"My true love gave to me" .... a most memorable 2 night, 3 day stay at the Historic Rosemont Manor. With the beautiful grounds blanketed in a freshly fallen snow and the Main Guest Entrance flanked on either side by the distinctive scent of Pine coming from the lovely live Christmas tree to the left and a very large, real to life Nativity Scene with Stable, Animals et al on the right, we found ourselves instantly embarking on a very romantic and festive respite just one hour from home.
The interior of the Manor was elaborately yet tastefully decorated for Christmas with virtually every room/area on the main level bearing a Christmas Tree, each with its own color scheme and theme. It was truly magnificent!!! The ambiance was immediately set. It was like something out of a Fairy Tale of sorts beginning with the Winter Wonderland provided by Mother Nature. It was especially reminiscent of our days in Europe some years ago when we enjoyed many a ski holiday in the Alps. The unseasonably cold temps triggered those memories as well.
We were cordially greeted by Suzanne who welcomed us like old friends coming for a visit. Shortly after being escorted to the Churchill Suite and briefly settling in, we were invited to join the other few guests for a small Wine and Cheese Reception. We would have loved to have had the fireplace crackling behind us but were disappointed to learn that not a single one, of which there were too many to count, were operational. It was a delight to exchange pleasant conversation with the others including Suzannne. One thing that could have measurably added to the ambiance would have been soft background holiday music.
We were impressed with the many period furnishings and the overall outward appearance of this 200+ yr old mansion. The recent renovations/restorations showed much planning and thoughtfulness in capturing the original era. It was exceedingly clean and well cared for. Its history was also quite captivating.
Despite the lack of privacy which we had greatly anticipated (due to the close proximity of other guests and the "ancient" construction of the house), our Suite was most inviting, very spacious and accommodating. The bed was comfortable for the most part although a step stool could have helped getting in it. A down comforter would add a special touch, too. The individually controlled thermostats in each Guest Room was a big plus. No TV's was a welcomed and appreciated surprise.The hand held shower head with no shower curtain was a bit inconvenient and awkward though the bathroom was very modernized. The terrycloth robes were well worn and in dire need of replacing ... with higher quality ones. We were impressed with the overall cleanliness of our guest room in spite of the dusty glass furniture tops. Despite managements warning regarding their challenges in dealing with stink bugs, it was unnerving each time one would appear. A redeeming occasion, however, occurred each morning with the witnessing of the most magnificent sunrise.
Because of the antiquated construction, noise in the hallways was unavoidable both from walking and talking and the doors to each room contributed substantially to such. We were disappointed and a bit puzzled as to why the only three couples who were staying in the main house were placed in three rooms adjacent to one another when there were at least nine other options. We were flanked on both sides which significantly impeded our privacy as we are sure was the case with the other couples as well.
As mentioned by other reviewers, we found the breakfasts to be mediocre yet adequate but not particularly notable. The breakfast room was full of bright sunshine, cheerful and quite cozy. The service was attentive.
We took advantage of experiencing a number of wineries in the region including one on the way to our destination, another while staying at the Manor and yet another on the day we departed. We also managed to discover three exceptional restaurants. We made it a priority to visit the nearby Holy Cross Abbey. And there still remains many other places yet to be explored on our next visit.
In general, we enjoyed a most relaxing and comfortable respite from our very hectic and demanding lifestyles.The Shenandoah Region of VA is extraordinary in many ways. Berryville, in particular, is a quaint and friendly little country town. The Rosemont Manor is likewise very special and we look forward to yet another visit in the future at which time we will be sure to request the Eisenhower Suite. It would be a treat to meet our hosts, the Genda Family, in person at that time. We would like to thank you for rescuing this historic Virginia entity from extinction and opening it to the enjoyment of the public. In addition, we are grateful for and appreciative of your entire staff's warm hospitality. It was difficult to say good bye when it was time to return to reality.
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Thank you so much for visiting Rosemont and thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review! We appreciate all of your kind words about your stay at the manor, as well as your constructive suggestions for improvements. I would like to address your point about the fireplaces. As much as we would like to use them, due to the chance of an accidental fire in one of our historic rooms, or any smoke in the air which may bother some guests, we feel it is in the best interest of both Rosemont and our guests not to use the 200 year old fireplaces. Fortunately, we do have a wonderful, usable wood-burning fireplace in the Byrd's Nest Cottage, which is a great option for guests wanting the warmth and ambiance of a crackling fire.
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Thank you again for your feedback and we hope you'll come see us again soon.
William "Biff" Genda
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