My friend and I were privileged to stay at this Estate last weekend. It was a lovely experience from the moment the car pulled in to the carpark and Rosemary came out to greet us.
Some people express hospitality as a seamless gesture from heart to action. Over the course of the weekend, we came to know that owner and steward Rosemary Janofsky has this gift. Always helpful and friendly, always warm but respectful of privacy, she made our stay comfortable and happy. She loves this estate and understands the responsibility of sharing it with guests, and the city. It's a lovely place, with comfortable places to sit and enjoy the day both inside the house and outside.
Our guest room had extraordinarily comfortable mattresses, pillows, and a bathroom stocked with sophisticated toiletries----and to my delight, a claw foot bathtub with bath pillow. I took baths both days. Slathered myself in lovely smelling natural lotion, emerged wearing one of the provided bathrobes. Heaven.
Happily, Rosemary also enjoys cooking. Her evening desserts and morning breakfasts were sensational. The cheery, light yellow breakfast room looked out onto part of the garden, and a massive beech tree. What a perfect background to enjoy croissants with fresh butter and pear butter (made from garden pears); steel cut oatmeal and warm cream; savory frittata and bowls of fresh fruit. I'm a coffee drinker and hers was tops. Guests share the dining table, and the conversations were always pleasant and upbeat and informational.
We spent the daytime hours on Saturday walking the Mount Hope Cemetery adjacent to the Estate, and would have continued to the beautiful park had my knees allowed. The Ellwanger Estate gardens offered a beautiful place to simply sit and enjoy a Fall day outdoors, share a cup of tea, and commune with the house black cat---who also has good taste, as she had selected the Ellwanger Estate as her home some time ago. Hers was the last face we saw as we departed on the gravel drive to the main road on Sunday. I recommend this lovely place, and will return in the Spring, when the gardens are in full bloom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Ellwanger Estate is located in the Mount Hope Cultural District of Rochester, New York. Home to world-renowned Horticulturist George Ellwanger and family for 115 years, the bed & breakfast has been recently restored. Four rooms with magnificent views of the lush gardens and courtyards, owned and maintained by the Landmark Society of Western New York. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Mount Hope and Highland Park Preservation area, along with the elegant ambience of the Ellwanger Estate. There are also many nearby attractions, including the Susan B. Anthony House, Strong National Museum of Play, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Museum of Science, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and much more. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be happy to assist you with planning visits to these attractions and making reservations at the many fine dining establishments in the area. And Now Get Ready to Charge Your Batteries At The Ellwanger Estate B&B. The Ellwanger Estate Bed and Breakfast teams with Tesla Motors to become the area's first lodging host to offer a Tesla Destination Charger for overnight guests. Tesla Destination Charging is now offered as a new amenity for overnight guests. This installation makes The Ellwanger Estate a new hot spot on the national electric vehicle map. We are a very green B&B, devoted to energy efficiency, conservation, reuse, recycling and a hypoallergenic guest environment. Tesla's focus on pure electric technology seems a perfect fit. We offer a full complimentary charge to our Tesla overnight guests. Just enter "TESLA" under special accommodations, when you reserve your room online to let us know you would like to plug-in. This is an added amenity for our Tesla and Electric Vehicle guests, but you must let us know in advance to reserve parking for your charge. The Ellwanger Estate B&B is proud to offer just one more example of all our exceptional amenities, making this the ideal home-away for both leisure and business travelers. ... more less
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