Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant
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Prospect Hill Plantation Inn & Restaurant is one of the most-unique bed and breakfast inns in the Charlottesville, Virginia area. Just up the road from historic Monticello (Jefferson's home), Montpelier (Madison's home) and Highland (Monroe's home), this distinctive inn offers the finest in old-Virginia dining and lodging.
Located just 15 miles East of Charlottesville, Prospect Hill is an authentic 18th century plantation complex, including the 1732 manor house (with additions from the 1840s to the 1920s), and all seven of the original dependencies, dating from 1699 to 1870.
Each guest room and cottage is unique. By keeping each room's original function as intact as possible, these guest rooms and suites vary from elegant to rustic, but all lodging rooms are charming and romantic with antique furnishings and queen and king size beds and modern bathroom amenities.
Our two candlelight dining rooms have been serving the finest culinary delights since 1977 to locals and overnight guests. Dinner is served nightly (except Tuesdays) between 6 pm and 8 pm. We require reservations for dinner, but we encourage you to call (even at the last minute) as we usually can squeeze in a few more guests.
The grounds at Prospect Hill are magnificent with many of the original 1840 plantings of trees, including a 5 acre arboretum (tree garden). There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool with shade pavilion, as well as, many private places to relax on our 40 acres of grounds. A large Garden Pavilion is perfect for quiet reflection and has been the site of hundreds of wedding ceremonies at Prospect Hill, which has the reputation as one of the premier wedding and small meeting locations in Virginia.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Doc Findley for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Superb reputation (we’ve been innkeeping for more than 150 years); Our unique property (a genuine Plantation complex nearly as it existed 250 years ago); Our relaxing grounds, and friendly (but not intrusive) service.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We’re one of only a handful of country inns with original plantation dependencies still standing. Our oldest cabin was constructed in 1699, and is still rented nightly to our guests!
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Fascinating history crucial to the founding of our country. The United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence (including the Bill of Rights) were birthed and written in the Charlottesville area.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
"... We will be back again!"
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Jack Jouett's 40 mile horse ride (similar to Paul Revere's, but much more impactful as to the outcome of the Revolutionary War).
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Learn about the founding of our country by visiting three U.S. President’s homes nearby (Thomas Jefferson – Monticello; James Madison – Montpelier; John Monroe – Ash Lawn-Highland); Visit several of the 20+ local wineries/vineyards and see why Virginia is famous for wines.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Nothing… but miles and miles of the most serene and pastoral Virginia rolling pastures (however, our 40 acres has lots to see, including walking trails, horses, alpacas, etc).
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Our own dining room, of course (which serves our award-winning dinners nightly, except Tuesdays).
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
How many rooms does your inn have?
Thirteen rooms total (5 in the Manor House, 8 in our historic cottages).
Do you accept pets?
Yes, we welcome dogs in most of our cottages.
Dining at Prospect Hill Plantation is an unusual culinary experience.
Chef's menu selections are chosen from the finest of fresh regional ingredients and feature creative, original recipes with a distinct European influence. The dining room is open by reservation nightly (except Tuesdays) between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. Special dietary needs are always accommodated.