Many of our guests are surprised to learn our historic hotel gets its name from Airlie Castle in Scotland, which dates back to 1432. Harry Connelly Groome, who founded Airlie in 1899, visited the castle during a golf trip to nearby St. Andrews and noted strong similarities in the rolling terrain to his own property in Warrenton, Virginia.
Horticulture has been a lifelong passion for Ella O’Donnell. Growing up on a working farm in South Carolina, Ella enjoyed tending an heirloom rose garden with her grandmother. Through the years, her love and knowledge of horticulture and floristry grew. She became an active member of local garden clubs and worked as the lead bridal consultant and designer for one of the most preeminent commercial florists in northern Virginia.
At Airlie, we are fortunate to have not just one, but three different gardens, each with its own purpose and unique characteristics. Guests are welcome to visit all of them and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells they discover as they explore.
Harry Connelly Groome was more than just a wealthy man from Philadelphia who built Airlie House after moving here in 1899 with his wife Mary. He was a man of many talents and accomplishments, including sportsman, soldier, author, farmer, historian, and an active citizen of Fauquier County, Virginia.
Airlie has been hosting meetings for almost 55 years, with 50 of those years being exclusively dedicated to that aspect of hospitality – mostly catering to the government sector. In 2012, we decided to open to the public, and begin hosting a wider variety of meetings and events (including weddings and leisure stays). If you are just learning about Airlie and wondering about how we could be a good match for your next meeting or event, read on to see what our past clients say truly sets us apart from the rest.
The workplace. A daily blitzkrieg of strategies, meetings, deadlines, and people. The daily grind can wear on a team, and have a direct effect on productivity and a healthy bottom line. Off-site meetings and retreats allow time to reflect and reset the team, while strategizing and energizing them for the future. Here are three areas to focus on when planning your 2017 off-site meeting.
It's the most wonderful time of year! The season of giving, laughter, cheer, reflection and celebration. If you're on the hosting side of the celebration, spice up the usual beer and wine selections with one of our seasonal cocktails. We've curated the list below from some of our favorite house recipes — sweet, savory, bubbly — and everything in between. Pick a few to serve at your seasonal gathering or follow us on social media as we give you the cocktail of the day to make at home. Visiting Airlie this holiday season? We're featuring a few on the list as well (see notes below). Wishing you the happiest of holidays, from our house to yours!