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Reviewed 18 July 2012

Keswick Hall, until recently an Orient Express property, remains a worthwhile destination. The new owners have a few kinks to work out but, on the whole, this elegant hotel is a treat! The Virginia countryside setting is beautiful and the accomodations are top notch. I have rarely encountered a more pro-active bell staff. The infinity pool is a great place to sooth away the stress you may have brought with you. There's a spa, a golf course, bicycles and trap shooting for those who are interested in such activities. The on-site restaurant, Fossett's, is first class and the breakfast served there is truly memorable. If five star prices don't deter you, Keswick Hall should be on your list of get away destinations.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with an easily accessable tub. Ours was so tall it was a challenge getting in and out of it.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank raftmaster
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JenniferCrispPRMgr, Public Relations Manager at Keswick Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Thank you choosing Keswick Hall for your getaway!

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Reviewed 16 July 2012 via mobile

While the service on Sunday showed some signs of an immature team, the property is tremendous & remains a must-stay for my wife and me.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Thank Al_Dominick
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JenniferCrispPRMgr, Public Relations Manager at Keswick Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Thank for your visiting again and we will look forward to having you back with us again soon.

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Reviewed 12 July 2012

My husband and I visited Keswick Hall for a much needed weekend away. This is a beautiful hotel in an utterly beautiful setting. The rooms are unique and the service is wonderful. Our stay was in January 2012 and the weather was cold but we had a beautiful walk around the property and chef's garden, followed by warming hot chocolate and whiskey in the bar. We also enjoyed a beautiful meal in Fossett's Restaurant in the hotel, we opted for the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings, we enjoyed every bite (and sip) of this well thought out, seasonal meal. Our only disappointment of the trip was that we didn't have time to visit the hotel spa! This was a flawless weekend... the hotel is expensive, but worth every penny, we highly recommend it!

NB: If you do visit Keswick Hall, make sure you keep an afternoon free to visit Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, the tour is well worthwhile, if you take the shuttle bus up the hill to the house, we recommend walking back down the the visitors center and exploring the property on your way.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank westchesterlocal
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JenniferCrispPRMgr, Public Relations Manager at Keswick Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Thank you for your review! We hope you will visit again soon.

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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Although this elegant small hotel, built out from a traditional country estate, has been welcoming guests for less than one generation, Keswick Hall brings off a rich "Old Virginia" feel that makes it well worth a stay--even apart from the recreational offerings and the terrific restaurant (Fossett's, see separate review). Yet, it's a curiosity, the brainchild of the widower of once-influential English decor purveyor Laura Ashley, and our room had a French-estate theme...suitable, perhaps, for Thomas Jefferson's tastes, but hardly traditional Virginia. And somehow Keswick Hall still feels thoroughly Virginian... This is an expensive and, thus, exclusive establishment suitable for two sorts of guests--the solidly well-to-do and those celebrating a special occasion. Recreaton ranges from a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the rolling countryside to a beautifully designed golf course (not my thing, but I can still admire it). Service is friendly and helpful, but doesn't snap in the restaurants and bars...still, nothing to complain about. And one huge plus, at least for us: The "free" coffee set out in the morning is actually drinkable--the first good "lobby coffee" I've encountered in years (this is a chronic failing of top hotels). Our brief stay was impeded only by a burst of grimly hot weather that limited outdoor activities; even so, my wife and I found it a great place for early morning jogging--back through a concealed neighborhood of lovely homes and along the golf course. Close proximity to Charlottesville makes it a great base for touring the historic sites or area wineries. That said, given the room rates, one feels compelled to remain close and take maximum advantage of what Keswick Hall offers on its grounds--which is quite a bit. Worth the price, but no bargain--and, really, that's the point: This hotel seems to aim at attracting a specific range of guests. There's no hint of overt snobbery, but you do get a feel for who's supposed to be there and who's not (dress well and show up thin). High romance factor; excellent food; gorgeous views; plenty of recreation. In the parking lot, my Outback seemed amusingly thuggish amid the BMWs, Mercedes and Audis (the Bentleys seemed to have the weekend off).

Room Tip: If you can, book a balcony room for the great views.
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JenniferCrispPRMgr, Public Relations Manager at Keswick Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Thank you for your delightful review of Keswick Hall and Fossett's Restaurant, as well!

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Reviewed 12 July 2012

We visited this hotel because it was close to Monticello. However, this hotel is a destination in its own right. It is set in beautiful countryside. We had a room overlooking the golf course with a small balcony from which we watched the sun setting and an electric storm brewing. The service was truly excellent, even down to the smallest of details like how the coffee was poured into our breakfast cups - the coffee spout was shielded from the diner by a folded napkin. The main restaurant overlooks the golf course and every table has a view. The bar serves excellent cocktails: I highly recommend the "cucumber rickey".

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank louise_craigen
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JenniferCrispPRMgr, Public Relations Manager at Keswick Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2012

Thank you for choosing Keswick Hall for your visit to Monticello and for also mentioning the Cucumber Rickey in Fossett's Bar. It's a summer favorites here at Keswick!

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