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Shining Brightly Again: Bethany’s Mansion at Noble Lane

Sunshine fills this cheery guest room at the Mansion.
Contributed photo by Jason Flakes


  • 14 guest rooms decorated with unpretentious elegance for maximum comfort.
  • Private bathrooms with soaking tubs or air-jetted tubs and refreshing rain showers.
  • Various lovely gathering spaces with fireplaces, including a wood-paneled dining room where overnight guests enjoy a hearty, locally sourced breakfast each morning.
  • YOU-topia, a seven-treatment room spa open to the public by appointment.
  • Leaves, a glassed-in tea room for lunch and high tea, open by reservation Thursday to Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Fitness center with an Olympic-sized, heated indoor pool.
  • Tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.
  • A formal English garden with a secret stone arbor.
  • On-site parking.
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces for private events hosting as many as 400 guests.

“I’m excited to do business in such a beautiful environment, but I’m just as ecstatic about making Northeast Pennsylvania my new home,” said Greenwood, who has turned a 5,000-square-foot carriage house on the property into a comfortable abode she shares with her family.

The Mansion at Noble Lane is described on the Akwaba website as being “perfect for spa vacations, couples rendezvous, girlfriend getaways, corporate and church retreats, and private celebrations, especially fantasy weddings for the indie bride.”

Room rates range from $150 to $255 and include a full hot breakfast.

For more information visit www.akwaaba.com, or call toll free at 866/466-3855.

The Mansion’s History
1908 – John Strongman , a senior executive with the F. W. Woolworth chain, built a modern two-story dwelling on his family property in Bethany to replace the aged house in which he had been born.

The early 1920s – The Strongman family purchased seven neighboring farms, and the collective became known as Bethany Homestead Farms. The 750-acre operation raised Leghorn chickens and registered Guernsey cows, and employed 30 people. The property also included a nine-hole golf course, playhouse, tennis court, indoor swimming pool, orchard and formal garden.

1923 – John Strongmans’ daughter, Hortense, and son-in-law Byron Miller became the property owners.

1929-30 – A 70-room, three-story grand mansion was constructed on the grounds.