Avon Hill
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About Us

Avon Hill

Avon Hill is one of the Summits in Nelson County, Virginia at 480 feet.  The Avon Hill estate includes 105 sprawling acres of open and wooded land, access to a half mile of the Rockfish River, over five acres of English and American Boxwoods, five living quarters (four available for rent), a pool, and three working barns (one available to rent).  Read more about our lodging options to see how we can best accommodate your group.

The original homestead at Avon Hill burned down in the early 1800s.  The homestead was rebuilt and in the early 1970's a two-story home built in the 1750's in Williamsburg, Virginia was moved, reassembled and attached to the homestead.  Later, a pool and pool house was constructed next to the home. The Lodge Keeper currently resides in this unique home.

Avon Hill Lodge and its surrounding property were added to the estate in 2009. The three buildings on this parcel were built in the 1850’s.  Avon Hill Lodge underwent a complete ground up renovation (check out our before and after gallery!).   Adjacent to the Avon Hill Lodge sits the Overlook and the Tenant House; both of these buildings are available for lodging and have undergone their own ground up renovations.  The Avon Hill Lodge compound is a short, three-minute walk to the original Avon Hill house, Pool House and pool.

Guests first started enjoying Avon Hill in 2012.  In 2015, a century old barn from Ottawa, Canada was moved to and reassembled on the property.  Bruce’s Barn at Avon Hill is not just an operating farm barn; it is also a climate controlled event barn available for weddings, dinners, retreats and meetings.

Perhaps the most lasting and beautiful impression that Avon Hill guests leave with is the English and American Boxwood Gardens.  Avon Hill was once a boxwood plantation.  The remaining shrubs on the property continue to be cultivated and farmed.  Avon Hill boxwood transplants can be seen as part of the landscaping at the Governor’s Mansion in Williamsburg.

Avon Hill Lodge offers unprecedented access to local Charlottesville attractions, while maintaining its serene and peaceful countryside setting. Avon Hill Lodge serves as a premier destination for weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate retreats, group events, meetings, social gatherings, family reunions, and much more.

The Owner

Avon Hill Lodge was created through the vision of Bruce Teplitzky.   Bruce moved to the Charlottesville area in 1996 and purchased the first parcel of Avon Hill in 1999.  In 2009, Bruce purchased the second parcel of land where Bruce’s Barn and Avon Hill Lodge stands today.  Bruce had a passion for restoration and preservation, which lead him to the ground-up restorations of the buildings at Avon Hill.

Bruce was in the consultative service industry for 30 plus years, lived abroad and traveled the world for both business and pleasure. He loved to meet and talk to people as well as hike, fly fish, ski and enjoy everything outdoors.  He experienced the best (and worst) of the lodging and hospitality industry.  He utilized all of his lessons and experiences to create a vision for Avon Hill.  Avon Hill is a place for family, friends, colleagues or clients to gather and enjoy the great outdoors of central Virginia.  

Bruce looked forward to meeting every guest and being your host at Avon Hill.  Unfortunately, in 2016, Bruce passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.  The Teplitzky family, daughters Hannah and Sarah and brother Andy, continue to manage the Avon Hill estate with a focus on Bruce's vision.