Thursday, April 23, 2009

The new Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed and Breakfast blog!

Welcome to the new Shafer Baillie Mansion blog! We'll keep you up to date with what is happening at the Mansion and in our area.

The biggest news is our new rooms! Beginning in mid-May we will be opening three new guest rooms on the third floor of the Mansion (the existing 5 rooms and suites are on the second floor). Since these new rooms were originally part of the Mansion's grand third floor ballroom, converted to bedrooms and bathrooms in the 1950's, we have named them the Central Ballroom, Southwest Ballroom, and Southeast Ballroom. Although the ballroom's vaulted, lighted ceiling was put in storage in the attic decades ago, these rooms include many other original architectural details of the ballroom such as archways and window seats. All of them have been freshly renovated to bring them up to Mansion standards for guest rooms. These rooms are larger than our second-floor queen size rooms (Capitol Hill, Queen Anne Hill, and Volunteer Park Rooms) but have the same rates ($149 April-October and holidays, $139 other months). The new rooms are all carpeted, and all have newly-renovated bathrooms with heated period-style tile floors.

The Central Ballroom has a pair of side-by-side queen-size beds and a private bath with shower and tub combination. It has the most expansive view of any of our guest rooms.

The Southwest Ballroom has a king-size bed and a queen-size sleeper sofa. The private bath has a walk-in shower.

The Southeast Ballroom has a king-size bed and a twin-size daybed. The freshly-updated private bath has a shower and tub combination.

Although these rooms are not yet pictured on our website (as they are still in the final decorating stage) they are available for booking on our availability page.

We know that an extra flight of stairs is daunting to some of our guests but others will find it a win-win-- free exercise and spacious rooms at a great rate! Keep an eye on our Rooms page for pictures of the new rooms as they become available!

Mark

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