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My home will be put onto the real estate market within the next two months and hopefully selling within a timely manner..This will have me moving to Chesterfield, VA to a semi-retirement community at Harvest Glenn.. My home should be finished late December or early January....A location that is near both my daughters, Cammie and Caryn...All this is dictated by a health ...
Ryan has a once a month poker game with several guy friends and it was his turn to host it. It was held in the big tree house that he built. Since he knows that Betsy plays Texas Hold'em on occasion, he asked her to join them. They have a local rule that the game goes until one person has finally won all the chips. I think the buy-in was $10 or 20 dollars. Betsy said that the men were very solicitous, patiently telling her about big and little blinds and all the ...
After our stay at First Landing, we drove further into Virginia to stay in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with our Niece, Bridget, her husband, Ryan, and two boys, Ronan (7) and Remy (5). We parked the RV on the only flat driveway in the area (at my ex sister-in -law's house) for two weeks and stayed in the spacious basement of Bridget & Ryan's house. The cats had carpet again and room to stretch their legs for some sprints.
Thank goodness today was a much cooler day! It was overcast too so it made the work not as tough cause it wasn't boiling hot! I went to feed the chickens and goats today... The chickens and roosters are funny but the goats were even funnier! They are so greedy with their food and they shove each other out of the way to get to the feeder... They also head butt each other and rear up at each other too! Super amusing. Unfortunately we found a dead duck today. There are normally 8 ...
... from our hiking excursion, which doesn’t begin til late afternoon. My friend in Halifax lives mere minutes from a point on the Appalachian Trail, an iconic hiking trail that runs clear across a lot of the Eastern part of the country and something I’ve always wanted to see. I’ve never been shown it though - and my solo PA hike took me through some game lands further south to ‘dinosaur rock’. Kat, being Kat, knows that seeing the ...
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Not quite 5 points
Spent 1 night at Keswick Hall in March 2005. Beautiful hotel with the best restaurant (Fosset's) I have come across in the US. Afternoon tea a welcome extra and good quality. Forgive a Brit for saying this but the best cup of tea on our trip!
The only reason I have not given 5 'stars' is the poor reception. As another reviewer has reported, don't expect any asistance with your bags on arrival. We carried several heavy cases from the car without an offer of assistance. Eventually, the receptionist woke from her boredom to ask if we needed a hand. Not good enough at these prices.
Brunch at Fossett's
I recently had the pleasure of dining at your fine establishment on Sunday, 12-26-04 for your brunch with my son and his family. It was absolutely the finest place I've ever dined and the food and service were excellent. I'd love to come back in the spring when the grounds and trees are at their best. Thanks again for treating us like royalty.
I took my husband here this past weekend (Nov.12-14) for his 35th bday and was so disappointed considering what I was charged for the room. We used to live in Cville and had always heard great things about Keswick. Based on website pictures and reviews I read, I was expecting a luxurious, well-maintained room (I picked a mid-level room - the state room), and instead felt like I was staying in grandma's attic. I knew this hotel was once owned by Sir Ashley and I'm not opposed to floral fabrics, but the room decor was just a little on the shabby side. There were three dormer windows and literally probably was the attic so I can understand the decorating challenges due to wall space, but it still was a little odd to have the bed in the middle of the room and not against the wall. The t.v. was also set on a drape table in the corner and looked pretty lame. We appreciated the music motif the room had with antique musical instruments on the wall, but the fabrics and bedding really were not luxury hotel quality. The carpet and certain upholstered pieces were stained as well. The slipcovers on some chairs didn't even look like they fit. Our bathroom was big but not as great as I hoped. We had trouble with the shower/tub draining during the shower - you would stand in 2 inches of water during a shower. It drained after you got out so I know we had the drain open. We told the front desk the first night, but it never got better.
A Lovely Evening
Just a short review to express our total enjoyment with an outstanding meal we had at Keswick. The ambiance, presentation, service, wine and of course the multi-course meal itself, were all wonderful and made for an evening that we will long remember.
I surprised my Mom with a one night stay at Keswick for her 61st birthday. I was very excited that they were a pet-friendly hotel since we were traveling with my yorkie. (They did treat him like royalty) We had such great expectations, and when we drove up, it was breathtaking-the grounds and house were gorgeous. Our amazement stopped there! The reception confused us with someone else, and offered us a room with a "view" (which was a patio walled in by lattice) that had an awful musty smell. I refused the room, and after my persistence they showed us 2 other small rooms on the 2nd floor. I chose one with a very nice view of the golf course. I happen to be in the interior design business and was very excited to see the home where Laura Ashley lived, but our room was so run down we were shocked! Chipped paint on walls, stains on the carpet, broken terrace doors, unclean bathroom...yuck! The air conditioning was not cooling, and we went to sleep sweating, right after seeing a ROACH crawl across our floor!!!! Needless to say I had a chat with management in the morning, and as expected they were very accomodating. I was impressed with how well the management handled the situation, and they said they were going up to inspect our room and put it "out of order" until repairs were made. I felt so sorry for my Mom, who did not get the birthday surprise she deserved, and we would not return unless we discovered MAJOR changes had been made. It is a shame to see such a beautiful place not given the attention it deserves.
My husband and I stayed at Keswick Hall in April, 2004, and had a lovely time. The staff was helpful and polite. We first were put in a beautifully decorated room, but it overlooked the parking lot. We requested a room overlooking the golf course and mountains, and they cleaned a room and graciously moved us. It was too cold to swim but the infinity pool is beautiful and we plan to come back in warmer weather.
My husband and I travel throughout the world a great deal and spent Valentine's Day at the Keswick. I have to disagree with all the other reviews on a number of issues. One said that the hotel may be the best in the US and the world....that is ridiculous. The other said that it is terrible....also ridiculous. We are very particular and have been to many 5 star hotels around the world....the Keswick is by no means in this class but it was very nice and the service was excellent. Both the front desk and the valet were always very pleasant and could not do enough for us....Our dinner was superb with excellent service. Our room was very nice, very clean with exceptional views of the Virginia countryside and the infinity pool......Everyone has their own tastes and opinions and not everyone has stayed at 5 star hotels so cannot compare. But this is a lovely getaway within the US and not many in Virginia can compare. It can by no means compare to the luxury hotels in Europe or NY.
My wife and I have been to Keswick Hall many times. We use to go about every month for a quick romantic get-a-way before Orient Express Hotels purchased the property from Sir. Ashley. On our first return since Orient Express bought the property we had the following problems: