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Next stop on our Charlottesville, VA venue tour is another favorite of mine: The Clifton Inn! This seminal estate welcomes you with lush, rich interiors, offering a modern twist on this historic property. Overlooking the stunning forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this sprawling 100 acre property is home to The Clifton Colonial Revival Manor House. Though it’s common to find venues in Virginia that are rich in history, this stunning historical manor set on 100 acres was built in 1799 for Thomas Jefferson’s daughter Martha and remained a private residence until the mid 1980s. Renovations were made to the Clifton Estate in the late twentieth century, transforming historic dependencies into indelible Charlottesville landmarks. One of the most sought-after wedding venues in Virginia, The Clifton boasts historic charm, breathtaking views, and modern, but elegant sophistication.
Your wedding should be treated with the utmost care by a venue that doesn’t see your wedding as a transaction and you’ll find that at The Clifton. They only host one wedding a week because they want their couples to feel relaxed both before and after their special day. The venue also offers the newlyweds exclusivity of the property if they rent out all 20 rooms.
The Clifton Inn can accommodate up to 200 guests and all tables, chairs, and dinnerware are included in their wedding collections so no need to worry about bringing in additional vendors! There is no need to worry about rain either as they have a tent on their terrace as a backup as well as a large tent for the reception. In addition, they have an in-house culinary team led by Michelan Star chef Matthew Bousquet. Matthew is french-trained and focused on sustainability and local produce. Because of the restaurant on site, couples also have the option to host their rehearsal dinner or farewell brunch on the property.
If you’re looking for a venue that is historic yet modern and provides impeccable service, look no further than The Clifton Inn!
Ohh and if you have a hybrid car or electrical vehicle – check out The Clifton Inn’s eco-friendly Blink charging station. You can relax and enjoy the property while waiting for your car to be fully charged – I say it’s a win-win situation!
I want to thank Phyllis Case the Executive Director of Sales at The Clifton Inn for touring me around the gorgeous venue and for sharing with me the story of this beautiful gem within Charlottesville, Virginia!
- connie j.
If you are looking for a photographer that has a great personality, experienced with attention to detail, and is fun to work with, then Lyn is your person! She arrived on time and immediately began to work. She was great at directing everyone on how to pose and had great patience dealing with my chaotic family! She took numerous photos and she was able to send me sneak peaks in less than 24 hours!"
"We loved the photos and we're glad we chose Lyn as our photographer!
- ALLISON C.
When planning a wedding it is so scary to hire vendors and have all the trust in them that they will do a good job and from the second I met Lyn Waldrop I knew she would have my best interest in mind!"
"Lyn also did an amazing job at capturing our real emotions which I am so grateful for!
- KAITLYN B.
She was great at communicating so I wasn’t stressed about how I should dress, and when and where to go. I’m not very comfortable in front of a camera but I’d do another shoot with her any day! She had tons of poses and a plan of what we were doing so I was at ease knowing these pictures would look beautiful."
“Lyn was SO energetic and made the experience so much more fun