|Insider's Guide to Richmond 2010
2010 Insider's Guide to Richmond Virginia
Maury Place, opened by Jeff Wells and Mac Pence in 2008, is luxury living, if only for a day or two. Overlooking the Maury statue on Monument Avenue, the house, built in 1916, has two porches that dress up the sandy brick exterior. Once inside, it's clear that the owners have spared no expense, as the interior is over-the-top gorgeous, with high, ornately plastered ceilings, intricate woodwork, and lavishly appointed rooms. And then out back there's the 15-by-30-foot heated pool surrounded by plenty of comfortable seating.
The suites upstairs range from the fabulous to the divine, including two with private balconies. The Pathfinder Suite, the largest, takes up the front of the house and has a sumptuous king bed, luxe seating and a table area, an elegant and refined bathroom, and the pièce de résistance--access to the balcony overlooking Monument Avenue. Wave regally to the commoners below; they don't know you don't own the place. Three of the four suites have working fireplaces, and all have flatscreen HD TVs and complimentary wireless Internet access. In the bathrooms, you'll appreciate the heated tile floors, the plush robes, and the Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. In the morning, feel at home in the gorgeous dining room while you partake of the lavish gourmet breakfast prepared using local ingredients, including fresh herbs from Mac and Jeff's garden. You will be spoiled here, make no mistake about it, and home might not look so homey once you've stayed here.