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Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
Phone Number: +1 386-383-3408
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Description: Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hat...
Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hat maker and philanthropist John B Stetson in 1886. Situated right between Orlando and Daytona in DeLand makes it convenient for all visiting the central Florida area. This is Florida's first luxury estate and houses some of the most beautiful and intricate parquet floors in the world. The mansion has hosted such noted guests as President Cleveland, King Edward VII, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, Louis C Tiffany and Thomas Edison. In fact this is one of the first homes in the world to be designed and built with Edison electricity and Mr Edison oversaw the install himself. This is not your typical Victorian mansion though. The owners have painstakingly renovated every square inch of the 10,000 sq foot masterpiece while incorporating today's modern conveniences. All this was done without compromising the architectural or historical integrity. Every room on every one of the three floors is magnificently decorated and every room features a different style floor and window design. There is not one room that is off limits for visitors to see on their guided tour, you get to see it all including the owner's suite and the original 1886 schoolhouse which has been lovingly restored and converted to a "Zen"like cottage. There is also a beautiful meditation garden, gazebo and pool area for visitors to enjoy. Reservations are required $20-$30 per person $10 for children. Payment is cash or check at the door and we do charge applicable sales tax.
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Amazing restored mansion

Definitely visit this house during Christmas season. The decor is mind blowing. The host owner couldn't have been better. Charming funny, a character, but that was part of making... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Deltona, Florida
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Deltona, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Definitely visit this house during Christmas season. The decor is mind blowing. The host owner couldn't have been better. Charming funny, a character, but that was part of making the visit special. Additionally floridians receive a free pass, with paid visitors, if returning within six months. I plan to bring all family members with their next visit south.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Wonderfully decorated. Terrific tour guide. Learned a lot. Be sure to book ahead during busy times. Deland is an interesting town with good museum and fun restaurants.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I enjoyed my visit to the Stetson Mansion. The tour guide was informative and charming. The owners have done an outstanding job of updating a beautiful old home. Though I believe there is a bit of hype and hyperbole as this is not the oldest or "most historic" home in Florida (see Key West and Saint Augustine for lovely restored... More 

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Stetson Mansion and for sharing thoughts about the tour. Our tour guides are fantastic and I am glad you enjoyed your experience with one of them. Regarding claims that you say we make though is absolutely not true. We never have or never will make claims that Stetson Mansion is Florida's oldest home, I have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We are glad we stopped at the Stetson Mansion on our way home from vacation. We were staying in New Smyrna Beach for a week and just looking for things to do in the area and we happened upon the Stetson Mansion tour. We checked out the website and made reservations. Not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised... More 

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you so much Holly for making the decision to book your tour and visit the Stetson Mansion. I am thrilled to read just how much all of you enjoyed your experience at Florida's first luxury estate. Whenever we read that our guests loved the mansion so much that they return home and encourage others to book a tour that... More 

DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a very special historic place. The owners who reside there have done an outstanding preserving the glorious architecture. We had a small group of 12 for the holiday spectacular. Every year is a different theme so you will never see the same decorations twice. The guided tour is fascinating and informative. It's a bit of walking all levels... More 

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Sherri I can't tell you how much we all appreciate you and the other 11 members of your group for your visit to the Stetson Mansion and for taking the time out to post your feedback...thank you. The Christmas Spectacular tours have become a holiday tradition for many and are always much anticipated. I can't believe that we are only... More 

The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Had it been a cookie-cutter tour of a superb venue it would have been well worth the tariff. Had it been a carefully preserved historical site it would have been worth the drive. Had it been a well trained tour guide it would have been worth the time. This site, this tour is far more than very good. The house... More 

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

John I have to tell you that each one of our guides called us after reading your review of the mansion. We were all so incredibly humbled that you were so moved by your tour experience that it inspired you to write such kind and heartfelt words. Debbie and Robin lead tours from the heart and welcome guests with such... More 

Christmas, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

First time Tripadvisor has ever let me down. I love history and have gone to many historic homes in St. Augustine. I have also visited the Cascades in Ormond beach which is amazing. There is also the Pine Wood estates at the Bok Tower which is also amazing. I went to the Stetson Mansion expecting that is would be similar... More 

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

I find your review a bit suspicious because you say that you love history yet you never mentions anything about the vast history of the Stetson Mansion...zero. You reference two attractions that according to your standards are much more authentic to the time they were built, but this is not true at all. One of our tour guides is also... More 

Lake Mary, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

First, our tour guide should be commended, such an enthusiastic person and could tell she loves her work (Debbie). Very knowledgeable and informative. My favorite room, the balcony suite, could sit on the balcony forever. The home is immaculate and beautiful. A wonderful day for our red hatters!. Thank you Michael and JT for sharing your beautiful mansion!!

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Lucy thank you so much for touring the mansion along with all the Red Hatters, although I was out of town I heard from Debbie that she had a blast with all of you. Debbie is the best of the best and we are so lucky to have her part of the Stetson Mansion family. The balcony suite is my... More 

Stirling, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The house itself is beautiful with lovely furnishings but I have to say our family of four were very disappointed. We were looking to experience a piece of Florida history and instead learned all about what kind of granite was installed in the kitchen and where the owners of the house plug in their appliances. We were taken into bedrooms... More 

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the mansion but I am very surprised by your review and your rating. This is not just a fancy house that two guys own. This is Florida's first luxury estate built for famed hat maker John B Stetson. Stetson Mansion is one of the first homes in the entire world to be designed and built with Thomas... More 

Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Stetson Mansion was built in 1886 by the hat maker, John Stetson. It is currently being restored to its original glory but with some modern twists (13 bathrooms!). The house was exquisitely designed with gorgeous stained-glass windows and amazing parquet floors. Each room is unique and quite breathtaking. The tour guide, Debbie, was wonderful--not only historically knowledgeable but really very... More 

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks Linda for the 5 STAR review, I am so glad you enjoyed your guided tour with Debbie, our very own award winning tour guide! The mansion comes alive when we are leading tours or hosting events and I hope that will continue for generations to come. Stetson Mansion is located in the quaint little town of DeLand which offers... More 

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