I'd like to echo the comments of a previous reviewer who enjoyed a familial "girlfriends weekend" in the Oliver Inn's carriage house accommodation. This space was absolutely perfect for our needs as well!
My mother, two sisters and I took full advantage of this cozily decorated living room by catching up late into Friday night, plopped on the comfy sofa and assisted by our friends "wine" and "cheese." It was easy to relax, given utter lack of ambient noise, the security of being able to stretch out as much as we wanted, and the calming, autumn colors Alice and Tom used to decorate the room.
On Saturday, due to weather unsupportive of our plans for an afternoon in plen air, we opted to gather around the spacious island in the carriage house's kitchen with our our canvases propped on wine bottles. There we deployed our slightly altered plan for the weekend, which was to "paint," with varying levels of skill, still lifes of an arrangement of fruit and veggies that we'd bought earlier in the day at the fabulous (and recommended to you) South Bend Farmer's Market. Let's just say, none of us is planning to change careers!
Another experience of note: you haven't lived until you've had breakfast by candlelight - accompanied by Alice's yummy baked goods and Tom's soothing service at the Queen Ann dining room table with the lace tablecloth and the "live" piano music...well let's just say, none of us confused it with our breakfasts at home!
As we were packing our cars to depart, we agreed that we'd just enjoyed a very special experience; I only wish everyone could spend a laid-back weekend at the Oliver Inn - this world would surely be a calmer, better-fed place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This lovely Victorian 25 room mansion was built for entertaining. Guests may choose from one of nine large and beautifully decorated guest rooms, some with fireplaces, private balcony, claw foot tubs, marble sinks or Jacuzzi. Lovely landscaped one acre estate with lawn swings, gardens, gazebo and fountain. The Bavarian style Carriage House is an archetectural gem, totally unique to the area and has been newly renovated into a two bedroom, two bath suite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Oliver Hotel South Bend