Weekend at The Clifton: A Historic Estate in Charlottesville

Spending a weekend at The Clifton has been high on my bucket list for years. This stunning property was built in 1799 as a home for Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, Martha, and her husband, and, today, it feels like a country estate, yet it’s just minutes from the heart of Charlottesville. There are gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and 100-acres of grounds to stroll around. If you go in warm weather, there’s even a pool where I imagine you could spend all day relaxing. Truly a perfect home base for a weekend in Charlottesville.

A Charlottesville Getaway

I’ll recap a full itinerary of my Charlottesville weekend in another post since Charlottesville recommendations are one of the top questions I get, and it’s been ages since I’ve written anything about my favorite city. But let it be known that it takes very little convince me to get away to Charlottesville for a weekend no matter the season. On this particular trip, we squeezed in two incredible dinners — one on property at The Clifton and one at Broadcloth at the Wool Factory, we spent a gorgeous afternoon at Veritas, popped in a few antique shops, and a visited a new-to-us vineyard, Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard. All in all, a perfect Charlottesville weekend.

Weekend at The Clifton Review

Before I get into the The Clifton review, if you visited Clifton Inn years ago, but haven’t been back in the past few years under its rebranding as The Clifton, then it’s absolutely worth a visit. We actually looked to have our wedding here right before the renovation (we decided on the Farmhouse at Veritas instead), and it’s a completely different space than it was at that time. The design was completely redone in 2018 by the same team behind Blackberry Farm (another dream property on my wish list!), and it feels beautifully moody, traditional yet modern, and with a touch of midcentury styling.

We stayed in the Manor House in the Martha Jefferson room, which is a large and calming king bed room decorated in serene green. It overlooks the front lawn, and the bathroom has both a tub and a shower. You can also stay in the Farmhouse, the Cottages, or the Livery Stable.

Our first day at The Clifton, we checked in just before dinner, enough time to drop our bags and quickly get ready before heading down to the Copper Bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. Dinner was at 1799, the restaurant at The Clifton. We sat in the dark and intimate library, where highlights included the orange butter-poached carrots and pork belly, the bone marrow and escargot, and the short rib. The winter squash risotto was my favorite dish of the night, but it’s not on the menu anymore now that we’re into spring!

Each morning, we came down for breakfast where you could enjoy either the complimentary breakfast or order off of the breakfast menu. I opted for the complimentary breakfast, which consisted of pastries and yogurt, while Adam sprung for the eggs benedict on our second day. Sitting out in the sunroom with the fireplace going and foggy views of the mountains in the distance — here’s really no better way to start a morning.

While the weekend we were in town was incredibly dreary and rainy, I can imagine that spending time on the walking trails and simply taking in the beauty of the property would make for an incredible weekend. Because there are not a ton of common spaces within the hotel to relax, I’d say it’s best for a cold weather weekend where you have plans in Charlottesville or you’re just staying for a night for an incredible meal and a relaxing evening away, or a warm weather weekend where you can truly enjoy all of the amenities, like the infinity pool, hot tub, walking around the lake, playing croquet, or taking in the gorgeous gardens.

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weekend at the clifton - the clifton charlottesville - the clifton review

weekend at the clifton - the clifton charlottesville - the clifton review

weekend at the clifton - the clifton charlottesville - the clifton review

weekend at the clifton - the clifton charlottesville - the clifton review

weekend at the clifton - the clifton charlottesville - the clifton review

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