ABOUT

THE MANSION INN

The Mansion Inn is a beautiful 1865 manor home and a magnificent example of Baroque Victorian Architecture of the Second French Empire, displaying the original architectural elements of the 1800’s. The property stands behind a unique wrought iron grape cluster fence forged in 1867 in Philadelphia.

Charles Crook, a prosperous local businessman, had the house designed and built for his wife. She was an ardent admirer of the scroll work that lends to the magical stage-like facade.

The house boasted the first running water in Bucks County. Pumped by a windmill on the back of the property from the river to a wooden vat on the upper floor, gravity fed it to the sinks and toilets.

Dr.Kenneth Leiby bought the mansion in the mid 1930’s. The town’s beloved physician, he practiced medicine and raised his family here. When he retired and moved from the house, it fell to disrepair and was eventually earmarked by investors for gutting and a shopping mall.

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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

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!

ABOUT OUR OWNERS

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From Wall Street to Main Street

A dynamic friendship that was forged over fifteen years ago, on the trading floors of two of New York’s biggest names in the Hedge Fund and Investment Banking community.

Kris Tomasulo, a Bucks County native, and former Healthcare Portfolio Manager for The Galleon Group met his best friend, future business partner and Matawan, New Jersey native Joe Grande, who at the time was the head of consumer trading at the investment bank Goldman Sachs. Over a business dinner the two instantaneously bonded over culinary tastes and admirations, wine, music, travel and their proud Italian heritage. For the next 15 years, food and hospitality became almost an obsession for the two. It wasn’t uncommon for us to travel two hours for a meal or venture all four corners of New York City.

As fathers of young families, the dream to open a restaurant of their own seemed distant and sometimes futile. After going through the motions on a few other projects, and missing out on a bid to take over The Mansion in 2014, the destine partners, got the preverbial second bite of the apple, when The Mansion Inn came back on the market in early 2016. They closed in June, and began renovations that day.

The rest they say, is history.

ABOUT OUR PRIVATE DINING AND EVENT COORDINATOR

Ashara

Ashara has always believed that life should reflect art. She has a love for visual harmony in every area of her life and career. She is sensitive to the perfect tableau and takes great joy when everything is picture perfect. Ashara has always had a natural proclivity for the arts and when she moved to NYC and began her restaurant career it was a perfect marriage. She ran several restaurants in Manhattan and delved into catering and private events which was her calling. Her clientele was a niche of celebrities and Manhattanites and loved sharing some of the most important moments with the families and businesses of New York City.

Ashara has also created a design business that is heavy in vintage and repurposing here in Bucks County and is so happy to offer that expertise at The Mansion Inn, a home she has loved since moving to PA. She looks forward to creating incredible memories, and breathtaking experiences from design to décor to plates. Her artists eye and restaurant expertise will create a one of a kind experience here in Historic New Hope.

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