Cope Foster House

2nd Street N E, 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

    Cope Foster House side of innWelcome 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?

    LOCATION. 3 blocks to our downtown pedestrian mall. PRICE - it is a good value.

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

    Master bedroom is a large room.   Walking to downtown day or night is so easy.

    There are only 2 guest options so there are no crowds at the Continental breakfast.

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

    So many reasons - tour Monticello, visit wineries, explore the downtown pedestrian mall, many good dining options, the mountains, hiking and biking, music venues.

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

    We look forward to coming back next year.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    So many good restaurants - some are hiding so ask us how to find the local spots.

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

    Monticello & Montpelier tours, wineries, stroll the mall, hike up on the mountain or other places closer to town, live music nightly, University tour, bicycle rental, sports car rental, swim at County Parks, kayak the Rivanna River or tube on the James, pick fruits in season, ride the trolley, University football game, hot air balloon ride...

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Plenty - shops, dining, music venues, historical buildings, pedestrian mall, restaurants, Saturday market....

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Too many to choose one. The pedestrian mall alone has about 70 restaurants - steaks, seafood, French, vegan, sushi, Thai, and more.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Welcome Book, C-ville weekly newspaper, Visitors Bureau office downtown

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Two basically - King suite with ensuite bathroom.  Hall bathroom for the Double or the Twins room (other room is then not rented - no shared bathrooms unless you are the same booking).

    Do you accept pets?

    No pets. Yes, we can offer some optional accommodations for pet owners.

  • Guest Comments

    Cope Foster House living room

    From 4/2015 - JB

    I had a great time, excellent balance of chatting time with host and quiet time to self. The location, a few minute walk to the downtown mall and walking distance from Amtrak station, was great. I recommend Cope Foster House.

    From 5/2015 - LP

    Wonderful, the Hostess made me feel completely at home. Breakfast was fantastic and the hostess was very accommodating with the time for breakfast. The location was convenient and it was though I was staying at a friend’s house and not at a hotel or rental. We had some very good conversations and it really made my trip for graduation all that more special. Everything was perfect.

    Cope Foster House patio stairs

    From 5/2015 - BK

    The owner is a warm kind soul, a delight to be with. Very clean and comfortable, breakfast is divine. I would recommend to others. Our decision to proceed started with an informational call to Guesthouses and because of their knowledge and professionalism we went with Cope Foster. Great example of mutual supporting team work.

    "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