Searching for oasis of calm and sophistication in a metropolitan setting? Look no further than Akwaaba Mansion, a 19th century villa in Brooklyn’s historic Stuyvesant Heights. Brimming with antiques and old world charm, husband and wife duo Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood opened the doors to Akwaaba Mansion in 1995, now one of four stunning properties in the Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns upscale lodging collection.
You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but, the elegant Brooklyn property was once a dilapidated residence often referred to as “the haunted house” by neighborhood kids. Previously owned by beer barons, Glenn and Monique restored the 1860 three-floor brownstone to it’s former glory, highlighting original details such as 14-foot ceilings, ornate fireplaces, intricate parquet wood floors and gaslight fixtures. The process of restoring the estate was documented by the popular HGTV series “Restore America.”
“Akwaaba” translates to “welcome” in Akan, the principal native language of southern Ghana. With over 200 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor (the mansion has a 9.5 out of 10 rating), Awkaaba Mansion clearly lives up to it’s name. Each of the four bedrooms comes with a private bath (three with Jacuzzi tubs), decorated in unique themes ranging from the African-accented Ashante suite to the romantic Jumping the Broom suite, named after a wedding ritual among American slaves.
Keeping with the theme of the property, a sumptuous Southern breakfast is served every morning, giving guests an opportunity to mingle and chat with each other as well as the owners. A mere 15 minutes away from Manhattan and boasting additional amenities such as in-room spa treatments, in-house mini library, TV/game room, sun room and a shaded courtyard, Akwaaba Mansion is the ultimate getaway in the heart of the city.
347 MacDonough St.
Brooklyn, NY 11233