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Swannanoa Palace

497 Swannanoa Ln, Afton, VA 22920-2535
+1 540-942-5201
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Architectural and historian fun

If you are an architectural historian, you will appreciate this place and it's history. It's a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Alexandria, Virginia
Awesome place!

Spectacular residence. I loved the views from the tower room. Glad to know some work has been... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
John B
Reston, Virginia
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497 Swannanoa Ln, Afton, VA 22920-2535
+1 540-942-5201
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Reviewed yesterday

If you are an architectural historian, you will appreciate this place and it's history. It's a little tricky to get to, but so worth the find. The house is amazing even though it is falling in disrepair. I went when they weren't offering tours of...More

Thank YvonneJC
Reviewed 4 days ago

Spectacular residence. I loved the views from the tower room. Glad to know some work has been done to restore it but the building and grounds need lots more.

Thank John B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I lived in this area for 17 years and never realized until recently there is a palace amongst the trees. A friend knowing I like history recommended it to me. He explained to get there: "From the Afton Exit take the road south, parallel to...More

Thank Mike_Stogoski
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

super fun trip! went with friends after visiting maymont and developing several conspiracy theories regarding The Window...worth the $8 just to hear the cynical owner absolutely roast lao russell for 2 hours lol! we arrived before the house itself opened and spent some time wandering...More

Thank wormbaby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love old houses, this is well worth a short drive from the Staunton, VA area to view the exterior of this lovely old gem. Having visited Maymont, a gorgeous plantation outside Richmond which was built by the wealthy Dooley family who built Swannanoa,...More

Thank LJL1974
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Although this "villa" is in disrepair, please understand that the owners (who are up there in age) are using their personal money to try and restore this magnificent building. We toured the house with the owner, Mrs Dulaney. and learned the history from beginning to...More

Thank Bonnie C
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Visited this historic home on a beautiful day in the Shenandoah Valley. You can get off interstate 64 and make a quick visit on a weekend when they are open. You get to walk around the ground floor and visualize what it must have been...More

Thank selah71
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I would not say this is a palace, more like a manor. Not very visitor friendly with No Trespassing signs posted every where. Our Inn hosts said it was okay to visit, but it was not welcoming.

Thank Kathryn A
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Wonderful part of history. So many unique elements that make it an asset for Virginia. Would love to see it restored to it's glory so that we would be able to see the entire estate. Tour guide was amazing.

Thank Dee H
Reviewed 7 May 2017

The OK - Interesting stained glass window, staircase, entrance way fireplace. The not OK - This place is almost a complete ruin. The rooms on the first floor that are open to the public feature peeling wallpaper, broken fixtures, junk stored in pretty much all...More

Thank Santino49
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26 September 2016|
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Response from Alex T | Reviewed this property |
You can try but there are a whole bunch of "No Trespassing" signs
Kerrah C
30 August 2016|
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Response from Alex T | Reviewed this property |
Hi! We paid $8 per person
6 July 2016|
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