About Our Historic Country Inn in Charlottesville Virginia
The Inn at Monticello occupies a charming manor house built in 1856. The property originally served as a farm consisting of more than 1,200 acres. In 1988, the house was transformed into a bed and breakfast inn. The inn is now situated on five acres of beautiful wooded land, with a stream running through the property.
Our bed and breakfast is located in an historic part of Albemarle County, very close to Charlottesville. Guests sometimes ask, “Did Thomas Jefferson ever own the land where the inn is situated?” No, but he was a close neighbor. The Inn at Monticello is located on Route 20, the “Constitution Route,” just down the hill from Mr. Jefferson’s own Monticello Mountain. Guests can drive the 2.4 miles to Monticello in less than 5 minutes, or they may walk there in 40 minutes on the beautiful Saunders trail that begins just across the road from the inn.
Other notable former neighbors include Benjamin Franklin Ficklin, who helped to start the Pony Express in 1860, and who also briefly owned Monticello during the Civil War, and Commodore Uriah Levy and his nephew Jefferson Levy, who owned Monticello after Thomas Jefferson’s death.
We are also just around the corner from historic Michie Tavern. Originally built in 1784, the Tavern was moved to its current location in 1927 to accommodate visitors to Monticello.
About four miles from us is Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe, fifth President of the U.S. Guests can get an aerial view of his estate from the apple and peach groves of Carter Mountain Orchard, located next to Michie Tavern.
On the way to Ash Lawn-Highland, visitors will pass Jefferson Vineyards, the site where Thomas Jefferson first tried growing grapes for winemaking. In 1773, Jefferson met Philip Mazzei, an Italian farmer and businessman, who was interested in producing and selling wine in the British Colonies. Jefferson gave Mazzei 400 acres near Monticello to establish a vineyard, and Mazzei began planting vines in 1774. He built a house named Colle, which unfortunately no longer stands. In 1779 Mazzei returned to Europe and became a secret arms merchant for Virginia during the American Revolution, and later a diplomat.
Innkeepers Bob and Carolyn have welcomed guests to The Inn at Monticello since 2006. Bob is a University of Virginia alumnus and was previously a lawyer in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Carolyn, a Georgetown alumna, worked in pharmaceutical clinical research, and continues to do so on a consulting basis. Both grew up in Maryland and met in Philadelphia.
The inn’s Birman cat, Daisy, sometimes ventures from her quarters to greet guests, and welcomes having her head scratched. Our rescue pup Mikey is learning to love the new guests who come to the inn every day.
AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS
The Inn at Monticello has been recognized in the following publications:
- 2015 – Acclaimed in “Exploring the Roots of American Pomology at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello”, by Susan Poizner, appearing online here.
- 2012 – Featured in an article by M. Grace Maselli, “An Oasis: The Inn at Monticello,” appearing in Charlottesville Woman Magazine, December 21, 2012, and online at http://www.dailyprogress.com/cvillewoman/hot_topics/home_garden/an-oasis-the-inn-at-monticello/article_7dd6eb26-4ba1-11e2-8874-0019bb30f31a.html.
- 2011 – Sweet!!! Inn at Monticello featured in AAAWorld Magazine, January 2011 – cover story about Jefferson’s Monticello and “Sweet Charlottesville.”
- 2010 – Featured on the cover and in the Charlottesville Association of Realtors’ publication Real Estate Weekly and story “B&B’s: A Home Away from Home for the Holidays”, Vol. 19, No. 50, December 16 – December 22, 2010.
- 2007 – Named a “perfect base for touring, whether your interest is in wine or history,” “Virginia Vines: Take a Scenic and Historic Tour of Virginia’s Vibrant Wine Country,” Drinks magazine, Summer 2007.
- 2006 – Mentioned in “Journey through Hallowed Ground,” National Geographic Traveler, March 2006.
- 2005 – Named the best place to stay in Charlottesville, “10 Perfect Escapes for a Summer Weekend,” Life, June 24, 2005. In recognition of Virginia’s growing wine industry, the article gave our city the award for “Best New Place to Drink Wine.”
- 2005 – Named “Best Inn Near a College or University,” Life.
- 2004 – Named “Top 10 Best Inns in the U.S.,” Arrington’s Bed and Breakfast Journal.
We are proud to have been featured or mentioned in the following directories and travel guides:
- Trip Advisor – winner of the annual Certificate of Excellence (5 stars) award since 2011.
- American Automobile Association (AAA) Regional Guides— Inspected and approved Affiliate and 3-Star Property.
- Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) Directory — Inspected and Approved Member.
- Mobil Travel Guide — Inspected and Approved property.
- AAA Bed and Breakfast Guide.
- Fodor’s Travel Guide.
- Frommer’s Bed and Breakfasts of North America and Frommer’s Virginia Travel Guide.
- American Historic Inns – Member.
- The Annual American and Canadian B&B Guide.
- The National Trust Guide to Historic B&B’s and Small Hotels.
- The Washington Post, travel section.
- Amtrak Magazine.