Wendy Blair is a breakfast magician. A modern kitchen is where Ms. Wendy Blair prepares meals and she knows how to make you feel at home, truly pampering her guests. She has her own secret recipe for mulled cider, and the chocolate-chip and sugar cookies were a surprise treat. Her bacon quiche is fantastic as was the egg-nog French toast (We stayed mid-December). Regular and decaf were both in plentiful supply. I think I remember Wendy rattling off seven choices of juice, but it might have been eight.
My father grew up in Roanoke not far from Old-Southwest, so I wanted to bring my mother back to savor the Roanoke Vibe in proper style. Wendy Blair's Rose Hill has definitely managed to distill the hospitality and class of an atmosphere that still exists nowhere else but in Roanoke, Virginia. This is a Top Shelf experience.
Situated in Old Southwest Roanoke overlooking Highland Park, convenient to downtown about two blocks from both Elm and Franklin, this storied Victorian circa 1909 features three good sized second-floor bedrooms whimsically decorated and meticulously cleaned. I noticed that one reviewer bemoaned the lack of bedroom door security, but since I make it a habit of never carrying more than $10,000 in bearer bonds in my shaving kit, I didn't see this as an issue. I left my lap-top computer in our room as we explored the town and never gave it a moments thought.
This is a house that is about one hundred and five years old. The floors squeak. The pipes talk. There's hardwood thresholds to step over as you enter a room. This is not a Motel 6. That's the whole point of staying at a bed-and-breakfast. Having once been responsible for one of these Victorian Beauties, I can tell you that they require a lot of care and maintenance and that such houses will occasionally spring little surprises upon their caretakers, usually at the most inconvenient of moments. And if I *ever* find myself in the right set of circumstances again, I will endeavor to become the owner / caretaker of one again. These Grande Ladies have a character and solidity unlike anything built today. Ms. Blair sees and appreciates the beauty and knows how to celebrate it.
There are three baths, one per bedroom, so you have one bath all to yourself. I believe the Garbo Room features an in suite bath.
We stayed in The Garden so our bath was just down the hall and plush, bright Terri-cloth bathrobes are supplied along with slippers.
The claw-footed tub in the bath we used is equipped with a shower ring and a nice non-slip bathmat. In other words, it was gorgeous.
Soaps, lotions, cotton-swabs, fluffy white bath towels and cloths are in good supply.
The shiny hardwood floors reflect the wall decor. Central heat keeps the place cozy.
A small well-stocked library is available as is an inviting living-room in which to pick a comfy chair and take a mental vacation. The Christmas Tree made it feel like home.
Modern DVD player and television are at the ready for the nice arsenal of movies to choose from as well.
This place is a gem to savor. You still have to bring your own tooth-brush.
We were able to park curbside directly in front of the house.
Thank you Wendy for a high-class effortless weekend and here's wishing you many more years of prosperity to come. I very much look forward to returning to the Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast anytime I find myself staying in the Roanoke area.