Jim and Jean Leaman from York, Pennsylvania, breathed a new life into an old Victorian house they have purchased back in 2006. The house – Lady Linden – was abandoned for a long time and almost fully destroyed. Likely, the married couple saw the true potential of this amazing mansion and brought it back to its original beauty.
The story of Lady Linden
Today, this house is known as the Lady Linden Bed & Breakfast, but the building has a long history that starts in 1887. According to Lady Linden B&B’s website, the mansion was build in 1887 and its first owner was an industrialist named Samuel Nevin Hench. He and his family moved here from Perry County and owned the place for over 30 years.
Starting from the 1920s, Lady Linden had a number of owners who did not take the proper care of this astonishingly beautiful house. By the time the Leamans purchased it in 2006, it looked more like ruins. But the couple managed to see through all these damages and recognized Lady Linden’s true potential. Step by step, they restored the original mansion both inside and outside. The Leamans recreated most of the original elements of the place, including wallpapers, wooden floors, and furnishings that resembled the spirit of the end of the 19th century.
The couple turned this once abandoned mansion into a welcoming Bed & Breakfast facility with a unique style and warm atmosphere.
Original Queen Anna style
One of the things that people notice about Lady Linden Bed and Breakfast is its special atmosphere. The whole interior was thought through to the tiniest detail so that you can virtually feel the spirit of the past.
The new owners used hand printed wall and ceiling papers that were, in fact, reproductions of the original wallpapers from the Victorian era. They also refurbished old parquet floors made of several kinds of wood.
And while looking pretty authentic, the interior of Lady Linden feels really comfortable, even for a modern person. There are five spacious bedrooms and four bathrooms. Each room was decorated differently from the others, making the whole place look even more fascinating.
While Lady Linden Bed and Breakfast has 100% positive reviews on TripAdvisor, the owners intend to sell it. As of today, the mansion is still available and goes for $299,000. You can watch the video below to take a better look at the astonishing atmosphere of this Queen Anna house.