THE MANSION

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A luxury boutique hotel at the heart of Mystic, Connecticut.

 

Set in the center of a seaside village, Spicer Mansion is a place of history and romance, of tranquility and unsurpassed white-glove service.

 

The mansion has long been admired as the lavish summer home of Captain Elihu Spicer, and after many years of restoration, Spicer Mansion opened its doors in May 2016 as a boutique inn unlike any other in the area. It offers the very best of refined hospitality in a historic downtown village, steeped in maritime traditions and rich in culture.

 

With only eight guest rooms this sumptuous inn is the perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world and provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations. Come and enjoy life in refined hospitality and luxurious accommodations in what is sure to become one of the best boutique inns in Connecticut.

 

Welcome to Mystic. Welcome to Spicer Mansion.

THE SALONS

Spicer Mansion was originally created as a place for entertainment. The house was restored to reflect the generous and hospitable nature of its namesake, Captain Elihu Spicer.

 

Conceived on a generous scale for receiving guests, Spicer Mansion combines magnificence and intimacy in its Salons. From the two large parlors gracing the front of the house and more intimate Gold Salon at its heart, to the Belvedere offering 360-degree views from atop the Mansion, the Salons provide a glorious backdrop to your stay.

 

At Spicer Mansion, formality is blended with ease and enjoyment. Guests are invited to enjoy these splendid interiors, decorated with maritime art and antiques from around the world, in the same spirit of refined elegance as visitors to the house in Captain Spicer’s day.

 

Enjoy a book in front of the fire or a card game by the window. The salons are the perfect place to relax or enjoy a bite to eat.

HISTORY OF THE PINEAPPLE

A master entertainer, Captain Spicer welcomed family and friends to his summer estate, often putting out pineapples to make his guests feel welcome. The pineapple has long been a symbol of hospitality, since the days of the early American colonies. Sea captains of New England, who sailed among the Caribbean Islands, returned to the colonies bearing their cargo of fruits, spices and rum. According to the legend, the captain would spear a pineapple outside his home to let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage.

GARDENS & THE ESTATE

Set on one and a half acres amongst magnolia and beech trees, the Mansion is an oasis in the village of Mystic. Offering beautifully manicured lawns, perfectly trimmed shrubs, and seasonal blooms, the estate is the perfect place to enjoy one of our picnic basket lunches or just a leisurely afternoon stroll.

ART AT SPICER MANSION

From the moment you step foot in Spicer Mansion, its rich sense of maritime history is evident, from the classic, nautical touches throughout the estate to the intricate maritime and coastal landscape paintings adorning the freshly refurbished walls.

 

The artwork, with statement-making gilded frames, pays homage to renowned sea captain and namesake Elihu Spicer and celebrates Mystic’s storied history as a seafaring community. Of the nearly 50 paintings sourced from leading galleries throughout the region, oil on canvas is the most prevalent medium, while several pastels on paper are on display in The Restaurant.

 

For the fine art collector, all of the paintings on display are available for purchase. Please enquire at Spicer Mansion’s reception desk for specific pricing information.

 

Galleries Represented:

The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT

Russ Kramer, Mystic, CT

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT

The Lily Pad Gallery, Watch Hill, RI

Select paintings on display from Mrs. Katharine Gates

HISTORY OF SPICER MANSION

Originally built in 1853, Spicer Mansion was purchased by its namesake, renowned sea captain and benefactor Elihu Spicer as his family’s summer home to escape the stifling summer months in Brooklyn.

Captain Spicer, born in Noank, Connecticut in 1825, displayed a fondness for nautical life at an early age, going to sea when he was only nine years old. By the age of fourteen, he had become a cabin boy on a sailing ship that docked in many ports along the East Coast. Spicer rapidly rose to a Captain’s command, taking charge of the clipper ship FANNY by the age of twenty-two. The discovery of gold in California and the opening of Japan to the West afforded the opportunity for profit and world-wide travel to far-flung places like San Francisco, India and Hong Kong. But when the Civil War plunged the country into crisis, coastal trade was halted. With normal business on hold, Spicer entered government service and commanded a steamship transporting Union troops.

After the war ended, Captain Spicer entered into a partnership with a life-long Mystic friend, Charles H. Mallory, to form the C.H. Mallory & Co. The venture proved extremely successful in the trade business between New York, Florida and Galveston, Texas. The success allowed Captain Spicer to engage in the philanthropic activities for which he was extremely passionate, including building the Mystic & Noank Library across the street from Spicer Mansion.

The Mansion remained in the Spicer family for over 70 years before being sold and resold over the next five decades. Through the Great Depression and World War II, plagued by changes in fortune and finance, the grand house dimmed. The building was divided into eight rental apartments before ultimately falling into disrepair by the 1970s, facing being formally condemned. Owners came and went, some working to restore the property to its former glory, but it was not until the Gates family of Stonington purchased the property in 2013 that this historic gem has been allowed to shine once again.