I was attending an admitted students orientation with my son, at the University of Rochester and called the Ellwanger Estate to see if they had an opening for one night while my son stayed with a friend. Rosemary, kindly agreed even though it was on short notice, has a two night minimum and she had scheduled plans. I chose the Inn because it was one of two B&B's closest to the University of Rochester, about 1.5 miles. It is located in a neighborhood of other large beautiful older homes, near Mt. Hope Cemetery. It is not too hard to find. The house sits behind an old stone wall and the gardens are the front yard. (Since it was early Spring, the gardens were not in bloom yet). The driveway can be easily passed because the B&B sign is not very visible from the street, It is located on a busy street so there is traffic behind you and it is hard to drive slowly while looking for the house and driveway. The driveway is a narrow gravel path which leads to Carriage house and main house. The parking can be tricky if there is another function or a lot of guests. There was a shower going on when I arrived and there were limited spaces to park. There were also cars parked along the driveway which made it impossible for two cars to pass if you were leaving or arriving.
The house is a beautiful Victorian farmhouse with a lot of character. I entered through a side enclosed patio that smelled wonderful. Rosemary greeted me but was in a hurry due to her scheduled plans. A quick tour of the house was given along with the keys. She recommended some restaurants before she left. The Baby shower guests remained, the big open living area made for the perfect setting for a small function. However, the noise does radiate up to the second level where the bedrooms are located. My room, the Serene Retreat, was nicely decorated with all the comforts of a B&B. The ceilings are high so the rooms tend to be on the cooler side. Rosemary provides a small space heater and heating blanket for that purpose. Those did come in handy the night I was there because the temperatures outside dipped to 35 degrees. The Romanesque bathroom had a very interesting mural textured wall. All the amenities were supplied with lovely soft towels and designer bath products. The tub had a hand held shower which was not really conducive to obtaining a shower but more like a bath. If you like stand up showers, I would not stay in this room. The linens and pillows were very soft but the bed was more on the firmer side.
The Inn provides all comforts and character that you would expect, including a fresh, homemade full breakfast made by Rosemary which is served on fine china and glassware, in the lovely dining room. One thing I did notice at night, after I came back from dinner, was that the lighting in the staircase area is lacking. The lights are motion censor lighting, good for conserving energy but makes it difficult to see while walking up the steps and in the hallway, especially if you are not familiar with the layout of the Inn.
There are no TV's in the rooms but Rosemary provides a downstairs sitting room with a TV. There is Internet access throughout the Inn and many books to choose from if you are a reader.
I would return to the Inn to try another room. Rosemary is redecorating one of the suites. Also, I would like to see the gardens in bloom. Kudos to Rosemary, the Inn keeper, for maintaining a lovely Inn. My stay at the Ellwanger was peaceful and in just the right location while in Rochester.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Ellwanger Estate is located in the Mount Hope Cultural District of Rochester, New York. Home to world-renowned Horticulturist George Ellwanger and family for 115 years, the bed & breakfast has been recently restored. Four rooms with magnificent views of the lush gardens and courtyards, owned and maintained by the Landmark Society of Western New York. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Mount Hope and Highland Park Preservation area, along with the elegant ambience of the Ellwanger Estate. There are also many nearby attractions, including the Susan B. Anthony House, Strong National Museum of Play, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Museum of Science, Strasenburgh Planetarium, and much more. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be happy to assist you with planning visits to these attractions and making reservations at the many fine dining establishments in the area. And Now Get Ready to Charge Your Batteries At The Ellwanger Estate B&B. The Ellwanger Estate Bed and Breakfast teams with Tesla Motors to become the area’s first lodging host to offer a Tesla Destination Charger for overnight guests. Tesla Destination Charging is now offered as a new amenity for overnight guests. This installation makes The Ellwanger Estate a new hot spot on the national electric vehicle map. We are a very green B&B, devoted to energy efficiency, conservation, reuse, recycling and a hypoallergenic guest environment. Tesla’s focus on pure electric technology seems a perfect fit. We offer a full complimentary charge to our Tesla overnight guests. Just enter “TESLA” under special accommodations, when you reserve your room online to let us know you would like to plug-in. This is an added amenity for our Tesla and Electric Vehicle guests, but you must let us know in advance to reserve parking for your charge. The Ellwanger Estate B&B is proud to offer just one more example of all our exceptional amenities, making this the ideal home-away for both leisure and business travelers. ... more less
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