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March 15, 2019

Events and B&B proposed for estate near Bealeton

The late Claude “Toad” Ritchie, a Remington architect, designed the Georgian home at Great Marsh.
The 121.6-acre property lies just northeast of Bealeton.
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Its owner seeks county approval to conduct 55 annual events and operate a four-room bed-and-breakfast at Great Marsh, a rolling farm just northeast of Bealeton.

Fauquier’s planning commission will conduct a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, on John Grew’s special exception and special permit request for those uses at his 121.6-acre property along Catlett Road (Route 28).

The owner of Great Marsh Place LLC, Mr. Grew wants approval for weddings, wedding receptions, family reunions and corporate and agricultural events for up to 200 people each.

Wedding events would take place 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends at Great Marsh Estate, according to the application. Other events would occur 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays. Events would be held in an existing 8,000-square-foot barn.

Great Marsh Estate’s 2-1/2 story, 10,370-square-foot stucco would house the bed-and-breakfast operation. The late Fauquier architect, Claude “Toad” Ritchie designed the home, completed in 1989 and featured in Virginia Living Magazine about a decade ago.

The farm, which Mr. Grew purchased from Middleburg Bank in 2017 for $1.7 million, has hosted activities there during the last year or so.

Mr. Grew has more than 30 years in the “construction management field” and his wife Heather works as a local Realtor, according to the application.

The property will be managed by Jon and Jessica Brose, who have more than a decade of experience in the “event/wedding industry,” the application states. “Working for themselves and others they have coordinated every aspect of an event,” including catering.

The planning commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority. If the commission makes a recommendation on the project Thursday, the board could conduct a public hearing and act on it April 11.

Contact Don Del Rosso at or 540-270-0300.

March 21, 2019, Fauquier Pl... by on Scribd

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Mark House · March 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm
AngryBob - Agree. We went to a justice of the peace, and we have been married for almost 37 years. Used any money were gifted to go on a trip to Branson, Missouri a year later. All's well at our house. Not starting out in debt is always a good thing. Yet, it's probably the parents who pay for weddings at this type of venue, so the children aren't stressed, just the parents.
AngryBob · March 18, 2019 at 10:14 am
Don't spend a lot on a wedding.

Ignore all the advice in wedding magazines. Better, don't even read them.

If your wedding is stressful and expensive, your marriage will be stressful and expensive.
InTheSouth · March 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm
Two major approvals for Southern Fauquier County. Why can't these hearings be at night in the region that is most affected? Working people like to attend. By the way you might want to consider disable people.

The alternative is to live stream so people can attend regardless of location if they are local resident.

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