Keswick Hall Reopens with New Ownership & Renovation
A Luxury Resort Experience in Charlottesville
By Dave Daubert
In Charlottesville, Virginia, Keswick Hall officially reopened its doors on October 1 following a complete renovation and expansion including fully transformed guest rooms and suites, common spaces, a signature free standing restaurant, an infinity pool with cabanas, several red clay tennis courts and reimagined resort grounds.
"It has been no small undertaking to transform this special and iconic retreat and we cannot wait to unveil the new Keswick Hall during one of the most scenic seasons in Charlottesville," said new owners Molly and Richard Hardie. "We poured our hearts and souls into thoughtfully redesigning the property and we look forward to seeing the passion that we feel for this project to be embraced by visitors and guests from near and far."
Expanded to 80 rooms, guest accommodations feature four signature suites, including the distinctive two-bedroom Hardie Suite. Decorated in shades of whites, blues and creams, guest rooms feature light wood, elegant furniture with classic upholstery, luxurious beds with Duxiana mattresses and Frette sheets and bath linens. The Hardie Presidential Suite provides guests with a 750-sq.ft. bedroom, 840-sq.ft. of living space, a kitchenette featuring Viking appliances with wet bar, a private entrance and balcony with sprawling mountain views.
Each guest room incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, including smart televisions and Lutron lighting that enables guests to personalize the room's privacy settings with the touch of a button and UV light air purification systems that eliminate airborne pathogens. Touches include filtered spring water hydration stations on each guest room floor.
Marigold by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened in late August. Dishes are sourced not only from local
family-owned farms and suppliers, but also from nearby Oakdale Farm, run by the hotel which produces many of the vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and edible flowers that are featured on the menu. Comprised of 130 indoor seats, 20 bar seats and 70 outdoor seats, the "rustic chic" space features white tiled and wooden floors, a ceramic-face bar, stone fireplace and vibrant outdoor space.
Located off the lobby, "The Counter" offers a morning selection of artisanal breakfast items, tea and coffee before transforming into a retail shop featuring many of the personal amenities found at Keswick Hall.
The newly designed Keswick Ballroom can accommodate up to 240 guests. Just off the lobby, The Garden Room--designed with delicate, artisan crafted dried botanicals and floor-to-ceiling views of the Blue Ridge Mountains--can accommodate 110 seated guests.
Designed with weddings and special occasions in mind, several newly imagined outdoor spaces feature idyllic backdrops for events up to 500 guests. The Great and Oval Lawns each have their own custom tent
solutions that allow for an efficient and seamless turnaround. The indoor and outdoor areas equate to just over 15,000 square feet of total event space.
To highlight the outdoor experience at Keswick Hall, landscape architect Nelson Byrd Woltz has created a sustainable and reflective of the native Virginia landscape. An 80-foot T-shaped infinity dual-level pool is an enchanting outdoor destination with numerous walking paths and beautifully designed resort grounds--all
to enhance the focal point of their brand new, heated Horizon Pool with ultraviolet light filtration and cabanas.
The upgraded tennis facility features seven distinctive courts, bringing the first European sub-irrigated red clay courts to the Mid-Atlantic region.
Full Cry, one of the last golf courses to be designed by Pete Dye, is an 18 hole award-winning masterpiece that merges modern golf course architecture with the rolling topography of central Virginia that brought luminaries like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison to the area.
Expected to open in 2022, the new spa will feature eight treatment rooms and offer services that incorporate organic red flower products, including the signature Dawn Meadow scent of Keswick Hall.
As part of the expansive and transformative restoration, the Hardies have created five custom homes at Keswick Estates. This residential enclave is part of the property and provides residents the opportunity of enjoying resort life year around.
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About: Dave Daubert
David has been writing about golf since the turn of the century. He was Managing Editor at a regional golf magazine for 11 years, published in Canada, the IAGTO and a Staff Writer for The Georgia Golf Trail. His insightful perspective brings golf to life.