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Stunning Historic Estate Property - 7 Miles to UVA Rotunda

Bedrooms 9
Separate WCs2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Main House & Cottage, 9 Bedrooms, 7 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths, (Sleeps 16-24)

Stay at La Fourche (circa 1790) a fabulously restored, historically significant, estate property located in the heart of Keswick hunt country just minutes to Charlottesville. Walking distance to Keswick Hall, the prestigious resort hotel, and close to Clifton Inn as well. The perfect setting for family gatherings, touring historic Virginia sites and vineyards, and attending UVA graduation, class reunions and football weekends.

Parts of the property date back to 1790, with many additions over the years expanding the footprint of the home and detached dependencies. During the 19th century, La Fourche was the hub of eastern Albemarle County where visitors came to stay at the inn and change out their horses and locals came to drink at the tavern, vote and use the post office. The main house was constructed just after the Civil war and was originally an Italianate-style clapboard 3 over 3 house. Early in the 20th century, new owners added the third floor, dormers, stucco facade and Greek revival styling complete with two-story fluted columns.

When you arrive and stay at La Fourche, you will feel transported to another era yet with all the comfortable, modern conveniences that you could desire from big, flat screen, HD TV's and a Bose stereo for your iPod to a Cuisinart and Dualit toaster in the kitchen and 2-person soaking tub in the master bath. Large, tastefully decorated bedrooms in the Main House offer lots of private space for guests plus 5 full bathrooms and two powders rooms. Fully functioning office area that seats 4 comfortably features WIFI and amazing westward views of Monticello.

The Tavern has a separate entrance with galley kitchen, upstairs and downstairs bedrooms and 2nd floor full bath.

The Smokehouse Cottage, adjacent to the Main House, features one bedroom with queen bed, a galley kitchen and living room with twin daybed and twin trundle. Washer-dryer. Private patio.

Keywords: historic, Virginia, Keswick, estate, house, country home, University of Virginia, Monticello

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Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About The Owner

We purchased this historic home in 2003 and have painstakingly restored it to its former glory. The original heart pine floors, six fireplaces and woodwork represent the finest of original Virginia craftsmanship. La Fourche, French for fork in the road, because the property was at the crossroads of Albemarle County during the 19th century--one way leading to Richmond and the other way leading to Washington DC.

The Owner purchased this estate in 2003

Why The Owner chose Royal Acres

As graduates of the University of Virginia and the Darden School, my husband and I cherish coming back to Charlottesville. The countryside is spectacular, and the northwest vista from the house incorporates the mountain view where Monticello sits, the home of Thomas Jefferson. It's the perfect blend of country while being just 7 miles from the University grounds.

What makes this estate unique

Perfect for family reunions and housing wedding guests. Large home with cottage offers lots of privacy, yet generous rooms for entertaining.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Royal Acres in Albemarle County

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Master Bathroom - Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Separate sinks, shower with seat and 2-person tub
    Red Guest Room Ensuite Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Pedestal sink and original cast iron tub with shower
    2nd Floor Hallway Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Pedestal sink and glass shower
    Black & Gold Ensuite Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large ensuite bathroom with generous shower and vanity
    Gray Guest Room Ensuite Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Charming ensuite bathroom
    1st Floor Powder Room - Toilet , Elegant, large 1st floor powder room with mirrors and marble
    Office Powder Room - Toilet , Powder room just off the office area and laundry room
    Tavern Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Hallway bathroom serves both bedrooms
    Smokehouse Cottage Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Hallway bathroom serves bedroom and living room area
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Main House Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Large bedroom with sitting area plus separate dressing room
    Red Guest Room - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Perfect room for parents with children - ensuite bathroom
    Blue & Gold Guest Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Pretty room with balcony overlooking the front porch
    Children's Train Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Perfect sanctuary for little kids - lots of books and toys
    Black & Gold Guest Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Private sunny suite with ensuite bathroom
    Gray Guest Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Alcoved suite with ensuite bathroom with shower
    Tavern Cottage Downstairs - 2 Single Bed , Pretty ground floor bedroom close to the galley kitchen
    Tavern Cottage Upstairs - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Sunny queen bedroom with bonus twin bed for families
    Smokehouse Cottage Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Separate bedroom plus twin daybed/trundle in living room
  • Spacious bedrooms throughout the Main House. Separate bedrooms in Tavern and Smokehouse Cottages. Two porta-cribs available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Front porch veranda with rocking chairs, countryside vista, equidistant between Keswick Hall and Clifton Inn


