My wife and I were looking for someplace to relax away from the children (who were at various camps) and I picked Prospect Hill because it was close to Charlottesville and because it was off the beaten track, so we figured it would be quiet. It was everything we hoped it would be. A little bit of a hike from C'ville, Prospect Hill is off a paved country road surrounded by farms and woodlands. Our room was in a former slave cabin, which has clearly seen some upgrades since the occupant went on to other pursuits. A big comfortable bed, plenty of space, nice furnishings, modern bathroom, plenty of hot water, even a refriderator with complimentay beverages. But the best part was the quiet. We slept with the windows open to the sound of the crickets and an occasional hoot from an owl off in the woods. We found the dogs, cats and chickens entertaining but not intrusive, and the visits by the humming birds to the hosta off our porch were icing on the cake. Breakfast was hearty and well-prepared, not too "foo-foo", but nice enough that we felt pampered. I am just sorry that we were not there on a weekend to try the dinners, which we hear are superb. The main house and the outbuildings are in an almost parklike setting with benches and wickers chairs in groupings at various locations around the grounds --- perfect for admiring a sunset, reading a book or taking a snooze. The Innkeeper and his family were welcoming and friendly and hustled to make our stay as perfect as possible. Again, like the animals, willing to talk and visit, but not intrusive. Prospect Hill is not for everyone. There is no TV (though you can use the wi-fi in the main house if you need to) and no organized activities but it is a wonderful place to unwind and let the world take care of itself for a few days. Five stars in my book.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Authentic 18th-century plantation complex just 15 miles east of Charlottesville, VA and Thomas Jefferson's "Monticello" and UVA. Set on almost 50 acres of lawns, woods and fields the inn offers 13 rooms in the 1732 manor house and renovated outbuildings dating from 1699 to 1840 and offers prie-fixe dinners every Fri and Sat evenings (and some weekdays) by reservation at $49pp. B&B rates from $195 to $395. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prospect Hill Plantation Hotel Louisa