Financing for the Rutherfoord Hotel is complete, according to hotel developer David Hilliard, also the builder of The Lodge at Old Trail, and construction should begin soon. It will be built on a site adjoining The Lodge.
Hilliard said construction should take 12 to 13 months and he is expecting to open in the late spring of 2015.
The final piece to the financing plan was a loan provided by Middleburg Bank. “I want to thank Middleburg Bank for believing in the hotel,” said Hilliard, “for believing in Crozet and for believing in our local wine industry.”
The four-story, 52-room hotel is designed with one eye on the wedding business at area wineries. It will have a bridal suite and a bridal porch. Its rooms range from 400 square feet, already larger than an average hotel room, up to 650 square feet. The first floor will include a bar and restaurant with a total of 45 seats. The fourth floor will feature an indoor/outdoor entertainment space with a catering kitchen. The third floor will include a meeting room that will accommodate 100.