The Dinsmore House Inn

1211 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Innkeeper(s): Owners- Ryan and Denise Hubbard/ Innkeepers- Mark and Mary Balph
  • Summary

    Historical Significance Meets Comfort and Convenience

    The Dinsmore House Inn of Charlottesville, Virginia comes recommended for its unmatched comfort, historical significance, and convenient location.

    The bed and breakfast is located on the east end of the University of Virginia's "Corner District," only four and a half miles away from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and a little over a mile away from the entertainment of the John Paul Jones Arena. The Inn is a short drive from the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the wine tours of the numerous local vineyards. Along with the fantastic abundance of fine dining, cafes, and shopping, craft breweries have grown with increasing demand.

    The historical significance of The Dinsmore House Inn comes from the fact that it was built in 1817 by Thomas Jefferson's master builder, James Dinsmore. Dinsmore also worked as a master carpenter for Thomas Jefferson at Monticello until 1809 when he left to build James Madison's home, Montpelier.

    A stay at this Charlottesville bed and breakfast starts with a daily homemade breakfast. Complimentary beverages and snacks are available throughout the day and, in the evening, a social hour with wine and cheese or tea and fresh cookies is sure to be a relaxing end to the day's activities. An indoor pool and workout room are available as well as free garage parking, concierge services, and the complimentary use of the Inn's DVD collection and games.


  • Introduction

    "Affordable Luxury in the Heart of Charlottesville"

    The Dinsmore House Bed & Breakfast, built in 1817 by Thomas Jefferson's master builder, welcomes guests with warm light, stature and charm. From the afternoon social hour to the delicious full breakfast, we want your stay to be an enjoyable one. We hope on your next trip to Charlottesville, Virginia, you will experience the unmatched comfort and convenience of The Dinsmore House.

    The Dinsmore House has the ideal location for your Charlottesville plans. Situated on "The Corner", the inn is a short walk from dozens of quaint restaurants and shops. We are one block from the University of Virginia and less than a mile from Charlottesville's historic downtown mall. Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is five miles away and the inn is a short drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains, numerous wineries and the Skyline Drive.

  • 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 Ryan Hubbard for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Guests stay with us because of our proximity to the University of Virginia and Monticello. We are the only bed & breakfast at the university and our guests can walk to dozens of restaurants from our location.

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

    Our inn is almost 200 years old and was built by Thomas Jefferson’s master builder, James Dinsmore. Dinsmore also built Monticello for Thomas Jefferson, and it is a unique experience for our guests to be able to stay in a historic home with Jefferson ties, while also visiting Jefferson’s famous home.

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

    Charlottesville is a truly unique example of old meets new. While the area exudes the historic underpinnings of this nation, many of our guests are surprised by how contemporary, cultural and vital the city itself has become.

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

    A guest told me that he and his wife have stayed at inns all over the world and the Dinsmore House is one of their top five.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The large number of farms, wineries, orchards and microbreweries that dot the countryside. Couples can spend an entire weekend exploring the beautiful surrounding areas and are met with locally-owned, high quality offerings at every turn. The agro-tourism movement in Central Virginia also lends itself to dozens of wonderful restaurants that are able to support the eat and drink local movement.

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

    For travelers staying more than just a weekend we suggest  the following itinerary:

    Day 1: Monticello in the morning, Michie Tavern for lunch, Ash Lawn-Highland (President Monroe) in the afternoon, evening concert at the Charlottesville Pavilion.

    Day 2: Hot air balloon ride, hiking, horseback tours, driving the Blue Ridge Parkway or any activity that allows guests to absorb our stunning natural beauty

    Day 3: Morning at Montpelier (President Madison), afternoon Rotunda tour (University of Virginia), evening dinner on the historic Downtown Mall.

    Day 4: Book a wine tour, or create your agro-tourism adventure to experience the area’s diverse offering of local food, wine, craft beer and cider.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are located in the heart of Charlottesville. There are 30 restaurants and bars within a 5 minute walk of the Dinsmore House. We are also located at the University of Virginia, providing a short walk to the historic “Academical Village” and the University Medical Center. There is a trolley stop a block from the inn that provides free transportation to the historic downtown.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are many great restaurants in this area, but our top 5 include:

    1.) Ivy Inn
    2.) Downtown Grille
    3.) ZoCaLo
    4.) Le Toile
    5.) Maya

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    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 8 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets.


  • Amenities

    The Dinsmore House has eight guest rooms, all with private bath. All of the rooms have cable tv and feathertop beds with luxury linens.

    The Dinsmore House Amenities:

    • Seven bedrooms and one suite, all with private bath
    • Down-filled featherbeds with luxury linens
    • Full homemade breakfast daily
    • Afternoon social hour with refreshments
    • Private garage parking
    • Pool, hot tub and fitness center available
    • Beautiful brick courtyard
    • Large main level - perfect for events
    • Free Wi-Fi
  • Events & Teas

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    Planning an Event?

    Let the Dinsmore House host your next business or social function. We provide complete event hosting services for groups of 10 to 45. Our main floor features two spacious entertainment rooms, plus a lovely glassed-in porch. The first floor is perfect for rehearsal dinners, showers, meetings, luncheons or reunions. The beautiful, lighted brick courtyard is well situated for a cocktail party or mixer.

    Afternoon Teas

    The Dinsmore House is a perfect location for your next bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, or get together. Our afternoon teas are served on our elegant first level, and come complete with delicious foods. Professionally served in a private setting, tea at the Dinsmore House won’t soon be forgotten. Per person rates for a 2-hour tea are $26, which includes room rental, food, drink, servers and gratuity. Minimum 8 people required and 50% deposit due at booking.

    Call for more information.

  • Weddings and Event Planning

    Let The Dinsmore House host your next business or social function. Our main floor features two spacious entertainment rooms, plus a lovely glassed-in porch with wicker furniture. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, showers, meetings, weddings, luncheons or reunions. The beautiful, lighted brick courtyard is well situated for a cocktail party or mixer. Call for more information.

  • Recent Press

    Travel and Leisure Magazine names The Dinsmore House Inn a "GREAT VALUE"in its 2009 Virginia Wine Country Insiders Guide.

    CNN Network featured the Dinsmore House Inn in a travel feature entitled "Virginia's Surprising Wine Country."

    The Chicago Tribune recommends the Dinsmore House Inn for in-town accomodations on your visit to Charlottesville.

    Home Style Magazine
    "We checked into The Dinsmore House, chosen for its central location, reasonable rates and character. "
    "If you're interested in having other going-out activities within walking distance, the Dinsmore House Inn puts you in the midst of Charlottesville, so there are lots of restaurants at the ready and 15 vineyards within 25 miles."

    Journey Through Hallowed Ground Guidebook
    "James Dinsmore was Monticello's master carpenter and the master carpenter for UVA's pavillions III, V, VIII, and the Rotunda. So you can imagine what the house that bears his name is like. Across from University Grounds."

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