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Keswick Hall

June 16, 2010

If you are a D.C. couple looking for the unique charm and “get-away” feeling of a destination wedding – but do not want the hassle or expenses unavoidably linked with extensive travel – you definitely want to consider Keswick Hall for your wedding venue. It is only two hours from the District, but, according to Julianne Giuliano, Director of Sales and Catering at Keswick, once on the beautiful grounds, you will feel like you have been “transported to a private estate in Italy.”

I must say, after personally spending time there, I have to agree – the property feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but is just a short drive. When I was there, I don’t think I had been that relaxed in months…maybe years…

Situated on 600 acres of “pure privacy and relaxation,” Keswick is near historical attractions, vineyards, and the adorable downtown Charlottesville – which makes it a perfect location for guests who wish to make this “destination wedding” a true vacation. That being said, guests can make a vacation just by staying on the grounds: Keswick Hall provides plenty of diverse activities sure to fit any guests’ tastes, including golf, spa days, fly fishing, swimming at any of their three swimming pools, bird watching, croquet, nature walks, and so much more. I even got to walk with the hounds – a personal favorite! Best yet – it’s a resort without the crowds!

With their versatility, open-mindedness, and ability to cater to any couple’s needs, Keswick Hall promises to create a beautiful, incredibly unique, and memorable wedding. Demonstrating their one-of-a-kind appeal, Keswick Hall asserts that the imagination is the limit at their venue: they even offer a Cinderella Wedding, complete with a custom fireworks show. “You can come to four weekends in a row and never see the same look twice,” states Julianne. “We want everyone to be unique and stand out on their own.”

Furthermore, they offer fun (and potentially hilarious) meet-the-family events, including Champagne Putting Contests and Croquet/Wine Tasting Receptions. Keswick wishes to create a true “wow factor” for you and your guests by making these activities as fun and unique as possible.

Since Keswick offers only 48 rooms, not only can the guestrooms be handpicked to match each guest’s personality, but it also ensures superior customer service. The feeling of being the only guests at Keswick, alluded to by its small size and quaint location, can be made a wonderful reality with the option of buying out the entire property for the celebration. This exclusivity and privacy adds plenty of charm to the experience for the guests. “It feels like you are at someone’s house for a nice weekend getaway,” explains Julianne, “and it allows guests to use areas of the hotel that are not typically accessible, such as the Horizon Pool and Fossetts.”

Keswick Hall prides itself on its ability to host any size wedding, from six people to 400 people!

The cuisine at Keswick is also one of its major attributes. Delicious as well as versatile, the cooks can customize their menus to fit the personal tastes of the wedding party and guests. Julianne emphasizes their culinary openness, explaining that the Keswick kitchen can even use family recipes. She tells a story that features this characteristic, describing a certain event during which the mother-of-the-bride helped in the kitchen, teaching the cook how to cook Persian rice!

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