My love of Keswick Hall began a few years ago on a trip to Charlottesville to put together auction packages for a charity. Having heard about Keswick Hall from a friend, I decided to stop and visit the property. I remember pulling into the driveway and seeing the stunning architecture of the beautiful pristine estate and thinking “there has to be a story to this property”. The doorman gave me a brief tour and encouraged me to come back for a formal tour led by the Resident Historian of the property, Patricia Castelli. Ms Castelli wrote a phenomenal book, “The Story of Keswick Hall” on the history of Keswick Hall and is a must read for history enthusiasts and makes for a wonderful coffee table book as a keepsake from your visit to Keswick Hall. Check out the website on the book: http://storyofkeswick.com/
What sets this tour apart is the passion, excitement and knowledge Ms. Castelli exudes on telling the story behind what has brought this property from its original private home built in 1912 to a private country club and now brought back to its grandeur as a luxury resort with its many awards including recognition as a 2015 & 2016 Forbes Travel Guide 5 Star Award. Every part of the property has a story, a history lesson and intricacy like no other property I have toured. Whether you are a history buff, enjoy the elegance of a luxury resort, an avid golfer, looking for a grand location for a wedding or corporate retreat or for a wonderful escape for your family, Keswick Hall has something for everyone!
What sets this resort apart from all the resorts I have toured over the years are the “people” working for Keswick Hall. The “personal attention” given to each guest sets it apart from other resorts. From the doorman, to the restaurant staff, to the pool attendant, you are greeted with the gentile southern hospitality that makes each and every guest feel like they are “their” most important guest. You are more than just another reservation, you are made to feel welcome and the willingness of the staff to make sure your every need is taken care of exemplifies the level of service that far exceeds the guest’s expectations.
I have stayed at the property and have been on the grounds numerous times the past few years from dining, to attending a wine dinner, to see the property, the staff & the operations from many “different views” and the level of quality personal service shines through on every visit.
The property boasts the renowned Pete Dye designed Full Cry Golf Course at Keswick Hall & Golf Club, tennis courts, swimming pools, dining options including award winning Fossett’s with the panoramic views of the estate grounds, to the Club Grill or beverages in the Villa Crawford Bar, there is something for every pallet. For a unique experience for your group, the Treble Wine Cellar offers an exclusive private dining venue with over 5,000 bottles of wine set in stunning decor for groups of 2- 12 people. Call for reservation options.
Fun Facts from the website: “Room number 12 and Villa Crawford were immortalized in the 1981 movie, “The Four Seasons,” starring Carol Burnett and Allen Alda. At Keswick Hall guests can enjoy a walk with the hounds, with the hound master from neighboring Keswick Hunt Club and enthusiastic charges. This off leash group of canines follows the hound master like an adoring fan club, but a guest need only pat one of these pups on the head to be surrounded by a posse of them who patiently await their turn.” http://www.keswick.com/
The location is ideally located east of Charlottesville just a short drive off I-64. It is far enough away to feel like you are encapsulated in a country retreat yet a short drive to Charlottesville, the wineries/breweries which flank the region, University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Skyline Drive and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. As a 48 room mansion sitting on 600 acres, it is a resort to be seen in all of the seasons Virginia is known for. From the beauty of springtime with the lush green landscape and foliage to the pristine beauty of a winter snowfall as a winter wonderland with the mountains as a backdrop, Keswick Hall is a destination for all seasons. I encourage you to watch the video on the resort to see all it has to offer: http://www.keswick.com/article/keswick_video_tour
I hope you will take a little time to “enjoy the view” from my perspective with the many photos I have taken on my visits to Keswick Hall.