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Fun Facts

Scenic Views

  • The Blue Ridge Mountain range runs for approximately 577 miles; its foothills, called the Southwest Mountains, create a panoramic vista toward the north. The upper elevation of the Blue Ridge is a mere 20 mile drive from Charlottesville (20 minutes). The range got its name from the conifers on the mountain; they ooze a resin that reacts to the sunlight when it evaporates into the air, creating a blue haze over the mountains.
  • In addition to the beautiful songs of 80 different birds species (including eagles and owls) and the dance of fireflies in the evening -- especially brilliant during the summer months of June, July and August -- guests can also regularly spot whitetail deer, fox, migrating geese, rabbits and squirrels. One pure white deer is sometimes seen in the woods.
  • Positively magical is the view of the infinity edge pool toward the golf course -- especially in the early morning when the sun is peeking up over the horizon, the air temperature is cooler than the water temperature and the mist is rising off the pool with golden sunrise as its backdrop. This pool, salt water and heated year round, is called the horizon pool for good reason. The climbing roses and wisteria that form the pergola's canopy on the west side of the pool are also breathtaking when in bloom. Don't forget your bathing suit!
  • Wendy is a frisky and determined Border Collie who has a very important job at Keswick Hall. She is the official goose and duck re-locater. True to her inherent nature to herd, Wendy ensures her feathered friends are gently moved off the fairways and into the ponds and roughs, so that golfers have the right of way. Guests can enjoy watching Wendy hard at work from the piazza of the hotel.

Rooms with History

  • Keswick Hall features seven woodburning fireplaces, with the largest in the Great Hall where guests often relax and enjoy a good book by the fire.
  • Room 33, 34 and 35 are in the former attic of the original mansion, Villa Crawford. Today they feature large bathrooms and beautiful dormer windows that capture some of the best views of the sun rising over the fairways at Keswick Club golf course.
  • Room 9 (along with all of the main floor and second floor of Villa Crawford) features the original Georgia heart pine floors that date back to 1912 as well as French doors that open onto a private terrace. The room offers breathtaking views of the golf course and infinity pool below. This is one of the most frequently requested guest rooms and is the original master bedroom of the Crawford family who resided at Keswick from 1912 to 1919. It was Paul Newman's favorite room.
  • Rooms 9 and 12 and the first floor of Villa Crawford were immortalized in the 1981 movie "The Four Seasons," starring Carol Burnett and Alan Alda.
  • Anthony Hopkins stayed in room 27 during the filming of Hannibal.
  • Room 39 was the honeymoon suite during the Ashley era of the 1990s.
  • Sir Bernard Ashley (B.A.) often stayed in room 1 when he was on site during the construction of Keswick Hall and in its early days.

Keswick Hunt Club

  • The Keswick Hunt Club, Virginia's oldest hunt club, is directly across the street from Keswick Hall and Golf Club. Founded in 1889, it annually hosts nationally attended jumping and dressage competitions. Foxhunting takes place regularly from September through March and involves exciting chases through the countryside, with riders on horseback following hounds in pursuit of a fox until the fox goes "to ground" (finds a hole in which to hide).
  • Imagine an early morning stroll with four-legged friends taken to the extreme. At Keswick Hall, guests can enjoy a walk with the enthusiastic foxhounds guided by their hound master from the Keswick Hunt Club. On days when they are not hunting, this off-leash group of canines gets their exercise in the estate grounds. Guests may inquire at the front desk about an opportunity to accompany them on one of their walks.

Wine

  • Located in the fifth largest wine-producing state in the U.S., Keswick Hall is a short drive to more than 25 vineyards where guests can enjoy tours and tastings. Guests dining in Fossett's can enjoy the extensive offering of both Virginia and international wines. 
  • The hotel produces its own private label wines, Edith's Viognier, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc which pay tribute to Edith Fossett, Thomas Jefferson's chief cook at Monticello – one of the most responsible positions in Jefferson's household during his retirement. The property's on-site vineyard produces Petit Manseng, a white grape combined with viognier to create our signature "Centennial" blend (introduced in our centennial year 2012).
  • Our wine list contains over 1000 selections with the focus on Bordeaux, Burgundy, Virginia and West Coast wines, and range from $30 to $2000 a bottle. A few of our top selections: Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa; Domaine De La Romanee Conte; Chateau Latour.

Library

  • Keswick Hall's Virginia library is housed on the main floor of the hotel and includes a collection of over 400 books by Virginians or about Virginia that cover a wide range of topics including history, memoirs, photography, cookbooks, nature, and fiction. Guests are welcome to enjoy the books in the library or in the comfort of their room.

 

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