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“First Class Hostess” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rose Hill Bed & Breakfast

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Rose Hill Bed & Breakfast
521 Washington Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Roanoke B&B and Inns
Richmond, Virginia
1 review
“First Class Hostess”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Request the Garbo room if you absolutely must have an in-suite bath and book in advance... I can se...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

You could really see that Wendy gave the house a lot of TLC. The garden room in which we stayed was beautiful within every detail and we really liked the goof's (try to find the when visiting). Wendy is a great host and cook. We felt like a prince and princess in the gorgeous dining room. Both of the 3 course!!!! breakfasts we had were delicious, actually the best breakfast we had ever had *****+.

So if you're visiting Roanoke and you want to be pampered, this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Staunton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Wendy, Rose Hill B&B's owner, takes great pride in providing an outstanding bed and breakfast experience. She irons her sheets and takes personal breakfast orders. My wife and I who are vegan and vegetarian, respectively, had a most delicious breakfast with juice, muffin, pear w/ raisin reduction sauce and a tofu-benedict with broccoli and mock-hollandaise sauce. Her accomodations are impecable - rich and sumptuous. for a real treat, stay at Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast!

Room Tip: Any room is good but the Garbo Room is worth the upgrade - you will rarely see such a rich bath!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

For people looking at a bed and breakfast to stay at, one of their biggest criteria is service. Wendy Blair, the owner of Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast, has made this one of her priorities. She told my husband and me that she emphasizes “bed” and “breakfast” at her century-old home. This is very evident by the bed sheets in our room. Wendy starches the sheets and adds a lavender scent to them. It made for a pleasant and sound night’s sleep for us. Her breakfast is fancier than many bed and breakfasts’ fare.
The three-story house that was built at the turn of the twentieth century is in a quiet historic neighborhood and sits across the street from Highland Park – a 33 acre oasis that includes a dog park. With a nice front porch that has comfortable chairs, one can sip their wine while looking at the lush green in front of them. The day we were there, it rained, but the sun came out just before sunset, warmly illuminating the taller trees in the park. In the morning, my husband rocked away for hours in one of the porch’s chairs, reading his Longmire novel.
Wendy has done a very nice job of restoring the house that was in neglect when she purchased it. The floors have been refinished and the stairs are immaculate with her stenciling that accentuates each step. Her living room is for everyone to use. There is a television that can be watched, but we were here for relaxation. We just loved her library! Wendy had book cases made that envelope the room. One has a choice of hundreds of books to read. If you do not finish the book, you can take it with you as long as you mail it back to her. There are lots of DVDs in the library in case you want to watch a movie in the living room. The attention to details was evident from painting the old gas lines that were originally used for lighting the home to the black and white striped curtains. Wendy told us that she had to look in Europe for the material as it could not be found anywhere in the United States. We found her choice of material to be very soothing to the eyes.
We booked the Garbo room as it is the only room that has an Ensuite bathroom. The other two rooms have designated bathrooms, but one has to walk in the hallway to get to the designated bathroom. The room has a very comfortable bed. There is an armoire to hang up your clothes. We were very impressed by the bathroom that appears to be as big as our room. This is no exaggeration. It is well designed for couples as there are two sinks. The sinks are 90 degrees from each other, giving each person a lot of elbow room. A claw foot tub is in the bathroom in case you want to soak for a relaxing time. The tub has a shower in case you want to do that instead.
Service at the Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast is impeccable. Wendy is very friendly and wants to make sure you have a great stay. It starts with being warmly greeted at the door, and being shown around. She offers you tea and cookies in the late-afternoon to tie you over until dinner time. We had a great time talking to Wendy during our stay. The conversations were stimulating and we felt like we were with family.
One has a window of time to have their three-course breakfast: 7:30am to 9:30am. Wendy’s breakfasts are very filling as we started off with eight choices of juice, pumpkin muffins, a delicious cooked apple, and southern California breakfast of egg and bacon tortillas. You will be thrilled to know that Wendy will cook your breakfast according to your dietary needs. This means that whatever the restrictions are, Wendy will make a meal that you can eat and enjoy. During our stay, there was guest that was a Vegan and could not eat any gluten, soy and corn. Despite the restrictions, Wendy was able to accommodate the woman’s needs.
If you want great service in a historic home, look no further in Roanoke. Wendy will make sure you have a great time at her home and in the Star City of the South.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wedmore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Our family holiday from the UK took us to New York then Washington and onto to Roanoke via the Shenandoah National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. We were so enjoying the mountain views and wildlife we arrived later than planned at Rose Hill but this did not worry Wendy as we were greeted warmly and shown to the kitchen where a huge plate of homemade cookies was ready. We stayed in the Garbo room, beautifully designed and so comfortable and our boys shared the big bed complete with steps in the Peacock room which they found amusing. The bathrooms were quite amazing. Iced water and chocolate cakes awaited us here. A movie or two and popcorn was offered along with books from the library even though by then it was getting late. Having slept very well we ventured downstairs carefully on the beautifully polished wooden floors to the dining room for our breakfast to find it laid as if we were royalty. We then preceded to enjoy an 3 course gourmet breakfast consisting of foods we had never thought of for breakfast and really enjoying them. My son loved the tea selection and enjoyed several different cups. We wanted to enjoy the veranda and the park opposite but we had to hit the road as had many more places to visit before flying home from Miami. We loved Rose Hill and will remember it well and may be back again some day. We also loved America and the hospitality we received everywhere we went.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

My husband and I just spent three nights at Rose Hill B&B while visiting friends in Roanoke. The house is lovely and well-kept with comfortable beds, a well-stocked library and the shiniest wooden floors I've ever seen. Wendy, the proprietor, is friendly and informative as well as a creative cook. She accommodated our various dietary needs with delicious success (my husband is a vegan, and I can't eat chocolate or dairy and must limit wheat, almonds and soy). The location isn't far from downtown yet was surprisingly quiet. It's across from a city park which allowed for walks when desired. On-street parking was convenient. Many small amenities. We enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: We were in the Garbo Room. It was quiet. The ensuite bathroom is very large and has twin sinks.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We spent one night at this lovely B&B in a historic home in Roanoke and were treated to some gracious Southern hospitality by Wendy, the owner. The rooms are charmingly decorated - we stayed in the Garbo room, which has an ensuite bathroom with a great clawfoot bath tub. There were delicious cookies and brownie bites when we arrived and Wendy left a jug of ice water and some toffee treats for us in the evening. Breakfast was served at a beautifully set dining room table. Wendy graciously accommodated our dietary needs and adjusted our breakfast. Her corn muffins are the best I've ever tasted. We've stayed at many B&Bs in Virginia and this one is truly a great value by price alone.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 521 Washington Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
Location: United States > Virginia > Roanoke
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Roanoke
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rose Hill Bed & Breakfast is nestled in the Old Southwest Historic district and directly across the street from 32-acre Highland Park. Located in a large, historic home, the B & B is just 1.2 miles from downtown with easy access to Route 581. You will enjoy the scenic views yet appreciate the convenient location. Delight in the cozy accommodations, three-course gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea, and homemade chocolate in your room each night. If you are in Roanoke for business, pleasure, touring the local Virginia colleges or soaking up local color, Rose Hill welcomes you! ... more   less 
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