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Owner

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Stunning Historic Estate Property - 7 Miles to UVA Rotunda

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms6
Half Baths2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Royal Acres Estate Rental Photos and Description

Main House & Cottages, 9 Bedrooms, 7 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths, (Sleeps 16-24)

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 in the Main House--on the second floor: 1 king in master plus twin daybed, 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. Five full bathrooms plus two powders rooms. Fully functioning office area that seats 4 comfortably features WIFI and amazing westward views of Monticello.

Tavern Cottage 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.

Smokehouse Cottage, just steps away from the Main House, features one bedroom with queen bed, a galley kitchen and living room with twin daybed and twin trundle. Washer-dryer. Private patio.

Keywords: historic, Virginia, Keswick, estate, house, country home, University of Virginia, Monticello

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About The Owner

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 estate in 2003

Why The Owner chose Virginia

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.

What makes this estate unique

Perfect for family reunions and housing wedding guests. Large home with cottages offers lots of privacy, yet generous rooms for entertaining.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(40 traveler reviews)
Stunning Historic Estate Property - 7 Miles to UVA Rotunda
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews
5

Amazing house in an amazing place

  • 5 of 5

This house does not disappoint! Everyone who came walked away saying, "Can we just move here?" The house is great for a large gathering. It feels like you're on your own little planet, but it's close enough to Charlottesville for easy grocery runs, lunch in town, etc.

The owner was very responsive and helpful throughout the booking process and during our stay. The house was spotless and stocked with everything we needed (including a really nice kitchen to cook in!) I can't recommend La Fourche enough--we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A Wonderful Graduation Weekend!!

  • 5 of 5

This property was more than I could have hoped for. UVA graduation 2016 was perfect! Twenty family members were extremely comfortable. Every detail was taken care of. No complaints whatsoever! Enjoyed a wonderful family graduation weekend at a lovely restored home. Thank you for a memorable weekend!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

LOVED this estate. Better than I imagined.

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for a photographers retreat with 18 women and it was so delightful. There was plenty of room for everyone, the house was in perfect condition and just so lovely and so hospitable. We had several small events on site and it was just delightful even in the rain. Highly recommend this rental. The owner was very accommodating and responsive. Perfect southern experience.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful house! A large group of ladies and I stayed at the house for a weekend yoga retreat. The house was exactly what we needed. We have stayed in other houses but this house not only had the space we needed it had ample supplies in the kitchen. The owner Connie is very friendly and responded to any questions we had within a short time. I am hopeful we will be able to rent this house again in the future, maybe even for a wedding!!! Thank you again Connie!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Charlottesville reunion/Family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Five families (former UVA roommates now 15 years out)gathered at La Fourche for a weekend away in Charlottesville. We could not have been happier. The home and grounds were so nice that we barely wanted to leave!!! Everything was perfect-the home is ideal to give a balance of privacy and beautiful space for everyone to be together. We had a great homemade dinner in the gorgeous dining room (which was so easy because the kitchen is so well appointed) followed by a beautiful night catching up by the fire pit. The location is ideal for proximity to Charlottesville and beautiful views of Albemarle county. This was our second stay at La Forche and we are already planning a third! The owner is very easy to work with and very responsive! Perfect getaway!!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chevy Chase, MD
5

Couldn't have been better--Merci La Fourche!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at La Fourche in early November 2015 to celebrate my father's 80th birthday, and I can't say enough great things about this property. We had over 20 people ranging in age from 4 to 82 traveling in from all over the country, and it helped to have an airport so close by in Charlottesville.

The evening everyone arrived was mild, so we spent it outside around the fire pit while the kids played in the yard. There were two big patio tables where we could spread out food and drink, and plenty of chairs for everyone. The next night we had a champagne toast in the large foyer, then moved to the elegant dining room for the official birthday dinner, and finally "retired" to the living room and family room to relax. The flow worked out great and there was always plenty of room for all.

The bedrooms are right out of a decorators' magazine, with cozy linens and gorgeous furniture. Both the kids and grandparents had fun in the train room playing with some of the "vintage" toys. We also appreciated having access to the Smokehouse Cottage and Tavern so those with kids could stay together without having to share beds/bedrooms.

Though we spent most of our time at the house, we did make a trip to Monticello and to a few local wineries that Constance recommended. She was great throughout the whole rental process, very responsive and kind.

When we began planning this reunion over a year ago, I didn't think we'd find a place where everyone could stay together, could be reached relatively easily from across the country, and could accommodate a large sit-down dinner. La Fourche not only made that possible, it exceeded every expectation we could have had. We have already talked about making a return trip in another five or 10 years. And my daughter has proclaimed that she wants to live here when she grows up! : )

Hope you are able to stay here, you won't want to leave, and will never forget it.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Point of Interest
Keswick Hall
Nearest Point of Interest
Clifton Inn

Steeplechase races, Virginia wineries, Monticello, Ash Lawn, Montpelier, University of Virginia, Keswick Hall golf

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Rates & Availability

Royal Acres Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$1,500
$9,000
$27,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning Fee $350 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.3%

Additional $500 event fee for up to 50 guests maximum.
Additional $500 fee for UVA graduation weekend.
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 only.
Rental fee, cleaning fee and tax due 30 days prior to arrival, payable by check only.

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Amenities

Royal Acres Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Master Bathroom - tub , shower , Separate sinks, shower with seat and 2-person tub
    Red Guest Room Ensuite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Pedestal sink and original cast iron tub with shower
    2nd Floor Hallway Bathroom - toilet , shower , Pedestal sink and glass shower
    Black & Gold Ensuite Bathroom - toilet , shower , Large ensuite bathroom with generous shower and vanity
    Gray Guest Room Ensuite Bathroom - toilet , shower , Charming ensuite bathroom
    1st Floor Powder Room - toilet , Elegant, large 1st floor powder room with mirrors and marble
    Office Powder Room - toilet , Powder room just off the office area and laundry room
    Tavern Bathroom - toilet , shower , Hallway bathroom serves both bedrooms
    Smokehouse Cottage Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hallway bathroom serves bedroom and living room area
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Main House Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Large bedroom with sitting area plus separate dressing room
    Red Guest Room - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Perfect room for parents with children - ensuite bathroom
    Blue & Gold Guest Room - 1 queen , Pretty room with balcony overlooking the front porch
    Children's Train Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Perfect sanctuary for little kids - lots of books and toys
    Black & Gold Guest Room - 1 queen , Private sunny suite with ensuite bathroom
    Gray Guest Room - 1 queen , Alcoved suite with ensuite bathroom with shower
    Tavern Cottage Downstairs - 2 twin/ single , Pretty ground floor bedroom close to the galley kitchen
    Tavern Cottage Upstairs - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Sunny queen bedroom with bonus twin bed for families
    Smokehouse Cottage Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Separate bedroom plus twin daybed/trundle in living room
  • Spacious bedrooms throughout the Main House. Separate bedrooms in Tavern and Smokehouse Cottages. Two porta-cribs available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Front porch veranda with rocking chairs, countryside vista, equidistant between Keswick Hall and Clifton Inn

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