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The Dinsmore House Inn

1211 W Main St , Charlottesville, VA 22903-2823 USA (Show map)
25 Reviews
$119 - $279
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The Dinsmore House Inn. Historic B&B circa 1817, designed and built by James Dinsmore, Jefferson's master craftsman. This beautiful inn offers elegant accommodations. One block to the University of Virginia and Hospital. Five miles to Monticello. Eight guest rooms all with private bath. Located on the Main St in the heart of Charlottesville, close to the Historic Downtown Mall. Full breakfast and afternoon social. Garage parking. Beautiful courtyard. Many restaurants nearby. Double $119-279.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.6

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The Dinsmore House Inn was the highlight of our visit to Charlottesville

4.8 on November 23, 2014

The Dinsmore House Inn was fantastic, and a wonderful value--if you want to soak in the history of Charlottesville and stay in a place contemporary with the time of Thomas Jefferson, this is the place. It is historic, but completely restored and well-appointed. We stayed in a HUGE, lovely room (the Dinsmore Room) which, despite being located on the street, was quiet. Most of the wedding party for the wedding we were attending stayed here, as well, and all raved. Nice breakfast, warm and charming hosts, wine and cheese in the pm (and cookies!). Top location on the Corner, near campus and restaurants, and super-easy access to the highways (avoid Main Street traffic headed toward UVA, and instead head toward downtown, or snake past the hospital toward Jefferson Park Ave). We walked to the downtown mall, and enjoyed a wonderful Saturday morning farmers market. Free, gated parking in the parking garage for the adjacent Marriot. We payed maybe $50 more per night to stay here than the rate at the Hampton Inn up the street, and scored covered parking, home-cooked breakfast, and a truly special experience. Thanks, John and Mary!

Wonderful Stay

5 on September 09, 2014

My husband and I spent three nights at the Dinsmore House and were beyond impressed by the hospitality and the coziness of this lovely inn. The breakfast and snacks provided were also above expectation. The inn is within walking distance of the many restaurants and shops on the UVa "corner." Overall, a wonderful experience.

Great Southern Hospitality

3.8 on July 20, 2014

We spent two nights here at the start of our vacation in Virginia. Dinsmore House was built in 1817 and the old house has survived and nestles in the middle of more modern development. The present owners bought it and converted it into a b&b which has been operating since 2003. We had a great stay here. The room we had was comfortable and well appointed. There's a Hospitality Hour every day between 4 pm and 6 pm when you can chat with fellow guests over a glass of wine and for us as British visitors that sort of chance to meet with and talk to other guests is a key reason why we prefer US b&b's to anonymous hotels. Breakfasts were plentiful and delicious - especially the signature Eggs Dinsmore. Dinsmore House is located close to the University of Virginia campus - the campus is very interesting and it's well worth talking a stroll around it. There are a good number of places to have dinner close by. We walked up towards the campus and found plenty of choice. It seemed to us that the restaurants located in the other direction - towards downtown - are further away but there's a free shuttle trolley that operates every 15 minutes (though the Sunday service is less frequent and ends before 6 pm.). Our visit was during the university vacation and I should think the area - and restaurants - is significantly busier in term time. There's free parking for Dinsmore guests in the garage of the Marriott hotel next door and that's a real bonus Prior to booking we'd noticed one or two negative comments on Trip Advisor but we didn't have any similar experiences - our experience was 100% positive. It's true that Ryan and Denise, the innkeepers don't live on site but we've encountered similar arrangements at other US b&b's and it's never been a problem. .During our visit at least one of them was on duty at the key times - check-in/Hospitality Hour and morning breakfast. There is a resident manager. We would certainly stay at Dinsmore House again.

A Wonderful Experience!

5 on March 10, 2014

My wife & I spent the night for our anniversary, and were very pleased with this B&B experience. The staff was very nice, and Ryan's hospitality in particular was outstanding. The location of this B&B is ideal, close to the old downtown and school. The breakfast was magnificent. I can see why the Dinsmore house is so popular and felt lucky to have found them. I'd recommend this to anyone.

Wonderful Stay

5 on November 07, 2013

The Dinsmore House B&B staff was wonderful! Enjoyed a glass of wine and Kiersten great company. She was a delight! They gave me a free upgrade because a better room was available. The Veranda Room was lovely, and had the most comfortable bed! Was able to purchase discount tickets to Monticello from Inn. Wonderful time visiting Monticello! Thank you.

Sinfully good breakfast!

4.4 on August 23, 2013

Fantastic B&B with a rich history. But the highlight was the French toast "cake" served for breakfast. Amazing! Other delights included a wine hour and a small birthday gift from the hostess waiting for me in our room.


