What We Love
- 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
- Complimentary continental breakfast
What To Know
- Rooms and suites vary in size
- The bar area is small
- Dogs are allowed but in certain rooms only
- Retreat-style atmosphere not for everyone
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.
Dark wood, soft colors and a four-poster bed gives the Thomas Jefferson Suite its Southern charm.”}The guest rooms and suites are individually designed. Seven are in the main house, with the remaining 10 housed in outlying buildings, each with a different ambience. The simple Liveries building has light, airy Shaker-style rooms and views of the private lake, while the Carriage House contains the largest suite (730 square feet), which has a loft bedroom and an intimate garden patio. Each room mixes period decor with modern accessories and special touches such as Italian-made Mascioni linens, fresh orchids and free fruit and Madeira.
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
The facility is lovely and the restaurant/bar excellent. We found the staff to be exceptional. It was pretty close to activities. We did a Civil War tour that was outstanding. Pick up and drop off at Clifton.
We spent a wedding weekend at The Clifton. The Clifton is a lovely historic inn, in a beautiful setting. Spacious grounds, pool, hot tub, gardens, trails and a lake. It is also close to Charlottesville, UVA, and Monticello. We would stay there again if we were in the area.
We loved our stay! the staff were all very professional and attentive. the rooms were decorated so well and were so cozy. the grounds were beautiful and well maintained. the perfect place to feel away from the city and be right next to it at the same time.