The Estate at Kingsmill introduces a luxurious touch to Williamsburg

A weekend away in the Colonial tourist town is designed to take you back in time. But this newly renovated, waterfront estate adds a modern touch.

living room of the estate at kingsmill resort
Commanding the center of the sunlit living room is a Wright Chandelier by Ian K. Fowler, which floats above a Wyeth Split Bamboo Coffee Table by John Birch. Asher Leather Chairs  flank the gas fireplace. The timeless Lancaster sofas are layered with hand-embossed Velvet Oushak Pillows by Rusty Arena. (Photo by Renee Sklarew)

Once the private home of the billionaire Busch family (former owners of Budweiser and nearby Busch Gardens), The Estate at Kingsmill was recently reintroduced as a high-end vacation villa. Located on a bluff overlooking the James River, the 7,000-square-foot mansion recently underwent a $3 million renovation to convert the colonial home into a grand gathering space.

bedroom inside the estate at kingsmill resort
Much of the house includes Restoration Hardware designs, including the four master bedrooms, which contain upholstered king-sized beds dressed in RH’s Italian 1,000-thread-count Luxe sateen linens by Florentine artisan Carlo Bertelli. The window blinds and gas fireplace may be controlled from the bedside table. (Photo courtesy of The Estate at Kingsmill)

“It’s a nod to the past, while looking forward,” says architect Stephanie Kalantarians of Williamsburg-based GuernseyTingle, who designed the property’s updated look. “We wanted to make it as open as possible, by creating an impressive foyer with full-glass views of the river. We opened up the kitchen and increased the size of the second-floor bedrooms.”

view of the pool at the estate at kingsmill resort
The white stone terraces overlook the infinity pool, and the luxury patio furniture is part of RH’s Nantucket and Costa furniture collections, built to withstand the coastal climate. (Photo courtesy of The Estate at Kingsmill)

The four-bedroom house sleeps eight guests, who are treated to a European-trained butler and a private chef during their stay, as well as use of the golf course and other amenities at the adjacent Kingsmill Resort. But, despite the luxury service and updated elegance, what do guests say they love the most about the updated estate? Says Kalantarians: “That incredible view of the river.” // Rates from $4,000 per night

The four en suite spa-like bathrooms have soaking tubs, herringbone vanities with polished nickel fittings, minimalist floating mirrors and plush Turkish-cotton towels. (Photo courtesy of The Estate at Kingsmill)

This post originally appeared in our April 2020 issue. For more travel and home-design articles, subscribe to our newsletters.

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