The Dinsmore House Inn

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


Celebrating 12 years in business, Jefferson's master craftsman, James Dinsmore built the Dinsmore House in 1817, updated while still retaining it's classic charm. A short walk to the University of Virginia and the University hospital, the inn is located on Main Street in the heart of Charlottesville. Half a mile from the historic Downtown Mall, and accessible by free trolley. Five miles from Monticello and vineyards. Eight guest rooms all with private bath. Full breakfast, afternoon wine social and evening milk/cookies. Free garage parking. Dozens of restaurants and shops within walking distance. Double $139-279.



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

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. A third person can sleep on the fold-out sofa in the sitting room (additional $25 charge for third person). Note: There is a steep flight of stairs to this second-floor room.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $279

The Dinsmore Room

We named this room (and the inn) after Thomas Jefferson's master builder, James Dinsmore. The original master bedroom in the main building, the Dinsmore Room is the largest in the inn. The bathroom features an antique clawfoot soaking tub and a modern shower. This room can accommodate a third person on a fold out sofa. There is a $25 charge for third person in a room. This is a second floor room, and second floor is accessed by stair.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $279

The Madison Room

With Colonial blue paint and 10-foot ceilings the Madison 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. The bathroom has a shower (no tub). The Madison Room is on the back of the building, and a third person can be accommodated in this room, by way of a twin futon added by our staff prior to check-in. There is a $25 charge for a third person. This is a second floor room, and the second floor is accessed by stair.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $279

The Virginia Room

The Virginia Room is one of two first-floor rooms at the inn. It is located in the attached townhouse, and the private entrance for the Virginia Room is 40 feet from the Main Entrance of the inn. The room features an antique king-sized bed and a custom tiled shower with reclaimed marble seat. The Virginia Room can accommodate two guests, and there is one step up into the room.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $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 glass paned French doors on the closet. The Monroe Room is a second floor room and there is a steep flight of stairs to access the room. The bathroom has a shower and this room is right next door to the Jefferson Suite, if you are travelling with friends. The Monroe Room is located in the attached townhouse (built in 1831) and the entrance for the room is 60 feet from the main entrance of the inn.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $249

The Veranda Room

The Veranda Room is the only guest room with a private porch that overlooks the courtyard. One of two first-floor rooms in the inn, the Veranda Room has a queen-sized, hand-carved Victorian bed. The bathroom has a shower, and this room has a door that connect to the Virginia Room, if you are travelling with friends or family. Weather permitting, guests may enjoy a private breakfast on the porch, for an additional fee.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $249

The Library Room

This interior room was originally a study off the main hall of the second floor. We added a transom from the bathroom to the bedroom to let in natural light. A queen-sized bed and décor give the room a Colonial feel. One of the smaller rooms in the inn, the Library Room offers our best value for those looking to enjoy the comfort and convenience of the Dinsmore House.

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

Nightly Rate: $134 - $179

The Sleeping Porch

When The Dinsmore House was built, Charlottesville was a sleepy little town in the middle of rural Virginia. This porch room features a queen-sized bed, and has wrap around windows to remind us of those simpler times. A second-floor room in the main building, the Sleeping Porch makes up for its smaller size with ample character and charm.

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

Nightly Rate: $134 - $169

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

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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, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Monticello, University of Virginia, Ash Lawn, Montpelier, Historic Downtown, Wineries, Craft Breweries, Farmer's Market, Shopping, Dozens of Restaurants, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Conference Rooms, Fridge, Movie library, Parking, Telephone, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities , Garage Parking, Free Wi-Fi, Full Breakfast, Afternoon Wine Social, Evening Milk & Cookies

Room amenities

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

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  • Check In:: 4-7pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only 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 weekends March-November
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card required to reserve room. No deposit is charged at time of booking.
  • 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.
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Bill and Sherrie Noonan

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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 In-Room Breakfast Farm Basket for $30. Please inquire by phone or email.

Signature Dish

Peach Creme Brulee French Toast
A flavorful dish that uses braided Challah bread from a local bakery, and is topped with fresh fruit and a peach reduction. Served with thick-cut bacon and a local granola/fruit/yogurt parfait.


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