Designer House & Garden Tour Opens in Richmond

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra League’s Designer House and Garden Tour has opened and extends through October 11th. This is the RSOL’s 14th Designer House, a beautiful English Tudor, gorgeously transformed by interior designers, landscape designers, artists, craftsmen and women, and sculptors. Design Professionals. More than 30 rooms and 11 outdoor spaces reflect the creativity and latest trends in space planning, color, visual impact and comfort.

RSOL's 2010 Designer House & Garden as seen from the river side

The original 8-acre site was landscaped by the noted Charles F. Gillette and his design genius has been restored and enhanced by prominent landscape professionals- a first for the RSOL’s Designer House. The house, names Rothesay, was originally built in 1913.  The current owners have graciously moved a lifetime of collections and accumulations out to allow the designers and landscape architects to magically transform the space into the 2010 Designer House, a biennial fundraiser for the Richmond Symphony.

Tickets ($20) are available at the door.  The organizers have arranged for parking in the lot at the intersection of McCloy Street and Douglasdale Road, since parking has been prohibited on Rothesay Circle. A shuttle runs continuously from the lot to Rothesay Circle, starting 15 minutes prior to opening and continuing 30 minutes after closing each day. The Designer House and Garden will be open Monday through Friday from 11 Am to 2 PM, 11 Am to 3:30 PM Saturdays, and Noon to 3:30 on Sundays.  You can make an entire day of your visit, by planning a lunch with a choice of sandwiches, salads, and soups along with a glass of wine or beer at the on-site Cafe Rothesay in a designer space.  Don’t forget to stop by the boutique, you just might get a jump on your holiday shopping and find that perfect gift.

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