Take a Tour with Us

If you have been following the blog for any length of time, you have see a lot of pictures of the exterior of the plantation. We thought since we are about to start the interior, you might like to see what it looks like now. So come with us and let’s take a tour of the mansion!

First let me give you a perspective of how the mansion is configured. Here are the floor plans for the first and second floors.

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Below shows when each section was built.

Red Lines – Built in 1791

Green Lines – Added in 1839

Orange Lines – Added in 1997

First Floor Plan add

Second Floor Plan add

When you come to the Plantation, you will pull up to the Carriage Side of the Mansion. This side originally would have been the back door since many guests arrived via the River Side of the Mansion. As modes of travel evolved, the Carriage Side was dressed up to look more like the River Side of the Mansion. The curved porches, portico, balcony and curved steps give the Carriage Side a very impressive and distinct look, certain to impress all arriving guests.

So let’s step in the “front door” of the Mansion on the Carriage Side.


The first thing you see is the staircase that leads up to the second floor. The door to the back of the Grand Hallway is the River Side Door. This would have been the front door before 1839. The arch with its keystone is where the original back wall would have been in 1791.


If you look up, you will see a step ceiling with a beautiful plaster medallion that is original to the 1839 section.


Let’s move now to the Parlor. It is just to the right behind the staircase.

This side of the Mansion is our North Wing.


The Parlor has two arches with the same keystone. It has a beautiful black marble fireplace mantle. If you look just to the left of the fireplace, you will see the entry to our elevator. The Parlor has views of both the plantation and river.

Let’s move through the right side doorway into the Library.


The Library has two beautiful sets of shelves that were added during the 1997-2003 restoration. From this room, you have a view of the river.

Let’s move into the Business Center off the Library.


The Business Center is noted as “Office” on the floor plan.

We are going to use this room as a Business Center for our guests.

This room has a view of the plantation with one of the two distinct curved doors.

Let’s move back into the Library and head into one of the two Junior Suites.


The front room is to the right off the Library.

This room will be our Hipkins-Bernard Junior Suite.

This room has a “Dressing Room” that we will use as a Sitting Room.


This room has a private bath and a view of the plantation.

It was named after the Hipkins-Bernard Family that lived on the plantation from 1790 to 1839.

Let’s walk across the small vestibule into the second Junior Suite.


This room will be our Conway Junior Suite.

This room also has a “Dressing Room” that we will use as a Sitting Room.


This room has a private bath and a view of the river.

It was named after the Conway Family that lived on the plantation from 1670 to 1790.

The Conway Family is James Madison’s Mother Nelly Conway Madison’s Family.

Let’s now walk back through the Library and Parlor to the Grand Hallway.

From here we will walk across to the Formal Dining Room. 

This room is just to the left off the Grand Hallway and is in our South Wing.


The Formal Dining Room, like the Parlor has two arches with the same keystone as the Grand Hallway. The fireplace has a wooden mantle. The Formal Dining Room and the Parlor both have beautiful plaster medallions which are both original to the 1839 remodel. This room has a view of both the plantation and the river.



Let’s now move through one of the two arch way doors to the Small Dining Room.


The Small Dining Room will be used for addition guest services. This room has a view of the river.

Let’s step into the Foyer off the Small Dining Room.


The Foyer will be used in the future as access for our guests. It is similar to the Business Center, just a little smaller.

This room has a view of the plantation with one of the two distinct curved doors.

Let’s step back into the Small Dining Room and head back to the Grand Hallway and walk up to the Second Floor.

Just to let you know, the Kitchen, Bedroom and Breakfast Room will be used by us as our personal space.


When you get to the top of the stairs, you will be in our Upper Grand Hallway. The view you see here is looking toward the plantation side of the Mansion. We will be having our Wine and Cheese Receptions in the evenings in this space. Imagine how relaxing it will be during the warm months to enjoy a cool breeze through the open doors and being able to sit on the balcony or curved porch enjoying a glass of wine or lemonade. It will also allow us a great view of the “Evening Show” as we watch the sunset over the river.


This is the view from the opposite side of the Upper Grand Hallway. The door to the right leads up to the attic space. We won’t have the attic space open to the public, but will use it as storage.

Let’s move now to one of the Master Suites. The first is at the top of the stairs and to the right in the North Wing.


This is the Madison Master Suite. It is a large room with a working gas fireplace. To the left of the fireplace is the elevator. It has a private bath suite and views of the plantation and river. The room is named after President James Madison, who was born on the plantation in 1751.

Let’s now move across the hall to the other Master Suite in the South Wing.


This is the Turner Master Suite. It is a large room with a working gas fireplace. To the right of the fireplace is a large walk-in closet. This room also has a private bath suite and views of the plantation and river. The room is named after the Turner Family who lived on the plantation from 1839 to 1894. This is the room with the etching in the window done by the oldest daughter, Carrie Turner.

