Photo Courtesy of The French Manor Inn & Spa
As you approach this historic property in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, a panoramic landscape unfolds to an enchanted chateau, and you sense that you have entered a special place.
Rich in History
The French Manor Inn is a renowned family-owned property that sits atop Huckleberry Mountain in South Sterling, Pennsylvania. The Manor was originally constructed in 1932 as a private retreat for Joseph Hirshhorn and family, until Samuel Kress (of department store fame) took over the estate. Kress eventually willed the property to Bucknell University, who used the estate minimally for 16 years. In the mid-1980s it was opened as a bed and breakfast. In 1992, Ron and Mary Kay Logan, former proprietors of The Sterling Inn, transformed it into a full-scale country inn and restaurant. Today the inn is managed and operated by Ron and Mary Kay’s daughters Genevieve Reese and Bridget Weber. For a more detailed history of the French Manor, please visit our history page on our website at thefrenchmanor.com/history.
The Manor has been a AAA Four Diamond recipient for both its accommodations and its restaurant since 2003. Awash in sophisticated country charm, the inn's stone chateau design, with its Romanesque archway, imported Spanish tile roof and grand fireplaces inspires a romantic, intimate feeling. Amid uncompromising accommodations with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and private balcony views, guests will feel relaxed and pampered while enjoying the on-site amenities and nearby Pocono attractions. For a complete list of getaway packages, visit thefrenchmanor.com/specials-packages.
Photos Courtesy of The French Manor Inn & Spa
The Finer Things
Find bliss in the onsite green spa that is dedicated to wellness and relaxation, offering personalized spa treatments, a steam sauna, a saltwater pool and a hot tub. For our complete list of spa treatments visit thefrenchmanor.com/spa-treatments.
The elegant dining room at The French Manor features a 40-foot vaulted ceiling and two massive fireplaces. Gourmet dining features both Classical and Nouvelle French cuisine. Candlelight dining, culinary expertise and pampering staff make each meal a memorable experience. Casual terrace and cafe dining are also available. The French Manor also accommodates exclusive weddings, rehearsal dinners, private luncheons, shower parties and girlfriend getaways.
For those fond of the outdoors, there are several state parks, waterfalls, lakes and rivers only minutes away. Outlet shopping, theaters, national historic sites, festivals and fairs are more of the opportunities available in the surrounding Pocono Mountains area.
The French Manor Inn and Spa, 50 Huntingdon Drive, South Sterling, PA 18445, 570-676-3244, www.thefrenchmanor.com
About AAA Diamond Properties
AAA Four and Five Diamond properties represent the best of the best. Of the nearly 28,000 hotels that AAA reviews each year, just 5.9 percent are rated as Four Diamond properties. Five Diamonds are awarded to even fewer properties—just 0.4 percent.
What distinguishes these elite few? AAA members can rest assured that any AAA Approved hotel will be satisfactory, but a AAA Four or Five Diamond property will be extra special, with inviting public spaces, superior guest rooms, upscale décor and linens, and extensive amenities. Onsite restaurants will offer high quality food in appealing surroundings, and service will be exceptional, from the front desk to the bellhop to the concierge.
Choosing a AAA Four or Five Diamond lodging guarantees AAA members that their hotel will be much more than a place to sleep at night. It will be a cherished part of their vacation memories.
This hotel was originally featured in the 4 and 5 Diamond Section in the November/December 2017 digital version of AAA World.