The Proctor Mansion has teas throughout the year. Be forewarned, you will not need dinner afterward. Tea started promptly at 3:00 with a mimosa followed by scones and tea. They serve their own version of Devonshire cream which is lighter and very good. There was a nice assortment of teas including some "new age" teas like rooibos. That's not how I roll. I'm an old fashioned Earl Grey girl. The scones were followed by an assortment of sandwiches. I especially enjoyed one with asian pear and pistachios. There were young people in attendance who were suspicious of the sandwiches and they were offered p.b. & j. and Nutella. One girl even frowned on the Nutella! That's a tough customer! The tea concluded with brownies, lemon squares and chocolate covered strawberries. The owner offered a tour. The mansion itself is full of beautiful details such as hand painted ceiling decorations and ingenious pocket shutters. It is not on the scale of the mansions of Newport. This was clearly a family home, but it is still quite a showpiece. The upper floor which was the servant's quarters is in the process of being restored and that was very interesting to see. If you are interested in the restoration of old homes or Victorian architecture or furniture, it would be a great place to stay. I live nearby, so, unless I'm having my floors refinished, I probably won't be back to stay, but definitely back for tea. For those who don't know the area, Wrentham is a very small quiet town, but there is a huge outlet mall on the edge of the town, great places for apple picking, several antique stores and is very close to Gillette Stadium and Patriot's Place. Patriot's Place has the Patriots Museum, CBS Scene, great restaurants and stores like Bass. There's a lot to do in this area. It takes about 40 minutes to get into Boston and about 30 minutes to get into Providence which is a nice little city with many architectural gems.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We invite you to step back in time to experience a taste of yesterday at The Proctor Mansion Inn. Built in 1861, The Proctor Mansion Inn is a striking example of Second Empire French Victorian architecture. Amazingly preserved and lovingly restored, it provides a glimpse of grandeur from days gone by.The Proctor Mansion Inn is set within a picturesque new England town midway between Boston and Providence. Each room in the Proctor Mansion Inn is different with original frescos, wood work and architectural features. All of the rooms are uniquely decorated including period antiques and local original artwork. The Proctor Mansion Inn is extremely ornate and is one of only 7 in the United States of this Victorian style with the original interior intact. Enjoy the sweeping stair case, 14’ painted ceilings and the original servants bells still hanging! We are an Eco-Friendly Inn. It is our pleasure to server Organic, local and natural foods in our Signature Extended Continental Breakfast included in with your stay. ... more less
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