The Rosemont Manor sits back off the main road in it's own wonderful grounds. It definitely did not look as elegant as I first thought when I drove up but it's because you are entering the house through the back and not through the original front with the beautiful portico. That part of the house looks out on green fields and trees. It's a spectacular porch and very relaxing.
The receptionist did not greet us with a smile or a "Welcome to the Rosemont", instead she gave us our room key and sent us on our way. I asked if we could make coffee in our room but there is no facility for that in these rooms so I asked if it were possible to get some. She seemed a little disturbed that we asked. She did however, inform us that there would be a wine and cheese reception for guests starting at 5.00pm. This was only available on our first day.
We stayed in the Nixon Room on the second floor with an attached porch (original sleeping porch). The room itself was elegant but as soon as I opened the door to the outside porch it smelt musty and old. It was not very inviting at all. It is a shame that they have not restored the sleeping porch back to it's original state. The nails and paint make it impossible to open both top and bottom for airflow. The rug is old and worn as well as the furniture. My suggestion would be to go back to wood floors - no rug.
The rest of the house is elegant and it is very relaxing to walk around the grounds and sit on the porch. We would usually take our coffee our there in the morning and enjoy the views. Breakfast were tasty and the lady who was responsible for making it always made sure that she came around and talked to the guests. The waitresses were also very attentive.
All-in-all it was a pleasant two day trip that gave us an opportunity to explore the countryside with it's many vineyards, strawberry picking fields and visit the town of Winchester.