The Lafayette Inn, a longtime fixture on Easton’s College Hill, was sold Tuesday.
Owners Laura and Paul Di Lieollo have owned the historic property for 16 years.
“When we got into it we thought it would be a 10 to 15 year commitment,” Laura Di Liello said. “We’ll take time to travel and spend time with family because we haven’t done much of that over the last 16 years.”
The 18-room bed and breakfast built in 1895 attracts families visiting Lafayette College. The Georgian mansion at 525 W. Monroe St. is a short walk to campus. But it also attracts business travelers, people returning to the area and families visiting the Crayola Experience, Di Liello said.
“It’s really a wide range of people,” Di Liello said. “We’ve had so many interesting guests.”
The inn was purchased by Steele Andrews, who has experience in the hotel business in New York.
Di Liello said Andrews plans to retain the seven part-time staffers.
“He has said he’s very much interested in keeping it going the way it is,” she said.
The inn was built as an investment property by Elizabeth Wagner Leary, according to a history compiled on the inn website. The Wagner family helped settle Easton in the mid-1700s.
George Elder, the superintendent of Ingersoll Rand Co., eventually bought the inn in 1917. After the Great Depression it was carved into apartments, then sold at a sheriffs sale. It changed hands several times until it became the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity house in 1958. By 1982 the fraternity disbanded, leaving the house vacant again. A group of locals rehabbed it, and it’s been a bed-and-breakfast since 1986.
The Di Liellos bought it in 2005. They came to Easton from Ohio, leaving their corporate jobs as engineers behind for something different.
They’re not sure what the next chapter holds. For now, they will retain ownership of the home adjacent to the inn.
“We want nothing more than the continued success of the inn and we know that Steele will be a good person to make that happen,” Di Liello said.
Northampton County property records say the inn was sold Tuesday, July 27, by Di Liello LLC to Landaff Enterprises LLC of Hillsdale, New York, for $1.95 million.
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