I turn onto the hedge lined driveway and gently wind my way towards the parking area for the Duke Mansion. I can hardly believe I’m only a short 2 miles from downtown Charlotte.
As I pass the last set of hedges I get my first glance of the mansion and am delighted to see it’s as lovely as the online photos.
Parking my car I grab my suitcase and make my way up the front steps to the main door where Coop, the front desk attendant, is holding the door open, offers to take my bag and extends a warm welcome to the Duke Mansion.
Checking in is seamless and Coop lets me know details that will make my stay more comfortable.
Each evening the mansion offers a cocktail reception and each morning there is breakfast.
These are hosted in different rooms of the mansion depending on the day and what other events are happening at the mansion.
DUKE MANSION ACCOMMODATIONS
The Duke Mansion has 20 large, luxurious decorated rooms on three floors. My room was large with all the amenities I would need to have a very comfortable stay.
I stayed in a King Porch Room, located on the second floor, complete with a shared sleeping porch overlooking the garden.
I think the porch was my favorite part of my room or, more exactly, the swing on the porch was my favorite. My porch overlooked the gardens which was very enjoyable place to enjoy to have a cup of tea.
Of course, the porch is also a wonderful location to sit and enjoy morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. I was lucky enough to have the entire porch to myself during my visit and really enjoyed it.
The Duke Mansion thinks of everything including setting out a robe on the bed.
There was also a robe hanging the bathroom near the shower door.
The washroom also had a nice selection of soaps, lotions, and more.
I spent a fair amount of time at the desk trying to catch up on work. The only downside was the desk faced the bed and it looked so very comfy that I really wanted to curl up in it and take a nap instead of work.
When I finally did tuck in for the night it was between soft sheets and onto an incredibly comfortable bed.
I’m not sure if the rooms next to or above me were occupied as I didn’t hear any noise from neighbors during my stay.
DUKE MANSION AMENITIES
Each evening the Duke offers a cocktail (cash bar) reception for guests to enjoy a cocktail before they head out for dinner.
I enjoyed a couple glasses of wine in the library where I chatted with the bartender about the Duke Mansion and it’s history.
Built in 1915 for the Duke family (think Duke Energy and Duke University) it is now listed on the National Register of Historic places and operated as a non profit to ensure that this community treasure is preserved and protected.
The second floor has a coffee and tea bar with cookies in the wide hallway. Lucky for me this was located near my room so I was able to stay well caffeinated while working.
The coffee and tea bar also had my absolute favorite tea, Tazo Wild Sweet Orange, which I enjoyed right before bed.
The next morning I enjoyed a full hot breakfast buffet with coffee and juice. There was also an option to have the kitchen make the breakfast special of the day, which I passed on because the buffet was perfect for me.
DUKE MANSION GARDENS
I didn’t have much time to spend wandering around the 4+ acres of gardens on the grounds, but what I did see I really enjoyed. It was lovely in March so I can only imagine how beautiful it would be in full bloom in the summer.
There is plenty of outdoor seating available so guests can enjoy the gardens and quiet neighborhood.
The Duke Mansion is a Select Registry property which is made up of more than 300 quality bed and breakfasts, inns, and hotels throughout North America. Some of my favorite accommodations are a part of the Select Registry family. The properties, like the Duke Mansion, offer a one-of-a-kind experience and exceptional staff that truly make my stay special.
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Please note: I would like to thank the Duke Mansion for providing a complimentary stay through Select Registry for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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