A Venue for All

Manor House has room for any type and size of occasion.

Mike Boyer

Whether it’s a large business trade show or an intimate family wedding, the Manor House in Mason has the space and the amenities required.

“We can host groups from 40 to 1,000 because we have so many options for large and small groups,” says Kathy Kinane, who owns the Manor House with her husband, Bill.

The Manor House, which marked its 20th anniversary last year, hosts around 650 events annually. Kinane says sales are pretty equally divided between business and social events.

The rooms in the banquet and conference center range from the original Manor House, with the Southern charm of its porticos, to the more rustic Carriage House and Coach Room with wood floors, beamed ceilings and stone-trim fireplaces at the rear of the 18-acre property off Mason-Montgomery Road. That much room includes parking for more than 500 cars.

One of the features separating the Manor House from its competitors is its access to the outdoors. All of the banquet rooms in Manor House 1 and 2, linked by a glass-roof atrium, open to the lush grounds.

From May through October the grounds, with a variety of annuals and perennials, seating areas, gazebos, ponds, fountains and a courtyard with a retractable awning, offer an assortment of unique settings.

Kinane says the Manor House grounds “are definitely a strong selling point for weddings. And they are popular with business meeting planners looking for a place where people can take a break and have a place to relax.”

The Kinanes have spent 40 years in the restaurant and banquet business. They started with the Fore & Aft floating restaurant on the Ohio River in Sayler Park in 1977. They added Mariner’s Landing Marina next door, then Mariner’s Inn banquet center and a second restaurant, the Cabana on the River, next to the Fore & Aft, before selling them all to develop a less stressful business.

“The restaurant was a tough business,” Kinane says. “But banquets, because they start and stop at a set time and serve the same menu, are more manageable.”

They looked for an underserved area for a banquet facility and settled on the up-and-coming Mason area in 1996. They’ve expanded several times since, most recently in 2012 with the addition of the Carriage House on eight acres previously part of the former Western Row golf course.

They now have six different ceremony sites—a mix of indoor and outdoor locations.

The Manor House also has its own executive chef and kitchen staff to handle food and drink preparation.

“About the only thing we don’t provide is wedding cakes and flowers,” Kinane says.

And after 20 years, the Kinanes aren’t done tweaking Manor House amenities. After a recent vacation trip to a resort that had a bocce ball court, she says, they’re considering adding bocce ball or sand volleyball to the facilities.

“We’re always trying to use our outside space better.”