The great English essayist Francis Bacon once wrote "God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man; without which, buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks; and a man shall ever see, that when ages grow to civility and elegance, men shall come to build stately sooner than to garden finely." Indeed Jean and Craig Stratton's relais in Scottsville, Virginia offers exactly what Bacon was describing - civility and elegance. Set amid acres of fertile ground, Chester is equipped with all the amenities the visitor might come to expect in the most sybaritic of hotels. Apart from gourmet breakfasts and delightful picnic baskets, visitors will find the guest rooms are elegantly apponted with oriental rugs, four poster beds, wood burning fireplaces and naturally, private baths. Here there are luxurious down comforters, plush towels and - always - fresh flowers. The rooms - of which there are five - are climate controlled throughout and guests may relax in luxury to contemplate the natural word outside replete with chicadees, hummingbirds, cardinals attracted to the Strattons' always full bird feeders. Indeed, this is a perfect escape from the everyday toils of workaday existence. Chester is located a stone's throw from Charlottsville and the University of Virginia. In short, Chester is full of civility and elegance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chester is a gracious bed and breakfast with elegant charm located just 16 miles south of Charlottesville. Guests will enjoy lovely rooms, private baths, wood burning fireplaces, spacious porches and landscaped arboretum grounds. Full gourmet breakfasts are included with each room; gourmet wine dinners are available for parties of 6 or more with advance request. Chester provides an intimate setting for quiet relaxation, comfort and romance. Chester hosts garden and tent weddings, reunions, and other events. ... more less