George Champlin Mason had family ties with the Perry family as Elizabeth Champlin Mason married Commodore Oliver Hazzard Perry. Caroline Perry Belmont, daughter of Commodore Matthew Perry, commissioned Mr. Mason to build By-the-Sea for the Belmont Estate. Caroline married August Belmont, a Rothschild bank agent and prior poor, Hessian Jew who came to America and used his Rothschild connections to build his fortune. Their son, Oliver commission Richard Morris Hunt to build the famous French Renaissance-gothic mansion Belcourt Castle replica of Louis the XIII hunting lodge in Versailles. The sixty room mansion soon became the quarters of his new wife, Alva Vanderbilt-Belmont, and is now owned by Harle Tinney, a dear acquaintance of the innkeepers, who has the mansion open for tours.
Slip into the past in our Perry Suite. Spanning the east wing of the mansion, this room is our largest and also offers a unique history in the house, as it was the original bathroom, master bedroom (for a time) for George Champlin Mason and the nursery of George Mason Junior. The Perry Suite has a duality. Its history suggests an area of the mansion with a lot of activity. If only the walls could talk. to think, every guest who entered the house would have used the facilities. The head of the house slept here with all his thoughts of writings, blueprints and construction projects. The wet nurse would have visited the nursery several times a day. The domestics would have passed through this room to access their private quarters from the kitchen.
However, now it is a quiet room. The romance penetrates every fiber and the silence will lull you to sleep. It gently faces the south east with soft dogwood trees and rough pine trees protecting its privacy. It would seem the morning light would be overpowering but the glistening sun beams are simply perfect.
Everything about the Perry Suite is stately Victorian but still there is something humble behind it. The Perry Suite is for those who want everything. Featuring a Queen, four poster canopy bed, gas fireplace, Private bath with Victorian clawfoot soaking tub with whirlpool jet spa for ultimate relaxation and 2 person custom glass & tile shower, A/C, alarm, clock, CD Player, Cable TV with DVD, Parquet floors with oriental rugs. Adjoining sitting room with a small refrigerator. Wonderfully appointed antiques in this large suite make this our most sought after room.