The History of The Chilton House & Family
Moments in a 400 year old story that continues today.
Coming to America
Mary Chilton Arrives on the Mayflower
In the year 1620, at age 13, Mary Chilton (pictured left) crossed the Atlantic with the crew of the Mayflower. Her father James Chilton died in the crossing, and she was adopted by the leader of the colony, John Alden. She is given the honor as the first woman ashore on Plymouth Rock.
The Revolutionary War
Captain John Chilton
John Chilton III (left, sword raised) married Lucy Blackwell and moved to Warrenton. When war broke out, he served as Captain of the 3rd Virginia Regiment from 1775 to his death at the Battle of Brandywine on Sept. 11, 1777. He perished along with his troops as they held the line to the rest of the American Army could escape. His diary is among the best records of the war.
The Civil War
Warrenton exchanged hands 67 times during the war, essentially making it an occupied town. The backyard was used as a small farm and as a camp for both union & confederate troops. During the war, Chilton House was owned by Gen. William H Payne, leader of the local Black Horse Cavalry. A Chilton relative, Robert Hall Chilton, served as Robert E. Lee's Chief of Staff.
The 20th Century
Austine Chilton McDonnell Marries William Randolph Hearst Jr.
"The Wedding of the Year" at Chilton House
Austine was part of the 3rd generation of Chiltons to live in the house, a prolific journalist who married into the most well-known journalism family in the nation, The Hearsts. They were married at the Warrenton Court House, received their guests in the reception rooms, and held dinner on the grounds behind the home.
Chilton House restored!
Today, the house is occupied by John Chilton McAuliff. The entire branch of the Chilton family contributed to the restoration project, including Mary McDonnell, Barbara McDonnell, Kathy McDonnell, and William McDonnell McAuliff.
PricesThe price includes accommodation and Continental breakfast. All diets are welcome but we must know your requirements prior to arrival.
Booking Confirmation & DepositCurrently we do not ask for a deposit but payment in full is required on arrival.All bookings by email are confirmed by email.
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Should your travel arrangements change you should inform us as soon as practicable to allow us to re allocate the room(s).Notice of cancellation of booking: providing we have at least 5 days notice, no payment is due. Providing we have at least 3 days notice, only the first night payment is due. However if you fail to notify us after this period payment in full will become due.
If you need to cancel the booking due to adverse weather conditions or exceptional family circumstances we are happy to transfer your booking to another date if at all possible should this be acceptable.
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Non-availability of AccommodationWe would only cancel your stay if your accommodation was unavailable for reasons beyond our control. We would however attempt to find you alternative accommodation, if we were unable to find suitable accommodation our liability would not extend beyond this point.
PetsSorry, non service pets are not allowed at this time.
Acceptance of ChildrenWe welcome children of ages 10 years and above. We can accommodate for young babies and by prior arrangement and free of charge, a highchair and a travel cot can be provided; however we do ask that you provide all your own bedding for the cot.
ArrivalYour accommodation will be available to you from 3:00 pm on the day of arrival, unless otherwise arranged. We may not be able to accommodate you if you arrive earlier than the agreed time as we will be busy preparing your rooms. However, you may drop off your bags, pay for your stay and collect your room keys at an earlier time by prior arrangement.
It is much appreciated if you will notify us of your estimated time of arrival (a telephone call on the day before or morning of arrival is fine).
Late arrival procedurePlease ensure you contact us to let us know if you will be arriving later than 10:00 pm, and inform us of your new estimated time of arrival. A lockbox can be found next to the mailbox, for which the code is 0426.
Check OutPlease vacate your room by 11am, unless otherwise arranged. The room will be ready for re-occupation from 3.00pm, unless otherwise arranged.
SmokingNo smoking anywhere at Chilton House.
There is a fire alarm system in operation and if this is set off by guests smoking anywhere in the house you will be asked to vacate the premises and forfeit any monies paid, this is non-negotiable.
Damages and BreakagesPlease take care when staying in our home. You are responsible and liable for any breakages or damages which you cause to the accommodation or its contents. We ask is that you do report any incidents when they occur. We do not normally charge for minor breakages, but we may charge you for repair or making good if the damage or breakage is significant.
LiabilityWe do not accept any liability for any damage, loss or injury to any member of your party or any vehicles or possessions, unless proven to be caused by a negligent act by ourselves or our employees or contractors whilst acting in the course of employment.