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Belle Grove named top bed and breakfast by Trip Advisor

Belle Grove, in historic King George and birthplace of President James Madison, has been named the top-performing bed and breakfast in Virginia by Trip Advisor, the world’s largest Internet travel site.

Michelle Darnell, who runs Belle Grover with her husband Brett, said: “It’s hard to believe we have only been in business for just over two years and we have already started achieving our goals.”

“Our love for this plantation brought us to King George County, Michelle Darnell said. “Our passion for its history has driven us to create a unique location for our guests and our endless desire to see it grow has been the driving force of our day-to-day activities.”

Established as a tobacco plantation on the Rappahannock River at Port Conway in King George County in 1670, Belle Grove is where the fourth President and father of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison was born on March 16, 1751.

The aging mansion was restored in 1997 by the Belle Grove/Haas Corporation and then leased to the Darnell’s in 2013 to become a luxury bed and breakfast and one of the top meeting and conference venues in the Northern Neck.

Trip Advisor, which named Belle Grove the top bed and breakfast in Virginia in an announcement last week, is an Internet travel site that rates accommodations around the world and reaches 340 million visitors a month.