The Duke Mansion

400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28207
Innkeeper(s): Pat Martin
 
  • Introduction

    Find yourself in southern splendor at The Duke Mansion. Whether you desire a state-of-the-art meeting and retreat facility or a cozy bed and breakfast, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, The Duke Mansion of Charlotte, North Carolina is a place of inspiration, delight, and personalized service. Here you’ll enjoy old Southern charm wrapped in twenty-first century luxury and amenities, with the added benefit of individual attention.

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Duke Mansion is now operated as a nonprofit with all proceeds beings used to preserve and protect this community treasure.

    There is a long tradition of unforgettable hospitality at The Duke Mansion. The setting is a page from history, a gracious estate made famous by its former owner James Buchanan Duke. From the moment you enter the Grand Hall, walk across the original marble floors and see the beautiful gardens through the French doors, you know that you have entered a special place.

    Today, we are dedicated to offering fine cuisine, beautiful amenities, relaxing atmosphere and remarkable service. With an emphasis on Southern charm, our historic home is a welcome alternative to large, impersonal corporate campuses or hotels.

    We revel in the ability to make you the center of our universe, catering to your specific needs --not just assuming they are the same as everyone else's. Whether you seek a bed and breakfast get-away for two, a meeting or retreat for fifty, a unique and restful night on a business trip or a family or business special event for 300+ people, our attention to detail and personalized service will make you feel like the honored guest that you are.

    The Duke MansiThe Duke Mansion - Charlotte, North Carolinaon is your weekday or weekend haven. At our twenty room bed and breakfast you are recognized by name and treated like family. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, we'll treat you to our special style of southern hospitality.

    After a restful night's sleep in your extraordinary guest room, slip downstairs to enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast.

    At The Duke Mansion, no request is too large or too small, and because you'll get to know our staff, we know you won't hesitate to ask. Join us tonight, contact us now.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Pat Martin for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    The personal service with guests being treated as family, the beautiful grounds, and the historical relevance.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Being the former home of Buck Duke, the founder of Duke Energy, Duke Endowment, and Duke University.  Our inn is unique because it is owned and operated by a non-profit foundation.  We have also been chosen as a Proven Winners’ Signature Garden, and we are only 1 of 3 in the country to receive this honor.  The popular series Homeland was also filmed at The Duke Mansion.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    To stay at The Duke Mansion, of course.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The stay was flawless and they were treated like family.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    How beautiful it is and how close we are to downtown.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Year-round happenings unique to Charlotte showcase the city at its very best. And one that attracts more than one million people to the region annually is NASCAR. Races including the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Bank of America 500 and Coca-Cola 600 draw fans to Charlotte Motor Speedway – a favorite track for drivers, as almost 90 percent of Sprint Cup teams are headquartered in the area. Fans fill the streets of Uptown in May for the Food Lion Speed Street 600 Festival, a celebration of all things NASCAR. Foodies rejoice in September with Time Warner Cable BBQ & Blues Festival.  The fun continues year ‘round with First Night, Taste of Charlotte, Festival in the Park, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 'Charlotte Goes Green' Festival, Yiasou Greek Festival, the Wells Fargo Championship and Queen’s Cup Steeplechase, to name just a few.

    Breathtaking ballets by NC Dance Theatre, awesome operas by Opera Carolina and a wide variety of scintillating stage shows at Belk Theater and Ovens Auditorium are just a sampling of city happenings.

    In 2010, the Levine Center for the Arts became the heart of the Center City cultural corridor, encompassing the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mint Museum Uptown, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and 1,150-seat Knight Theater. Beyond Center City, neighborhoods including NoDa and South End embrace the arts with off-the-beaten-path venues that tout musical genres ranging from jazz to alt-rock and gallery crawls that show off masterpieces by local artists. Events throughout the year including the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival and Charlotte Symphony Pops in the Park in June showcase the region’s rich cultural talents through engaging programming and performances. 

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We have several restaurants, and Queens University is also within walking distance.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Mama Ricotta’s Italian Restaurant.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Charlottesgotalot.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    20.

    Do you accept pets?

    No.

