Situated just blocks away from Fredericksburg, Texas’ historic downtown Main Street, the Menagerie is a 11-key boutique hotel made up of an original landmark mansion, carriage house, a converted barn, and three cottage-style bungalows.
Constructed in the early 1900s as the residence of Fredericksburg’s inaugural mayor, the Queen Anne-style mansion was thoughtfully restored by owners Nicole and Ramzi Al-Rashid. The couple enlisted interior designer Sarah Stacey and landscape design studio Twistleaf to preserve the property’s original spirit.
The 9,500-square-foot Menagerie emerges as a diverse collection of suites and bungalows, instilled with whimsy and wonder. For the interiors, Stacey orchestrated a design that harmonizes the property’s rich history with opulent, untamed accents. Each space is a testament to the grandeur of the past.
“We took inspiration from the existing historical structures and the architecture of each unit, knowing that we need to work around many of the elements that already existed from a preservation point of view,” Stacey says. “From a practicality point of view, we knew we needed to focus on updating each unit’s offerings, so that they appealed to the modern traveler and could stand alone as individual units.”
The interiors boast vibrant, bold colors infused with both theatrical and modern elements. Antique furniture, eccentric wallpaper, and vintage decor grace every room, creating an immersive experience that invites guests to bask in the charm of a bygone era.
“Each unit’s design was chosen to excite travelers, acting as an escapism, all while paying homage to the property’s historic past,” adds Stacey. “We used a wide range of colors and patterns for an eclectic style, heavily mixing in vintage pieces that give the space a warmth, like one’s personal home.”