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Benchmark Opens the Berry Hill Plantation Resort
in Virginia; Plans to Add 100 Rooms, Conference
Center and Golf Course

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SOUTH BOSTON, VIRGINIA July 2005 - Benchmark Hospitality International has opened the stately Berry Hill Plantation Resort.  The resort is one of the most distinctive and historic properties in the Southeastern United States.  Situated on 750 scenic acres, the former tobacco plantation (mansion, circa 1842) has been home to some of Virginia's most distinguished families, including Benjamin Harrison and Colonel Edward Carrington, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Key Persons Identification - Left to Right: Bottom Row:  Chris Russell, resort owner; far right, Darrin Phillips, resort owner (owner Ryan Hill not pictured) Second Row from bottom, Second from Left:  Barbara Bass, local historian (wearing glasses) Back Row, Top left: Bill Carder, General Manager (Others in photo are members of South Boston's local production company, "Little Theatre.").
Berry Hill offers 92 luxurious guestrooms, with Italian hand-carved canopy beds.  The remarkable property offers new plantation fare with a Cajun infusion, served in the elegant Dining Room, which features an extensive wine cellar.  Casual dining and beverages are served in what was the original colonial kitchen, Darby's Tavern.  Twelve meeting and event rooms, and the wireless Internet campus, render the property ideal for corporate gatherings and social events.  Abundant recreation on site includes an indoor pool, tennis, horseback riding, miles of trails, and lawn games.  Blackberry Spa completes the luxury experience of the tranquil setting.  Plans for expansion consist of an additional 100 guestrooms, a 12,000-square-foot conference center, a signature golf course, and a residential village of 700 homes and Town Center.

Berry Hill Plantation Resort, www.berryhillplantationresort.com, offers a superb destination for special events and corporate meetings, as well as unforgettable weekends of recreation and leisure.  The property is the perfect blend of 21st century luxury and 19th century Southern hospitality.  Berry Hill is situated between Richmond, Virginia, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers and hotels both domestically and internationally.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at www.benchmarkhospitality.com.

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Contact:

BENCHMARK HOSPITALITY INTERNATIONAL
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas
www.benchmarkhospitality.com

Ken Ellens
KEN ELLENS COMMUNICATIONS
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com

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Also See: Benchmark Hospitality Assumes Management of Historic Berry Hill Plantation Resort, William H. Carder Appointed General Manager / February 2005
LaSalle Hotel Properties Acquires Chaminade; Benchmark Hospitality Named Manager of Resort & Conference Center in Santa Cruz / November 2004
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