Int Etching in Window in Turner room

Let’s take a look at the bath suite. This bath suite is the same in both Master Suites.


You first walk through a small vestibule with built-in dressers and then into the first part of the bath suite. The suite has double sinks and a small built-in dressing table.


Let’s move into the second section of the bath suite. 


Both Bath Suites have a claw foot tub with a view of the river.


And a built-in shower with wonderful rain shower heads.

Let’s move back down to the Grand Hallway.

If you look through our windows, you will not only see wonderful views of the plantation and river, but will see what looks like warped glass.

This is because these planes of glass are original glass.


View from the Upper Grand Hallway to one of the side curved porches. These porches can be accessed from the Grand Hallway.


View from the Formal Dining Room to one of the Plantation Side curved porches. These porches can be accessed from the Grand Hallway.

There is also a full basement that features a sauna and Jacuzzi tub. Another room in the basement may become either an exercise room or a lounge.

Grounds Back Yard Sunset

Thank  you for taking a tour with us!

We can’t wait to show you the Mansion and Plantation in person soon!

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161 thoughts on “Take a Tour with Us

  1. Dianna says:

    Just beautiful! Can’t wait til we can visit!

  2. After you open, and I get writer’s block. I’m there. So very beautiful and awe-inspiring. Thank you for the tour.

  3. I’m so jealous… Seriously! I think I should be invited to visit so I can write a blog post about the lovely people and place of Belle Grove – 🙂

  4. gardenlilie says:

    Man … wow! I want to come and stay! It’s a bed n breakfast right? When are you opening? Friends of mine have a plantation in North Carolina and I don’t think it’s too far from Williamsburg. I remember the rooms looking similar. You guys have done a fantastic job.

    • Thank you! Yes, we are opening the bed and breakfast on May 1, 2013. But on the watch for when we open the website so you can book your room! We are about 2 hours from Williamsburg up Route 17.

  5. John says:

    I had no idea how fantastic the mansion is inside! Thank you for this wonderful tour.

  6. edgar62 says:

    It is indeed a beautiful building. Thank you for the tour, I enjoyed it greatly.

  7. Stephen Ballard says:

    What a fabulous floor plan! Most B&Bs we’ve stayed in have discreet owner’s quarters removed somewhat from the guests, probably for sanity’s sake. Where will yours be?

  8. It’s so beautiful. Can’t wait to see it in person and when you’ve done the inside decorating. What fun it will be for you all to be there every day!

  9. Thank you for the tour. Looks stunning. Hope we get a chance to visit.

  10. I can see why you have fallen in love with the house. Thank you for the tour! One day I hope to see it in person.

  11. Shari Kelley says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for the tour. It is so beautiful!

  12. Shari says:

    Beautiful. Cant wait to see it!

  13. Deb says:

    Thank you so much for sharing those photos. Keep up the little teases for all of us, please. It is so wonderful to share each change and new step in this process.

  14. PigLove says:

    So beautiful! I could see me running through the halls snorting. XOXO – Bacon

  15. John says:

    Marvelous to see the floor plans and the general flow of the mansion. You sell yourself short, you don’t need anyone to come a photograph Belle Grove, these are superb. Excellent Work.

  16. belocchio says:

    Fabulous. I loved the tour. It is so exciting. I’m thinking of all the wonderful items you have purchased. I can’t wait to see the finished results. It will be marvelous. Virginia

  17. tommiaw says:

    Thank you for taking us on this virtual tour! Watching the collection grow in the fruit jar for the post-May trip!

  18. Jennifer says:

    I e been waiting for this post for a long time. I love looking at house plans. The mega house dreamer in me I spose. The pictures are beautiful and I can see many happy people coming here in your future 🙂

  19. Linda G. says:

    Thank you for the tour. What a lovely place!

  20. Sandra says:

    I’m smitten. How beautiful.

  21. vanbraman says:

    Thanks for this wonderful look at the inside of the mansion. I look forward to seeing pictures of what it looks like with all the wonderful furnishings you are finding. I also would like to see the library shelves full of books. I think I would fill them with classics :-).

    • Thank you! We are already working on books! We had a chance to view the plantation across the river that was owned by one of the families that owned Belle Grove. They have a lot of books from this family. We are going to see if we might be able to get some of them. We are also working on a list for the library too. Any suggestions that would be a “must”?

  22. TinLizzie72 says:

    It looks remarkably well cared for, and your colors are lovely. I hope to be able to visit, if not stay there. It will be so great to see it in person after reading about your journey!

  23. Thank you so much for your encouraging “like” on my blog.
    Had you not done that I would have missed reading your beautiful life story and seeing inside this amazing home.
    Such a blessing that your children suffered no complications following their early births.

