What is the history of Garth Newel?
Garth Newel is a Welsh phrase which we translate loosely to mean “new hearth” or “new home” and it was the name given to the property in the 1920s when William Sergeant Kendall and his young bride Christine Herter Kendall moved to Bath County.  For more details see our history page.

What kind of music is played at Garth Newel?
Visit Garth Newel and enjoy world class chamber music performances. The Garth Newel Piano Quartet, our resident ensemble, plays many of our concerts. Though most of the concerts are classical chamber music, you’ll notice a number of jazz and blues concerts throughout the year.

How do I get to Garth Newel?
Garth Newel is located in Bath County, VA about 1/2 way between Warm Springs and Hot Springs, VA on U.S. Route 220. Our driveway is clearly marked as “Garth Newel Lane” and a sign on the east side of the road. Our address is not GPS friendly- for step by step instructions, see our directions page.

What will we eat?

Garth Newel’s resident chef Josh Elliott serves gourmet meals after many of the concerts. The set-menu meals are 4 or 5 courses and full of the freshest ingredients. Reservations are required and meals often sell out.

Garth Newel is also ideal for picnicking, and we encourage you to bring your picnic to enjoy before or after concerts. There are many great restaurants in the area. Visit www.DiscoverBath.com for more information.

Wine, beer and soft drinks are always available to purchase before all concerts and during intermissions. Cocktails are available to purchase during the Spring and Fall Seasons. Feel free to take your drink to your seat and enjoy it during the concert.

Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?
Yes! We are happy to tailor meals to meet your dietary restrictions. Please notify us of any special requests when you make your reservation.

What should I wear to a concert at Garth Newel?

The atmosphere at Garth Newel is generally casual, and all dress is acceptable. Patrons wear anything from jeans and boots to cocktail dresses and sport coats. The Summer Festival tends to be more casual and there are occasional events that are black-tie optional. Some will come dressed elegantly for a night out on the town, others will dash in wearing sneakers and shorts having just returned from a hike. The only rule is to be comfortable.

When should I arrive at the concert hall?
The concert hall opens an hour before the concert and we generally have a cash bar available as well.

How are seats assigned?
All concerts are general admission so you may choose any available seat when you arrive.

What about Parking?
Parking is free and there is ample parking for all events on Garth Newel’s grounds. Please allow enough time to park your car before a performance.

Are there events at Garth Newel year round?

Yes! Our main season runs from the end of April to the end of October and the Summer Festival may be our best known time of year. But exciting events are happening year round at Garth Newel including Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and other occasional events.

What if the weather is bad?
In addition to providing superb acoustics, our concert hall is fully enclosed, heated, and air conditioned. Except for in the most extreme circumstances, the show will go on.

Do you sell gift certificates?
Gift Certificates are available for concerts, meals, and/or lodging in any amount. Call us at 540-839-5018 for more information.

Should we bring the kids?
Few of our concerts are designed specifically to appeal to children, but children are welcome. We only ask that they don’t make noise that disturbs others at the concert.

Can I bring my dog? Garth Newel’s grounds sound beautiful!
No, pets are not permitted.

Do you sell recordings of the concerts?
No, but the Garth Newel Piano Quartet has two great recordings available and a third to be released soon!

Is Garth Newel not-for-profit?
Yes! Ticket sales cover less than half of our operating costs. The generosity of our donors is essential to sustain and nurture Garth Newel. To make a donation to Garth Newel, see our support us page.

Is Garth Newel handicap accessible?
Yes. The concert hall has no steps and there is reserved parking nearby. Visitors with disabilities should call ahead to inform of us of any special needs.

Are Garth Newel’s facilities available for rentals?
Garth Newel has a limited number of dates available for weddings and other events each year. Click here to learn more about catering and renting the facilities.

Do you have list of staff and board members available?
Yes.  Garth Newel is a non-profit organization with a wonderful active board.  See our Staff and Board List Page for a list of staff contact and board members.