The Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast

139 Hartford Road, Manchester, Connecticut 06040
Innkeeper(s): Bruce & Marianne Hamstra
 
  • Introduction

     The Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast libraryThe Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast in Manchester, Connecticut is the perfect place for peace and thought, or for a potential author to find inspiration to begin writing that first novel.

    Although each room has its own vest-pocket library, The Mansions Inn is stocked with hundreds of books. A reader's delight, nooks and crannies hold caches of popular paperbacks and older, long out of print books.

    Located in the center of Connecticut, The Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast offers quick access to the Interstate highways that connect all New England, and is just a 15 minute drive to downtown Hartford.

  • Breakfast

     The Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast dining table

    On chilly mornings, breakfast is served fireside at the dining room's massive antique table. In fair weather, guests breakfast on the piazza in a garden of old roses, lilacs, and honeysuckle.

    Innkeeper Bruce's breakfast recipes are seasoned with culinary influences from twenty years of business travel from Paris to the Orient. Bruce prepares entrées with herbs and vegetables in season from The Inn's herb garden.

    Marianne is a blue ribbon baker whose homemade breads, cakes, and jams have won prizes at county fairs statewide. One of The Mansion's specialty jellies is made of grapes from The Mansion's front porch arbor.

  • Background

     The Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast living room

    The Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast was once a mansion home to the Cheney family, Connecticut silk barons who made their mark in the world's textile industry. The Cheney family enjoyed a close friendship with Mark Twain's family, who lived alongside Harriet Beecher Stowe at Nook Farm in Hartford. Harriet Beecher Stowe's sister, Isabella Hooker, was a confidant of Mrs. Emeline Cheney, who lived in the Mansion during the 1890's, the two ladies sharing an enthusiastic interest in séances and spiritualism.

    The Cheney's empire has vanished, but their Mansion remains to graciously welcome visitors. Come read in bed, fireside, on pillows slipped in snowy, hand embroidered linens. Take tea in the walled gardens, fragrant with honeysuckle, old roses, and visiting butterflies. Spend the night with us in Manchester, Connecticut, the City of Village Charm.

  • Awards

     The Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast front of inn

    The Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast is the proud recipient of the first Manchester Cheney Brothers Historic District Preservation Award.

  • Nearby Areas & Activities

    Located in the center of Connecticut, The Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast offers quick access to the Interstate highways that connect all New England, and is just a 15 minute drive to downtown Hartford.

    Places to See

    • Flea Markets and Antiques Stores
    • Brimfield Flea Market
    • Sturbridge Village
    • Nook Farm - Harriet Beecher Stowe's House
    • The Mark Twain House
    • Downtown Hartford
    • The Hartford Civic Center
    • The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
    • The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
    • University of Connecticut
    • Manchester Community College
    • Eastern Connecticut State College
    • Cheney Hall/Little Theater of Manchester
    • Manchester Country Club and Golf Course
    • Public 18-Hole Golf Courses
    • Outdoor ice skating at Charter Oak Park
    • Buckland Hills Mall and Shopping
    • 3 Museums of Local History
    • Caprilands Herb Farm