  • Our Kitchen

    There is a long tradition of unforgettable hospitality at The Duke Mansion. Today we are dedicated to fine cuisine, beautiful presentation and remarkable service. With an emphasis on Southern charm in the Charlotte tradition, our chefs know how to add just the right flourish to make dining here memorable.

    Our staff will work with you to make the perfect food and beverage arrangements, from elaborate celebration dinners to casual buffet meals. We have a variety of beautiful settings to choose from, too. Guests enjoy cocktails served outside in the summer and in front of the library fireplace in winter. Dinner may be served al fresco in season. Breakfast is served every day on the main floor while arrangements for other meals can be made with advance notice.

    So contact us for gracious dining amidst historic surroundings.

  • Our Guest Rooms

    Each of our twenty unique guest rooms is a wonderful blend of southern charm and elegance with modern comfort and conveniences. Fine furnishings reflect The Mansion's history while a high-speed internet access for your laptop, personal voice mail, and a television with a VCR keep you up to date.

    Enjoy a room with a traditional sleeping porch or awake in a cozy tree-top room. All rooms have private baths and most have queen or king size beds. Exquisite linens, luxurious robes, fine toiletries pamper you, and we never bid you goodnight without a gourmet bedside treat.

    Newspapers are delivered to your door in the morning. Whether for business or pleasure, an overnight stay at The Duke Mansion will linger fondly in your memory. Make your reservation, today.

    Room Amenities

    • Queen or King sized bed (most)
    • Private bath
    • Television with VCR
    • High-speed wireless internet access
    • Bedside and desk telephones with analog lines
    • Personal voice mail
    • Clock Radio
    • Desk with chair
    • Comfortable reading chair
    • Exquisite linens
    • Goose down pillows
    • Luxurious robes
    • Finest toiletries
    • Hair dryer
    • Iron and Ironing Board
    • Turn down service with gourmet bedside treat
    • Daily newspaper delivery
    • Thermostat for personal control of heating and air conditioning

    At the Duke Mansion

    • Rooms with sleeping porches
    • Tree-top rooms with dramatic roof lines
    • Accessible rooms
    • Porches with rocking chairs
    • Fitness Studio
    • Four and a half acres of gloriously maintained gardens
    • A variety of special and unique areas in and out of doors for conversations, meetings or quiet reflections
    • Twenty-four hour front desk service
    • Made to order breakfast served every day
    • Professional meeting and event planning staff
    • Guest library and video collection
    • Dry cleaning and laundry services
  • Weddings

    It’s more than a wedding, it's a historic moment!

    Your wedding will be a moment in history for you. A moment that will last a lifetime in the memories of those who are gathered at your celebration. And what better place to host such a special occasion than a setting with all of the history of The Duke Mansion.

    Built in 1915 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Duke Mansion was originally the home of the family of James Duke, one of the most beloved families in North Carolina. And today, the spirit of that family lives on in the embodiment of tradition, grandeur and southern charm that has become synonymous with The Duke Mansion. Now operated as a nonprofit, when you choose The Duke Manison for your special day, you are helping preserve this community treasure.
    Would you like to know more? Just say "I Do!"

    Call or email one of our event planners now to find out more about how Duke Mansion can make your wedding experience truly unforgettable.

    A royal setting for a princess bride!

    Every bride deserves to be treated like a princess. The Duke Mansion offers a number of services and amenities to keep you and your wedding guests feeling like royalty.

    There’s nothing like a sunny Carolina day. And you can enjoy that Carolina sunshine indoors, inside the Duke Solarium. It’s inside here that James Duke first envisioned the Duke Endowment, which today provides over $100 million annually to worthy Carolina causes.

    You want everyone to feel well rested on your big day. You and your wedding party guests can relax like royalty inside any of the 20 guest rooms available at The Duke Mansion.

    Guests can spend the evening in a room with a traditional sleeping porch or awake in a cozy tree-top room. Each room features a private bath and most feature queen or king-size beds.

    Whichever room you choose, you’ll find all the luxury and elegance you’d expect in such a historic mansion. And each room is individually decorated, complete with fine furnishings, deluxe linens, plush robes and complimentary personal toiletries. And we never bid our guests goodnight without a
    gourmet bedside treat.

