Four historic buildings, each of a different era, comprise this unique Orlando bed-and-breakfast getaway. Fall asleep by the fire in the parlor of the Norment Parry Inn, and you might awaken to imagine yourself transported to Victorian England as you gaze upon the Dickens collection in the entrance hall cupboard. Or curl up on a tuxedo chair with a Raymond Chandler novel in your apartment at the The Wellborn Suites. Savor a cup of coffee in the living room as the morning sun filters through a cobalt blue glass window. Sip wine on the veranda of the I. W. Phillips House.
Close your eyes and you can almost hear the sweep of gowns and the clatter of horse hooves on brick. From the abundant front porch of the Dr. Phillips House, refresh yourself with fresh Florida air after a leisurely stroll around the lake, appreciating the native Florida ambiance and the gardens around the property.
More than a place, The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne is another place in time.
The Dr. Phillips House, just to the east of the Wellborn, offers grand Victorian rooms and elegant period furnishings. Choose from queen or king four-poster beds and sleigh beds. Blending charming luxuries with modern amenities, other features include fireplaces, double whirlpool tubs, marble showers, hardwood floors, in-room refrigerators, and pieces from the Chalet Glass art collection.
The house is named for Dr. Philip Phillips, the central Florida legend who was a major force in the development of the citrus industry in the late 19th century. Dr. Phillips and his wife, Della, were prominent supporters of the arts, hosting many cultural events and Sunday afternoon musicales at the house. Their support of the arts continues to this day as profits realized by Dr. Phillips, Inc. are returned to the community in the form of gifts and grants to educational, cultural, and charity organizations.
Dr. Phillips purchased what was then the Peckham House, which was built in 1893 by Col. Peckham as a wedding present for his daughter. Months of remodeling included removal of the facade's two-story porch and replacing it with a massive portico supported by four towering columns, and replacement of the outdated gas lighting with electricity. Extra bedrooms and a cellar were added to the interior, and by 1912 Dr. Phillips and family made the house home. A carriage house with an upper floor was added north of the house, near present-day Anderson Street, but was later destroyed.
As late as 1986, the Dr. Phillips house was the primary attraction of the Designers' Show House by the Orlando Opera Guild, but in the years that followed, the house fell into disrepair until acquired and renovated by the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne.
Renovations began by adding a two-story porch topped by a surprising spiral staircase leading to the third floor, and for the first time in the house's century-plus history, air conditioning was installed to cool the interior. Throughout the house, architectural details were rediscovered as refurbishment progressed. Layers and layers of paint were painstakingly removed from the central staircase to expose the original magnificent woodwork of the rails, spindles, and newel post. Pocket doors found buried within some of the first floor walls behind shoddy millwork were returned to a condition Dr. Phillips himself would appreciate.
The once dreary, unfinished attic has been turned into a pair of unique third-floor suites both including king beds, whirlpool tubs and separate marble showers. The second-floor guestrooms have been redesigned to include private bathrooms, some with marble showers and all with whirlpool tubs. A few of the rooms still have the original hardwood floors and fireplaces, and all are decorated with comfortable furniture, significant artwork, and fine antiques discovered throughout the world. Months of toil restoring the house were recognized by the City of Orlando when presenting The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne with its George L. Stuart Jr. award for historic preservation.
The I.W. Phillips House offers the grace of a Southern-style house. Under the cooling breeze of ceiling fans, guests may enjoy a generous, leisurely continental breakfast on our veranda overlooking the courtyard. The first-floor reception room boasts an 18th-century Flemish oil painting, rich oriental rugs, and a dramatic Tiffany window.
Three luxurious upstairs suites, furnished with authentic antiques, open out through French doors to verandas with 1920s wicker chairs overlooking the brick courtyard garden. Double tubs in two suites and a whirlpool in the honeymoon suite provide luxurious relaxation. All rooms feature elegant Edwardian furnishings and charming décor.
Start the day with our complimentary continental breakfast buffet, and end it with a complimentary cocktail or carafe of wine at the hotel. If you’re traveling on business, our high-speed WiFi Internet access lets you stay productive, and free parking offers added convenience.
Built in 1883, Orlando’s oldest house is now restored as a charming Victorian inn and lavishly furnished with authentic American and English antiques. Each of the Norment Parry Inn ’s six guestrooms has been decorated by a different architect, artist or designer who had carte blanche to select colors, fabrics, antiques, and embellishments. The result: beautifully differing accommodations that range from fanciful to romantic and elegant.
All guestrooms have private baths with clawfoot tubs, and four include sitting areas that are perfect for a cozy evening with a carafe of wine, compliments of the inn.
We also consider the needs of modern travelers, with amenities such as high-speed WiFi Internet access and free parking. Wake up with our complimentary continental breakfast and you’re sure to have a wonderful day at Norment Parry Inn in Orlando.
The Wellborn is one of Orlando’s finest surviving examples of Art Deco architecture. “The” place to live a generation ago now provides travelers a choice of 15 one-bedroom suites. Each are marvelously unique and decorated with the colors, furnishings and details of the glamorous Deco era.
All of our one-bedroom suites have a living room, bedroom with queen or king bed, and a private bath. Most also feature a kitchenette equipped with a coffeemaker, refrigerator, microwave, and sink. The honeymoon suite also has a double whirlpool bath. And of course, a hairdryer and iron/ironing board are standard in all rooms.
Wake up to our delicious expanded continental breakfast buffet, complimentary for all guests. And then return in the evening for our complimentary cocktail hour or a carafe of wine enjoyed in the privacy of your room. We also offer the convenience of high-speed WiFi Internet access and free parking.
The Wellborn provides a welcome change of pace for corporate travelers, and a comfortable option for long- or short-term stays.