We stayed at the Rosedale Manor for two nights at the end of our Newfoundland vacation. The owners Linda and Phillip are the nicest hosts you'll ever meet. The Manor is a charming old home built in 1893. It was turned into a B&B in 1989. The decor is in keeping with a heritage building, and the furnishings are mostly antiques, or antique-looking. There's a pleasant garden at the front with a couple of benches and chairs for relaxing after a long day, and a living room on the ground floor for reading, watching TV, or chatting with other guests.
Our first night was in the Rose Room on the second floor. It's a large room with a classic clawfoot bathtub. Two front windows provide nice views of the water, while a third window overlooks the side street. The queen bed would satisfy Goldilocks - not too hard and not too soft. The only drawback, and this is an issue with the property in general, is that the second floor can be unpleasantly hot and stuffy depending on the weather. We arrived at the end of an unusually hot day (and week). The sun had been beating down on the (uninsulated) roof of the Manor, so the second floor was quite warm. Unfortunately, the front windows of the Rose Room don't open, and the side casement window is fastened with a 6" chain which limits the amount of natural ventilation. The room was equipped with a free-standing fan, but I've never been able to sleep with a big fan blowing on me all night.
Our second night was in the Blueberry room on the ground floor. (we had to change rooms because by the time I got around to booking our stay, the Manor was full up). It's a smaller room with an extra-length double bed, and an ensuite bathroom equipped with a conventional tub/shower. The room's one window opened all the way, and let in quite a bit of cool nightime air, so we actually slept better the second night.
Free WiFi is available. However, coverage is somewhat limited. The access point is on the ground floor in the far back corner of the house. We were unable to get reliable reception in the Rose Room, nor in the garden at the front of the house.
As described on the property's website, there's a private guest dining area, but you probably won't use it unless you bring your own food or order takeout. The breakfasts at Rosedale Manor are served at Philip's Café, a few minutes drive over the lift bridge. While this might seem like an inconvenience, it's the best part of your stay. A wide choice of breakfast fare is on offer, all lovingly prepared by Philip using the freshest of ingredients and secret family recipes. Try the molasses-raisin bread. Linda will serve you an excellent espresso or latté, or regular coffee, tea, etc.
Philip's Café is only open for bkfst and lunch, though he's considering opening for dinner on weekends. If he does, he'll do booming business - the other dining choices in Placentia are rather pedestrian. One night we had ho-hum pub grub at Three Sisters Pub (a 5 minute walk from the B&B), and the second night a mediocre pizza at Harold's Hotel.
The biggest disappointment of our stay was to learn that Linda has decided to sell the business. Running the B&B, with almost 100% occupancy in the summer, as well as helping Philip with the Café, has become too much for her to comfortably manage. So by the time you read this review, the Rosedale Manor may be under new management. I can only hope that the new owners brings the same enthusiasm and dedication that Linda provided, and that they retain the relationship with the Café so that you can enjoy your breakfast with Linda & Philip's wonderful hospitality.
Tip - rooms on the second floor can be hot and stuffy, depending on the weather.
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Thank you Screen-gem for the wonderful review. I have not been very active in the sale of the Rosedale, and if it does sell this season, I will still be here running the B&B and taking care of my guests until the Fall. As we spend the winters back west with my family, it is easier to close up the Cafe, and return in the Spring, but the B&B is busy all 12 months of the year.
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To answer anyone's question - we are here, and will be for this 2013 Tourism Season, with new renovations to the B&B and more wonderful meals at the Cafe. Dinners are now being served some evenings - Philip's Special is a Lobster Linguini with Caesar Salad tonight...
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