A richly decorated reception space opening to the parlor, library, office and hidden butlers door to the cross hall, it includes some of the most distinctive carved woodwork in the mansion. This is where in 1874, United States President Ulysses S. Grant and First Lady Julia Grant stood along side Mr. and Mrs. George S. Batcheller in a receiving line welcoming guests to a lavish reception hosted by the Batcheller's in honor of the President. Exotic mahogany and burl woods follow the grand staircase upward to the second and third floors, with doors that are 12 foot in height throughout the main floor.
An elegant setting with all original; hand carved marble fireplace, carved window valances, and 14 foot pier mirror flanked by both carved pocket doors and 12 foot French windows leading to the dining room and foyer make this a sophisticated room in which to sit under the chandelier and view the paintings and pastels reflective of masterworks from the turn of the century. A grand piano, sofa, side chairs, and French window pocket doors that lead to the Whitney Street porch and also the front balcony complete this exceptional room.
Rich maple and birds eye maple woodwork surround a stunning dining table set for ten with the Batcheller signature chargers, linen, crystal and china that dominates this stylish room decorated in greens, mauve and white. Four additional tables each set for two bring the capacity to eighteen allowing us, if necessary, to accommodate all of our breakfast guests at the same time.
An authentic victorian setting with Batcheller heirloom chairs and leather sofa make this a great place to hide away. Surrounded by european hand carved dark walnut woodwork, you may either nap over a book from our original carved glass-fronted bookcases in front of the fire or relax with new friends while enjoying homemade cookies. A plant filled semicircle of 12 foot windows filters in late afternoon light. Here our concierge desk provides you maps, computer, and other useful information to enhance your visit to the Queen of Spas. Ask about the stolen chandelier and its return to the house.
Different porches, different perspectives: the parlor porch receives bright morning sun and gives you the passing parade along residential Whitney Street; the library porch is sun shaded until the last glowing hours of dusk and even then is protected by awnings. The library porch with its rattan furniture, ceiling fan and flowering plants is evocative of a more relaxed and gracious era and yet the racing prints on both porches remind you of the excitement that is Saratoga.
A dramatic modern contrast to our Victorian mansion, the kitchen soars to almost 30 feet with 20 foot arched windows flooding the space with light. Here hang original oil copies of modern masters such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse and Miro. A great place to visit as Cook prepares your daily breakfast.