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Stunning Historic Estate Property - 7 Miles to UVA Rotunda

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

Overview

About the property

Main House & Cottage, 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 family gatherings, touring historic Virginia sites and vineyards, and attending UVA graduation, class reunions and football weekends.

Parts of the property date back to 1790, with many additions over the years expanding the footprint of the home and detached dependencies. During the 19th century, La Fourche was the hub of eastern 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 offer lots of private space for guests plus 5 full bathrooms and two powders rooms. Fully functioning office area that seats 4 comfortably features WIFI and amazing westward views of Monticello.

The Tavern has a separate entrance with galley kitchen, upstairs and downstairs bedrooms and 2nd floor full bath.

The Smokehouse Cottage, adjacent to 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

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

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 Royal Acres

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 cottage offers lots of privacy, yet generous rooms for entertaining.

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

Amenities

Royal Acres Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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:
  • 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

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews
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Bonnie B

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at La Fourche was delightful. Having rented many different homes in different areas, it certainly is at the top of our list. The four grandchildren were delighted with the fire pit. And loved visiting with the neighborly horses. And of course the wonderful train room. Keswick is a beautiful area and easy access to Charlottesville.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Thanksgiving in Keswick

  • 5 of 5

In looking for a place to gather for Thanksgiving I found LaFourche. It was the perfect setting for a family reunion. The home is very comfortable and elegant with well equipped kitchen, great linens on the beds, and lots a places for people to sit and chat. We had two small children in our party ages 4 and 7 and the children's train room was perfect with all the toys that were new to them. The owner thought through the details. The weather very much cooperated so we were able to be outside on the patio and also have an evening bonfire. Very relaxing way to end our day. We rented for 6 nights and no one wanted to go home. The owner was very helpful as was the caretaker. If you need anything they will help. We are looking for an excuse to come back to Charlottesville to rent LaFourche again!! Thank you

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Our daughter recently got married in Cville and we rented LaFourche so all the family could stay together. It worked perfectly! The home is elegantly furnished, well equipped with kitchen items, dinner ware, towels, etc and has lots of places for small and large gatherings. The beautiful piano room with its natural light was perfect for the bride and her bridesmaids to have their hair and makeup done. We would highly recommend LaFourche as a comfortable home away from home.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our peaceful space !

  • 5 of 5

We had our daughters wedding this past weekend at Trump Grand Hall. The weekend from start to finish was fabulous !! My entire family stayed at La Fourche and our 170 guests stayed at various hotels near Stonefield. The house was the perfect choice for us !!! It allowed us to enjoy our time together with our family, with all the comforts of home. The house had plenty of space and was absolutely beautiful !!! The tranquil landscapes surrounding the house provided us with a sense of peacefulness and calmness that was welcomed at a time that could be a very stressful. There were many hours spent by the fire catching up with family and story telling. Selecting La Fourche was the perfect choice for us and exceeded our expectations !!!! La Fourche has provided our family with many wonderful memories that we will treasure for years to come !!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Epic Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We had an magical weekend for our daughters wedding and staying at this house was amazing. We did not want to leave and return to reality. The house is so beautiful and has everything you need. Hope to one day return to La Fourche!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

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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