    Also, modern conveniences, including highspeed wireless internet, personal voicemail, and flat scrreen televisions, can keep the entire wedding party in touch. Dining in the Duke Mansion is always very special. The blend of Southern hospitality, fine cuisine and beautiful presentation creates an unforgettable dining experience.

    You and your wedding guests can also enjoy cocktails served outside in the summer and in front of the library fireplace in winter. Dinner may be served al fresco in season. Breakfast is served every day on the main floor while arrangements for other meals can be made with advance notice.

    From appetizers to wedding feasts

    Weddings celebrations are as much about food and drink as they are about family and friends. Which is why our onsite gourmet catering team is ready to create just the ideal menu for your wedding – from delectable canapés and hors d’oeuvres to mouthwatering entrées with full carving stations.
    We also offer a nice range of house and specialty wines, liquors, specialty cocktails and beers. So here’s a toast to your special day at The Duke Mansion.

    • Hosting capacity for up to 150 wedding guests
    • A wide selection of exquisite menu items for everything from a formal seated dinner to a casual brunch
    • 20 overnight guest suites, including tree-top rooms and rooms with sleeping porches
    • 4.5 acres of gloriously maintained gardens
    • Convenient to Charlotte uptown, SouthPark Mall, and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

    Would you like to know more? Just say "I Do!" Call or email one of our event planners now to find out more about how Duke Mansion can make your wedding experience truly unforgettable.

  • Meetings & Retreats

    Catering to the goals of any size group, an impeccable staff oversees every detail at The Duke Mansion. Complete meeting arrangements are tailored to let you focus on business while we focus on grand hospitality. Our unique facility enables us to offer elegant dinners, executive accommodations, sumptuous breakfasts and lunches. And don't forget the continually refreshed coffee breaks.

    Our historic setting is enhanced with the latest audio and visual capabilities. Our lush gardens, beautifully appointed meeting rooms, or high tech presentation equipment are yours to enjoy. So contact the Director of Meetings and Events to experience southern charm and beauty.

    Plan your meeting

    Interspersed with plenty of places to relax, The Duke Mansion's ornate public rooms have been transformed into comfortable, technology-enhanced meeting spaces. The Living Room measures a spacious 1,460 square feet, has 14-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Ergonomically-designed Herman Miller Aeron chairs are used. Presentation equipment is close at hand, including a public address system, LCD projector with separate amplification, lectern, microphones and a projection screen.

    Infused with light, the 750-square-foot glass Solarium is ideal for break-out sessions and smaller meetings. The Dining Room comfortably seats up to 40 guests for meals. Perfect for board meetings and planning sessions, the elegant Dickson Conference Room is attached to a spacious second-story porch where al fresco dining and entertaining are welcome.

    The Duke Mansion offers the unique venue of charming, old world service blended with state-of-the art equipment. Contact us to make your meeting or retreat productive, creative, and rejuvenating.

    Audio & video capabilities

    Below is a listing of Audio and Vidoe capabilities available to you during your stay at The Duke Mansion. We are happy to arrange for other needs. Contact us for additional information.

    The Living Room features:

    • Public Address System
    • LCD projector with separate sound amplification
    • Lectern Microphones
    • Projection screen
    • Wireless Internet Access
    • The Dining Room is also wired for Public Address System

    Other equipment:

    • Slide projector
    • Overhead projector Screen
    • Microphones
    • Flatscreen TVs with DVD
    • Flip Chart
    • Easels
  • Events

    Entertaining and celebrating is easy and special at The Duke Mansion. We will work with you to make sure your special event - whether for business or pleasure - is flawless. Count on our professional planning staff to support your goals.

    Our unique areas - in and out of doors - are your perfect partner to a great event. From a formal business dinner in the living room to a private family event in the Lineberger Library, each area of The Duke Mansion enhances the event for your guests.

    Don't forget that the perfect end to a great event may be a simple walk upstairs to our extraordinary rooms. Make The Duke Mansion your home base for business or family accommodations as well as events.

