House of the Year 2015 – Lamb Manor

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I was thrilled when Nancy and George Corbett owners of Lamb Manor let me know their home WON the Wall Street Journal HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2015!.

I fell in love with and did a post about Lamb Manor early last year when it was on the market for 3 million plus. In March 2014 Wall Street Journal featured Lamb Manor as House of the Day and it went on to win House of the Week. It never lost momentum. WSJ’s 52 homes had over 600,000 votes by their readers crowning Lamb Manor House of the Year 2015! Congratulations to Nancy and George Corbett!

The Corbett’s are elated they won and I could not be happier for them.

The house is a Queen Anne style mansion the Corbett’s bought for $1 saving it from being demolished back in 2006.

House of the Year 2015 - Lamb Manor in Florida bought for $1 and fully restored to her historic beauty inside and out. Take the home tour.Then they moved the home by floating it on a barge from Palmetto to a beautiful private retreat island lot on Little Manatee River in Ruskin Florida. 

George and Nancy Corbett Floating Mansion (2)Here she is in 2006 before being restored floating across the Tampa Bay making headlines with the local Florida Fox News station. The cost to ferry was around $250,000.

The House of the Year 2015 Lamb Manor

This is a beautiful restoration story and I think part of the reason the house won the hearts of readers to be House of the Year 2015.  Some 2.4 million dollars were spent to fully restore the home including the interior filled with 1900s antiques.

They added on to the home that originally had 4 bedrooms and 3-1/3 baths. You can get the best look at all the restoration work The Corbett’s did by viewing the Before and After video below. This House of the Year 2015 is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered one of the most beautiful and architecturally significant homes in America.

Lamb Manor is a 1910 Queen Anne home saved from demolition and now fully restored.

WSJ House of the Year 2015 Lamb Manor Some highlights about Lamb Manor:

Lamb Manor property in Florida has a private beach, lagoon, Manor house and guest house Private beach on the 5.2 acre lot.

Lamb Manor in Florida has a peaceful lagoon, private beach, Manor Home and guest houseIn addition to the home they made this dreamy 5 foot deep lagoon that has a waterfall and palm trees.


  • The home and its 60 foot tower were built in 1910.
  • Including an adorable two-story guest house, it now has 8880 square feet.
  • 7 bedrooms.
  • 6.5 baths.
  • 5 kitchens.
  • 5 fireplaces.
  • 4 story birdcage type elevator.
  • Movie Theater.
  • Game Room.
  • Exercise Room.
  • 3rd floor Master Suite has a fireplace and waterfront balcony.
  • Guest suite with fireplace and waterfront balcony.
  • 4 car Carriage House.
  • 5 bay storage building.
  • Boat yacht.

WSJ Houe of the Year 2015 - Lamb Manor 4th Floor entertainment roomThe 4th floor tower is for fun with a monkey and jungle theme.

Circa 1910 Lamb Manor is fully restored and House of the Year 2015. Take a before and after tour

Lamb Manor saved from demolition - before restoration photoEnjoy the restoration before and after tour. This is before she had a grand staircase and upper balconies.

The Corbett’s who made their living restoring homes also have a large Christian retreat in North Carolina called Canaan Land. Their Lamb Manor retreat hosts five or six people at a time. The Florida estate has now sold for $1.15 million, less than the original asking price. Happily, a family that also runs a Christian retreat and wants to host missionaries and ministers in the Florida area bought the home with the Corbett’s blessings. That’s a match made in heaven.

Take more tours of the home on Lamb Manor a Florida Luxury Estate

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  1. Wow stunning love this style of home. Had i hit the power ball definitely a home worth looking into thanks for the look see.

  2. The porch is so charming, I know. I like the color they painted the home and the lagoon reminds me of Gilligan’s Island. Wonder what this year’s House of the Year will be?

  3. Wow! That porch is seriously to die for. Queen Ann has always been my favorite Victorian style but this house takes it to a whole new level. I definitely would have voted it the house of the year to.

  4. Hey Dana, I am crazy in love with this house. It may be because I love the porch, house style, and lagoon so much and it may be that I never forgot seeing the photo of the floating house.

  5. I can’t believe this incredible home was moved on a barge! I love it, especially the views and that gorgeous wrap-around porch. Sometimes, I look at our photos and I’m transformed to another world — that’s the idea, right? In my next lifetime, I’ll have this home. haha. xo

  6. Hi Jenny – the new owners use the home as a retret for missionaries, etc. I want to stay in the little guest house and sit by the lagoon.

  7. Oh my, it’s dreamy. Do they allow overnight visitors. I love it. It’s especially amazing that it was restored.

  8. This is exactly the type of house I would buy. It’s stunning! I adore the location they choose for it too. What a dream and what an amazing story of how it was moved. What a great gem and find Sue! I’m floored…no pun intended lol

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