St. Martins Carriage is an exceptional guest experience: Italian bed linens; luxury European towels; 20’ high master bedroom ceilings with the exposed original chestnut beams; morning espresso; windows onto lawns and gardens. The serenity and civility are far removed from the hyper pace of everyday life. Yet this uncommon accommodation is a 10-minute stroll to shops, restaurants and galleries of Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill, voted by Forbes as among the top seven urban villages in America.
- Guests may use host's refrigerator for storing take-out food and beverages.
- Guest room includes private en suite bathroom with tub and shower. Next to bedroom is sitting room with wide screen TV, including Amazon Fire TV Stick.
- Private bocce court and patio next to garden available for guest use.
I love Europe, especially Italy where my family has numerous cousins in the central and northern parts. My late wife, Kathleen, and I were drawn to St. Martin Carriage because it had a decidedly European feeling, which inspired our choices of décor, fixtures and art. Visitors say it has a special serenity and beauty, and I think more people need to experience that in their lives. That’s one reason I started my Airbnb offering.
I graduated from Johns Hopkins University and went on to the Masters program at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. For many years, I had a career as creative director at various advertising agencies and still have freelance clients whose brand and marketing challenges keep my mind and imagination stimulated. Along the way, I have persisted with Italian lessons in the hope of one day reading Dante in the original language. And also, in the hope of gossiping and joking with my Italian cousins without needing the dictionary every three minutes.
I like to cook, dine out, garden and play bocce on the court next to my side yard flowerbeds. My interests include politics (which I won’t discuss if I think it will upset the serenity of my guests), history, art, movies, professional tennis (strictly as a spectator), and trying to understand why I keep losing my sunglasses. I am also into Pilates and weight training, which I hope will prolong my life so I can finally read Dante.
I started a rather quirky hobby about six years ago which, given my interests, makes a lot of sense. I buy vintage European holy cards and post cards from European dealers and then mount them on handmade decorative paper and frame them in a variety of period and modern frames that I collect. Guests are sometimes interested in seeing my framing room and I am happy to show them my collection of cards and frames.
I thoroughly enjoy the guests who are drawn to my home because I get so much pleasure out of their pleasure in being here. It’s a priority in my life to make sure they have that special experience of serenity and beauty.