Keswick Hall and Golf Club

A venerable estate in Virginia's wine country
Editor's Note: Keswick Hall and Golf Club is closed for renovations. The hotel will reopen in 2019. 

As you round the circular driveway of the majestic Keswick Hall and Golf Club, you might think you’re about to embark on a vacation at a privately owned estate — and you’re sort of right. The former private mansion, which dates back to 1912, now serves as a luxurious hotel and country club situated on 600 acres of pristine Charlottesville, Virginia, land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

With only 48 guest rooms, an air of intimacy permeates throughout the property. You’ll feel a similar ease in your private room as you soak in your claw-foot tub and relax in your newly refreshed space after a day exploring the property’s trails or playing a round of golf on the relatively new Pete Dye course, Full Cry.

Nights can be spent dining at Fossett’s Restaurant or in Villa Crawford, where the menus feature seasonal dishes inspired by the onsite chef’s garden. Between the personal service, endless activities and vistas of rolling pastures, we don’t blame you if you never want to leave the hotel.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Coffered ceilings, leather chairs and Persian-inspired rugs help you feel the property’s aristocratic air from the moment you walk into the lobby. 
  • The property offers two onsite dining options: Fossett’s for award-winning, locally sourced cuisine and Villa Crawford for a simple lunch or intimate dinner. The latter also features a bar that serves as a great place for a nightcap.
  • While the spa’s everyday menu is delightful, pay close attention to treatments that change with the calendar, such as April’s Spring Fling or October’s Pumpkin Perfect Fall Special.
Things to Know
  • Between noon and 2 p.m., Villa Crawford offers an impressive, seasonally driven lunch menu that features everything from duck confit quesadillas to pan-roasted chicken.
  • Though the property’s onsite activities roster (golf, tennis, spa) is impressive, you’ll love that off-site excursions to wineries, presidential homes and the University of Virginia are also offered.
  • The resort may rest among the Blue Ridge’s rolling hills, but you’re never far from civilization — Washington D.C. is but a two-hour drive away. Baltimore is just a pinch farther at a three-hour trip.
  • All of Keswick Hall’s units are lovely, but we have a soft spot for the Deluxe Balcony Room because of the spectacular view of the golf course you get from the balcony.
  • The in-room minibar is filled with snacks and drinks that often have a Virginia connection to them.
  • Don’t be surprised if someone from the staff leaves a hand-written welcome note on your bed pillow upon your arrival.
Getting There
701 Club Drive, Keswick, Virginia 22947
CHO (40 min)   SHD  
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