New own­ers wel­come their guests at Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville

Record Observer - - Community - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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.

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