  24. Marc Kuhn says:

    You’ve been holding out. I have been following your blog for a few weeks but had no idea the interior was this outrageous. The round doorways are incredible. Carry on!

    • Thank you Marc! I have to say I have to give it a little at a time. It really is a sight to see. I fall in love with it every time we drive over the James Madison Bridge and see it on the opposite bank.

  25. terry1954 says:

    thank you for the tour. It is just as I had pictured it, so beautiful and elegant

  26. Mama Bear says:

    Just beautiful! No wonder your so excited to go back time after time.

  27. Lynda says:

    This is fantastic! You have worked so hard and it shows! I wasn’t here from the beginning, and so wondered if you have pictures of before you started these renovations. I would love to see them! It will be awhile, but I intend to make it there to visit you and see Belle Grove in person.

  28. hayley says:

    It looks superb, I love all the colours.

  29. Mike says:

    Wow!!!! Thanks for sharing this. Beautiful.

  30. VictoriaJoDean says:

    So beautiful and what a fulfilling challenge to see this historic place renovated. Thank you for reading my blog and letting me know that you are here.

  31. I can’t wait to see all of the finishing touches! My aunt is from Virginia so I think a family trip is in order after you open!

  32. v4vikey says:

    All are beautiful images… I like all.

  33. jmount43 says:

    Which one’s my room? A haunted one, I hope! 😀

  34. What an incredible adventure you are having! What a beautiful mansion. My husband and I love historical sites so we will follow along as you progress. Wishing you much happiness and incredible success. Thanks also for liking our page–we have just begun–still have a long way to go.

  35. Oh wow! No wonder you fell in love with it. … I hope I get to see it in person some time. … What a wonderful thing that you are loving and restoring it this way …

  36. shawncolbornphotography says:

    Wow! The Austrians put a lot of money and time into Belle Grove. I am glad, because there is so much history here. Hopefully, I will be able to visit soon. Cheers from NJ 🙂

  37. lvaletutto says:

    What an amazing house! Thanks for sharing!

  38. Patinspire says:

    Thanks for the Tour, looks amazing. Thanks for visiting http://patinspire.org/ today. I appreciate it. I have to add Belle Groove on my to visit list. Looking forward to your next and many other posts 🙂

  39. He interior is looking great! Are you using a builder/contractor or designer – or are you doing it yourself?

    • We didn’t have to do any restoration inside. It was done by the owner that we are leasing from between 1997 to 2003. We just have to fill it. 🙂 We are working with a designer “The House Key”. You can see them in a post before this one.

  40. Debbie says:

    Wow! Beautiful! What is it like to walk in the same hallways as James Madison and probably many other notable figures of history? I was surprised to see the brightly painted rooms instead of wallpaper or plaster, but it brings life to each room. Nice job!

    • Thank you! But the current house didn’t get the honor of James Madison walking through the halls. It was built after his family sold the property. However, we think the basement was part of the home he was born in, so if you want to walk around the basement 😉 We are going to change a few of the colors and may even add some paper.

  41. lynnwyvill says:

    Now I really can’t wait to visit. Just beautiful!

    • Thank you! Wait until you see what it is going to look like after we get the furniture in! I have a feeling we are going to have to have a lottery for the first month! 😉

      • lynnwyvill says:

        I saw the pictures of some of the furniture you’ve selected. Lovely! A lottery the first month – that would be exciting!!!!

      • Haha I am just kidding about the lottery! We have had so many that want to stay the first few weeks and we only have four rooms! I hope you can come and see the furniture some day too!

  42. Meghan says:

    Wow, that IS a mansion!!! It’s huge! Love all the millwork and arches.. and the curved walls.. too cool!!!

  43. David says:

    Thank you for the tour. The curved doors are quite nice. The baths in the master suites seems to be as large as our master bedroom. 🙂

    May I ask if the floors are original, but refinished/restored or new flooring?

    • Thank you! The doors are really something! The master suite baths are huge! The floors are partly original to the 1839 period. When they did the restoration, it the floor board was not usable, they went to Fredericksburg and purchased repurposed wood from old homes and milled it on site to fit.

  44. Amy says:

    It is absolutely impressive! Can’t imagine how much work and time you have put in. The hallway has the grand looking and all the rooms are beautiful, love the colors you chose. Love to visit in the near future. Congratulations!

  45. fpdorchak says:

    Beautiful! Love the architecture! Love the “update”! :-]

  46. Breathtaking! I think the Hipkins-Bernard suite might be my favorite. I love tubs with feet!

  47. Angela says:

    Oh Oh Oh what a wonderful place. I want to come help!! I love the old architecture, it has so much characture and history. Love it!!

  48. pierrmorgan says:

    Amazing!! What a project. Obviously taken on with Love. Cheers!

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