Belle Haven on the James

Charlottesville Wedding Historic & Mansions

Belle Haven 1880

Belle Haven on the James is a beautifully preserved, historic estate just south of Charlottesville, Virginia and is a stunning backdrop for elegant weddings and events. Overlooking the James River, and featuring a variety of spaces for ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions as well as amenities, Belle Haven affords couples one of the most uniquely beautiful wedding experiences available in Albemarle County.

Belle Haven~ the James River ~ Photo by Mary Kalergis

 

THE SPACES

THE FRONT LAWN

The main entrance to Belle Haven is set off by a large round lawn within a circular drive with garden borders and a mature flowering cherry, offering a perfect place to greet guests.

Andrea Hubbell Photography

Andrea Hubbell Photography

 

THE NORTH TERRACE

Affectionately called the “Secret Garden,” this tucked away space on the north side of Belle Haven is ideal for a small gathering or pre-ceremony activity. Shaded by a mature red oak, framed by flowering borders and picturesque porch, this quiet terrace with rustic table feels enchantingly secluded.

Photo by Jan

 

Photo by Jenn Finazzo

Photo by Jan

 

THE WEST LAWN

The back steps of Belle Haven’s wrap-around porch descend to an English path leading to an ornamental pond encircled by  gardens and rose arbor, creating a natural setting for a ceremony or cocktails. Bracketed by the “Village” and a border with viburmum, dogwood and old boxwood, the West Lawn is lovely at “golden hour” for photographs as the sun is setting.

West Lawn after rain Oct 2012

West Lawn after rain Oct 2012

Image by Lindsey Theong

Image by Lindsey Theong

The “Village” Photo by Susan Lines

THE ALLEE

An elegant curve of mature evergreens sweeps toward the Knoll with ample space for a seated ceremony, intimate cocktail hour, or a lovely rehearsal dinner.

Photo by Tod Cohen

 

Image by Lindsey Theong

Image by Lindsey Theong

THE KNOLL

A perfect tent site on the south east side of Belle Haven, overlooking the Labyrinth and with extended views over rolling fields to the barn and house. The Knoll has been pre-approved by Belle Haven’s preferred tent provider.

Belle Haven ~The Knoll

Blazing Tent Robert Radifera

The Knoll ~ image by Robert Radifera

THE WILDFLOWER LABYRINTH

Inspired by the 11 circuit Chartres Labyrinth, the Wildflower Labyrinth is mown into a hay field and has a diameter of 150 feet.  A beautiful, meandering walk among wildflowers for guests or simply a stunning vista afforded over the rolling hills.

Photo by Jan

THE BANK BARN

One of the few remaining unspoiled bank barns in Albemarle County with accommodations for approximately 150 people and suitable for a variety of layouts. Double height entrance doors slide open to reveal a spacious, lofty open space with double doors opposite overlooking a paddock, fields and tree line. Original plank floors and handcarved beams make The Bank Barn Albemarle’s most elegantly maintained barn.

Image by Lindsey Theong

Image by Lindsey Theong

Oct 7th, 2013 Photo by Sarah Cramer Shields

Oct 7th, 2013 Photo by Sarah Cramer Shields

Photo by Jen Fariello

Jen Fariello Photography

Jen Fariello Photography

Photo by Susan Lines

Photo by Jenn Finazzo

The Birdhouses ~ Image by Jen Fariello

Birdhouses ~ Image by Jen Fariello

AMENITIES

BRIDAL DRESSING ROOM

With tall windows to the south and southwest, “Fern’s Room” is spacious and light and adjacent to a large bathroom, providing ample space for the bridal party.

Cramer Photography Oct 7, 2012, Belle Haven Bride

Image by Lindsey Theong

Image by Lindsey Theong

The Bride's Dressing Room ~Image by Jen Fariello

The Bride’s Dressing Room ~Image by Jen Fariello

Jen F BH bathroom

Photo by Jan

Photo by Susan lines

THE COTTAGE

Nicknamed “the Village” because of its many roof lines, the cottage is available to the Bridal or Groom’s party. The Cottage includes a sitting room, galley kitchen, 2 bedrooms and bathroom, and lots of character.

Photo by Jan

 

VENUE RESERVATIONS

Belle Haven on the James is available for reservations which include usage of any and all of the above spaces and amenities. Please contact Belle Haven for further booking information.

CONTACT

Jan Glennie-Smith, Owner

jan@bellehavenonthejames.com

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