Historic Painted Lady Queen Ann Victorian Mansion
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Step back in time as you pass under the stone archway & ascend the staircase leading up through the front terraces shaded by the boughs of the century old trees. The Painted Lady welcomes its visitors onto the gingerbread porch furnished with wicker swings and comfortable chairs. Once you pass through the antiquated door and into her great hall the transformation is complete, life slows down and you truly become one with an era long since gone.
The original oak floors gleam under the elegant lighting. The wainscoting, fretwork & ornate trim as well as the ten foot pocket doors are of yellow pine stained with cherry to give it a unique shade all it own. The original mantel surrounds the wood-burning fireplace in the parlor housing a large mirror reflecting the natural light coming through a wall of windows. You sit awhile and drink in the beauty and craftsmanship. Taking note of the details in the woodwork, the transoms, the soaring twelve foot ceilings.
Across the hall is a quaint dining room with a simple yet detailed chandelier from the 1800's that has performed its duty through oil, gas and finally electricity shining brighter than it has ever shined.
The kitchen refurbished in the forties is bright and airy with lots of cupboards and work space. There is a dishwasher, built in microwave and range, all very modern standing by ready to perform at a moments notice. The Inn Keeper has fixed many a gourmet meals in this kitchen. Through the doorway you can enter into a modern utility room with freezers, washer & dryer, ironing board, storage, counter tops and food pantry. This room has exits stepping down into hallways which exit into the garden. Or take the stairs or elevator to the Inn Keepers quarters. You could continue through the back hall to have quiet access to the guest cottage. Following the hall you find the carriage house now a spacious two car garage. The elevator opens up on this floor to assist you with the groceries that need to be stored away in the pantry. I could take you on through the garden to the pool side or to a private cottage. We could roam the grounds however I choose to take you back to the beginning lest we hurry through and miss something.
Back in the grand hallway with parlors and bedrooms and offices there is a set of french doors wide opened beckoning us to climb the winding staircase that opens up into a beautiful massive ballroom with a domed acoustic ceiling and two stages. Off of the ballroom are doorways. Doorways that lead to suites with private baths. The antique furnishings and Victorian style marry perfectly as if this was the furniture placed in the home 117 years ago. There is a common powder room, a kitchenette. You can exit the ballroom to a balcony landing that has stairs winding to and fro.
This home is a very special place. She has welcomed many a weary traveler looking for restoration. She is a place of peace, a place of calm. She is a place where angels stand wingtip to wingtip to ensure all hearts who enter find respite. St Botolph Inn has ran the good race now its time to turn over the keys.
Area: 8,362 Sq. Ft
Parking Spaces: 36
Features - Amenities
5.147 Beautiful Acres, Corner Property
Circle Drive In Front (paved)
Circle Drive In Rear With Parking Lot For Valet Parking
Water Softener System
Water Well With 3000 Gallon Storage Tank & Pressure Pump
Sprinkler System On Well
Recirculating Hot Water System
Windmill, Water Tower Base Now Houses Pool Equipment
Landscaped Terrace With Stone Archway & Steps
Inn Keepers Apartment Handicap Accessible With Elevator
2 Cottages With On Suites
Oversize 2 Car Garage With Maintenance Area
Foundation Shadows Walls, Interior As Well As Exterior Beneath Mansion
- Former Inn
- 8 Guest Rooms
- 8 Guest Room Baths
- Has Owner's Quarters
- Built in 1897
- Last Renovated in 1992
- Opened in 1993
- Building is 8,362 SQFT
- Lot is 5 Acres
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