On the Road to Keswick Hall in Keswick, Virginia

The renovation featured Laura Ashley fabrics and wall coverings to decorate the property, along with many of his own personal furnishings and antiques from his other homes.  You do have the sense that you are visiting friends or relatives during your stay.  In fact, you get so comfortable that you do not want to leave!  Beamer was ready to stay too (they are pet friendly property).

We stayed in what was once Sir Bernard Ashley’s room when he visited Keswick Hall

The architecture and the views from our room made me feel like I was in Provence or Tuscany

Beamer was content

Orient-Express purchased the hotel from Sir Bernard Ashley in 1999 (for $13.5 million) and has made a few changes to the property including the addition of a new pool and Fossett’s restaurant (an interview with their Executive Chef is coming later this week).  However, the property has remained very much the same and has held to Sir Ashley’s vision of vacationing in a country estate.  The fabrics and antiques remain today.

The outdoor dining area at Fossett’s Bar

Your dog can enjoy a cocktail with you outdoors


Why didn’t I bring a bathing suit?

By the way, Patricia did share with us the story of an unsolved murder that took place on the property in the 1970’s.  The golf pro was murdered one evening while leaving the property with his wife.  They went to get into separate cars and suddenly the husband was shot and killed, as the wife recounted the story to police.  However, the wife was not injured and no one ever found the perpetrator?  I bet I could have solved that mystery. 😉

Thank you so much to Patricia for taking the time to meet with us and share the story of Keswick Hall.  If you are interested in learning more about the history of the property, you can visit the website StoryofKeswick.com.

Beamer and I are working on solving the murder. We will get back to you shortly!

Enjoy your week!

Disclosure – Keswick Hall comped two of the nights during our stay.

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