Built in 1912 as a grand Italianate mansion, Keswick Hall became a hotel in the early 1990s. A quarter of a century later, in 2017, new owners Molly and Robert Hardie decided to completely reinvent the property. After a lengthy pandemic-induced delay, the hotel finally opened in its striking new incarnation on October 1 this year. Located 7 miles east of Charlottesville, Virginia, the resort is set on a 600-acre estate, much of which is taken up by Full Cry, an admired golf course designed by the late, great Pete Dye. The property’s 48 original rooms have been reduced to 38, but these are now complemented by a brand-new wing that brings the total number of accommodations to 80.
Perhaps the most spectacular innovation is Marigold, a new freestanding restaurant supervised by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. (Many of the ingredients come from nearby Oakdale Farm, which is run by the hotel.) Other notable additions include a new 80-foot dual-level infinity pool and an upgraded tennis center with seven European-style subirrigated red clay courts. A spa with eight treatment rooms is scheduled to debut in 2022.