Situated at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and less than 10 miles outside of Charlottesville, Virginia is the quaint town of Keswick. This small town boasts a population of less than 5,000 permanent residents, and the beautiful mountain location makes Keswick a popular destination for secondary homes. Lush greenery, mature trees and expansive farm lands make the drive through Keswick "one of the most scenic in America," as noted by the New York Times. This natural splendor gives way to beautiful housing areas, including planned communities, and great entertainment options to make Keswick a diverse area.
Keswick is set in the heart of Virginia's wine country and produces award-winning wines every year. One of the best places to sample some of the area's most delicious varietals is Keswick Vineyards. Here, rolling hills clad in grape vines give way to fantastic views of the mountains. The sprawling estate is spread over 400 acres. There is even a dog park on the premises, so visitors are more than welcome to bring their furry friends along for the fun.
Another highlight of the Keswick area is Castle Hill Cidery. At this local gem, enjoy delicious ciders in a historic setting. Castle Hill was originally built in 1764 and offers both tours and tastings.
One of the most significant meeting sites in town is Keswick Hall. Whether an afternoon golf game is in store or a trip to the spa, the Hall offers something for men, women and children alike. A trip to Keswick Hall is not complete without afternoon tea and a trip to the award-winning onsite restaurant, Fossett's. There is an extensive trail system on the 600-acre site on which guests have the option to hike, walk or bike. Other fun activities on the premises include archery, fly fishing, bocce ball, volleyball and even hot air balloon rides.
Whether taking a drive down Route 22/231 or sitting on a front porch, it is hard to miss the charm that encompasses Keswick. Miles of white fencing meet natural views and historic properties that date back to the Civil War. Further in town, there is a homey post office that features window planters and shutters and an internationally recognized blacksmith shop.
Living in Keswick
The residents of the Keswick area are extremely diverse, with a mixture of low-, mid- and high-income areas. Average home prices in the area reach over $410,000, while there are planned subdivisions in the seven-figure range. The numerous subdivisions in the area have access to several public and private schools including Little Keswick School, Stone Robinson Elementary School, Jackson P. Burley Middle School and Monticello High School.