The $9-million renovation of The Boar’s Head, located on 573 acres in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been completed.
The project was a collaborative effort that involved input from guests, University of Virginia representatives, local government officials, and business leaders. About a year was spent by the owners and designers doing research to figure out how to provide a combination of modern conveniences while still preserving history.
The renovation also aimed to tie the property more closely to UVA through the use of iconic University imagery.
Renovations were started in March 2011, with the owner University of Virginia Foundation purchasing workout equipment for the fitness center. The main road was widened for a grander entrance, while walkways were improved to better connect guests with the grounds and the facilities.
The Old Mill Room – the heart of the Boar's Head in Virginia's Piedmont countryside, which was built from the nearly 300-year-old timbers of an abandoned gristmill along the banks of the Hardware River – got new carpeting, drapes and wall coverings to reflect the history of the original building.
Work in the 175 guestrooms began in November 2011, with each room stripped to bare walls and flooring, and outfitted with new fabric, furniture and amenities. Improvements to the bathrooms in the king rooms involved moving walls and doors. Bathroom fixtures were also replaced. The rehabbed rooms, which include nine suites, were made available to guests just this April.
The property now also pays tribute to Thomas Jefferson, with custom designed fabrics boasting fresh bright colors to reflect those found in the local landscape. Designers similarly included artwork, vintage photos and memorabilia that pay homage to the university, Jefferson and the local area. The lamps and light fixtures have a rustic look; while antique furniture pieces can be found throughout the property.
More changes are in the works, such as a redesign of the Birdwood Golf Course and a new squash facility.
The Boar’s Head offers four restaurants, tennis courts, a golf course and a spa. The resort also has 22,000 square feet of event space. Similarly, it offers complimentary wireless Internet throughout the public spaces and guestrooms.