|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Stay at La Fourche (circa 1790) a fabulously restored, historically significant, estate property located in the heart of Keswick hunt country just minutes to Charlottesville. Walking distance to Keswick Hall, the prestigious resort hotel, and close to Clifton Inn as well. The perfect setting for large family gatherings, wedding-related events, touring Virginia historic sites and vineyards, and attending UVA graduation, class reunions and football weekends.
The oldest part of the property is the Tavern, originally called Traveler's Grove in 1790, and is now part of the main house. During the 19th century, La Fourche was the hub of this side of Albemarle County where visitors came to stay at the inn and change out their horses and locals came to drink at the tavern, vote and use the post office. The main house was constructed just after the Civil war and was originally an Italianate-style clapboard 3 over 3 house. Early in the 20th century, new owners added the third floor, dormers, stucco facade and Greek revival styling complete with two-story fluted columns.
When you arrive and stay at La Fourche, you will feel transported to another era yet with all the comfortable, modern conveniences that you could desire from big, flat screen, HD TV's and a Bose stereo for your iPod to a Cuisinart and Dualit toaster in the kitchen and 2-person soaking tub in the master bath. Large, tastefully decorated bedrooms--on the second floor: 1 king in master, 2 twins and double in the Red Guest Room, 1 queen in the Blue & Gold Guest Room, 2 twins in the Children's 'Train' bedroom; on the third floor: 1 queen in the Grey Guest Room and 1 queen in the Black & Gold Guest Room. Connected Tavern apartment has a separate entrance with galley kitchen, downstairs bedroom with 2 twin beds, full bath upstairs and upstairs bedroom with 1 queen and 1 twin bed. Six full bathrooms plus two powders rooms. Fully functioning office area that seats 4 comfortably features WIFI and amazing westward views of Monticello.
Keywords: historic, Virginia, Keswick, estate, house, country home, University of Virginia, Monticello
We purchased this historic home in 2003 and have painstakingly restored it to its former glory. The original heart pine floors, six fireplaces and woodwork represent the finest of original Virginia craftsmanship. La Fourche, French for fork in the road, because the property was at the crossroads of Albemarle County during the 19th century--one way leading to Richmond and the other way leading to Washington DC.
The Owner purchased this house in 2003
As graduates of the University of Virginia and the Darden School, my husband and I cherish coming back to Charlottesville. The countryside is spectacular, and the northwest vista from the house incorporates the mountain view where Monticello sits, the home of Thomas Jefferson. It's the perfect blend of country while being just 7 miles from the University grounds.
We were truly blown away by our experience and time at this house. The pictures don't do it justice and there's no way they could capture the beauty of the scenery. I am almost reluctant to write this review as I fear letting everyone in on this amazing secret gem. The owner was incredible to work with. An incredible experience overall. We can't wait to go back!
We rented this house for the few days before and the weekend of our daughter's wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard. The owner couldn't have been nicer or more flexible in our dealings with her, including allowing me to meet a caterer there a few weeks before on a trip to finalize some wedding details.
We had all of the bridesmaids and a couple of the groomsmen staying at the house, and the accommodations are beautiful! The house is spacious and beautiful, and everything from the linens and towels to the equipment in the kitchen was top notch. The house is so beautifully maintained and set up so nicely for a large group. The house was completely ready for our arrival, including putting outdoor cushions on the back porch four our use since the weather forecast was warm and sunny. We hosted a beautiful post wedding brunch the day after the wedding for about 100 people and not only were the caterers able to set up a beautiful buffet and omelette bar, everyone still had plenty of room to eat, move around and visit without using additional rentals.
Our wedding experience in Charlottesville (we live on the west coast) was absolutely perfect, and our stay at La Fourche was the highlight after the wedding itself. The girls (some of whom don't get to see one another that often) stayed up late talking and it allowed the family to all be together...so much more intimate and comfortable than staying in a hotel. I can't say enough about the house or the entire experience, from dealing with the owners to our stay in this lovely house.
Our first family visit to La Fourche was a huge success in no small part due to the splendor of this 1790's beauty. The home supported our large group of 19 with ease and grace. All four generations found comfort in its handsomely decorated and furnished spaces. Parking was a snap and move in easy as the front door was just a few steps away. The wide variety of sleeping accommodations within the bedrooms worked well to satisfy the varied needs of our family from the great grandparents to the infants. The pack 'n plays fit nicely into a few of the closets to provide darkness for our young nappers. Plenty of room to stretch out and even nooks and crannies to find alone time for reading. Everyone loved the huge dining room table and it quickly became the focus of our family get together over the New Year's celebration. The youngest found great delight in the train room and the grandparents loved getting warm and cozy in the front den. Plenty of room for all the cooks who wanted to get involved in food preparation in the very well equipped kitchen. We never ran out of hot water and the owner was quick to respond to any questions we had. La Fourche also provided our group with lots of choices for family walks, great jogging, fire pit activities, horses across the street and play areas for the kids. Read the white notebook provided right away as that helps you unlock the mystery as to the location of that seventh bedroom and more. We are sure to visit La Fourche again.
We rented La Fourche for a family stay during our son's wedding. It was large enough for several generations of family and friends to have their own rooms and bath. At the same time, there were many areas where we could all come together to visit comfortably - one of the dens, the wonderful yard with fire pit for gathering after the days festivities, and most notably the incredible dining room where we could all eat together and visit. Monticello is nearby so many visited there. The home truly has everything we needed. We will never forget the memories made there! We hope to visit again.
Thank you so very so much for having us to your beautiful home!! We had such an amazing time - it
couldn't have been more perfect for our reunion group. There was so much space for us to spread out - which was especially helpful during some rainy days! The yard was gorgeous and we spent as much time outside as we possibly could! We built fires at night time, roasted marshmallows and enjoyed each other's company out there long after the kids were in bed. The dining room table accommodated us all - which was fantastic! We had one concert pianist in the house and enjoyed
listening to him play on the piano! The kids were in heaven between the Train Room, swing set, large yard and all the Disney movies - how nice you are so well equipped for kids! All those toys! What a treat..... Being a Virginia girl myself and not having them in our current home - we loved teaching our kids to catch fireflies! (and to enjoy honeysuckles!)
The grill setup on the patio was great and we grilled out many nights. The "dinner bell" was a big hit outside too...
The office was an excellent setup for the few folks that had to get a little work done here and there.....All the baths in the main home were just gorgeous!
We loved being away from the chaos of campus - but close enough to pop in for a few reunion events here and there - what a beautiful, beautiful location!
The kitchen was well stocked and beautiful - a little small, but worked! And the dining areas were nice and large for our big group.
Thank you sincerely - what a treasure that you share your home in the beautiful C-ville country!
We had a fantastic three night weekend with four couples sharing this beautiful home near Charlottesville. The guys played golf, the ladies shopped and we all got together in the evenings to share great food and wine as each couple prepared their favorite dishes. We are all foodies and it was an extravaganza of epecurean delights. We used the Green Egg smoker/grill and fit four or five people in the kitchen cooking at the same time. There was plenty of room to relax and enjoy the company of good friends. The home is well stocked with everything you need and has excellent bedrooms and baths.
We also really enjoyed visiting Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Very worthwile. We had a great time and are already planning a return visit. We intend to make this an annual weekend to catch up with great friends in a beautiful home that very comfortably fits our 4 couple group and can easily accomodate more. We can't wait to return.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 5 2015 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$1,000|
Will consider 2 night stay if less than 30 days out from rental date.
$1000 refundable security deposit due within 7 days of booking, payable by check
Rental and cleaning fee due 30 days prior to arrival
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.