In 1951, the founder of Marriott International, J. Willard Marriott Sr., discovered a beautiful piece of the Blue Ridge foothills that reminded him of his boyhood days on the family farm in Utah. After buying the property, he meticulously began to restore the primary historic buildings, their surrounding grounds and continued to purchase contiguous parcels of land including Fiery Run Ranch, creating the 4200+/- acre Marriott Ranch.
Over the following years, J. Willard would bring the farm always known as "Fairfield" back to life with a modest herd of registered Hereford cattle, a large group of black-faced sheep and through the breeding of quarter horses. J. Willard, an avid horseback rider and outdoorsman, would spend as much time as he could at his Fauquier County property and wrote in his diary, "A beautiful place, hard to leave..."
While today the working cattle ranch with well over 1,200 head of cattle continues to be a respite to the Marriott family, friends and associates, the Marriott Ranch also serves as a premier Northern Virginia outdoor event site hosting company picnics, executive meetings and retreats, weddings and other social events. Additionally, there is a riding stable on site with 45 horses offering guided western trail rides to the general public. Just as Mr. Marriott retreated to and rode the Ranch with U.S. Presidents and business leaders from around the world, Marriott Ranch still provides guests and companies with the same benefits.
Located at the center of the 4,200 acre Marriott Ranch is the historic James Marshall Manor House (circa 1814), which is the focal point of the Inn at Fairfield Farm. The seven comfortable bedrooms along with afternoon beverage service and three course breakfasts serve to remind guests of the true meaning of hospitality.
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