Friday, April 6, 2012

Charlottesville Adventure: Part 2

Here's part two of my recent adventure to Charlottesville, Virginia.  It was truly a wonderful getaway and I made many special memories on the trip.  Earlier this week, I shared my trip to Monticello with you.  Today, I'm going to share a wonderful find for a hotel. 

Keswick Hall is nestled in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just outside of Charlottesville.  The location is amazingly beautiful and you're close to everything.  As I approached the main entrance of the resort, I noticed the gorgeous architecture of the Italian style villa. 

The main lobby and hallways are stunning.  Original art, gorgeous antiques, and lovely treasures dot the hallways and common areas.  Everything is perfect.  The elevator doors are even painted to look like a fresco on a wall. 

The weather was beautiful, so I took the opportunity to take a stroll around the property.  The grounds and gardens of Keswick Hall are lovingly well maintained.  There's a vineyard on site as well as clay tennis courts and a "tricky" and beautiful golf course.  According to my favorite golf pro, you have to be "really good at your game, or else you'd lose a lot of balls playing here."   The concierge will set up a game of croquet for you or you can borrow bicycles to explore the local area, too. 

I saw signs of spring everywhere in the hotel gardens. 

Keswick Hall has three lovely pools, but this one was my favorite.  The heated infinity pool has a waterfall feature.  It was about 75 degrees on this day and the pool was perfect. 

Here's the indoor pool located close to the spa. 

Since the trip celebrated a special birthday, there was a bottle of chilled champagne waiting in the room.  The room was incredible.  There were book cases with old books and a quaint sitting area.  The corner room was very large and offered an incredible view of the pool and golf course.  I loved the claw foot tub in the extra large bathroom. 

It seemed like there was always something to do during the day at the hotel.  Afternoon tea is delightful and food is available a la carte or buffet.  The staff at Keswick Hall is incredibly attentive and friendly.  The sweets table looks delicious, don't you think? 

After dinner, I played pool in the billiards room.  Doesn't that sound like something from the game Clue?  It was Lady Pink and Green in the billiards room...with what?  Ha ha.  I had not played pool since college, so my efforts were pretty hilarious.  During the game, I noticed the security camera in the room.  I bet the guys in security had a good laugh that night!  By the second game, my game improved, but I still lost, albeit, more respectably. 

The hotel is wonderful and I highly recommend it!  The hotel was completely booked when I was there, but I felt like I was visiting someone's house.  It never seemed crowded.  The majority of the guests were couples, although I did see a few families with children. 


P.S. As always, I was not compensated for this post, although I'd be happy to return to Keswick Hall for another visit. In my previous working life, I had to take many "inspection trips" to hotels around the world to organize incentive travel. It was a tough life! :)

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely establishment.I was a travel consultant before I had my children,and my husband and I got to travel and stay at many wonderful places free of charge.Boy,do I miss traveling for free! Looks like you had a great trip. Hope the Easter Bunny is good to you!



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