The Silver Thatch Inn
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Welcome to The Silver Thatch Inn!
An historic Virginia Wine Country inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, Silver Thatch began its life as a barracks built in 1780 by Hessian soldiers captured during the Revolutionary War and marched south to Virginia. This area of Albemarle County was designated by Thomas Jefferson especially for the troops to give them the opportunity to begin their new lives following the war. As wings were added in 1812 and 1937, the Inn served as a boys’ school, a tobacco plantation, and a melon farm, and home to BFD Runk, dean of men at UVA 1937-1964. Silver Thatch Inn offers 7 comfortable, well-appointed guest rooms, with the community pool available close by. Let us assist with dinner reservations, directions and information for Jefferson's Monticello , the University of Virginia, Monroe's Ashlawn-Highland, Monticello Wine Trail and Brew Ridge Trail to sample Virginia's award winning wines and artisan brews and hard ciders. All within a short drive in the gorgeous Virginia countryside.
The Silver Thatch Inn offers a special dining experience in its intimate candlelit dining rooms. Contemporary cuisine is offered, featuring grilled meat and fish with healthy and eclectic sauces. Whenever possible, we work with local farmers to ensure that the finest, freshest produce will reach our dining guests. All breads, muffins, cookies, and fabulous desserts are housemade. Holiday dining at the Inn is special.
Lodging is offered in three rooms in the main building and four rooms in the adjacent presidents cottage. Each room has its own unique personality and has been named for one of this country's early Virginia-born presidents. All of the rooms have private bathrooms and several have canopy beds and fireplaces. Our room amenities will make your stay more enjoyable.
Your stay at Silver Thatch will be memorable for the comfort and personal attention you will receive.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Terri Petrovits for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Leisure travel to a historic area, the homes of Thomas Jefferson, UVA, James Madison, James Monroe, wineries, breweries, outstanding theater & live music.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are known for our hospitality, killer breakfasts, historic sections (from 1780, 1812, 1937, 1985), quiet. What I love most is our hospitality and food. With few exceptions, all food is made by Jim & me (he’s making hunter sausage & kielbasa today for our sausage & cheese platters). We care.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The Home of Thomas Jefferson.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
I wish you were my family.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Silver Thatch Inn.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Wine & beer trails, presidents’ homes, theater, concerts, golf, drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
My house (haha). Great walking area but no services—requires driving car/taxi but only for 5 to 20 minutes.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Hard one – There’s BBQ, fine dining, regional dining, burgers, seafood, steaks, farm-to-table is huge.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
An Historical Setting
The Silver Thatch Inn is one of the oldest historic Virginia homes in the central part of the state, dating back to 1780. The Inn is a charming clapboard home originally started by Hessian soldiers who were captured during the Revolutionary War at The Battle of Saratoga, NY, and marched south to Charlottesville. They built a two-story log cabin on the site of a former Indian settlement, and this section of the house is now known as the Hessian Room.
The English Room, in the center part of the Inn, was built in 1812 and served for a period of time as a boys' school. After the Civil War, the property passed through several hands, serving as a tobacco plantation, a melon farm, and a dairy farm. In 1937, the Inn and its 300 acres were purchased by B.F.D. Runk, Dean of the University of Virginia for many years. Dean Runk added the section which is now the Madison and Monroe guest rooms and the Hollymead Dining Room. In 1984, a guest cottage was added to the site to complement the main building. At present, the Inn, which serves as an alternative to conventional hotels, includes 7 guest rooms, a restaurant with three intimate dining rooms, and an authentic English Pub.
Dining At the Inn
Breakfast at the Inn
Start your morning with:
- Freshly ground and brewed Greenberry's Coffee
- A Selection of Juices and Stash Teas
- House Baked Pastries made from our own recipes
- Fresh Seasonal Fruit
An example of the chef's choice of entrees:
- Our Signature Challah French Toast
- Buttermilk Buckwheat Pancakes or Waffles
- Eggs Benedict, Awesome Omelets
Served with Jim's house-made sausage, Smithfield hickory smoked bacon, or country or city ham. Egg Dishes would include Silver Thatch Seasoned Breakfast Potatoes, Southern Cheese Grits, Potato Latkes, or Fried Green Tomatoes.
As much as possible, everything is made in house, from scratch, and freshly baked!
Special Dietary Needs
Please let us know when you make your reservation and we will do our best to accommodate.
The Silver Thatch Inn is conveniently located in historic Albemarle County just minutes away from downtown and the main campus of the University of Virginia, making it ideal for Charlottesville vacations and visits to the campus.
The area is home to three of our Founding Fathers, each estate boasting fantastic gardens and grounds to explore. Thomas Jefferson's “Monticello”, James Madison’s “Montpelier”, and James Monroe’s “Ashlawn-Highland” offer history and beauty. Return to the Inn for a refreshing beverage in our authentic English Pub, a swim in the pool, then an outstanding dinner paired with a wine from our award-winning wine list.
Nature lovers will enjoy the scenery from the famous Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. The fall foliage is legendary! Outdoor enthusiasts will find the Albemarle countryside perfect for hiking, biking, and fishing. Several spectacular golf courses offer breathtaking vistas, and will challenge your game. The countryside around Albemarle County is beautiful any time of year. For an exciting adventure and dramatic perspective, you may want to try hot air ballooning by the Blue Ridge Balloon Company.
If a more leisurely pace appeals to you, the Charlottesville, VA area abounds with wonderful craft and antique shops with some well-known craft shows scheduled throughout the year. Calm jagged nerves and rejuvenate your energy with a choice of special packages and “quick getaways.” Jog the neighborhood walking paths, swim in the pool, relax on the patio with a glass of wine, do something, or do nothing. Then enjoy an outstanding dinner in a romantic atmosphere. Excellent day spas are located nearby to pamper yourself with a hot stone massage, or you may want to work out stressed muscles at the local ACAC gym. We’ll make all the arrangements.
Virginia’s Piedmont Area is fast becoming the Napa Valley of the East Coast, with many wines earning top awards, and vineyard vistas that make your heart sing. Silver Thatch Inn proudly offers wines from several local vineyards and offers a full complement of domestic wines, which have earned the Inn the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence annually since 1986, the Wine Enthusiast Award of Unique Distinction since its inception, and the Virginia Wine Board Wine Master's Program, Five Crystal Stem Award. For more information about our local Virginia wineries, be sure to visit the Web site of the Monticello Wine Trail.
Charlottesville's beautifully restored Paramount Theater offers the finest in diversified legitimate theater performances year round. The Charlottesville Pavilion offers live music outdoors featuring artists like The Marshall Tucker Band, Eddie Money, Loretta Lynn, and Willie Nelson. Live theater is also offered by Live Arts and The Charlottesville Center for the Performing Arts. The John Paul Jones Arena hosts many world-class concerts and events throughout the year.
For more information, try:
- The Charlottesville City Home page
- The Albemarle County Home Page
- Monticello Avenue
- Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau
We will be pleased to assist you in planning your visit with us. We would like to make your stay a memorable one that you will want to repeat.