A couple months ago I posted about the "heiress" Downton Abbey themed art getaway that Karla and were going to in California, hosted by the talented Deb Hodge. The retreat was last weekend and with the final episode of Downton tonight, I wanted to show you the California version of the Downton Abbey mansion we stayed at.
It was incredible- the size, the details, the historical bits, the furnishings. I've stayed at nice older hotels, but staying in a private home where you could come to breakfast in your jammies, and leaving your craft supplies spread out on a table in the living room was almost like living there.
The living room where we crafted. The marble fireplace, full of candles, was incredible. You could almost stand up inside it.
This was a favorite corner in the living room because the details captured all the special little things about the mansion. The mullions in the window, the gilded chair, the decorative heat vent and the beautifully framed turn of the century family picture.
The treats started as soon as we arrived- champagne jelly bellies, almond champagne and fresh flowers on the landing going upstairs.
Our room was complete comfort in shades of green and black toile. The special touches continued with personalized pillowcases "Keep Calm and Dream on Beth".
One of the best things about the mansion is it's authenticity. Other than having wi-fi and big screen TVs, almost nothing has been changed from the 1920s, including this "to the period" bathroom.
You can see more detailed pictures of the house including the old fashioned kitchen with ice box refrigerator and cast iron stove here: The Hansen Mansion.
Karla found a "secret" balcony off our suite of rooms. I say it was secret because it didn't have a door, we had to crawl out of a window to get to it. If you scroll back to the picture of the house, you can see it on the far right of the picture. I took these pictures of the garden and the back balcony from the "secret balcony".
The house and gardens were beautiful from the ground level, too;
and even featured a koi pond.
I've got lots more to tell you about Coronado Island, our crafts and side trips, and if I don't get a hold of you, I'm sure you can ring Nadine and she can get you up-to-date.