$195 per night

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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After a thoughtful remodel, a boutique hotel outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, is now inviting guests to embrace its luxurious dosage of Southern charm.

There is no doubt The Clifton has had a fascinating past. Originally built in 1799, the historic 100-acre estate once belonged to Thomas Jefferson’s son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph Jr. Husband to Jefferson’s oldest daughter, Martha, Randolph was a senator, delegate, and governor of Virginia, and used the land as an outpost for trade up and down the Rivanna River.

Since the mid-1980s, the 1,850-square-foot historic building has operated as the acclaimed inn, The Clifton. Due to a recent change of ownership, however, the interiors have been beautifully revamped by Blackberry Farm Design to give the space a more contemporary aesthetic.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and Gable RoofLine. After a change of ownership, the historic inn was shut down temporarily for a cosmetic refresh by Blackberry Farm Design. Photo  of The CliftonView Photos

After a change of ownership, the historic inn was shut down temporarily for a cosmetic refresh by Blackberry Farm Design.

Modern home with Hallway, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Rug Floor. The walls throughout The Clifton were painted in Farrow & Ball’s Stone Blue, and the trim was gussied up with the complementary shade of Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball. Photo 2 of The CliftonView Photos

The walls throughout The Clifton were painted in Farrow & Ball’s Stone Blue, and the trim was gussied up with the complementary shade of Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball.

Modern home with Hallway. In the foyer, Phillip Jeffries’ tranquil blue Fade Sea Spray wallpaper gives a subtle nod to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, which guests have views of from the property. Photo 3 of The CliftonView Photos

In the foyer, Phillip Jeffries’ tranquil blue Fade Sea Spray wallpaper gives a subtle nod to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, which guests have views of from the property.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Bench, Medium Hardwood Floor, Rug Floor, Stools, and Standard Layout Fireplace. Off the foyer, what was originally the check-in area for guests was turned into a swanky lounge, featuring a round "sociable sofa," upholstered in Kravet Verbier Diamond fabric in Leaf/Teal. Photo 4 of The CliftonView Photos

Off the foyer, what was originally the check-in area for guests was turned into a swanky lounge, featuring a round "sociable sofa," upholstered in Kravet Verbier Diamond fabric in Leaf/Teal.

Modern home with Dining Room, Bench, Bar, Medium Hardwood Floor, Chair, Table, Rug Floor, and Stools. In the lounge, banquettes are upholstered in Lee Jofa’s Saranac Cord fabric in gold. Photo 5 of The CliftonView Photos

In the lounge, banquettes are upholstered in Lee Jofa’s Saranac Cord fabric in gold.

Modern home with Dining Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, Table, Pendant Lighting, Bar, Stools, Rug Floor, and Chair. The most hands-on part of the inn’s facelift happened in the bar and adjacent lounge area, where the front desk was removed and the bar was elongated. A new bar-back was constructed out of wood shelving and supported by copper piping. Photo 6 of The CliftonView Photos

The most hands-on part of the inn’s facelift happened in the bar and adjacent lounge area, where the front desk was removed and the bar was elongated. A new bar-back was constructed out of wood shelving and supported by copper piping.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, Rug Floor, Wall Lighting, Bench, Pendant Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Shelves. The Library, which serves as a dining room at the inn, was given a bold color scheme. The walls and paneling were painted in Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue, and the ceiling was given a lighter shade. The Dallas Chandelier from Arteriors adds a sleek, contemporary edge to the space. Photo 7 of The CliftonView Photos

The Library, which serves as a dining room at the inn, was given a bold color scheme. The walls and paneling were painted in Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue, and the ceiling was given a lighter shade. The Dallas Chandelier from Arteriors adds a sleek, contemporary edge to the space.

Modern home with Dining Room, Shelves, Rug Floor, Table, Chair, Wall Lighting, Bench, and Medium Hardwood Floor. In the Library, built-in bookcases and a long banquette (upholstered in Kravet’s Versailles Velvet fabric, color E25600) were installed on the far side of the room. Photo 8 of The CliftonView Photos

In the Library, built-in bookcases and a long banquette (upholstered in Kravet’s Versailles Velvet fabric, color E25600) were installed on the far side of the room.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, Slate Floor, Pendant Lighting, and Standard Layout Fireplace. Before the inn opened in 1985, the veranda was an open-air front porch, with guests arriving from the river side of the property. However, in 1985 the porch was enclosed and the back of the house became the entrance. Photo 9 of The CliftonView Photos

Before the inn opened in 1985, the veranda was an open-air front porch, with guests arriving from the river side of the property. However, in 1985 the porch was enclosed and the back of the house became the entrance.

Modern home with Bedroom, Dresser, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, Medium Hardwood Floor, Bed, and Rug Floor. On the second floor of the inn, the six bedrooms were refreshed with new paint, light fixtures, and furnishings. Photo 10 of The CliftonView Photos

On the second floor of the inn, the six bedrooms were refreshed with new paint, light fixtures, and furnishings.

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Small Home Building Type, Gable RoofLine, and House Building Type. The original carriage house was transformed into a bridal suite that now has three guest rooms. Photo 11 of The CliftonView Photos

The original carriage house was transformed into a bridal suite that now has three guest rooms.

Modern home with Living Room, Table, Sofa, Chair, Standard Layout Fireplace, Stools, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Rug Floor. Inside, large windows and vaulted ceilings create a bright and cheery atmosphere. Photo 12 of The CliftonView Photos

Inside, large windows and vaulted ceilings create a bright and cheery atmosphere.

Modern home with Exterior, Brick Siding Material, Small Home Building Type, Metal Roof Material, and Gable RoofLine. The neighboring garden cottage originally was Randolph’s law office. This space shares a garden with the old carriage house. Photo 13 of The CliftonView Photos

The neighboring garden cottage originally was Randolph’s law office. This space shares a garden with the old carriage house.

Modern home with Bedroom, Wall Lighting, Night Stands, Bed, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Rug Floor. Inside the cottage are two bedrooms that have been updated with crisp white paint, new linens, and light fixtures. Photo 14 of The CliftonView Photos

Inside the cottage are two bedrooms that have been updated with crisp white paint, new linens, and light fixtures.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Trees, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. A stone’s throw from the main inn is the 20-acre Arabella Lake and the old livery, which is now outfitted with three guest suites that have private patios overlooking the water. Photo 15 of The CliftonView Photos

A stone’s throw from the main inn is the 20-acre Arabella Lake and the old livery, which is now outfitted with three guest suites that have private patios overlooking the water.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Night Stands, Table Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Rug Floor. Guest suites in the livery include cozy living areas and king-size beds that are upholstered in a rich turquoise velvet. Photo 16 of The CliftonView Photos

Guest suites in the livery include cozy living areas and king-size beds that are upholstered in a rich turquoise velvet.

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Hardscapes, Trees, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Infinity Pools, Tubs, Shower. A quick walk from the inn and cottages, the infinity pool and cabanas offer a quiet place to sunbath and relax. Photo 17 of The CliftonView Photos

A quick walk from the inn and cottages, the infinity pool and cabanas offer a quiet place to sunbath and relax.

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  • Blackberry Farm Design
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  • Read McKendree
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  • Year
  • 1799
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