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Stunning Historic Estate Property - 7 Miles to UVA Rotunda
average rating of 5.0 based on 46 reviews

Family and Friends 3 day party

  • 5 of 5

This estate was exactly what we needed and made our wedding weekend even more significant. Family and friends were all together for a Friday night reunion, Saturday night grooms hangout, and Sunday wedding day get together. The number of beds and baths worked out for us, we ate most of our meals on the patio, the children played in the train room, and we appreciated the air conditioning on a hot weekend. Two things were disappointing--We planned to do a lot of cooking out, but the grills were not usable so we had to cook inside, and there was not enough water pressure to shower in the master bath.

We still had an amazing time together and sincerely appreciated this large home that was a significant part of our celebration.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the feedback and I am glad your family had a wonderful weekend. I will have my property manager check the grills -- since there is both a gas grill and Weber kettle on the patio. I am sorry to hear about the master shower pressure. When I stayed at the home recently, I also noticed the pressure and just had a brand new water filtration system installed because of mineral build-up. We'll check it again for the next guests -- and maybe we need to completely replace the shower head as well. Thanks again for your stay.
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Bonnie B

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at La Fourche was delightful. Having rented many different homes in different areas, it certainly is at the top of our list. The four grandchildren were delighted with the fire pit. And loved visiting with the neighborly horses. And of course the wonderful train room. Keswick is a beautiful area and easy access to Charlottesville.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

Thanksgiving in Keswick

  • 5 of 5

In looking for a place to gather for Thanksgiving I found LaFourche. It was the perfect setting for a family reunion. The home is very comfortable and elegant with well equipped kitchen, great linens on the beds, and lots a places for people to sit and chat. We had two small children in our party ages 4 and 7 and the children's train room was perfect with all the toys that were new to them. The owner thought through the details. The weather very much cooperated so we were able to be outside on the patio and also have an evening bonfire. Very relaxing way to end our day. We rented for 6 nights and no one wanted to go home. The owner was very helpful as was the caretaker. If you need anything they will help. We are looking for an excuse to come back to Charlottesville to rent LaFourche again!! Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 08-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Our daughter recently got married in Cville and we rented LaFourche so all the family could stay together. It worked perfectly! The home is elegantly furnished, well equipped with kitchen items, dinner ware, towels, etc and has lots of places for small and large gatherings. The beautiful piano room with its natural light was perfect for the bride and her bridesmaids to have their hair and makeup done. We would highly recommend LaFourche as a comfortable home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our peaceful space !

  • 5 of 5

We had our daughters wedding this past weekend at Trump Grand Hall. The weekend from start to finish was fabulous !! My entire family stayed at La Fourche and our 170 guests stayed at various hotels near Stonefield. The house was the perfect choice for us !!! It allowed us to enjoy our time together with our family, with all the comforts of home. The house had plenty of space and was absolutely beautiful !!! The tranquil landscapes surrounding the house provided us with a sense of peacefulness and calmness that was welcomed at a time that could be a very stressful. There were many hours spent by the fire catching up with family and story telling. Selecting La Fourche was the perfect choice for us and exceeded our expectations !!!! La Fourche has provided our family with many wonderful memories that we will treasure for years to come !!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairfax Station, VA/USA

Epic Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We had an magical weekend for our daughters wedding and staying at this house was amazing. We did not want to leave and return to reality. The house is so beautiful and has everything you need. Hope to one day return to La Fourche!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Keswick Hall
Nearest Point of Interest
Clifton Inn

Steeplechase races, Virginia wineries, Monticello, Ash Lawn, Montpelier, University of Virginia, Keswick Hall golf


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in Royal Acres, USA

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £264.53 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £755.8

Additional $500 event fee for up to 50 guests maximum.
Additional $500 fee for UVA graduation weekend.
Will consider 2-night stay if less than 30 days out from rental date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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