Castle Hill. Its very name resonates with a storybook quality. An eighteenth- and nineteenth-century treasure, restored and updated to twenty-first century splendor, the mansion, its magnificent gardens, and its extensive grounds offer an unparalleled combination of historic charm and modern sophistication. Nestled in Virginia’s wine and horse country on 600 protected acres that look out upon the Southwest Mountains, Castle Hill offers spectacular views and a secluded refuge, yet is located within minutes of Charlottesville and World Heritage sites like the University of Virginia and Monticello.
History was made at Castle Hill. George Washington trod its hallways and James Madison danced in the parlor to the fiddle playing of Thomas Jefferson. The Rives family, who owned the house for generations, included renowned statesmen, equestrians, and the acclaimed novelist and seductress Amélie Rives, who married an Astor and scandalized polite society with her writing. Katharine Hepburn visited Castle Hill to pay homage to Amélie, as did William Faulkner, Louis Auchincloss, and other literary luminaries.
The historic gardens at Castle Hill, which have delighted visitors for two and a half centuries, have been lovingly restored. In front of the manor house a greensward, shaped like a “lady’s slipper,” is surrounded by boxwood planted by King George II’s gardener. A terraced garden, ideal for outdoor entertainments, features stone buildings, period statuary, arbors, and topiary. Other amenities include a pool and pool house with mountain views, a cozy guest cottage, a ten-stall horse barn, historic outbuildings, a venerable plantation bell, and picturesque white-board fencing.
With its modern conveniences Castle Hill is a unique, luxurious home of today, yet it truly recaptures the beauty, the charm, and the tranquility of the past.
126 Garrett Street, Suite D
Charlottesville, VA 22902