Our History

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Our History

In 1952, James and Margaret Clifton purchased the property where the The Virginia Cliffe Inn currently resides to build their family home. On the property was a farmhouse which was over 100 years old and a landmark on Mountain Road since 1896. James, who was a general contractor, built his family home by dismantling the farmhouse and reclaiming its materials to fashion the current structure modeled after George Washington’s military headquarters in Newburgh, N.Y.

The Virginia Cliffe Inn affronts Mountain Road in historic Glen Allen. Mountain Road received its name because it once was the main road from Richmond to the mountains of Virginia. Mountain Road is known as the second oldest road in the nation and was regularly used by Governor Thomas Jefferson as he traveled between Richmond and Monticello.

After raising their four children, Margaret and James Clifton opened their Georgian-style home as a Bed and Breakfast in 1998. The Virginia Cliffe Inn is currently the only Bed and Breakfast in Henrico County.

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"Recently, I had the opportunity to get several out of town family members to come together here in Richmond for what was basically a small family reunion. As I could not accommodate them all at my home nor did I want the chore of caring for them all during their visit I diligently set out trying to find a venue that could take care of our needs. Not an easy task, especially when you find out that you cannot actually reserve a room at most, you are simply reserving the promise of a room. Fortunately for us all, I was referred to the Janice at the Virginia Cliffe Inn. Our stay was better than staying at a family members home. We shared the same house, some could stay up late and visit outside by the pond while others sat in the dining room while others retired early. The mornings found us all together in our robes and pajamas at a massive breakfast table with a breakfast that rivaled the finest restaurants and service that exceeded them. Throughout our stay we were able to coordinate catered wine and cheeses, dinners, lunches and more. I can’t say enough about how great our experience was."

-Walter


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