Cope Foster House

2nd Street Ne Cross Street Is High Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Innkeeper(s): Joyce Kaswandik
  • Summary

    Private and Cozy Cope Foster House

    Privacy and comfort are key in this small, nineteenth century Virginia home with only three guestrooms.


    Located in the historic part of downtown Charlottesville, Virginia Cope Foster House is a quaint and tranquil home near Thomas Jefferson’s courthouse. The inn is only three blocks away from the antique shops, outdoor dining, specialty boutiques, fine restaurants and Paramount Theater of downtown Charlottesville. The free trolley runs every fifteen minutes with many stops along the route from University of Virginia to downtown and back, spanning 45 minutes round trip.


    Start your morning with a complimentary continental breakfast. Spend the day visiting former United States President Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, and hike the two mile trail beside the home or visit another former United States President, James Madison’s, home in the quieter Montpelier. Pick your own fresh produce at U-Pick Em farms, go tubing on the James River in Scottsville, go on a hot air balloon ride, or take the scenic drive to Afton Mountain. Don’t forget to visit the fantastic Virginia wineries!


    At the end of your busy day exploring, return to the Cope Foster House to enjoy books, games or television in the library room. When the weather permits, relax on the cozy deck or in the serene garden.


  • Introduction

    Welcome to Cope Foster House! This is a late 19th century home near Thomas Jefferson's courthouse in the historic part of downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. It is located just 3 blocks from the downtown pedestrian mall with antique and specialty shops, outdoor dining, fine dining and the Paramount Theater. The elegantly furnished master suite has a king bed, a separate sitting area with TV, and an adjoining private bath. The double bedroom with an antique full size bed or the Twin poster bedroom has a private hall bath. This bath is shared only when the same party of guests book both rooms. Enjoy games, reading or TV in the library room. During seasonable weather, guests can enjoy the comfortable deck and the secluded garden.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Joyce Kaswandik for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    It is something different from a hotel room—more comfortable and homey, a local owner interaction, and they can walk to our pedestrian downtown mall with dining, shopping and entertainment.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our large and spacious King suite; location; friendly hostess; fresh continental breakfast supplied.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Monticello has been #1 and our wineries are a close #2 or may have caught up.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "It was like visiting an old friend…", repeat guests, and "everything was excellent and we will return again."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The free trolley - 45 minute round trip from UVA to downtown and back with many stops along the way, runs every 15 minutes.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Monticello for at least 1/2 day, stroll the downtown area and have dinner one late afternoon and evening, visit a winery or two or take a wine tour where you will likely stop at 3. Hike the trail next to Monticello - 2 miles uphill easy grade, take a scenic drive and once you hit Afton Mountain which is 30 minutes to the west head north onto Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive or head south onto the Blue Ridge parkway (rent a sports car for the day) - either direction you can take the next exit and make a nice loop back to Charlottesville. Visit Montpelier for another Presidents home visit - quieter than Monticello. Pick produce at U-Pick Em farms; tube on the James River in Scottsville 30 minute drive; take a hot air balloon ride; there are many restaurants - dine out; winery events such as polo on Sundays at King Family, music and dancing once a month at Veritas, oyster festivals and more.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The pedestrian downtown mall with all types of restaurants from burgers to fine dining, antique and boutique shops, live music, movie theaters, ice cream shops, and more.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Charlottesville has more restaurants per capita than most communities of this size. L'Etoile - a converted home with small dining rooms; Hamilton’s on the downtown mall; MAS - the locals' favorite tapas place.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Our visitors bureau has an office on the downtown mall - - downtown business association calendar.

    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?

    No pets.

  • Guest Comments

    "The hospitality was lovely. The hostess is sweet and friendly and also gives plenty of space for privacy. Perfect. The room was really beautiful and comfortable, perfectly clean. The bedding was exquisite. We really loved staying here. Could use Cable channel list. I love your service - Wilmington could use one." —JG     03/11

    "Nice stay in Charlottesville. Cope Foster is in a brilliant location. We enjoyed walking to everything and the breakfasts were perfect for us. The king room was beautiful but the double room is really very small, especially the bed -- for thin couples only! We hope to come back to Charlottesville in the fall for the colors and great dining." —TJ     04/11

    "The hostess was great. Very comfortable home, pleasant conversation, enjoyed the stay. My party had all three rooms which was great. All bedrooms and baths are on 2nd floor so had the whole floor to ourselves. The larger bedroom had a sitting area which was nice later in the night to unwind. Room/ bathrooms were very clean. The hostess changed the towels every day. We all like hot tea so, if the hostess was not going to be there in the morning when we came down for breakfast, she left the water on the stove on low so it was hot for us - very much appreciated. Convenient to walk to downtown, visitor center is downtown to find all the sites in the area to see. Would recommend staying at this home to anyone." —CA     06/12

    "The hospitality at Cope-Foster was amazing. This whole experience was like visiting an old friend, and I can't think of anything that would have made our trip better." —EJ     05/13