Location: Berryville, Virginia
Type of Venue: Off-site, manor
Capacity: 400 guests
Nearby Accommodations: On-site
Perched on a hill overlooking the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Historic Rosemont Manor is a countryside venue that carries a long tradition of Southern hospitality.
In 1811, Jane Bowles Wormeley first laid eyes upon the stunning Historic Rosemont Manor, known then as simply Rose Mont. The manor was built for her as a wedding gift by her husband, George Horton Norris, the first high sherriff of Clarke County, and the newlyweds’ Georgian-style home was as white and glimmering then as it is to this day.
Over the years, the manor has been a country home and a primary residence for many prominent families and was even the focal point of a pivotal battle during the Civil War — many Civil War relics continue to be excavated on the property to this day — before becoming a political meeting ground. The grounds were used as a presidential landing pad for Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and Johnson, who were welcomed in by Virginia Sen. Harry F. Byrd Sr.
Each owner played a role in maintaining and adding to the aesthetics of the manor, including the addition of the grand portico with its fluted Doric columns and, eventually, an impressive two-story grand staircase. But it wasn’t until 2009, under the guidance of owners William and Barbara Genda, that the manor’s renovations were completed and Rosemont was transformed into an exclusive bed-and-breakfast and special events venue. The manor is now a meeting point for groups, families, coworkers and friends to gather and celebrate in a beautiful historic setting.
The indoor and outdoor spaces at the manor are large enough for a full team to meet; smaller locations are suitable for breakout meetings and smaller gatherings. Each venue on the grounds is flexible to accommodate the needs of any group, with on-site planners and attentive event staff on hand to take care of every last detail. Business meetings and multiday corporate retreats alike are memorable at the Historic Rosemont Manor.
Meetings at the Historic Rosemont Manor range from grand affairs to cozy gatherings. A group of 10 is treated with as much care and attention as a group of 400. The manor is split into two venue options with plenty of space for breakout sessions within each, and groups can choose between them. The Historic Rosemont Manor Main Manor House, which was built in 1811, can hold an event of up to 50 guests, and the Historic Rosemont Manor Carriage House can accommodate groups of up to 175 guests. The new Amish-built barn at the Historic Rosemont Springs is suitable for meetings of up to 400 guests.
The culinary options at the Historic Rosemont Manor are provided by the in-house kitchen staff for bed-and-breakfast guests. Three guest chefs tend to the specific needs for smaller, intimate corporate dinner receptions and other larger events. Passed hors d’oeuvres offer a fun variety for gatherings. Favorites include applewood smoked bacon lollipops, wild mushroom artisan cheese tarts and beef Wellington puffs. More formal events can select from the plated trio option that includes a selection of three passed hors d’oeuvres, a beautifully presented salad course and an entree selection that includes multiple meat options as well as options for vegetarians, vegans and pescatarians. Alcohol is allowed.
The event staff at the Historic Rosemont Manor fulfills the need for convenience, confidentiality and privacy for all groups by providing all the necessary amenities for successful meetings. Wi-Fi is available throughout the Manor House, Carriage House and Studio, and additional business services, including faxes, copiers, wireless computer networking and internet connectivity, can be arranged upon request. The staff can also provide name badges, legal pads and pens for meeting attendees during meetings. The property is zoned for fireworks, and groups have the option for hosting firework displays on the property at Rosemont Manor during or after events.
Before and After
Meeting guests are invited to stay in any of the 12 suites, many of which are named after the presidents and prominent figures who have visited the property. The 75 species of trees entice nature lovers to explore the manicured grounds. Lawn games and board games are available for groups during their time at Rosemont, and hiking trails nearby and a horseback riding trail immerse guests in the Shenandoah Valley. Downtown Berryville offers a variety of shopping and dining options as well, but many guests prefer to stay on-site for the chance to enjoy an afternoon tea overlooking the historic site of the Battle of Berryville.