Former Palmetto treasure, Lamb Manor, for sale for $5 million

mjohnson@bradenton.comFebruary 27, 2014 

RUSKIN -- Palmetto's most famous former architectural treasure is for sale again, eight years after a wealthy couple floated it from the shores of the Manatee River to a new home up north.

On Tuesday, George and Nancy Corbett listed Lamb Manor for sale on the flat-fee brokerage website, Prestigious Homes Realty, for $5 million. The Corbetts put about $1.9 million into buying, moving and renovating the circa-1910 Victorian mansion.

The house made headlines around the nation in 2006 when the Corbetts had the house moved via barge to a new location on the Little Manatee River. The home was in the way of a proposed condominium project in Palmetto. On its way north, Lamb Manor passed under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, producing an image seen by an estimated television audience of 30 million.

Nancy Corbett said that while she and her husband enjoyed renovating the home over the course of the past eight years, they want to move closer to children and grandchildren. They have family in Lakeland and Lake Toxaway, N.C.

"We decided that it's the best thing to do after much prayer and consideration," she said.

The home will likely ap

peal to a buyer who wants to own a piece of Old Florida. It is situated on 5 acres of heavily forested land on the Little Manatee River, and has its own dock. Measuring 5,600 square feet over four stories, the house includes all the usual Victorian features, including a round tower, formal living spaces, plaster walls and ceilings, and original woodwork throughout.

It also has several unusual features. The Corbetts installed an elevator that runs from the ground floor to the attic. They also converted that attic into a modern rumpus room.

The home will sell fully furnished. Other amenities include a guest house, and a carriage house with a caretaker's residence on the second floor.

Both 66, the Corbetts may still renovate another house in the future. They have made part of their living over the years building and renovating homes.

Lamb Manor, Nancy Corbett said, wound up being more house than they wanted.

"It's too much for any two people," she said. "It's been fun but we're really ready to move on."

She said she and her husband plan to spend more time working at a retreat center for Baptist ministers they own and operate in Lake Toxaway.

Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027, or on Twitter @MattAtBradenton.

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