No on-site restaurant or room service (other than breakfast)
No fitness center
This upscale bed and breakfast is housed within a 1902 English Tudor mansion, set on 45 acres outside of Baltimore. Eleven ornately decorated guest rooms feature luxurious amenities, such as two-person jetted tubs, fireplaces, heated bathroom floors, and other modern perks. Prices are quite reasonable (with lower rates in the winter), especially given the property’s elegant formal gardens, outdoor pool, and free made-to-order breakfasts.
Built in 1902 by Mary Cassatt’s brother for his daughter (who never lived in the mansion), the Gramercy was purchased by its current owners in 1985. They renovated and rented the first room in 1986, and over the next 12 years restored the mansion to its current state. On the walls hang medieval-looking tapestries, ornately framed paintings of country scenes, and classic reproductions of turn-of-the-century artwork. The mansion is loaded with antiques, oriental rugs, four-poster canopy beds, crystal chandeliers, and lots of living plants, ferns, and flowers. The 45-acre grounds include over an acre of beautifully manicured gardens.
Typical guests are couples; this is a great romantic getaway, and there are over 100 weddings performed here a year. Families are also welcome, and there are kid-friendly perks like a basketball hoop, playground, and trampoline. A Carriage House is also available for corporate meetings, weddings, and events. Breakfast is served in a large glass-enclosed dining room (or room service is also available), and several sitting rooms throughout the mansion offer quiet places to ponder.
A countryside setting 20 minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Gramercy Mansion is situated on 45 acres in rural Baltimore County, about 13 miles north of downtown Baltimore and an hour from Washington, DC. The property is accessible by a two-lane road (Route 130), and there’s not much in the immediate area. A handful of restaurants are about 10 minutes away in the nearby communities of Lutherville and Pikesville. The Baltimore Airport (BWI) is about 25 minutes south.
Spacious rooms with ornate historic decor and great amenities
Every room in this Tudor-style, 11-bedroom mansion is unique. The room Aphrodite’s Retreat offers French antiques; the Country Room is decorated in Edwardian style; and the Cassatt Suite features European decor with fabric walls and heated bathroom floors. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, microwave, two bathrobes, and a minibar that includes two free bottles of water and two cans of soda. The rooms are spacious, most of the bathrooms are huge, and select rooms include a fireplace, jetted tub, and balcony.
Outdoor pool, lovely gardens, and recreational area
A Keurig coffeemaker with free coffee is available in the dining room, where breakfasts are made to order each morning (featuring herbs from a nearby organic farm). An outdoor pool is open April through October. An acre of beautifully landscaped gardens includes plenty of benches and scenic trails, and there’s a recreational area with a fire pit, tennis court, basketball hoop, playground, tree swings, and trampoline.