For many years, Norma and Dr. Pat Murray had a vision of bringing a beautiful, convivial, and welcoming bed and breakfast inn to the Historic District of downtown Pensacola. The Murray’s vision was realized in 2008 after their thoughtful design and construction of Lee House was complete, and they opened the doors to their grand nine-suite bed and breakfast inn and event space overlooking Pensacola Bay and historic Seville Square. Since 2008, thanks to the caring and tireless efforts of the Murrays, Lee House has been recognized for its hospitality, handsome décor, luxurious conveniences, unique wedding and event spaces, and its charming architectural references to the original 1866 historical home that once stood on its site. Over the past six years, Lee House has offered Pensacola locals, visitors and business travelers alike a wonderful downtown overnight and event venue truly unique to the Pensacola area. With great thanks and appreciation to the Murrays and with tremendous excitement for the future, Lee House is pleased to announce that Norma and Dr. Pat Murray have sold Lee House to local businessmen Tosh Belsinger, President of Gulf Blue Group, and the Merrill brothers: Collier, Burney, and Will of Great Southern Restaurants and Merrill Land Company.
Belsinger’s Gulf Blue Groupis a synergistic collection of Gulf Coast companies; Gulf Blue Vacations, a Gulf Coast vacation rental and hospitality company managing hundreds of properties on Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach, Gulf Shores, and Seaside; Bluetique, an elegant and fun coastal clothing and jewelry boutique for women and children located in historic downtown Pensacola; Gulf Blue Development, a real estate development company; and Sunny Days, a foundation supporting pediatric oncology. Belsinger and his team bring their experience and passion for Gulf Coast tourism, lodging, hospitality, community reach and customer service to Lee House, and will be responsible for day-to-day operations.
The Merrills’ Great Southern Restaurants have been a fixture in downtown Pensacola for well over 15 years, and include the Fish House, Atlas Oyster House, Jackson’s Steakhouse, Palafox House and Great Southern Catering & Events. Great Southern’s combination of distinctively different destinations offers creative cuisine, Southern charm, and hospitality to locals and visitors alike. Over the years, the Great Southern Restaurants have won numerous awards, including the Independent News’ Best of the Coast and the Pensacola News Journal’s Best Restaurant, Seafood and Steak awards; several of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon awards and a number of consecutive Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. In addition, Great Southern chefs Irv Miller and Jim Shirley were invited and participated in three dinners at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. The Merrills and their team bring their extensive food and beverage, as well as catering and event experience, to Lee House, offering locals, tourists, brides and businesses the wonderful event and cuisine experiences that are synonymous with Great Southern Restaurants.
For those that have yet to visit Lee House, we look forward to welcoming you to this wonderful boutique inn and events venue, which is located at 400 Bayfront Parkway at Alcaniz Street in the
heart of the Historic District of downtown Pensacola, Florida. At Lee House, elegance, relaxation, hospitality and history are of the essence, and our guests enjoy intimate and warm living spaces, historical artifacts from days gone by, and nine elegant guest suites uniquely appointed by the area’s finest designers. Complementing its charming interiors, the wide porches of Lee House beckon you to sit and bask in the views of the glistening waters of Pensacola Bay and the majestic oaks of Pensacola’s historic Seville Square. Lee House offers its guests a truly unique experience combining modern elegance, luxurious comfort, classic Southern hospitality, and the historic charm of the property’s original 1866 home.
Belsinger and the Merrills invite you to visit Lee House for a property tour, or to please reach out and inquire about one of our nine wonderfully appointed suites, our unique indoor and outdoor venues for weddings and events, or to hear about the exciting new offerings coming to Lee House. Please visit our website, leehousepensacola.com, or call (850) 912-8770.