Recognized as a Florida treasure, the Lamb Manor estate once sat along the shores of the Manatee River on Florida’s west coast before being moved in 2006 to its new home in South Tampa Bay.
The restoration took seven years, $1.9 million and numerous buying trips around the country to collect the antique architectural elements that were used to return this 25-room manse to splendor.
Recognized as one of the most beautiful and architecturally significant homes in America, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, guests traverse an arched land bridge and travel a winding palm tree-laden drive with lagoons and a waterfall to enter the estate.
Originally built in 1910, the estate, combined with the guesthouse, totals 8,880 square feet with 7 bedrooms and 6 full and one half baths. Large enough for grand entertaining, but warm enough for a family retreat, the home is adorned with chestnut and oak paneling and intricate crown moldings.
An oak stairway leads to the third floor where the master suite, with a waterfront balcony and a romantic sitting room with a fireplace can be found. Two additional guest suites can be found on this floor, both with views.
The fourth story has beautiful views from the height of the tower. The birdcage elevator, which was a challenging find, takes you back to the lower levels of the home where a movie theater, oak-paneled office, an exercise room and a breakfast room and sunroom can be found.
Outdoors, the yard backs up to an aquatic sanctuary with twenty miles of protected waterfront and direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Outbuildings include a two-story guesthouse, a 5-bay storage building and a classic 4-car carriage house.