The impressive 11.000 square foot "chateauesque" dwelling was informally known in Durham as the Stagg house , named after it's original owner, James Edward Stagg (1860-1915), and is one of few remaining architectural testaments to those early days of the twentieth century when fortunes were made from tobacco. In the early 60's the large home had been converted into six apartments, and as each of the three ground floor apartments emptied the owners started to restore it. The Brames' (owners) tried to restore it as close to it's original glory as possible and they decided to keep the name Stagg bestowed on his home (Greystone, after the Vance county granite company that he operated.) It took 4 years to build (1906-1910.)
The Brames' worked with antique dealers to find fixtures and furniture to fit the period when the house was built. For example, a Baccarat chandelier in the dining room came from France and dates back 250 years. Two matching chandeliers, one in the music room and another in the morning room, came from a 1910 penthouse in New York. Also, magnificent oriental rugs add a classic touch to Greystone's hardwood floors. Some treasures still existed at Greystone like the tapestry found in a box in the attic, it is now displayed in the living room. The attic also revealed a dining room table, to which additional leaves were added so that it now seats twenty.
Greystone Manor is now a bed and breakfast, not to mention a beautiful and quite substantial place, with grand rooms and a gorgeous hardwood porch.
In addition, it is less than 2 miles from the Duke Gardens. BONUS!