Unique among Richmond’s bed and breakfasts is the Historic Mankin Mansion, an inn and a luxury wedding resort rolled into one.
Originally constructed in 1924 by Edwin Thurston Mankin, founder of one of Richmond’s most prominent brick foundries, the property consists of a 7000 square foot home and five dependencies. Mankin dedicated the home to his son, Irvin, who was killed in World War I and operated the foundry until his own death in the 1940’s. Owners Martin and Paula Ramirez purchased the mansion in 2004 and lovingly restored the once-dilapidated property to its current pristine condition.
The kilns at Mankin, now demolished, once produced the bricks that restored much of Colonial Williamsburg in the 1930s, and which were also used to construct Hudson River mansions, and homes on Chamberlayne and Monument Avenues in Richmond. The Georgian Revival-influenced architecture reflects Mankin’s love of and expertise in brick. A brick wall surrounds an English Garden, and pathways lead to a central Pergola which overlooks the property’s beautifully restored and landscaped grounds.
Martin and Paula live in the west wing of the mansion with their family, and host travelers with true southern-style hospitality. Guests rave about the beauty of the resort and grounds, the comfortable beds, game room with billiards, darts, shuffleboard, foosball and basketball, and of course – the exquisite breakfasts. In true bed and breakfast fashion, every guest is treated as a member of the family.
Accommodations at the Historic Mankin Mansion are anything but standard. Both the suites and the cottages have private entrances, and most have porches as well. The cottages have kitchen facilities and coffee makers, and all rooms feature TVs with DVD players and VCRs. Each suite and cottage feels like a private retreat, and is appointed with tasteful, elegant décor.
Amenities are ample and include pre-arranged shuttle service from nearby Richmond International Airport, complimentary faxes, local and long-distance calls, and wireless internet access throughout the estate. Service at the mansion rivals the resort’s beauty, and concierge services are readily available.
Whether you are visiting Richmond for business or leisure travel, the Historic Mankin Mansion is your perfect retreat. Visit the inn’swebsite for rates, reservations, booking policies and wedding services, and plan your visit today!