The Southern Pines Town Council unanimously approved a request on Tuesday to amend the conditional use permit for Duncraig Manor.
Donald and Caroline Naysmith restored the 90-year old mansion located on a 4-acre tract on East Connecticut Avenue over a two-year period before opening it as a bed and breakfast inn last August.
As presented and approved by town leaders, the amended special home event venue permit will allow the couple to erect tents within walled courtyards on the front and rear of the main house; develop a sloped, 27-space gravel parking lot; and establish an emergency vehicle entrance on a newly discovered “old” driveway on the eastern side of the property.
“Our vision for this property from the onset has always been the highest and best use,” said Donald Naysmith. “My wife and I have a passion for and experience with restoring historic properties.”
The circa-1928 house had fallen into a period of neglect before it was purchased by the Naysmiths in 2017. They paid $860,000, per county tax records, and by their own estimates have poured another $1 million into the restoration.
Naysmith said as entrepreneurs, they understand the value of aesthetic appeal and that the tents would abide by all town ordinances.
“They will not be constructed out in the yard,” he said, noting the walled courtyards were immediately adjacent to the home itself.
Councilman Mitch Lancaster complimented the Naysmiths on the work they have done to the property.
“Duncraig Manor is beautiful and Connecticut Avenue has never looked better,” he said.
In other business on Tuesday, the Southern Pines Council:
*Approved a conditional use permit for a food truck campus at the corner of Morganton Road and Old U.S. 1. Local business owner Rachel Jurgins submitted conceptual plans for the 1.86 acre lot that include a small building with a bar, six food truck stations, and a park-like setting with picnic tables and open green space.
Andy Bleggi, Planning Board
Gary Carroll, Planning Board
Leslie Brian, Historic District Commission
Carolyn Burns, Historic District Commission
Angela Sanchez, Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee
Robert Thompson, Board of Adjustment