  • Our Community

    Located in the heart of beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina, The Mansion is situated in a charming neighborhood setting only minutes away from Uptown Charlotte, shopping areas and recreational parks. In Uptown Charlotte you'll find a myriad of cultural activities, including arts galleries and the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, as well as shopping and our award winning public library. Within walking distance are several popular boutique gift, clothing and furniture shops, and a short ride will take you to one of Charlotte's premier malls, SouthPark. A short distance away is Freedom Park, offering relaxing green space, tennis courts, a children's play area, and jogging paths in a natural setting. Enjoy both the new and traditional when visiting Charlotte and The Duke Mansion.

    Within walking distance:

    Walk or run in historic Myers Park - one of Charlotte's most historic and most beautiful neighborhoods.

    Walk to a variety of neighborhood merchants:

    • Antique shops
    • Art galleries
    • Banks with ATMs
    • Gift shops
    • Churches
    • Three parks
    • Florist and nursery
    • Neighborhood hardware store
    • Post office
    • Gas stations
    • Jewelry stores
    • Ice-cream shop
    • Grocery stores
    • Drug store
    • Ladies boutique and men's clothing
    • Casual and fine dining
    • Art film theatre
    • Toy store
    • Coffee shops

    Minutes away:

    • 2 miles to the bustling heart of uptown Charlotte with many attractions and events
    • 4 miles to Southpark Mall
    • 10 miles to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

    Community links:

    • www.visitcharlotte.org
    • Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau, www.charlottecvb.org
    • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, www.charlottechamber.org
    • North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, www.performingartsctr.org
    • Mint Museum of Art, www.mintmuseum.org
    • www.charlote.com
    • Charlotte Museum of History & Hezekiah Alexander Homesite, www.charlottemuseum.org
    • Levine Museum of the New South, www.museumofthenewsouth.org
    • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, www.historiccharlotte.org
  • Our History

    Built in 1915 and tripled by its most famous owner James Buchanan Duke, The Duke Mansion has been home and host to leaders of the 20th century. Duke’s most lasting legacies, including Duke University, Duke Energy and the Duke Endowment, took shape at the home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Mansion is now operated as a nonprofit with all proceeds being used to preserve and protect this community treasure.

    1915: The Duke Mansion

    The home is built by Zeb Taylor in the newly created Myers Park Neighborhood. It remains one of the finest examples of Colonial Revival Architecture.

    1919: Doris Duke

    In order to introduce his beloved daughter, Doris, to life in the South, North Carolina entrepreneur James B. "Buck" Duke purchases the home and triples it in size. Renowned Charlotte residential architect C.C. Hook designs the Dukes’ renovation. It serves as a home base for him as his business grows.

    1919: Buck Duke's Water Fountain

    Buck Duke believes that hydroelectric power can change the struggling economies of the Carolinas. He has a fascination for fountains, and builds water pipes to carry water from the Catawba River.

    1924: James B. Duke

    Working in the mansion solarium, Mr. Duke envisions an endowment for the betterment of his community. Today, the Duke Endowment invests more than $100 million annually in worthy causes across the Carolinas.

    1929: Martin L. Cannon

    Mr. and Mrs. Martin L. Cannon purchase the home, renaming it White Oaks. Their daughter, Frances, celebrates her wedding at The Mansion. In attendance is a former beau of Miss Cannon's - John F. Kennedy.

    1949

    In the first of many efforts to protect the home, the Cannons leave it to the protection of Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The Cannons continue to live in the home until 1957.

    1957

    Henry and Clayton Lineberger, a textile family from Belmont, purchase the home and restore it to its previous splendor. The chandelier in the dining room, which remains today, is a Christmas present from Mr. Lineberger to Mrs.Lineberger.

    1966: The Lineberger Living Room

    The Duke Mansion suffers a huge fire, gutting the third floor. The house is likely moments away from complete destruction. The Linebergers restore the home after the fire.

    1974

    The Junior League begins discussions with the Lineberger family about the future of The Duke Mansion. In an effort to secure the future of the property, when Mr. Lineberger dies in 1976, it is left to the Duke Endowment.

    1977

    The home is placed on the local, state and national registries of historic places. The Junior League leads an effort to create a useful life for The Mansion as a small meeting center. While members of the Duke, Cannon and Lineberger families and the broader community are supportive, the change is not supported by all neighbors. The effort fails, and the property is sold.

    1978

    A plan to cut the home into five condominiums is developed. In 1988, a plan to add a sixth condominium inside the house and to subdivide the property into four houses is launched.

