My mother and I stayed at Fairholme Manor the first week of October and absolutely loved it! The home is almost 130 years old and is beautifully maintained. Our room was the Rose Garden Suite. It was a gorgeous 1000 sq ft 2 bedroom suite with a full kitchen and sitting area. It had the beautiful high ceiling of an older home and a huge bay window that was so nice to sit in front of with the warm morning sun shining in. We had a wonderful wood-burning fireplace that was all set up for our use if we so desired. We also had a private balcony that overlooked the ocean and the mountains of Olympia and would have been wonderful to sit out on if our weather had cooperated. Next time!
Ross and Sylvia are the owners and made us feel welcome from the first time we stepped in the front door. Ross carried our luggage up the winding staircase and showed us all around our room and the breakfast room. Sylvia's breakfasts absolutely lived up to their reputation! My mother and I both bought her cookbooks and can hardly wait to try to duplicate her delicious recipes.
The location of Fairholme Manor is great. It actually backs onto the property of the Government House so is easy to visit the beautiful public gardens. Rockland Place is a small street that looks more like a driveway than a street when you first make the turn off Rockland Avenue. Don't feel like you've made a wrong turn. You need to drive in a ways before the house comes into view.
While we were there, a photo shoot was happening at Fairholme Manor for one of Victoria's local magazines. It was fun to watch all the excitement surrounding it. We were never made to feel we couldn't be around while it was taking place. We were actually welcomed in to watch.
I would highly recommend Fairholme Manor. Can't wait to go back!
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