Limestone Mansion History

Nestled in the heart of Cherry Valley, New York, the Limestone Mansion stands as a timeless testament to the town's rich history and architectural legacy. Constructed in 1869, this majestic mansion has witnessed the passage of time and remains a cherished landmark in the community.

Originally built as a residence for a prominent local figure, the mansion's grandeur reflects the prosperity and elegance of a bygone era. Its striking limestone exterior, intricate detailing, and period-specific design elements transport guests to a time when craftsmanship and opulence were paramount.

In the late 1990s, Wolfgang and Loretta Welter took on the mantle of Innkeepers and Owners, breathing new life into the Limestone Mansion. For decades, they lovingly preserved its historic charm and welcomed guests with warmth and hospitality. In 2023, the Welters retired, passing the baton to the new owners, Jim and Suzie Donaldson.

As you step through the doors of the Limestone Mansion, you embark on a journey through history, where each room and corridor whispers tales of the past. The meticulous preservation of original features, coupled with thoughtful enhancements, ensures that guests experience the best of both worlds—a glimpse into the past with the convenience of contemporary amenities.

We invite you to immerse yourself in the enchanting narrative of the Limestone Mansion during your stay. Explore the intricate architecture, relish the period details, and appreciate the unique character that defines this cherished piece of Cherry Valley's heritage.

Welcome to the Limestone Mansion, where the echoes of history resonate in every corner, and the spirit of the past meets the comfort of the present under the care of the new stewards, Jim and Suzie Donaldson. Strategically positioned in close proximity to Cooperstown's major tourist attractions, the mansion in Cherry Valley offers a distinctive advantage. Here, guests can enjoy the convenience of easy access to the vibrant attractions of Cooperstown while savoring a peaceful retreat away from the bustling crowds. Embrace the tranquility of Cherry Valley, where you can unwind and rejuvenate in a serene setting, making your stay a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle typically found in the heart of Cooperstown. Choose the charm of Cherry Valley for a tranquil experience, where proximity to attractions meets the blissful serenity of a more secluded retreat.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are credit cards accepted?
    • ​​​​Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Diners Club.
  2. At what time can guests check-in?
    • ​​Check-in is available anytime after 3:00 pm.
  3. At what time is check-out?
    • Check-out time is by 11:00 am.
  4. Is breakfast provided as part of the stay?
    • Yes, breakfast is included.
  5. Is it possible to invite a non-staying guest to breakfast?
    • Yes, you may arrange for an additional guest at breakfast for a fee. Please provide 24-hour notice.
  6. What is your payment policy? 
    • A 50% deposit is required upon booking.  The balance is due in full at check-in.  
  7. What is the cancellation policy?
    • Cancellation of 14 days or greater receive a full refund of any monies paid.  
    • Cancellations of less than 14 days will forfeit the 50% deposit that was paid.
    • Please read the Limestone Mansion Policies section for additional cancellation information for third party reservations, group reservations, etc. 
  8. Are there elevators?
    • Please note that our historic building, dating back to the 1800s, does not have an elevator. Access to the second and third-floor rooms is provided by a charming staircase, adding to the authentic charm of your stay. If you need assistance with your luggage, we are happy to help.
  9. How far is the Limestone Mansion from the Village of Cooperstown?
    • It is a little over 14 miles which is about a 20 minute drive from the Limestone Mansion to the village of Cooperstown, NY.  

Limestone Mansion Policies


Check in time begins at 3:00pm. 
If you arrive before 3:00pm and your room is not ready, you are welcome to leave your car in our parking lot or on the street while you explore Cherry Valley. 

Please call or text 607-286-3933 if you expect to be later than 7:00pm. If leaving a message or texting, please leave your full name and dates of your reservation. 

Check out time is 11am.

June through October and holiday weekends, a two-night minimum stay is required when a reservation includes a Saturday night. 

At the Limestone Mansion, we strive to create an atmosphere of elegance and tranquility, complemented by our exquisite antique furnishings and delicate breakables. To ensure the comfort and safety of all our guests, we have established the following policy regarding children:

Age Suitability:
•    While our setting is best suited for children over 12 years of age, we welcome families with children of all ages.

Accompanied Stay:
•    Children must stay in the same room as an adult over the age of 25. This requirement is in place to guarantee a responsible and attentive presence, maintaining the integrity of our decor and ensuring the well-being of both children and our valued guests. We will have to charge you for any damage during your stay. 

By adhering to this policy, we aim to create an enjoyable experience for all guests, balancing the welcoming nature of our inn with the preservation of our unique and carefully curated ambiance. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in fostering a harmonious environment at the Limestone Mansion.

Our rooms are priced for 2 or 4 people depending on bedding. There are additional guest charges per guest/per night for guests over the base guest allotment. Some rooms cannot accommodate more than 2 people, and none of our rooms can accommodate more than 4 people per fire code restrictions.

Unfortunately, pets are not permitted at Limestone Mansion. For your convenience, we can provide recommendations for local pet boarding services. Thank you for your understanding.

The Limestone Mansion is a smoke-free hotel. A $250 cleaning fee will be charged for any evidence of smoking within the buildings. Smoking is also prohibited on the back patio and front porch. If you are a heavy smoker, you should consider other accommodations. 

All room keys & key chains must be returned to either a staff member or the key drop box upon departure. Failure to return them will result in an additional $75 lock replacement charge.

At the Limestone Mansion, we are committed to providing a serene and peaceful environment for all our guests. To ensure a restful experience, we have Quiet Hours indoors from 10pm – 8am daily. We request that you keep noise levels to a minimum during the designated quiet hours. Guests who do not respect the quiet hours policy or disrupt the experience for other guests, may be asked to leave without a refund.

To secure the dates of your reservation, 50% of the total is due at the time of booking.  The remaining balance will be charged at check-in.  

Rates are subject to state sales tax plus local lodging tax and are subject to change without notice.  

As a boutique 10-room inn nestled in charming Cherry Valley, New York, the Limestone Mansion values each guest's experience and endeavors to provide an intimate and personalized stay. Given our limited room inventory, we request adherence to the following cancellation policies:

• Full refund of monies paid

• Forfeit of the 50% deposit that was paid.

• Wedding or whole house reservations are subject to a 60-day or more notice of cancellation in order to avoid losing deposit money paid.

• Reservations made through third-party websites are bound by the cancellation policies agreed to during the booking on their respective platforms.
• Any cancellations for third-party bookings must be processed through the third-party website.

• No shows will be charged in full. Guests who terminate their reserved stay early, will not be refunded for the unused days.

• If your reservation is part of a wedding block or another group block subject to a contract, the terms outlined in the contract supersede the general cancellation policy. Refer to the contract or contact your group host for specific details.

At the Limestone Mansion, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our cancellation policy, which enables us to provide an exceptional and personalized experience for all our guests.