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Atlanta, GA - December 30, 2013 - The Southern Living Hotel Collection, (www.SouthernLivingHotelCollection.com) a small, curated group of independent, four-and five-star level hotels, resorts and inns that span 18 Southern states and offers the best in authentic Southern hospitality is pleased to welcome its newest member:  Keswick Hall (Keswick, VA).  Since its launch this past July, the Collection has grown from its 15 premier hotels, resorts and inns to 26 carefully selected properties chosen by the editors at Southern Living.  

Members of the Southern Living Hotel Collection are vetted according to the same criteria that the Southern Living editors use to determine editorial coverage. The Collection is by invitation only. Each hotel in the Collection provides a memorable experience through impeccable service, outstanding cuisine, high-quality facilities and the finest amenities. The Collection will continue to select additional properties over the coming years until the offering reaches up to 100 of the very best hospitality experiences across the South.  For more information about the Southern Living Hotel Collection or to make a reservation at a Collection member visit:  www.SouthernLivingHotelCollection.com, or like the Southern Living Hotel collection on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/southernlivinghotelcollection 

"Located in the middle of Virginia's beautiful wine and horse country, Keswick Hall is a one-of-a-kind experience that celebrates the South in a most historic and charming manner," said Lindsay Bierman, Editor in Chief of Southern Living. "With the restored mansion's breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, easy access to historic Charlottesville, as well as the area's wineries, guests will find a plethora of delightful experiences --.or they may just want to relax and enjoy Keswick's famous private club facilities, including its championship golf course.  What a wonderful addition to our Southern Living Hotel Collection!"  

About Keswick Hall 

History and breathtaking landscapes come together near Charlottesville, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Nestled on 600 acres of pristine countryside, Keswick Hall is an impressive 48-room mansion with exceptional dining, genuine service and resort amenities that combine to provide guests with a unique country estate experience. Each of Keswick Hall's 48 guest rooms is subtly themed and features antiques and linens and fabrics in heirloom patterns. Facing formal gardens at the front and the golf course and lush rolling fields at the back, each room features antique furnishings, custom carpets, luxurious bed and bath linens, hand-painted armoires, personal collectables and a rich, residential feel.  Generously sized bathrooms feature separate, glass-enclosed showers, oversized or claw footed tubs and antique porcelain bathroom sets. In keeping with the grandest and most authentic estates, the public rooms at Keswick Hall are inviting and filled with period inspired furnishings and art that tell the story of the original home, Villa Crawford circa 1912.  Roaring wood burning fireplaces create a welcoming environment for a game of snooker, an evening cocktail or an afternoon of reading from the Inn's library of books written by Virginians or about Virginia. And coming this summer, Keswick Hall's golf course will reopen as a newly designed legendary Pete Dye course.  

For dining guests may choose Keswick Hall's signature restaurant, Fossett's, featuring  expansive floor to ceiling windows with spectacular views of the estate's pristine landscape and the Blue Ridge Mountains. During the mild weather months, Fossett's offers al fresco terrace seating overlooking the rolling fairways of the estate's golf course.  Named in honor of Thomas Jefferson's chief cook at Monticello, Edith Fossett (1787-1854), who was trained in French cooking.  Fossett's offers a farm-to-table menu that is approachable, contemporary, and innovative.  For casual dining guests may experience The Palmer Room with its club atmosphere.  

Keswick Hall is in close proximity to celebrated landmarks including Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and the University of Virginia, as well as more than 25 wineries, breweries and cideries in the region. Keswick Hall at Monticello is located at 701 Club Drive, Keswick, VA 22947.  For information and reservations call: 434-979-3440, or online at www.keswick.com.

About the Southern Living Hotel Collection

Launched in July, 2013, The Southern Living Hotel Collection includes 26 unique experiences from seaside to mountaintop and everything in between.  The Southern Living Hotel Collection is a carefully selected collection of independent resorts, hotels and inns, hand-picked by Southern Living, offering the best in authentic Southern travel, hospitality and experience.  Spanning the 18 Southern states, these select members of the Southern Living Hotel Collection provide their guests with unique, undiscovered opportunities that showcase their history, destination and extraordinary service.  Headquartered in Senoia, Georgia, the Southern Living Hotel Collection is exclusively licensed by Southern Living. The Southern Living brand is a division of Time Inc., one of the largest content companies in the world and the largest publisher in the United States. 

Contact: Gayle B. MacIntyre, APR - Global Ink Communications

gaylemacintyre@bellsouth.net / 404.643.8222

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