An American treasure, Bellapais on River Farm glorifies 25 prized acres north of Mt. Vernon on land that George Washington once owned and where he savored serene scenes of the Potomac River. From the impressive gated entry, a winding drive unfolds the exquisite manor, its Federal architecture silhouetted to perfection from a hilltop with sweeping river views. Dating to the middle of the 19th century, expanded in 1910, and glowingly restored in 2001, the 18-room haven affords a rich heritage. Guests are welcomed in a front-to-back reception hall with French doors to a river-view terrace. Off the elegant main staircase nestle one of two sitting rooms and a grandly scaled sun-filled drawing room with an ornate marble fireplace that is echoed in the view-filled dining room. A gallery, gourmet kitchen, sun room, separate guest apartment, and staff quarters lie beyond. Among two cherished settings upstairs are a firelit master suite opening to a veranda commanding the river and, joined by a second veranda, a library aglow with a marble fireplace. In the distance, a stable recalls earlier days.