4.0 on November 16, 2011

We have reserved our second visit this year. We have never been more pleased. McLeans

A Great Place

5 on November 11, 2011

They gave us a free upgrade because a better room was available. They also provided a special menu due to food allergies we have.

Excellent Stay

5 on November 07, 2011

Perfect location, great room, good bathroom, excellent wi-fi, delicious breakfast. The perfect stay!

Highly recommended

5 on April 23, 2011

Very nice, very clean, charming, superb soufle and fresh fruit breakfast, conveniently located, historical ambience--this is the ideal B&B. A bit pricey but comparable to what's available in the area, and worth every penney. A hair dryer would have been nice.

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Rooms & Rates

The Jefferson Suite

Mr. Jefferson himself would appreciate this roomy suite. The sitting room was designed with comfort in mind, providing a perfect place to read a book or share conversation with friends. The bedroom features an inviting king-sized canopy bed. Depending on which of the four windows guests look out, they are provided with views of Main Street or the courtyard.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $149 - $279

Nightly Rate: $149 - $279

The Dinsmore Room

We named this room (and the inn) after Thomas Jefferson's master builder, James Dinsmore. When Mr. Dinsmore designed the home he must have had grand plans for these quarters. We won't give you the exact dimensions of the room, but let's just say it manages to dwarf the king-sized, hand-carved, mahogany canopy bed. The room has a cozy sitting area and a claw-foot soaking tub in the bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $149 - $279

Nightly Rate: $149 - $279

The Madison Room

Decorated in a classic Colonial toile with colorful Buxton Blue paint, this room is large, bright and airy. Relax in the two armchairs, perfect for reading, conversation or watching a movie. The king-sized bed is welcoming and plush.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $149 - $279

The Virginia Room

A subtle tribute to the University of Virginia, this room tastefully incorporates the school colors (orange and blue) in its decadent fabrics. A first floor room, The Virginia has a private entrance from Main Street and a king-sized, four poster bed. Custom tiled shower with reclaimed marble seat.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $139 - $249

Nightly Rate: $139 - $249

The Monroe Room

This room provides a true Charlottesville feel, overlooking the University Baptist Church, Main Street and the courtyard. The room has a king-sized bed, and the glass paned French doors on the closet are quaint and historic.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $139 - $249

The Veranda Room

Boasting a private veranda that overlooks the courtyard,the Veranda Room is very popular with guests in the spring and fall. Weather permitting, guests may enjoy a private breakfast on the porch, for an additional fee. Did we mention the queen-sized, hand-carved mahogany Victorian bed?

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $249

Nightly Rate: $139 - $249

The Library Room

This interior room was originally a study off the main hall of the second floor. We added a transom to let in the natural morning light. A queen-sized four poster bed and Americana décor give the room a cozy, Colonial feel.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $119 - $179

The Sleeping Porch

When The Dinsmore House was built, Charlottesville was a sleepy little town in the middle of rural Virginia. This lovely porch room with wrap around windows reminds us of those simpler times. The room, featuring a queen-sized brass bed, makes up for its smaller size with ample character and charm.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $119 - $159

Standard Queen

Queen sized bed, private bath, cable TV, wireless intenet, high-quality linens and bedding, full breakfast

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Deluxe King

King bed, private bath, cable TV, high-quality linens and bedding, wireless internet, full breakfast, complimentary beverages

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Near University, Downtown, Mountains, Small town


Charlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle) 11 miles

Directions to property:

From Rt. 29 follow Emmett Street to left on University Avenue. Travel approximately 1 mile. Dinsmore House is located on the left at 1211 West Main Street, between University Baptist Church and the Marriot Courtyard. From 64 take the 5th St exit and follow signs to Charlottesville. Take a left on Main Street. Travel approx 1 half mile. Dinsmore House is located on the right at 1211 West Main Street, between University Baptist Church and the Marriot Courtyard.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Monticello, University of Virginia, Ash Lawn, Montpelier, Historic Downtown, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Ruins, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Conference Rooms, Fax Machine, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Garage Parking, Weight Room, Indoor Pool, Exercise Facility

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 4-7pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Courtyard and porch only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 8 yrs and up
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Hosts have dog on premises
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night required stay on peak weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card required to reserve room. Standard cancellation policy is 2 weeks prior to stay.
  • Cancellations: Standard cancellation policy is 2 weeks prior to stay. Stay is charged in the event of a no-show, or failure to give required notice.



Ryan and Denise Hubbard

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  • Time Served: 8:00am to 9:30am
  • Serving Location: Sunporch, Breakfast Room, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Torta Rustica
A flavorful pastry dish filled with layers of roasted red peppers, spinach, cheese, herbed eggs and ham. You won't need lunch!



1211 W Main St , Charlottesville, VA 22903-2823 USA (Show map)

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