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What We Love

  • Our package includes a four-course dinner and historical tour of the property
  • Quiet, secluded location close to wineries and historical sites
  • No-charge chef’s table seats up to 10 people
  • Intimate dining in cozy downstairs wine cellar
  • Personalized service caters to the individual needs of guests — create your own dining experience
  • Free afternoon tea and pastries

What To Know

  • Rates are based on double occupancy and include a two-nights stay, four-course dinner (excluding all beverage types, taxes, fees and gratuity), historical tour of the Clifton and one welcome amenity.
  • Dining in the Wine Cellar is subject to a privacy fee of $275 (plus tax and service fee)
  • Rooms and suites vary in size
  • The bar area is small
  • Dogs are allowed but in certain rooms only
  • Flat-screen televisions in rooms are small
  • Retreat-style atmosphere not for everyone
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The Review

Clifton Inn is hidden away on a small side road in the rural countryside surrounding Charlottesville. The 100-acre property, originally part of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate, was a gift to Jefferson’s daughter, Martha. It’s the picture of Southern elegance: The centuries-old grounds are shaded by towering trees and include a croquet lawn, a waterfall infinity pool with hot tub and small cabanas, a clay tennis court and a huge lake where fishing is encouraged. Guests out for a leisurely walk will discover secret gardens and landscaped walkways.

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The inn’s serene location is within minutes of Charlottesville’s art galleries, shops and restaurants, as well as historical sites such as Monticello. A variety of Virginia wineries are also in the immediate vicinity, including Barboursville Vineyards, with its award-wining Bordeaux blend, Octagon.

Foodies will salivate over the inventive menus at the Clifton. Selections vary seasonally and often change on a daily basis. Chef Tucker Yoder uses mostly local produce, meat and fruit from nearby orchards to create everything from quail with fall squash to a braised short rib that falls apart at the touch of a fork. Here’s an insider’s tip: The popular chef’s table in the thick of the kitchen is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Just don’t say you heard it from us.

How to Get There

Clifton Inn
1296 Clifton Inn Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22911 United States


4.5 Very Good 473 Reviews
What a wonderful, beautiful and peaceful place
Geeta P

Wow!! What an amazing place. Perfect location for the wedding and to relax and enjoy nature. The rooms were big, spacious and clean. Food was excellent and the staff, I cannot brag enough about.
Just a perfect place!!!

A wonderful, peaceful, much needed rest

The Clifton was just the perfect place for us. From the very beginning everything was perfect. Check in was so easy and pleasant. Our room, the Monticello Suite, was beautiful. A loved the furniture and our bed was so comfortable. My husband had never used the Nespresso Coffee maker and he ordered one for our home while we were there..such a nice touch. The bathroom was so clean and with the wonderful tub or shower which both were great. All the staff were so friendly and very helpful. The continental breakfast which was include was delicious. We also ordered breakfast and it was delicious too. I have reviewed the restaurant and bar separately . Now about the grounds..every morning I got up and sat in the rockers on the front porch enjoying the view..so peaceful. I also walked the grounds and down tho the lake..I posted pictures below. The pool area was amazing but the pool even on the very hot day we were there was to cold for me. I highly recommend this place and we will definitely be back. Thank you Clifton.

Beautiful Setting

Nice setting, nice rooms, nice bar, our only challenge was the restaurant. As a B&B the staff is light so service is slow and additional training is suggested! Plan extra time if you plan to eat on property. That said, food was good.