Brett and I are so overwhelmed with the interest in Belle Grove Plantation! The warm comments and words of encouragement have meant a lot to us as we work towards opening this beautiful and historically important home. We appreciate each of you and appreciate you joining us on this journey!
Thank you just doesn’t seem enough at times.
There were several questions that we received through your comments so we thought we would answer some of them here so everyone would know.
Is the plantation open now?
Driveway from the entry gate to main road
No, it is not open to the public yet. In fact we don’t even live there yet. We travel up on the weekends when we need to do anything or just to visit it. There is a caretaker there, but they do not allow the public to come and see. So we ask that you please wait before you try to come and find it. As soon as we are able, we will allow our friends to come and see it. Please stay tuned…
When are you going to open?
Plantation Side Portico
We are hoping to open in September, 2012. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. So that is a soft date at best right now. We will know more once we are able to get started on site and see what needs to be done and how long it will take. We are working on what we can now so hopefully it will cut the time down. Believe us, we can’t wait to open!
Are you planning on doing weddings?
View from the Riverside Portico out to the river. The old fountain will be removed. This will be where a bride steps out to walk down the aisle to her future husband.
Yes! We have already started working on collecting vendors to assist us in becoming the venue of choice for weddings! And what a great place to start your life together!
What is there to do in this area?
Grapes on the Vine at Ingleside Winery 2011
Where do we begin? We have many attractions in the area from
- Wine Tasting
- River Tours of the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers
- Great Places to eat
- Historic Sites within minutes in King George and Westmoreland Counties, plus Historic Fredericksburg is just 20 minutes away! Washington D.C. and Baltimore are both about 75 to 90 minutes away!
- Country Club Golf Course within 5 minutes of the Plantation
- River Tubing and Kayaking in Fredericksburg
- Fishing Tours
- And much more!
Are you going to have any public festivals?
Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival at Stratford Hall
September 22nd and September 23rd
Yes! We are looking to have several throughout the year. We are planning the following in the coming year:
- Wine and Arts Weekend
- Wine and Antiques Weekend
- Happy Birthday Dinner with James and Dolley Madison
- Founders Day Weekend
- Titanic Tea
- Paranormal Weekends
- Thanksgiving Dinner
- Christmas Time at Belle Grove Plantation
- Christmas Tea
- Wine and Hot Air Balloon Festival
- Civil War Weekend
How many rooms are available?
The Turner Master Suite
There are four rooms in the main house, two Master Suites upstairs and two Junior Suites downstairs. Each of the rooms is named for the families that came before as a way to honor them and their contributions to the rich history of Belle Grove Plantation. Each of the rooms will be furnished with antiques and reproductions that fit the time period when each family lived at Belle Grove Plantation. These are the names of the rooms and the period that they will be furnished in:
- The Madison Master Suite – 1751 to 1836 – Upstairs
- The Turner Master Suite – 1839 to 1893 – Upstairs
- The Conway Suite – 1670 to 1790 – Downstairs
- The Hipkins-Bernard Suite – 1790 to 1839 – Downstairs
We have plans in the future to add cottages in the style of a plantation cabin. These too will be named after families with period pieces too!
Are you pet friendly?
This one was a hard one for us. As you know we love our dog, Hurley. Unfortunately, we will not be able to open the house to pets. However, once we get our cottages built, we will have pet friendly cottages available. We love animals and we look forward to meeting more furry friends in the future.
Will you allow children?
Our Children, Tyler and Alexa. 2010
In the Main House, we will allow children ten and older that are adult supervised and well mannered. Once we open the cottages, we will allow children under ten in the cottages.
Will there be historic tours?
Iron Rods that still hang in the Summer Kitchen Fireplace
Yes, we are planning public tours of Belle Grove Plantation once we open.
Will you have a restaurant there at Belle Grove Plantation?
Formal Dining Room with archway to Second Dining Room.
The Second Dining Room will be used as a Tea Room and Sunday Brunch Room
No, we will offer a full gourmet breakfast each morning to overnight guests. We will also have Wine and Cheese, with Mint Juleps every evening at 5 sharp for overnight guests. On Sunday, we will open Belle Grove up to the public for Sunday Brunch by reservation only. Overnight guests will have the option to skip breakfast on Sunday and eat Sunday Brunch instead.
For meals outside of these, we can recommend several wonderful places to go both close to us and in outlying areas.
These are just a few questions and I am sure there are going to be even more as time goes by. Please feel free to ask them! We welcome them. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to ask them privately.
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Thank you for all the fun we have had getting to know you! We can’t wait to meet each of you in person and share this beautiful and historic home with you!