The Dinsmore House Bed & Breakfast. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Queen sized bed, private bath, cable TV, wireless intenet, high-quality linens and bedding, full breakfast
King bed, private bath, cable TV, high-quality linens and bedding, wireless internet, full breakfast, complimentary beverages
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
5 on November 07, 2011
Perfect location, great room, good bathroom, excellent wi-fi, delicious breakfast. The perfect stay!
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.
4.8 on March 12, 2011
The Dinsmore House Bed and Breakfast staff was very welcoming and helpful, securing my mother and I tickets to go to Monticello as soon as we checked in around 1 pm. They accommodated our schedule, allowing us to check in early because of our early tour time at Monticello the first day we stayed at Dinsmore. The breakfasts were superb and a great way to start the mornings! We were given a key granting access to the main lobby for snacks, hot drinks, the refrigerator, and a collection of DVDs. Dinsmore was located within walking distance of the University of Virginia and also within walking distance of a stop to catch the free trolley which took us downtown to historic Charlottesville for shopping, a movie, and a fine dining experience! The only downside I could think of was there were not many places/flat furniture tops to put luggage in our room except for a large sofa. The rooms were clean, well-kept, and cozy! Overall, a very pleasant, relaxing trip!
2.8 on March 09, 2011
Lovely public rooms and bedrooms, with convenient parking. Alas, the loud road noises made it difficult to sleep. It must be said that the bathroom would be an embarrassment to any home, and both mornings the hot water disappeared a couple minutes into our showers. Brrrrrr.
Near University, Downtown, Mountains, Small town
Charlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle) 11 miles
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.
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
Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn
Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Conference Rooms, Fax Machine, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Garage Parking, Weight Room, Indoor Pool, Exercise Facility
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
Ryan and Denise Hubbard
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
A flavorful pastry dish filled with layers of roasted red peppers, spinach, cheese, herbed eggs and ham. You won't need lunch!