When you left us last, Jan and I were enjoying a bottle of champagne and yummy chocolate covered strawberries delivered to our room by the incredibly attentive and caring staff of Keswick Hall. Restored and refreshed after our snowy ride to the resort, we set out to explore.
When I made the reservations, I did not realize that the Hall was originally a private residence. “The seventeen-room Villa Crawford, the north wing of Keswick Hall, with it’s original fireplaces, ornate ceiling molding, and grand staircase, was built in 1912”.
“Designed to resemble an Italian villa, the 8000 sq ft, two-story, stucco clad, slate roofed home originally cost $100,000”.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner in Fossett’s Restaurant,
and then wandered down to Treble, the wine cellar named after Thomas Jefferson’s use of the word:
“I have lived temperately….I double the doctor’s recommendation of a glass and a half of wine each day and even treble it with a friend.” – Thomas Jefferson
“The cellar features a glass entrance door framed with handmade wrought-iron gates and lanterns reminiscent of old-world European wine cellars that were kept– like prison cells or bank vaults– under lock and key. Two adjoining rooms offer both informal and more formal dining. You’re also surrounded by 600-700 labels, at least 5,000 bottles in all” (http://www.readthehook.com/89940/stellar-cellar-treble-it-over-keswick)
Treble is a wine lovers paradise,
and a photographers challenge.
Our nightcap in the Villa Crawford Bar, the original family dining room, was happily interrupted by the engagement announcement of one of the employees. We felt a part of the family and joined in on the celebration.
The staff of Keswick completely pampered us and their kindness and care added so much to the experience.
How’s this for a view while eating breakfast? Those of you who checked out Monochromia yesterday may recognize the two chairs off in the distance.
Here they are again from another angle.
The weekend was coming to an end and it was almost time to begin the journey home. In a couple days, I hope you’ll join me for one final post about Keswick.
Oh my!!!! I’m pretty sure you had wonderful days, the place look like just to live millonaires, I wouldn’t mind to spend a week… but in spring… Regards
yes! In spring it would be warm and beautiful!
It truly was wonderful! An extra special treat
The photo from breakfast makes me want to be there. Keswick Hall is absolutely inviting.
It’s an incredible place … full of history, magnificent architecture, and world class service. An extra special treat, unfortunately one that I won’t be able to repeat for a long time 🙂
What a magnificent spot. All of that warm wood and the grand views make it a paradise even in winter!
I agree! Can you imagine being able to afford to build a place like this? I was just glad to be able to stay there one night! Incredible!
These posts are so awesome. Loved our weekend, and love you!
An incredible time with an amazing friend. Love you!
Great images and post Laurie 🙂 Jan looks like she is in heaven in the wine cellar 🙂
She does look pretty happy doesn’t she? That wine cellar was so cool!!
What I wouldn’t give to have your life in this moment. Great travelogue and what a beautiful location.
I felt pretty lucky to have been there 🙂 What an extra special treat!
Ok! Someday. Looks like I’ll have to save some money up, though!
No doubt about it. This place is one of those once in a lifetime kind of places.
You relax in style, LB! (And I know nobody wants to hear it, but the snow looks lovely. Winter wonderland and all that…)
What an incredible place and definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Glad you like the winter shots … I could not stop shooting!
Wow, what a place! That view at breakfast is stunning. Looks like you two made the most of the 24 hrs, good for you.
24 hours, a 35 year friendship, and celebrating in a such a stunning place. So lucky!
When I first saw the two chairs in the snow it made me laugh out loud – such a quirky image! The photo that made my heart leap though was the chandelier – I love chandeliers, it lifts the spirits of even the dourest soul to see those sparkles and twinkles and shifting shapes …… it is my secret desire to have a cottage with a most ornate and aged chandelier hanging somewhere within! 🙂
The hotel should pay you to stay on an annual basis and write them up – we would all be wanting to go stay and share in your wonderful experience. It looks and sounds just perfect! xo
Thanks Pauline! That chandelier shot turned out well didn’t it?
I’m going to send the link to these blog posts to the hotel. I’ll let you know what, if anything, they say.
Hope you’re pain and swelling are improving!!
It looks like a perfectly enchanting place to stay for a mini vacation! Beautiful 🙂
An incredible place and an extra special treat!
So hard to comprehend calling a place like that “home”!! DH would love that wine cellar. I think I could look at the photos for a long time and so special to witness the special announcement!
I agree! Quite the glimpse into how the wealthy lived (and still live).
After the couple announced their engagement, the young man played a few songs on the piano. Lovely!
Wow! What a beautiful place to hang out with an old friend! 🙂
Yes, it was a wonderful 24 hour reunion!!
The chandelier danglies got me too. Ahh, you did that nicely. I think the breakfast shot is my fave of the day. The perspective is exactly as though I was there, seeing it myself (which I wish I was). You and Jan are lucky to have each other.
There is just nothing like a dear friend, and Jan was there for me in a big way after the wreck. I was glad to gift her with this getaway.
I’m always happy to oblige when you take me via your photographs to such lovely places, Laurie. Simply wonderful!
And I love having you along for the trip!
I can see that you enjoyed
your meal, and with such a
lovely smile on the both of
you too, priceless 🙂
Have a fantastic start to your Monday 🙂
Thank you, Andro. That meal was absolutely delicious! yum!
want want want
It’s a seriously fabulous treat, Liana!
Looks beautiful Laurie – I’m thinking I might like it better in the springtime LOL. My husband would sure love that wine cellar tho!
That cellar was really neat! I could have spent much more time down there exploring! As you can see, my friend Jan was in heaven!!
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My gosh, that is a stunning vista from your dining table. So undisturbed out there. I bet a summer visit would be glorious. Loving your photo’s, but pining for sunshine here. $100,000 went a long way back in 1912. I assume not too many people had that kind of cash though. I know of many that would never leave the wine cellar, LOL We dined with a large group in a wine cellar of a restaurant in Paris, but didn’t get a tour of the bottles. That’s very cool. I wonder what the most expensive bottle is? xoxo
Isn’t that view incredible? Can you imagine how beautiful it would be in the greening and colors of spring?
Did I not tell you that the view from my dining room is the same?
LOL, Well now, I shall prepare myself for all that eye candy I will behold. Did I ever tell you how impressed I am that you live in the country and maintain your home by yourself? Well I am! You rock 😀 xo
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A perfect winter retreat and so much fun. Love that view from the breakfast table, what a great start to any day!
that is pretty cool 🙂