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The Silver Thatch Inn

3001 Hollymead Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Toll-free 800-261-0720

Phone 434-978-4686

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An historic Virginia Wine Country inn, Silver Thatch began its life as a barracks built in 1780 by Hessian soldiers captured during the Revolutionary War and marched south to Virginia. This area of Albemarle County was designated by Thomas Jefferson especially for the troops to give them the opportunity to begin their new lives following the war. As wings were added in 1812 and 1937, the Inn served as a boys’ school, a tobacco plantation, and a melon farm, and home to BFD Runk, dean of men at UVA 1937-1964.  

A beautiful Virginia Colonial farmhouse, Silver Thatch Inn offers an oasis from the rigors of our busy lives. Once enjoying 300 acres as Hollymead Farm, we're now on 1-1/2 acres in the charming community of Hollymead. Minutes from the Charlottesville Regional Airport, a short drive to Jefferson's Monticello , the University of Virginia, Monroe's Ashlawn-Highland and of course, our country's history.

Virginia is the 5th largest wine producer in our country, and boy are we doing a great job of it!  Upon arrival, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or a locally crafted beer or cider in the Pub, on the patio or in the backyard garden. The next day, experience the  Monticello Wine Trail  and Brew Ridge Trail  to sample Virginia's award winning wines and artisan brews and hard ciders, and all within a short drive in the gorgeous Virginia countryside. Many wineries offer light fare to enjoy with the wine. Has all this wine & beer tasting made you really hungry? Local breweries offer a heartier menu.

We're well known for our breakfasts. With few exceptions, scratch cooking/baking is embraced. Jim makes all the sausages; Italian, country & chicken. Terri does all the baking. Your breakfast may be Eggs Benedict, Crunchy French Toast, Awesome Omelets, Jim's housemade roast beef or corned beef hash, and in the summer a fresh vegetable hash. Delicious! Fruit and cheese, or something freshly baked, are offered in the afternoon  to give guests a chance to wind down and plan the evening. Guests staying during the winter may enjoy wood burning fireplaces which offer an irresistible setting for a hot cider, a port, or a glass of Virginia wine at the end of the evening. 

Guests joining us in the summer months may enjoy a swim or laps in the Hollymead Community swimming pool, a 3 minute walk from the Inn. Pool towels are provided with our compliments.

Although we closed our award winning restaurant January 1, 2013, Charlottesville is bursting with some of the best restaurants in central Virginia, almost all embracing the 'farm to table' concept. Most restaurants are within an easy 15 minute drive from the Inn. The next morning, you're going to enjoy the best breakfast in Charlottesville!

We look forward to meeting you!

 Jim and Terri Petrovits

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Breakfast at the Inn

After a great sleep on a comfortable Serta Pillowtop, start your morning with a cup of freshly ground Greenberry's Sumatran coffees or Stash teas, juices, and enjoy the mouthwatering aromas of breakfast preparations. Your breakfast may consist of apple wood smoked bacon, one of Jim's house made sausages, Terri's cinnamon scones, steusal pecan coffee cake, fresh biscuits, cinnamon rolls, buttermilk or buckwheat pancakes, or maybe Jim's house made roast beef or corned beef hash and yes, scrapple. But Jim uses only pork for his scrapple, and true Pennsylvanians tell us it's the best!  Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 each morning, with fresh coffees available at 7:30. For our Business Travelers, a full breakfast is available at 7:45, or we can send you to your first meeting with a to-go cup of Greenberry's coffee, tea, juice and a pastry. We make early morning meetings better!



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  • Early Coffee/Tea


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  • Horseback Riding
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Contact:   Terri Petrovits, 434-978-4686  Email:

    The historic Silver Thatch Inn is located in the community of Hollymead in Charlottesville,VA. A beautiful Colonial house, the Inn is the perfect setting for your off site meeting. Just off Route 29 northbound, Silver Thatch is 10 minutes from the Charlottesville Regional Airport and UVA's North Research Park, 6 miles north of downtown Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, and a short drive to just about anywhere in Albemarle County.

The original building dates back to 1780 when the Hessian soldiers were marched down the eastern seaboard following the loss of the Battle of Saratoga to the Colonists. Arriving in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson designated this area of Albemarle County to the Hessian troops to help them begin their new lives in America, where their influence continues.

The Hessian Room: The Hessian room is the original and oldest section of the Inn dating to 1780, and is perfect for small, quiet interviews. Continental breakfast is set up in the Hessian room and is a convenient few steps from the English Room.

The English Room - 10 - 20 Classroom Style Seating: Dating back to 1812 the English Room served as a boys’ school from 1812 to 1860. Black-out shades are available to darken the room for AV presentations or simply to block bright sunlight if desired. A 6' X 6' screen is available.

The Sunroom & Hollymead Rooms - up to 40: These two rooms are adjacent to each other. A ‘window’ between the two promotes a comfortable flow of conversation for presentations. The Sunroom and Hollymead Rooms are not recommended for daytime AV presentations as the windows are not shaded.  

The Hollymead Room dates to 1937 and was added when then UVA Dean of Men, B.F.D Runk owned the property, and renovated the property in the Colonial Williamsburg style. The Hollymead Room served as Dean Runk’s library while he lived here from 1937 until the mid-1960s, and later as an office for local realtors & developers.

Seven comfortable, well appointed guest rooms are available for Attendees who wish to stay the night. Corporate rates are available. Early coffee and breakfast are available at 7:30. No cancellation penalty.  

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Check out the recipes on our website

Cherry Almond Granola

This delicious granola is extremely versatile. Add it to your yogurt at breakfast or eat it by itself as an afternoon snack!