One of the finest examples of Tudor Revival Architecture in America, this sixty-five-room mansion is decorated with treasures ... More
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
One of the finest examples of Tudor Revival Architecture in America, this sixty-five-room mansion is decorated with treasures from all over the globe, and is located on seventy artfully landscaped acres that include a fully-restored English Garden, a Japanese garden, a lagoon, vistas, scenic alleys and more.
Absolutely wonderful home. I love that people could live like that, although it would be a bit much for me. It's nice that at one time it was a possibility, like the homes or "cottages" in Newport, RI. Amazing to see and experience.
Last May(2006) we returned to Stan Hywet Hall for a second trip and really enjoyed our guided tour of the home. We really enjoyed the "personal" attention, as our tour guide was very informative and the "tour group" was small. On our first trip a few years ago (during the summer months) the groups were rather large, which included several rather "rude" children who kept "pushing" ahead of us. I nearly fell down due to the "pushing" of these children - they were that "rough". (The aforementioned group actually arrived for their tour after we did, but seemed to get ahead of us.) And, there was no mention of their behavior by either the parents nor the tour guide. Our first trip was rather disappointing, plus we also toured Hale Farm on the same day - a bit too much to truly enjoy the experience.
I suggest people should plan two separate trips to truly enjoy the experience of either of these two locations. If possible,plan your trip to Stan Hywet after the little children are still in school - like in late May or early September when the little darlings are back in school! Another suggestion - Families should properly discipline their children on these tours out of respect for others! If people cannot control their children - leave them at home!
The house and the surrounding landscape was beautiful. The architecture and design of the house was amazing! Everything from the indoor pool to the outside gardens had little touches that made everything special. However, the volunteers that helped with the tours were very pushy and spoke down to us as if we were five years old. We went on the self-guided tour and during our venture around the house, were pushed-out of the way so the guided tours could have more room. The conservatory was by far the friendliest place on the grounds. The volunteers in there were very willing to have a conversation about anything and were not pushy in the least. The house is a feast for the eyes, but if you want to go back in and get seconds, expect to be greeted with an attitude.
This is definitely a family friendly place, in addition to being an excellent place for couples, or photographers to spend the day. The prices are very reasonable, particularly since the grounds are so expansive. Late spring through early fall are the best times to visit the grounds, however the other months of operation also offer many seasonal activities such as wine tastings. The grounds are simply beautiful and the place is hardly ever busy, so it feels as if you have the entire grounds to yourself. When you do encounter a staff member they are always very friendly, informative, and helpful, and overall I have been impressed again and again by this attraction, and it is the kind of place where even the non-outdoorsy type could spend the entire day outside, while enjoying themself.
The house and grounds are wonderful. Allow yourself time for the full guided tour of the house and time to walk the gardens. It is worth the effort and you should plan a full 4 to 5 hours for a good tour experience. The price is worth it and there is $1 discount per ticket for AARP and AAA members. I will return in the late spring when the gardens are in full bloom - it should be outstanding.
You can just feel the Seiberling family still moving about in this mansion when you tour it! The garden, the indoor pool, the maids quarters are all something the average person would be in awe of. They have community events there all the time and you need to go around Christmas time to see the decorations.
The house is amazing!!! From trap-doors to a HUGE indoor swimming pool, you will see it all in this magnifecent home. My favorite part though, the gardens. There are four beautiful gardens that each have their own atmosphere. I could have lost myself in them for hours!!!! Go if you get the chance.