    1989

    Rick and Dee Ray, owners of Raycom, a sports media company, consider buying one of the condominiums. Instead, the Rays decide to preserve The Mansion and purchase the entire house and the subdivided lots. They begin a painstaking process of restoring it to a grand single-family home.

    1996

    In discussion with the Rays, Duke Power Company leads an effort to permanently protect The Mansion. The Lynnwood Foundation, a nonprofit, is established to preserve The Duke Mansion and create a leadership institute. The Rays sell the house to the foundation, and an ambitious capital campaign is launched.

    1997

    The leadership institute is named in honor of William S. Lee, a former Duke Power CEO and beloved community leader. The Lee Institute begins a program of training and transforming leaders and communities.

    1998

    The spirit of Mr. and Mrs. Duke is revived at the Grand Opening of The Mansion as a historic inn & meeting center and is celebrated by 300 supporters of the broad-based effort to save it for generations to come.

    2000

    On April 7, Duke Energy makes a $4.5 million "Transformational Gift" to help the foundation become debt-free. To honor the company's civic spirit, the Charlotte Region Chapter of the American Leadership Forum is dedicated to Duke Energy through 2010.

    The Colonnade Society, a group of leaders who provide significant annual suuport, is launched.

    2003

    The Preservation Society hosts its first annual Gala and Auction to support the protection of The Mansion, raising $50,000.

    2005

    Happy Ninetieth Birthday Duke Mansion.

    The Duke Mansion is accepted into Select Registry and is rated as a Four Diamond Property by AAA.

  • Directions

    From I-77 North

    • Take Exit 9B (John Belk Freeway) to Exit 2A for Third Street
    • Turn Right at the bottom of the ramp onto Third Street/Fourth Street
    • Go five stoplights (Third Street becomes Providence Road)
    • After the fifth stoplight, turn Right on Ardsley Road
    • Go one block; turn Right onto Hermitage Road at the stop sign
    • You will see the exit driveway of The Duke Mansion on your left
    • Continue down Hermitage Road to the next driveway on your left
    • Enter The Duke Mansion through a pair of brick columns and wrought iron gate

    From the Charlotte Douglas International Airport

    • Leave the Airport, merge Left onto the Billy Graham Parkway
    • Turn Right at the first light onto Boyer Road
    • Turn Right at the next light onto Wilkinson Blvd
    • Go approximately 3 miles and merge Left onto The John Belk Freeway
    • Exit 2A for Third Street
    • Turn right at the bottom of the ramp onto Third Street
    • Then follow directions for I-77 North, beginning with go five stoplights

    From I-77 South

    • Take Exit 11A - the Brookshire Freeway toward Downtown
    • Follow the Brookshire Freeway until it becomes the John Belk Freeway
    • Exit 2A for Third/Fourth Street
    • Make a Left U-Turn at the light at the end of the ramp
    • Turn Left at the next light onto Third Street
    • Go six stoplights (Third Street becomes Providence Road)
    • After the sixth stoplight, turn Right on Ardsley Road
    • Go one block; turn Right onto Hermitage Road at the stop sign
    • You will see the exit driveway of The Duke Mansion on your left
    • Continue down Hermitage Road to the next driveway on your left
    • Enter The Duke Mansion through a pair of brick columns and wrought iron gate

    From I-85 North

    • Take Exit 36 to Brookshire Blvd.
    • Follow it until it becomes the John Belk Freeway
    • Then follow I-77 South directions beginning with the turn onto Exit 2A (above)

    From I-85 South

    • Take Exit 38 to I-77 South towards Columbia
    • Take Exit 11A - the Brookshire Freeway toward Downtown
    • Then follow I-77 South directions beginning with the turn onto Exit 2A (above)

    From 74 East

    • Bear Left on the John Belk Freeway
    • Exit 2A for Third/Fourth Street
    • Then follow I-77 North directions beginning with turning right at the bottom of the ramp onto Third Street

    From 74 West

    • Follow 74 West to Charlotte
    • Exit onto 277 South - John Belk Freeway
    • Then follow I-77 South directions beginning with exiting from John Belk
    • Freeway at Exit 2A