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Spring 2008

Old World Charm, New World Sophistication

Par for the Course at The Manor

Poplar Hill Golf Course The Manor Resort

When Michael Heffernan, managing partner of Herberton Prince Edward Development LLC, first saw the former Dunnington Estate known as Poplar Hill, he was captivated by the property’s old world charm and immediately committed to creating a new world of sophistication for one of Virginia’s oldest estates. With plans to create a premier resort, the name Poplar Hill was changed to The Manor Resort, Spa and Residential Estate as the start of a positioning strategy to define Prince Edward County and The Manor Resort as a point of destination for tourism and economic development. "This project is an excellent example of successful collaboration," said Gov. Timothy Kaine. "Public and private partners including Hampden-Sydney College, Longwood University, Prince Edward County, the Town of Farmville and the developer, have joined forces to increase tourism while providing a great source for workforce training and employment in the hospitality field."

The Manor Resort, Spa and Residential Estate is a 1,118-acre master-planned resort and residential community. In addition to featuring an 18-hole championship golf course, The Manor Resort will feature the fully-restored 1840 Manor House adjacent to The Manor Resort Hotel; cottages and single family homes to create a hospitality and residential village resulting in 140 guest rooms; The Manor Resort Conference Center (approximately 20,000 square feet); and a full-service spa. Other amenities at The Manor Resort will include a golf clubhouse, wellness / fitness center – with swimming and tennis facilities – an equestrian center, riding trails, walking/hiking trails and a 100-acre nature preserve.

"We have created a formula, through the creative mix of public and private finance, to catalyze economic growth and development, tourism and strategic partnerships in education and training so as to build a lasting legacy for Southside Virginia and Prince Edward County," said Michael Heffernan. "The Manor Resort, Spa and Residential Estate will generate more than $47 million in taxes for Prince Edward County over the next 25 years."

The Manor Resort Golf Club continues to feature a spectacular golf course amid gently rolling hills, nature preserves, lakes and streams. Recently, Golf Digest Magazine chose The Manor Resort course as one of the "Best New Golf Courses of 2007."

"This is an enormous opportunity for the Longwood University golf programs," said Longwood University Director of Athletics Troy Austin. "Not only is The Manor Resort our home course, but to be a part of this evolving resort will open doors for our students in internships and job opportunities."

The Manor Resort soon will offer premier home sites on the golf course, the lake and the nature preserve, with lifestyle options to fit single family, retirement and second homebuyers. For more information, please visit www.themanorresort.com.