SOURCE: Keswick Hall and Golf Club

February 11, 2015 10:50 ET

Keswick Hall and Golf Club Receives Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award

Places Charlottesville, VA, Luxury Golf Resort on Elite List

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA--(Marketwired - February 11, 2015) - Keswick Hall and Golf Club announced today that Forbes Travel Guide bestowed on the luxury golf resort outside of Charlottesville, VA, one of the lodging industry's most coveted ratings, the Forbes Five Star award, which has been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958. It marks the first time a Charlottesville property has achieved this distinction.

Keswick Hall and Golf Club was one of only eighteen additions to the prestigious list for 2015, and one of only five that were new to the list in the United States. Keswick Hall's award also makes this the third property in the Commonwealth of Virginia, including Keswick Hall's sister property The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, to receive this award. The entire list contains less than one hundred and twenty hotels, inns and resorts. With the opening of the new Pete Dye designed golf course, Full Cry, and a host of elegant and thoughtful renovations completed in 2014, the resort has become the lodging choice of many of the elite travelers from the Atlantic seaboard and throughout the Southeast.

"Our ability to achieve the Forbes Five Star rating is a direct result of committed ownership, focused management, and the tireless efforts of our team members, ably lead by our General Manager, Monte Hansen, who provide a genuinely caring and comforting sanctuary for our guests," said President and Managing Director Greg Sligh. "This award confirms that it is possible, and even desirable, to combine superior service, modern amenities, and truly gracious southern hospitality."

"The Forbes Five Star award is affirmation that Keswick Hall and Golf Club's potential has not only been realized, but one of the world's finest properties now calls Charlottesville home," said Keswick Hall and Golf Club Chairman, Robert Hardie. "I am immensely proud to add Keswick Hall and Golf Club to the robust group of Forbes Five Star properties within our collection."

"Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. These ratings serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences. Our primary mission is to contribute to excellence in hospitality, serving the global tourism industry as well as the guest," said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. "We're proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list."

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit http://blog.forbestravelguide.com/what-makes-a-forbes-travel-guide-five-star.

About Keswick Hall and Golf Club

Set in the historic hunt and wine country of central Virginia, Keswick Hall and Golf Club is a 600-acre boutique resort featuring 48 private guest rooms. The northern wing of the current inn contains historic Villa Crawford, once the Italianesque private estate of the Robert Crawford family built in 1912.

A full complement of amenities and activities are available to guests, including: golf, tennis, three swimming pools, croquet, nature trails, on-site vineyard, garden / historic tours, spa and fine dining. Off-site excursions include wine tasting, Presidential home visits, University of Virginia tours, clay shooting and more.

The property is home to the historic Keswick Golf Club, a members club introduced in 1948 when renowned architect Fred Findlay added its first nine holes of golf. The course expanded to18 holes in the mid-'50s and was renovated in 1992 by Arnold Palmer. In 2013, World Golf Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye was commissioned to create its new course, Full Cry, and was named one of the best new courses of 2014 by Golf Digest.

The country estate is a property of Richmond, Va.-based Riverstone Group under its Historic Hotels of Albemarle division. The company also owns and manages the Forbes Five Star The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Resort (S.C.), The Jefferson Hotel (Va.) and The Hermitage Hotel (Tenn.) and the Forbes Four Star The Sea Pines Resort (S.C.).

Keswick Hall -- centrally located -- is an easy two-hour drive from the Washington D.C. metro area and just over three hours from Baltimore. Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) is 30 minutes away. Richmond International Airport (RIC) is a 90-minute drive.

About Forbes Travel Guide:

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, is the originator of the prestigious Five Star Rating system, and has provided the travel industry's most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better informed travel and leisure decisions. Forbes Travel Guide is the gold standard for luxury hospitality ratings worldwide. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit ForbesTravelGuide.com. ForbesTravelGuide.com combines the objectivity and heritage of the Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating system with insightful recommendations from a hand-selected group of travel experts, tastemakers and Forbes Travel Guide inspectors. ForbesTravelGuide.com is the sole online destination for Forbes Travel Guide's list of Star Rated hotels, restaurants and spas, and gives its registered members exclusive access to special offers and curated experiences from select Forbes Travel Guide partners.

For more information about Keswick Hall and Golf Club, visit www.keswick.com.

For more information about Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards, visit www.ForbesTravelGuide.com.

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