Welcome to the Bellfry at Broadview Ranch


near Lexington, Virginia

He gives us beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

That we may
be trees of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord,
that He may be glorified.
                                                                                 - Isaiah 61:3

The Bellfry is the home of David and Anne Grizzle, situated on the Tilson Family farm in the Shenandoah Valley.  The vision of the Bellfry is to offer a place of respite and hospitality for groups who seek to live out Christ's mission to bring good news and serve the least of these.  Anne hosts with her team Strength for the Journey retreats for those facing hard losses and challenges in their life. David regularly creates and hosts men's retreats. Groups from International Justice Mission, Leighton Ford Ministries, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction and World Vision find a home at the Bellfry.  Other groups enjoy God's beauty and refreshing call here as space and time permits. 

While Anne Fletcher Grizzle imagined the Bellfry, her sister Laura loves the land and created this website. She describes the Bellfry as "a place of welcome, rest, renewal and solace for weary travelers of this world to peer through a thin veil into the spaciousness of eternity."  The larger Broadview Ranch is home to many other family members who enjoy horseback riding, hunting, fishing, hiking, pond parties and fun for children and adults that have been possible since their Grand Pop, Tex Tilson bought it in the 1940s.  Laura, Anne and Beth's father Forest Fletcher said, "The highest and best use for this land is to hold the rest of the world together."