• Grounds

    Chilton House was a working squab farm before & during the Great Depression. Squab is a kind of pigeon, and the eggs were sold or barterted. Chilton House is one of the few properties in the Piedmont with all of its outbuildings still intact. The buildings were restored in the Spring of 2020.

    The Pumphouse

    To provide water for the crops and the garden, a pumphouse brought water up into buckets for use around the house. Ours fills from the gutters, but others were connected to the water table through the farm's well.


    When we restored the pump, we discovered it was made by Mast, Foos & Co, a company from Springfield, Ohio that produced farm equipment in the 1880s. The model is the "Buckeye Lift Pump."


    It still works, and you can try it out yourself, all you need is a little bit of arm strength to work the pump and fill up the pail. We can't pay you, but feel free to water the garden!

    The Stable

    While currently used as a garage and workshop, the old stable used to house horses and lots of hay. The metal rod above the door was part of a pulley system to pull hay up into the hayloft. It's visible at the end of the driveway behind the well.

    The Old Well

    Before running water, wells were essential for a homestead, especially one far from a river. While most wells have since been filled in, ours remains usable, and in theory, drinkable, though we aren't responsible if you try...

    The Smokehouse

    Used up until the 1980s, the smokehouse was where residents would smoke their meats, ensuring that they would be preserved long past their typical expiration date.

    The "Squab" (Pigeon) Coop

    At the far end of the property (far enough to keep the noise out of the ears of those living in the house), is the squab coop. It is just used for storage today, but up until the 1950s it was used for to harvest pigeons and their eggs, which were used to eat, sell, and barter.



    The Haunted Summer Kitchen

    Before the days of Air Conditioning, cooking in the main house during 90 degree Virginia summer days just didn't make sense. So manor homes and farmhouses alike kept a separate kitchen building for cooking, generally with a large fireplace. When you are visiting, the kitchen may be under renovation, but if not, feel free to poke around.


    Be careful though, our summer kitchen has long been thought to be haunted, but we'll let you find that out for yourself...

Terms & Conditions
The price includes accommodation and Continental breakfast. All diets are welcome but we must know your requirements prior to arrival.

Booking Confirmation & Deposit
Bookings of more than 3 days require a 25% deposit per room. Payment in full is required on arrival. All bookings by email are confirmed by email. 

Cancellation of booking
By making your booking, our agreement is a legal contract and you agree to our terms and conditions.

Should your travel arrangements change you should inform us as soon as practicable to allow us to re allocate the room(s). 

Cancellation Policy
Effective June 15, 2018

We understand circumstances beyond your control may cause you to cancel your visit to the Chilton House. As a small, non-chain property, it is hard to fill a cancelled room reservation on short notice. Therefore, we have the following policy regarding cancellations:
• If you must cancel your reservation, please call or email us right away.
• Cancellations given with at least 14 days’ notice prior to 6 PM of expected arrival will incur only a $50 (per room) administrative fee.
• Cancellations or date changes received with less than 14 days, as of 6:00 PM, prior to your scheduled arrival will be charged for the first night of your reservation. 
• Cancellations or date changes received with less than 7 days, as of 6:00 PM, prior to your scheduled arrival will be charged for the full value of your reservation. 
• Early departures for whatever reason will be charged per the original reservation.

If you need to cancel the booking due to adverse weather conditions or exceptional family circumstances we are happy to transfer your booking to another date if at all possible should this be acceptable.

Payment should be made on or before arrival by either cash, credit or debit card, or cheque supported by a current cheque guarantee card. All credit card transactions are secure and no data collected is offered to third parties for any reason. All transactions comply to the relevant legal requirements at the time of the transaction.

Non-availability of Accommodation
We would only cancel your stay if your accommodation was unavailable for reasons beyond our control. We would however attempt to find you alternative accommodation, if we were unable to find suitable accommodation our liability would not extend beyond this point.

Sorry, non service pets are not allowed at this time.

Acceptance of Children
We welcome children of ages 10 years and above. We can accommodate for young babies and by prior arrangement and free of charge, a highchair and a travel cot can be provided; however we do ask that you provide all your own bedding for the cot. 

Your accommodation will be available to you from 3:00 pm on the day of arrival, unless otherwise arranged. We may not be able to accommodate you if you arrive earlier than the agreed time as we will be busy preparing your rooms. However, you may drop off your bags, pay for your stay and collect your room keys at an earlier time by prior arrangement.

It is much appreciated if you will notify us of your estimated time of arrival (a telephone call on the day before or morning of arrival is fine).

Late arrival procedure
Please ensure you contact us to let us know if you will be arriving later than 10:00 pm, and inform us of  your new estimated time of arrival. A lockbox can be found next to the mailbox, for which the code is 0426. 

Check Out
Please vacate your room by 11am, unless otherwise arranged. The room will be ready for re-occupation from 3.00pm, unless otherwise arranged. 

No smoking anywhere at Chilton House. 

There is a fire alarm system in operation and if this is set off by guests smoking anywhere in the house you will be asked to vacate the premises and forfeit any monies paid, this is non-negotiable.

Damages and Breakages
Please take care when staying in our home. You are responsible and liable for any breakages or damages which you cause to the accommodation or its contents. We ask is that you do report any incidents when they occur. We do not normally charge for minor breakages, but we may charge you for repair or making good if the damage or breakage is significant. 

We do not accept any liability for any damage, loss or injury to any member of your party or any vehicles or possessions, unless proven to be caused by a negligent act by ourselves or our employees or contractors whilst acting in the course of employment.

Privacy Policy
Any data collected during the course of this booking will be stored on our computer(s).  With your permission we may from time to time contact you about promotions and offers.  We will not share your details with any third party.