Kingsmill Estate House

Project Overview

  • The estate offers panoramic views of the James River
  • Collaborative approach between GuernseyTingle and the owner

Forward-thinking design transforms this storied private mansion into a flagship resort estate.

Pettus House was originally built in the 1980s as the private mansion for the Busch family, known for the Anheuser-Busch Companies and Busch Gardens theme parks that bear the name. Located within the manicured and gated grounds of Kingsmill Resort, the 7,000 SF property is perched on a bluff offering panoramic views of the James River.

In 2017, Kingsmill Resort ownership eyed the revenue-generating potential of Pettus House as a flagship luxury rental property. The company also felt that the right transformation of the property could set the tone for sweeping enhancements planned elsewhere across the resort. Following a $3 million top-to-bottom renovation, the Estate at Kingsmill became available as a luxury rental for upscale vacationers and executive retreaters who demand the best of the best.

The success of the Estate at Kingsmill transformation hinged on forward-thinking design and a truly collaborative approach on the part of the GuernseyTingle team. With a focus on making the unobstructed view a centerpiece of a modern coastal aesthetic, designers partnered with the client management and their team, contractors, and vendors to orchestrate a successful transformation.

The results speak for themselves. The Estate at Kingsmill opened to rave reviews and has exceeded booking expectations, becoming the flagship of one of Virginia’s most acclaimed resort communities.


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