When I entertain, I always have my butler, Mr. White, greets my guests in the reception room. He then escorts the visitors down a long hallway that leads to the music room.
I use this room for my largest events and usually hire a musician to play an organ with 2,433 pipes from the balcony. Meanwhile, the chef prepares our dinner in the kitchen and other guests swim in my indoor pool, the Plunge. Needless to say, my friends are all pretty jealous of my house.
Ok, ok fine! Maybe I only wish my house had a butler and an electric card shuffling table. If you are curious as to my inspiration for this dream house, head to Akron to visit Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. This Tudor-style mansion was built for F.A. Seiberling and his family in the early 1920’s. I guess that’s what happens when you are the co-founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
My childhood dream of exploring a mansion was realized as I toured the beautiful Stan Hywet Estate. The gardens surrounding the manor contained paths to view the variety of flowers and trees. Mid-July was a great time to visit, or have a wedding! Two couples said their vows on the grounds that Saturday.
After wandering around a fraction of the 70 acre estate (whittled down from the original 3,000 acres), we headed inside the manor. While pictures are not permitted inside the manor, I can tell you that my pictures would not have done those 65 rooms justice. It is truly something you really have to see for yourself.
I visited Stan Hywet on a “Living History Day,” which is a self-guided tour. It was nice viewing the gardens and hall at my own pace. Throughout the manor, actors were milling about dressed in costumes of the period. They were all friendly and happy to answer my questions about life in the 1920’s.
If you love fall as much as I do, mark your calendars! Stan Hywet is holding their fourth annual Ohio Mart, October 3-6. I can’t wait to go back for this outdoor show filled with vendors of bakers and artisan crafts. Rumor has it, there is the best homemade gingerbread at Ohio Mart…I will gladly investigate that.
In the meantime, you can find me in Cleveland attempting to be the “co-founder” of something so I can build my own Stan Hywet. While I am not quite sure what I would do with an electronic card shuffling table, I can think of a few uses for a butler and a conservatory. Laugh now, because after visiting Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, you may be just as desperate for a manor of your own!
The word “bored” is not in my vocabulary. I am a marketing major at John Carroll University and with Cleveland as my backyard, it is impossible to be bored. Northeast Ohio has so much to offer and I plan to do is much as I can. My hope is that you do the same. Follow my blog at www.cupofcleveland.blogspot.com.