No matter what time of year you choose to visit, you are sure to enjoy the year-round beauty and charm of Central Virginia at the Inn, both inside and out. Guests will enjoy Chester Bed and Breakfast's cozy library and living room with grand piano. In cool weather, warm yourself in front of a crackling fireplace or curl up on the plush sofa with a good book.
In warmer weather, Chester Bed and Breakfast's gracious Southern porches with rocking chairs and porch swings are the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening enjoying the arboretum scenery. Chester's extensive gardens and pondside patio are wonderful for enjoying a cool drink or morning cup of coffee. The patio and porches are also perfect for hosting your next family reunion or business reception near Charlottesville.
The House and Grounds
The beautiful home that is Chester was built in 1847 by Joseph C. Wright, a retired landscape architect from Chester, England. Situated on seven acres of historic arboretum just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, Chester Bed and Breakfast's grounds contain an expansive natural lily pond, garden patio pond and fountains, large stands of English boxwoods, over 50 different varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers, and reputably the largest holly tree on record in Albemarle County, Virginia. The woodland trail and sweeping lawns make for a lovely early morning walk or afternoon stroll.
The Animals – Tame and Wild
The grounds of Chester Bed and Breakfast are an informal sanctuary for a wide variety of Virginia wildlife. Deer, hawks, tree frogs, hummingbirds and many species of nesting birds, among others, can be seen on a regular basis. Our promiximity to the Blue Ridge and the James River make it possible to spot many varieties of unusual birds at our delightful Scottsville lodging; in fact, a bird census is conducted twice a year by a local wildlife group.
Our beloved Lucy Rose, who always took great pride and joy in greeting guests, is no longer with us in body, but always here in spirit. While she can never be replaced, our hearts are lifted by the arrival of an exuberant and mischievious cat who traveled back with us from the West Indies to begin a new life in Virginia! Miss D is settling in nicely, and adapting to the often cooler climate.
Chester Bed and Breakfast Virginia - Role in History
Chester Bed and Breakfast played a part in the last month of the Civil War during General Sheridan’s occupation and partial destruction of Scottsville in March of 1865. The house was then occupied by Major James Hill, the local Confederate Army Commander who, suffering from battle wounds, was visited at Chester by General Sheridan and his aid, Colonel George Custer. The two decided not to arrest what they thought was a dying man. However, Major Hill survived, became a General, and after the War became Editor of the Scottsville Courier newspaper. Chester Bed and Breakfast keeps this Civil War history alive by hosting occasional reenactments and encampments on the grounds.