In 1995, the house was saved and restored by new owners. Although they were not the highest bidders on the property, Dr. Leiby believed they would meet his other terms – “To preserve the integrity of the house and my favorite tree.” After four months of intense construction, the house opened as a luxury bed and breakfast. Light on the first floor sparkles throughout, the original etched glass doors and ceiling to floor windows Original wood moldings and huge arched doorways with split brass door hinges and hardware grace the center entry hall where the magnificent spiral staircase winds its way upward. The original door and window screens were found and restored. The floors are a virgin Washington red pine and have been sanded and brought back to life.
Several famous American artists have depicted the house in many painting, including Schnell’s “The Barber Shop,” which hangs in the James Michener Art Museum. What’s more, McCalls magazine featured the house as the “Holiday House” in 1963. In 1996 the Inn was featured on the “Great Country Inns” series on The Learning Channel, nationally televised. People now visit from all over the country and abroad.
The Inn was sold in 2002 and in the same year a restaurant was added. In November of 2010 there was a kitchen fire which destroyed the kitchen and the house had smoke damage throughout. The Mansion Inn was renovated and reopened in December of 2012.
Our mission is to bring an experience to the historic town of New Hope that will intrigue and delight both long-time locals and visitors alike. We strive to offer up food that has been inspired by classics that you know and love, re-imagined in a way that makes you question everything you know and love about some of your favorite dishes. In addition to fantastic offerings from the kitchen we have created a beverage program unrivaled in the area.
Our cocktail program focuses on handcrafted cocktails from only quality spirits and fresh ingredients that pay tribute to the true pioneers of the ‘mixology’ culture. We have provided the tools, and freedom for our bartenders to be as creative as they desire in creating what is destined to be your new favorite cocktail. Our wine program has been structured in such a way that both wine novices and Master Sommeliers alike should be able to find something to enjoy Whether it be that tried and true ‘Cali Cab’ or varietals and regions perhaps never before heard of. It’s all about how willing you are to let go and allow us to take you on a journey of great food & drink. Cheers!