mountains, each of the 26 rooms has mountain views, and the woodsy, LEED-registered property used indigenous materials for the exposed beams and stone fireplaces to help recall local historic homes.

“The resort also has walking trails, horseback riding, and a Celestron-equipped observatory for stargazing. To feel completely enveloped in the natural setting, however, book one of the three tree house cabins, built into the tops of big trees overlooking the Dan River Gorge.”

“This is another major achievement for our visionary family of owners who worked closely with the architectural team of CTC Design Studio Atlanta to create a lodge in harmony with the Virginia landscape,” said Steve Helms, Primland vice president.

Earlier this year Primland was rated one of the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in the United States by Trip Advisor and in the Top 25 Hotels in the United States by US News and World Report. It also moved up the Travel and Leisure rankings of Top 100 Resorts in the World by moving up to #23 and also being listed as one of the top five in the U.S.

In 2014, Primland was named by readers of Conde Nast Traveler to the Gold List of Top Hotels and Resorts in the World. Virginia Living rated it the Best Resort and Best Hunting Preserve in the state in its annual Best of the Best issue.

In 2013 Primland was selected by Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best as one of the top 50 hotels, spas and resorts in the world and also made the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List.

In 2012 it was the only Virginia hotel named among the 24 selected throughout North America by The Robb Report. And Golf Digest in its ratings in 2012 ranked it #13 in its ratings of the Top 100 Public Courses in America, also making it #1 in Virginia.

Staff report