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Stetson Mansion

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Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
Phone Number: +1 386-873-0167
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Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hat...

Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hat maker and philanthropist John B Stetson in 1886. Situated right between Orlando and Daytona in DeLand makes it convenient for all visiting the central Florida area. This is Florida's first luxury estate and houses some of the most beautiful and intricate parquet floors in the world. The mansion has hosted such noted guests as President Cleveland, King Edward VII, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, Louis C Tiffany and Thomas Edison. In fact this is one of the first homes in the world to be designed and built with Edison electricity and Mr Edison oversaw the install himself. This is not your typical Victorian mansion though. The owners have painstakingly renovated every square inch of the 10,000 sq foot masterpiece while incorporating today's modern conveniences. All this was done without compromising the architectural or historical integrity. Every room on every one of the three floors is magnificently decorated and every room features a different style floor and window design. There is not one room that is off limits for visitors to see on their guided tour, you get to see it all including the owner's suite and the original 1886 schoolhouse which has been lovingly restored and converted to a "Zen"like cottage. There is also a beautiful meditation garden, gazebo and pool area for visitors to enjoy. Reservations are required $20-$30 per person $10 for children. Payment is cash or check at the door and we do charge applicable sales tax.

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Awesome home

Robin was a great tour guide. The Christmas decorations were unbelievable!!! Beautiful home and welcoming owner, JT. 😊

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Ocala, Florida
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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Robin was a great tour guide. The Christmas decorations were unbelievable!!! Beautiful home and welcoming owner, JT. 😊

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The ladies of our Womens Club from Jacksonville, FL visited on November 30, 2016. We were welcomed on the front porch by our lovely tour guide, Robin. She was friendly and informative. The mansion was beautifully decorated in every room with a theme of its own. One of the owners, J.T., is the designer and decorator responsible for these creative... More 

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Inverness, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Did the mansion Christmas tour yesterday, followed by the Stetson College Christmas concert. Both were first class and a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. Our tour guide, Sue, was informative and congenial, and we had a surprise visit during the tour from one of the mansion owners, J.T., who designs and executes the decorations each year. Every room... More 

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South Daytona, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

When I walked into Stetson Mansion my first felling was this isn't just a restored house decorated for Christmas, this is a home filled with love and energy. Each room we had the privilege to view was meticulously decorated with a passion beyond expectation. For me, entering the next room was like Where's Waldo?, I was seeking that subtle special... More 

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited whilst on holiday in Florida as seen on TA with all the rave reviews. We had a splendid tour; our guide was friendly, informative , enthusiastic and obviously enjoyed her job; it was a unique experience The work, care and love that had been put into into making this beautifully restored home into a Christmas spectacular was magical,... More 

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Eustis, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The mansion is wonderful to visit at any time of the year. However, it is really wonderful at Christmas time. The love, work and creativity JT exhibits really comes alive. Special kudos to the use of "Matthews" contributions. Well done.

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Thank peacefulwolf70
JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you very much! This Christmas did present a challenge or two thanks to hurricane Mathew but he did force me to be very creative and guests seem to love the results. I want to thank you for sharing your Christmas Spectacular experience and hope that you will return for the historic tour next year. Merry Christmas to you and... More 

Lympstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were lucky enough to visit while the mansion was decorated for Christmas (amazing) but it would be just as interesting at any time of the year. Coming from England were you aren't often allowed to touch or sit when touring historic houses, it was a joy to be invited to do so here. The icing on the cake was... More 

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting the Stetson Mansion. You toured at my favorite time of year but you are so right, any time of the year a visit to the mansion is interesting and enjoyable. We work really hard to make sure guests are comfortable and feel welcome which means you can actually sit down along the tour and actually... More 

Satellite Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is my second visit to the Stetson Mansion, but my first Christmas tour. Simply amazing, each room is decorated with a theme in mind. Wait until you see the dining room. One of the owners, JT, did an awesome job and it was a pleasant surprise to meet him. I hope my next visit I can meet Michael. Our... More 

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you Carole for including a tour of the Stetson Mansion as part of your Christmas season. You may have guessed that I love Christmas and that joy is magnified thousands of times over because I get to share the magic of Christmas at the mansion with guests from around the world. So glad I got the chance to say... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went on a group tour at Christmas. The Christmas decorations are gorgeous and hanged every year . The home is a lovely old home that the Stetson family (yes the hat people) used during the winter. It wA built I the late 1800s. It is abeautiful home and has been restored to its original splendor.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us on a Christmas tour Jean, it sounds like you enjoyed your time at the mansion. Christmastime is magical at the mansion and I am so honored to have the opportunity to share it with the world year after year. Merry Christmas Jean! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Treat yourself to one of the most dazzling, spirit-lifting Christmas house tours ever created! The owners of the Stetson Mansion have personally decorated each room of this stunning architectural gem with unprecedented care and inspiration. Their hand-picked guides lovingly describe each room and its special details with a mix of humor and admiration. The musical and visual delights will transport... More 

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Kathy as I read your review aloud to all at the Stetson Mansion we all cheered! Thank you so very much for your excitement, your 5 STAR review and most importantly your visit to the mansion. Your review highlighted all that the Stetson Mansion has to offer throughout the year but especially during my favorite time of the year...Christmas. Our... More 

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