New owners welcome their guests at Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville
STEVENSVILLE — Sunny and Jigna Patel are the new gracious hosts of the Kent Manor Inn. The inn was sold in 2016 and has undergone a few modifications to improve the comfort of guests and restore the original structure of the house. The new owners took possession of the estate on Jan. 31, 2017.
A short drive from Route 8 with easy access to the Bay Bridge Airport, once down the long drive to the property, visitors step into a secluded, tranquil setting. Kent Manor Inn is located at 500 Kent Manor Drive in Stevensville. A waterfront property located along Thompson Creek and Cox Creek with expansive views and historic coastal appeal, the inn is comprised of a three-story, 24-room resort lodging facility built in 1820. The entire property is zoned Countryside by Queen Anne’s County.
The Patels, who have been in the retail business in Anne Arundel County for years, saw the inn as an opportunity to be in the hospitality business and immediately fell in love with the property. “There is such a connection with the five elements here,” said Jigna Patel, pointing out the closeness to the water, earth, and centuries old trees that surround the house.
The Patels were enamored with the original structure, which she explained was built in 1820 and then added onto later in the late 1800s and again in the 1980s. Sunny Patel said one of the first upgrades they made to the inn was to install individual climate control heating and air units in each room of the three-stor y inn.
Some additional repairs were needed to the structure and en suite bathrooms have a more modern flair, but it was very important to keep with the original structure and detail of the historic property, said Jigna Patel. In the parlor, Patel pointed out the Italian marble fireplace, which she believes to be original to the house.
During the transition from the previous owner to the Patel’s the inn was not truly closed, as they both worked to honor existing reservations, however under the new owners the inn has been fully open since February 2017.
With 24 guest rooms, the inn is able to accommodate wedding parties, private retreats and individual guests. Each room is unique and gracefully decorated in the finest of period furnishings. Fireplaces, four-post beds and balconies grace many of the rooms, providing a timeless sense of romance, but with modern amenities such as Keurigs and wifi.
Once a staple of the Kent Manor Inn, the Patels are looking forward to the return of Sunday brunch which will commence on July 23 and is open to the public. Seatings begin at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m., said Patel. She encourages diners to make reservations two to three weeks in advance.
The Patels are pleased to have staff who are local to the Eastern Shore, in addition to offering meals and catering all prepared on site by their staff. The Patels wanted to strive to make their guests feel like family when they arrive, as well as giving them a place to recharge and relax.
A popular venue for weddings and other events, the inn’s waterfront location, charming ambiance, manicured gardens, water views and pastoral countryside have welcomed celebrations for nearly 200 years, the Patels said. There is one particular tree near the water’s edge that proves a popular spot for couples to be photographed, Jigna Patel said.
In addition to offering all inclusive wedding packages from 10 to 75 people in the
Historic Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville.
New owners of the Kent Manor Inn, Jigna and Sunny Patel.
A gazebo facing Thompson Creek is an ideal setting for an intimate wedding, private elopement, renewal of vows or commitment ceremony. In the background, guests sit and relax on the pier.