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Dover Hall Exterior

A History

of Bartizan

Dover Hall Experiences is a luxury hospitality company led by the visionary duo - Jeff Ottaviano & Chad Hornik. In 2017,  Dover Hall Experiences was launched when they assumed management of the picturesque Goochland property, Dover Hall.


“We never imagined that what started as a friendship 12 years ago would become such a wild and exciting ride. Our mutual passion for fine wine, delicious food, and travel, plus nearly 50 years of combined experience in the hospitality industry, prompted the decision to form Dover Hall Experiences in early 2017. Our mission was to build a portfolio of Virginia’s Premier Destinations for Unrivaled Events, Boutique Lodging, and Thoughtful Cuisine. In just five years, we have assembled a team of the region’s best hospitality heroes and are offering a product second to none at all of our properties. We hope you will join us on this ride and cherish each and every Dover Hall Experience. CHEERS!” - Jeff & Chad

Bartizan is DHE's first sister property, conveniently located in Short Pump’s West Broad Village. We opened our doors in December 2019 as a full-service restaurant with hopes of one day being just an event venue. Since August 2022, Bartizan has been operating as an events-only venue and it is thanks to our incredible clients that we were able to make this dream a reality!


Our flagship property, Dover Hall, is a refined, English Tudor-inspired castle placed elegantly among the rolling hills of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia. The exceptionally grand 38,000-square-foot estate house sits peacefully on 55 private acres and is a short 15-minute drive from Bartizan. Bartizan, by definition, is an elevated corner turret of a castle. Our carefully chosen name and logo are subtle tie-backs to the property that has become Richmond's premier event venue. Coupled with many of the Bartizan design elements, this is evidence of the intent we put into every detail.

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