Your luxury retreat to the 18th century, on 25 serene rural acres
About Judith Dickinson
I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and have lived and worked in Washington DC for the past four decades. No doubt my New England roots and Virginia's fascinating early American history lured me to explore and finally take on the preservation of this remarkable colonial plantation house.
Judith Dickinson purchased this Chalet in 2011
Why Judith Dickinson chose Hardyville
At a time of personal transition, I was looking for a project that was engaging and challenging. Wilton House was it! Though 250 years old, this colonial plantation house had never been modernized. And, miraculously, it retained almost all its original features -- masonry, flooring, woodwork, floorplan and exterior foot print. Even the paint dates back to the 18th century. All it needed was some tender loving care -- and modern plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical systems. The result, I think, is a very livable home with all the modern comforts but with the authentic look, touch and feel of the 18th century original. Live here for several days, or a week, or a month and breath in 250 years of Virginia history.
What makes this Chalet unique
A just published book, 15 years in the making, by the folks at Colonial Williamsburg, entitled 'The Chesapeake House,' features a picture of the front hallway at Wilton. It's a stunning image, but one that is easily matched by a dozen or more similar sights at this remarkable property. Two hundred and fifty year-old woodwork with 250 year-old paint. Paneled interior shutters on 9 over 9 windows downstairs, 6 over 6 up. Twenty-three -- count'em -- window seats. Heart pine floor boards, never varnished and never ever sanded, that have only gotten more beautiful, and soulful, with time. Wilton will be high on the list for lovers of old architecture and historical homes. But you won't have to be a history buff to recognize that this is simply a beautiful place to slow down, breath deeply, and allow your soul to rest and then expand.
Check-in: 2:30 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Step back in time...let Wilton House nurture your soul.
There are those of us that want to escape our everyday busy and find a space where time stands still. You can find that here. This is a very special home. One where preservation was pinnacle and not one detail was overlooked. If you are searching for a home that gives you an experience, this is Wilton. This is a space that you will want to stay in, the home is vacation. If you like history, older homes with good bones, and time period furniture, this will speak your heart. My only regret is the little time spent here...as there are many places that still needed my attention... to sit, read, or reflect in thought. To say I fell in love with Wilton is an understatement. I can’t wait to go back. I would like to thank the owner for sharing his home. As if it wasn’t for his vision and desire to preserve Wilton, I might never have had this experience.
Wonderful weekend in a beautifully restored home
Magical family get away
This home is not only a VERY well done preservation of true Virginia history, it is PERFECT for a large family! We are a family of 6. Even with no TV's there was enough that our triplet 6 yo's never ran out of things to do. You can have formal meals, walk the beautiful acreage or read in one of the many open areas on the property. We were pleasantly surprised how well stocked this was and every modern amenity was provided! We are already considering booking for Thanksgiving! Give this place a chance, you won't be disappointed!
Words can not express the amazing ambiance of this beautiful property and home! My husband and I feel especially lucky to have spent time in this wonderful, unchanged time capsule. Classical music and an evening in was just what the doctor ordered for our busy schedules! My husband, being a builder, appreciated every single detail in this beautiful home right down to the cellar! Exquisite attention to detail in every piece of furniture and art was taken in this gem. We thoroughly enjoyed walking the grounds, sitting outside in the courtyard, watching the many deer, rabbits and birds in the yard, exploring the slave quarters, the cabin and enjoying the much needed slow down from the hustle and bustle of daily life! This truly is a well preserved museum and we are so fortunate to have stayed here! We didn't even think twice about not having a t.v.! Classical music played throughout was enough for us! Judith was extremely easy to talk to and the communication was impeccable as well as the entire house set up for all your needs! We can't say enough good things about the place! We would give this lovely home more than 5 stars if we could! My husband and I highly recommend Wilton House, we promise you will not be disappointed! Thank you for sharing your amazing home and the history!
Remarkable property and stay
Those of us who are into historic preservation appreciate Wilton is a rare gem. And that it maintains it's historic integrity while providing such luxe accomodations is rarer still. We coordinated our trip during Historic Garden Week in Virginia. The weather was great. Excellent experience and highly recommended.
Beautiful home but wished the furniture was more comfortable
In Middlesex County, in Virginia's 'Middle' Peninsula, near the Piankatank and Rappahannock Rivers and Chesapeake Bay close to historic homes and churches and one hour to Colonial Williamsburg, Richmond and many James River Plantations.