701 Club Drive
Keswick, VA 22947
The 600-acre Keswick Estate is situated in the heart of horse and wine country just east of historic Charlottesville, Virginia.
The estate is the magnificent backdrop for Keswick Hall, a 48 room country house hotel, owned and managed by Orient-Express Hotels.
The estate also features Keswick Club, a private club with an eighteen-hole Arnold Palmer signature golf course, surrounded by exclusive private homes.
The estate’s spectacular setting of gently rolling hills, open meadows, and splendid foliage is characterized by a relaxed and tranquil environment — a retreat where guests feel protected from the stress of modern day life.
In keeping with the grandest and most authentic elegant estates, public rooms at Keswick Hall serve
different purposes. The Crawford Lounge, formerly the entrance hall for Villa Crawford, is an ideal
setting for cocktails or afternoon tea. The Morning Room, the cozy Villa Crawford and the Snooker
Room are places where guests can enjoy afternoon tea, a midnight game and glass or two of port or sherry
before turning in. The library with its roaring fire now houses over 400 books by Virginians or about
Virginia. Furnishings in these rooms are a blend of original antiques and period inspired pieces.
Located in the center of the area that Thomas Jefferson described as "The Eden of the
United States," Keswick Hall is just five miles from
Monticello. This Tuscan-style villa is in the heart of Virginia hunt country, bordering the Blue Ridge Mountains in
historic Charlottesville, the University of Virginia, and a variety of
Fossett’s: Opened in June of 2004, Keswick Hall’s elegant yet casual evening restaurant features
expansive three-sided floor to ceiling windows with spectacular open views of the estate’s pristine
landscape and the Southwest mountains. The interiors, designed to be warm and refreshing, are accented
with historical Virginia artwork, custom designed furniture, and original hand-painted murals. During the
mild weather months, Fossett’s also offers al fresco terrace seating overlooking the rolling fairways of
the estate’s Arnold Palmer signature golf course. Executive Chef Craig Hartman and his staff offer a culinary
experience that is approachable, contemporary, and innovative. Fossett’s seasonal menu is influenced by
the chef’s own version of American Regional cuisine and emphasizes his freedom to experiment with
distinctive flavors and fresh, local ingredients.
Fossett’s is named in honor of Thomas Jefferson’s chief cook at Monticello, Edith Fossett (1787-1854).
Mrs. Fossett held one of the most responsible positions in Jefferson’s household during his retirement
years. Mrs. Fossett learned the art of French cooking from Honore Julien, Head Chef, and Etienne
Lemaire, the maitre de hotel, while serving in the White House during Jefferson’s presidential years.
Herb & Vegetable Garden: The hotel has recently unveiled a new vegetable and culinary herb garden, which guests are encouraged to visit. The design and content of these gardens on the Estate’s beautiful grounds began as a collaboration between Chef Hartman and the Estate’s Head Gardener Amy Lewis. The gardeners now have broccoli, onions, spinach, carrots and peas in the ground. The garden will also contain a variety of flowers to complement the property’s already extensive cutting flower beds. Located in close proximity to the hotel’s kitchen, Chef Hartman now has a personal local source for the freshest vegetables and herbs to embellish his innovative dishes.
Fossett’s Bar: Located adjacent to the restaurant, the bar features specialty and signature drinks such as
the Cucumber Rickey, East Gate Blood Orange Martini and Fairway Ginger Tonic. The bar features
an exquisite U-bar, terrace and fireside seating, and live music. Fossett's Bar boasts the largest wine list in Virginia. In addition, Sommelier Richard Hewitt can introduce guests to tastings of some of his extraordinary trophy wine selections — many available to take home.
Private Label Wines: Keswick’s Sommelier Richard Hewitt and his staff produce their own private-label wine, Edith’s Chardonnay. The winemaking program took Hewitt and fourteen other Keswick Hall employees through a ten-month process including sorting through two tons of grapes, pumping the juice into three year old French oak barrels, and monitoring the fermentation. The Chardonnay grapes came from Carter’s Mountain Winery and the red grapes from Pollak Vineyard in Crozet. A recent harvest produced fifty cases of both red and white wine. Hewitt plans on expanding Fossett’s custom cellar wines and adding different varietals for guests to enjoy.
The Palmer Room: Located only steps from the main building, the Palmer Room offers
casual dining for hotel guests and club members. With seating for 50, it provides a cozy setting with
expansive views of the golf course for lunch and dinner. Entrees showcase local products, seafood and
Asian inspired cuisine including Local Hubbard Squash Bisque, Asian Chopped Salad, Tequila – Lime –
Shiso Chicken and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes Delmarva.
