If you've got the money for it, this 1912 Tuscan villa on 600 lush acres 5 mi east of Charlottesville is a luxurious, cosmopolitan retreat. Since it is now owned by the Orient-Express, you can expect the ultimate in top-drawer amenities and service. The 48 guest rooms and suites contain modern amenities like high-speed Internet and flat screen TVs, which exist in harmony with English and American antiques and claw-foot tubs. Some rooms have whirlpool baths and balconies. The 18-hole golf course, designed by Arnold Palmer, spreads across the rear of the estate. There's no check-in desk here; you are welcomed inside as if you are entering someone's home. The facilities of the private Keswick Club are open to those staying overnight.
Jun 21, 2009
My husband and I have stayed at Keswick Hall 5 times (since 2006 we have stayed there for a 2-3 nights at a time at least once a year). Our last stay there was end-May 2009. The place is great for people who like to golf, or relax by the infinity pool enjoying the usually quiet atmosphere and the amazing views. I would recommend it specially for couples looking to have a nice time together, away from everything. What surprises me every time is
that the place is never crowded (probably, a result of the rates--although I must say their "best day deals" make it more affordable). Fosett's, their main restaurant, has amazing views overlooking the golf course and hills (stunning at sunset). In addition, there has been a welcome change in their menu: they now have good vegetarian dishes --in the past, the the nonexistence of dishes suitable for vegetarians was a problem for me. The one problem we had on the last visit was that our room overlooked the restaurant's terrace, where a noisy bunch was having a late dinner one night. We complained to the person manning the reception desk three times, but no one did anything about it--which was rather irritating, since we had to put up with the noise until midnight. The rest of the service was impeccable, though.