On a rise above the small two-lane road into the tiny town of Reedsville, this well maintained 1887 "tourist home" presents arrivals with a cheerful sight.
Our first impression on arriving here was that a gaggle of home decorators gone wild! Everything was decorated, even the trees and sidewalk! Since this was Easter there were eggs along the sidewalk, eggs and Easter baskets hanging from the trees, illuminated Easter bunnies on the front lawn, an illuminated Easter wreath...And this was just the outside!
The inside had the same Easter theme with bunnies, eggs, and lights throughout the house. Every guest single room was intricately decorated with wallpapers, ceiling moldings, matching curtains and bed spreads, and a variety of decorative flourishes, including tiny lights, flower trimmings, etc. Each of the four rooms had a different decorative theme with different colors as well. How many people did it take to do all this decorating?...Only one person--Lisa Everetts (and her husband, JImmy)!
Lisa has a background in art and antiques, which makes a B&B a match made in heaven for her! It helps to be a decorating dynamo, and an excellent and creative cook, too! Not only is her attention to detail amazing, but she has painted the huge beautiful wall murals that are featured in various areas around this B&B.
The living room is decorated to the hilt and includes a fireplace and a huge mural on one wall of a charming pastoral scene.
The dining room is decorated for the season and has a large dining table that seats 8 and three smaller tables each seating four. Each table to set with antique plates, serving dishes and glassware.
All guest rooms are on the second floor. We had a wonderful room with a whirlpool tub bookended with a small pedestal sink and toilet. A flower and light festooned, sheer-shrouded, gazebo-like canopy partially enclosed the tub/sink/toilet in one corner of the room. Next to the queen bed a door led out to a private balcony with a wicker love seat, two chairs and a cafe table. On either side of the queen bed small, draped circular tables provided space for small shaded reading lights and a clock. Facing the queen bed an antique cabinet contained a flat screen TV and DVD player. (Includes Dish TV and a large library of DVDs.) On the opposite corner of the room was a comfortable small winged chair, next to the closet.
For the other rooms without in-room bath facilities there was a large bathroom with a large counter sink, toilet and a tub/shower.
In the common area on the second floor was a padded wicker lounge chair next to a large bookcase fully stocked with a large variety of DVDs.
Lisa completely decorates for each season, so on each visit you may find the decor completely different.
If all these decorative touches were not enough don't miss the breakfasts. We were here for three days and breakfast each day was different and tasty! Breakfasts included Strawberry French Toast (drizzled with strawberry syrup and real strawberries!), Blueberry Pancakes and maple syrup, and Pina Colada and Peach Schnappes Crepes!
Oh, by the way...Didn't get the room with the whirlpool tub? No problemo. There is a outdoor patio hot tub you can take advantage of.
The Briar Rose is a surprising gem in then Pennsylvania countryside and well worth a visit if you are in the area looking a fun get-away. Lisa and JIm can direct you to many sights and activities nearby so you won't be at a loss of things to do.
FYI - You are in Amish country so don't be surprised when you hear the clip-clop of horse hooves as their carriages pass along the road.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bed and Breakfast was originally built in 1887, has modern features without losing its historical charm. Close to Penn State and the Belleville Farmer's Market. Located within "The Big Valley" surrounded by Amish and Mennonite farms and very close to many local state parks. Close to wineries and antique shops. ... more less