The Clifton

Charlottesville, VA
Verified Venue

A Lush Historic Estate of Your Own

Yours for the day or a full weekend, delight in exclusive use of this beautiful, luxuriant property overlooking verdant Blue Ridge Mountain forests. The Clifton graciously holds its crown among Charlottesville’s finest wedding venues, shining with sophisticated elegance and thoughtful contemporary touches.
Built in the late 18th century for Thomas Jefferson's daughter, this seminal estate stretches across 100 acres and features The Clifton Colonial Revival Manor House, an intimate secret garden and prestigious croquet lawn edged by blooming gardens. Dance under the moon on the outdoor deck or call on the grand court tent nestled in the forest just beyond a tranquil waterfall.
Stay onsite and invite your beloved to unwind among richly appointed suites and cottages. Attentive details shape the fairytale experience down to the crystal glassware and copper wash tent lighting and throughout butler-attended regional wine and hors d'oeuvres. Celebrations flow seamlessly from sun-drenched Veranda welcome receptions and infinity pool cocktail hours to a candle-lit rehearsal dinner in the Library and a striking wedding ceremony followed by your first party as a married couple. Roll right into a farewell brunch the next day and begin your journey together surrounded by your closest friends and family.

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The Location


Overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, this seminal estate stretches across 100 acres and features The Clifton Colonial Revival Manor House, a secret garden, and a prestigious croquet lawn just six miles from downtown Charlottesville.

Things To Do

Charlottesville is home to thriving orchards, farms, and more than 40 wineries that inspire unforgettable restaurant experiences. Hiking in Shenandoah National Park, renowned river kayaking, and championship golf offer thrills while a celebrated theater and local live music scene entertain. Our stages are well stocked with highly coveted acts. In fact, Charlottesville is where Dave Matthews Band and Coran Capshaw's Red Light Management — the largest independent music management company in the world — got their start. For a taste of history, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and James Monroe’s Highland offer guided glimpses into the Founding Fathers’ legacies.


13 mi to Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport
6 mi to Downtown Mall
5 mi to Monticello 
10 mi to UVA
28 mi to Shenandoah National Park

1296 Clifton Inn Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911

The Details

Amenities & Services

  • Guest rooms and cottages
  • Eight-peaked sailcloth tent with hardwood floor
  • Event lighting technician
  • Full event staffing

By the Numbers

  • 250 seated guest capacity for dinner
  • 250 seated guest capacity for the ceremony site
  • 300 standing cocktail reception

Make it Yours

  • Welcome guests with butler-attended wine and hors d'oeuvres at a cocktail reception on the Manor House veranda.
  • Bookend your wedding weekend with a pool party on Thursday and a farewell brunch on Sunday.

Get Married at The Clifton

Every wedding starts with a beautiful venue. Let’s find yours.

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