If you asked Bill Kinane 15 years ago where he’d be today, he’d say semi-retired and on a golf course.
Kinane, who owns the Manor House Banquet & Conference Center in Mason with wife Kathy, now finds himself on a golf course, but far from living a life of leisure.
The Kinanes, who opened the Southern plantation-style facility in 1997, are celebrating the business’s 15th year anniversary with an expansion onto 10 acres of the adjoining old Western Row Golf Course.
The couple has spent $4 million purchasing the property and renovating the existing clubhouse into a lodge-style carriage house with two indoor and two outdoor wedding ceremony sites.
“We’re trying to take the whole wedding and wedding receptions events to a new elevation,” said Bill Kinane. “Everybody has gazebos and courtyards and outdoor ceremony sites. Very few people have what they say is a real indoor chapel-like ceremony room.”
The Kinanes purchased the property five years ago, but say they’ve been waiting for the right time to expand.
“We’ve seen the good and the bad and we’re thinking that the recession is behind us and that we need to move forward now,” said Bill Kinane. “We also feel there is a huge need for ceremony sites. There are more brides than there are wedding ceremony venues.”
The business hosts 120 wedding ceremonies each year at its existing atrium and outdoor gazebo site, and 200 wedding receptions and 350 corporate events at its banquet center.
The Kinanes hope the expansion will allow them to increase the number of hosted wedding ceremonies by 30 percent. The facility will be open daily for corporate events.
The new 3,100-square-foot carriage room accommodates 400 guests and the 2,600-square-foot coach room can seat 225 guests. The property’s manicured grounds and gardens allow for two outdoor venues.
The Kinanes hired the Robert Lucke Group to renovate and expand the existing facility, which included adding 2,000-square-feet, bumping out the front facade and incorporating high-end finishes throughout.
“We’re proud that we didn’t knock the building down,” said Kathy Kinane. “Rather than known down and start new, we wanted to keep the history here. A lot of it is new but we wanted to preserve the building.”
“It kind of felt like we hit the nail on the head with this building. It’s perfect,” added Bill Kinane.
Ceremonies at the new facility are $1,500, with wedding reception packages beginning at $5,000. Events are already booking fast, say the Kinanes.
“There really isn’t anybody who has anything like this,” said Bill Kinane. “We kind of have the lock on the market right now in being heads above the competition.”
Information: 513-459-0177; www.manorhouseohio.com
The Manor House’s new chapel facility is one of 17 stops on the 18th annual Tour of Remodeled Homes, which features some of the area’s most dramatic transformations in remodeling. The event, sponsored by The Home Builders Associations of Northern Kentucky and Ohio, takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are $5 each and available at the properties or theHome Builders Associations of Northern Kentucky and Ohio. Visit www.homebuildersnky.com for more information.