Villa Crawford: Carefully furnished with a blend of antique and contemporary designs, Villa Crawford has the air of an elegant private home. An outstanding lunch features soup of the day, freshly tossed signature Cobb salad, and a buffet that includes carefully selected and ever-changing entrées and accompaniments, artisan cheeses, charcuterie, salads, and an amazing array of desserts and fresh fruits. Afternoon Tea in the Villa is an occasion to be remembered among guests and locals alike. Guest can enjoy tea of their choice brewed in a silver teapot, with warm scones, clotted cream and jam, lemon curd and preserves, fruit and assorted pastries served on elegant china, and traditional tea sandwiches, champagne or truffles.
GUEST ROOMS: No two guest rooms at the hotel are alike. Each is subtly themed (aviation, fishing, maps, the
circus, tennis and music) and feature antiques, plush furnishing, linen and fabrics featuring heirloom
patterns. Facing formal gardens at the front and the golf course and lush rolling fields at the back, many
rooms feature canopied four-poster beds plumped with comforters and feather pillows, bergere club
chairs, personal collectibles, hand-painted armoires, overstuffed ottomans, antique furnishings and fitted
carpets with Aubusson designs.
Generously sized bathrooms feature separate, glass-enclosed showers, oversized or claw-footed tubs,
antique porcelain bathroom sets, heated towel racks, hair-dryers, and a selection of bath amenities,
including herbal bath salts, hair treatments, body lotions, cotton swabs and shower caps.
Nightly turndown service features sumptuous butter cookies served on antique china.
SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS: A dedicated staff is committed to the anticipation and fulfillment of guests’ needs,
with butler style service, including:
- 24-hour concierge service and valet parking
- 24-hour room service, including hospitality services
- In-room safes
- High-speed internet access
- Valet Service
- Laundry/dry cleaning and shoe shine
- Multi-lingual staff
- Customized site-seeing itineraries/tours
- The arrangement of baby sitting services
- Temporary Club Membership for the duration of their stay to Keswick Club providing access to
private golf course, tennis centre, fitness facilities, club house and full service spa.
MEETING FACILITIES: Keswick Hall has more than 7,000-square feet of meeting and conference space, making it a great
setting for business and social gatherings from eight to 300. With its naturally beautiful surroundings,
luxurious guestrooms, exciting leisure facilities and sophisticated technology, this year-round venue is
rated among America's best for social gatherings and events, including board meetings, executive retreats,
corporate gatherings and weddings.
Keswick Hall and its Club provide numerous on-site recreation and
relaxation options, including:
- An 18-hole Arnold Palmer designed signature golf course
- Driving range
- Private golf lessons
- Tennis Center featuring five lit tennis courts (three clay, two hard surface), pro shop equipment for
sale, rental, demo, two computerized Playmate ball machines, and ladies and men’s locker rooms.
Full time tennis professional on staff.
- Three Pools
Indoor/outdoor swimming pool at Club House
Olympic sized outdoor Lap pool at tennis center
Infinity edge lounging pool off terrace of inn.
- Full service spa offering massage, facials, manicure, pedicures, body wraps, etc
- Fitness facility with free weights, weight machines cardiovascular equipment, regular schedule of yoga, power walking/hiking on the estate and fitness classes. Personal training available.
- Golf pro-shop
- Members' lounge
- Complimentary bicycles
- Fishing at property’s Broadmoore Lake (fly or cast)
- Hot air balloon tours departing from the property provide a birds-eye view of the exquisite Virginia
- On the main floor of the hotel is a collection of over 400 books by Virginians or about Virginia covering topics that include history, memoirs, photography, cookbooks, nature, and fiction.
- Antique snooker table
Horseback riding, skeet shooting, fly fishing in nearby streams, hiking and mountain biking in the Blue
Ridge Mountains, and whitewater rafting on the James River can all be easily arranged. During the
winter months, downhill skiing is available at Wintergreen Resort, an hour away by car.
Tours of nearby attractions to Monticello (home of President Thomas Jefferson); Ash-Lawn-Highland
(home of President James Monroe); Montpelier (home of President James Madison); downtown historic
Charlottesville; local vineyards - Barboursville, Horton, Jefferson and Montedomaine; famous Civil and
Revolutionary War battlegrounds; University of Virginia, Rotunda and Academical Village, horse farms,
and more can easily be arranged.
Customized Vineyard Tours & Wine Tastings:
Since Keswick Hall is situated in the heart of wine country, the hotel staff can arrange wine tasting and vineyard tours.
Wine connoisseurs and novices alike can choose from a one, two, or three day discovery into one of the fastest growing and celebrated wine trails in the country.
Each day, guest can tour some of the area's award-winning vineyards and taste a selection of Central Virginia's most prestigious wines.