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Their attention to detail is evident in their bespoke collection of handmade textiles featured throughout Ashley Manor. “They are all one-of-a-kind, hand knit/sewn pillows with fabrics that have been sourced from around the world. Our curated collection has grown to 60 pieces and includes French linens, Japanese silks, Hungarian hemps, and hand spun vintage natural fibers,” Keith describes. Allison also loves incorporating fresh greenery and plants, an additional touch their guests appreciate.
While renovating, the pair planned out how to maximize privacy and safety for reopening. One key decision was to create individual dining rooms with two separate seating times. In the warmer months, the French-inspired large patio offers an outdoor dining space overlooking the gazebo and gardens. The guests responded well to their own table and personal serving by Keith and Allison, who take sanitation guidelines very seriously. Aside from giving space, the separate seating times allow the food to be prepared “à la minute”, or to the minute. “Everything is fresh, warm, plated and served. We take a lot of pride in our food, which I think sets us apart. We think about what guests prefer and work hard on that,” Keith says.
The kitchen’s creations are a team effort and something that Ashley Manor takes pride in as a distinguishing service. Everything is truly made from scratch, from the bread, to the pancake mix and waffle batter. Ingredients are primarily local and organic, and the McDonalds serve vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and dairy free options to guests with diet restrictions. “Right after meal service, we sit down and talk about the next day’s menu and what we need,” Keith says.
The couple is hoping to host more micro weddings on the property after successful events this past year. Currently, Ashley Manor is offering one-night stays to accommodate last minute travelers or locals who need to get out of the house, understanding the stresses of this year and their opportunity to provide a place of relaxation. “Our luxury at Ashley Manor lies within the experience. We have luxurious towels, bedding, and furniture, but I think the true luxury lies within the quality of the guest experience,” Keith describes.
“It’s an amazing year, too, because people are so grateful to get out of the house. To be pleasantly surprised by Ashley Manor, our service, and the experience we’re providing is touching,” Allison says. “We get to take care of a home that’s over 300 years old. It’s pretty amazing. We’re very lucky,” she adds. Down to the slightest details, the McDonalds are tending to Ashley Manor and their guests to create a sense of home and repose. After one stay, you will absolutely be yearning to return.
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