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“Quiet and Charmingly Cozy”

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Rosendale Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 3 New Market B&B and Inns
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Quiet and Charmingly Cozy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

Rosendale, four miles south of New Market, Va., is an historic home in a peaceful, pastoral setting. Its original portion dates to the end of the 18th century and has additions which were added in 1870 and 1925. It is situated in a beautiful, agricultural area of gently rollings hills covered by green pastures, fields and forests. We spent seven, pleasant days there and found the accomodations cozy and comfortable. The rooms are spotlessly clean and attractive. We stayed in the Roosevelt Suite which comprises two bedrooms, a sitting area and an updated, modern bath with double shower. The furnishings are vintage, comfortable and well cared for. There is an interesting museum room which displays the history of the home and the two families which were its principal owners for two hundred years. The home also has a large, well stocked library. Breakfasts were deliceous, beautifully presented and served on time. Paul Murphy, the owner/innkeeper, is polite, friendly and conversant. He is a talented man of diverse experiences and very interesting. We throughly enjoyed our stay at Rosendale. It is a quiet, peaceful place to relax and rejuvenate. Its location is a perfect stagging point from which to explore the beauty, history and culture of the Shenandoah Valley and points beyond.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

There was enough snow to be scenic, and the Salyard cottage was snug and secure. Having a working fireplace in our bedroom was just lovely. We spent the day wandering antiques malls and the town of Staunton, saw a play at the Blackfriars and listened to some awfully good bluegrass music at the guitar-and-music-store on the main street. Our host recommended the Blue Stone Inn restaurant, and boy was he right about it - great food, very comfortable, and a friendly, almost familial atmosphere. The Inn's breakfasts were themselves delicious and filling, and beautifully presented. I'd love to go back in the summer and hang out one evening in the library, which has lovely windows overlooking meadows and the stream. Mr. Murphy (our host) has really researched the history of the area and the house, which has a number of Woodrow Wilson associations (among others). He himself has led a very interesting life and is a several-times-over author, so it was fun to talk to him. All in all, a great getaway to a lovely place.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Baneberry, Tennessee
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Unfortunately, it was very cold when we arrived for three days and Thanksgiving with friends who live nearby. We chose the Salyard Cottage because we are in our 70's, have both had knee replacements, and prefer not to tackle stairs (where all the bedrooms were located). Had we known that the cottage did not have adequate access, we would not have stayed there, either. We had to park 'uphill' from the cottage and tote our luggage down an icy, slippery, grassy slope (the owner did help take things down - but not back up when we left - we were on our own and it wasn't easy). The cottage was very cold, although the heat (whatever it was) had been turned on. We were away most of the days, and returned to a cold cottage, having to wear coats to keep warm until we could build a fire for warmth before we went to bed. We knew there was an EXTRA charge ($14/day) to use the fireplace - for ambiance I can understand, but to keep warm??? So, we paid the extra $28 to be comfortable in the inadequately heated cottage. At $135 a night, you'd think the comfort of guests would be considered. The cottage was also in dire need of a good cleaning. The kitchen was gross, with food and beverage splattered over countertops. Ice cream left in the iced up freezer from former guests had melted down into the refrigerator and out onto the floor, which I cleaned up myself. Nothing special about the breakfasts. Nothing special about this place at all. Very disappointed! Would not recommend.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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paul m, Owner at Rosendale Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
To all my Guests,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for an absolutely wonderful 2013. Rosendale Inn made history last year. We celebrated six anniversaries, four weddings, and two engagements in the Joseph Salyard Cottage. The year 2013 also marked the 10 year anniversary for one returning couple, six for another, and four for yet another. I look forward to an even more marvelous 2014. My guests know that I have no greater goal than their comfort and happy memories of their stay at historic Rosendale.

I would also like to thank pargolf1 for giving me the opportunity to say a few words about the Salyard Cottage and the Inn in general which I believe guests will find helpful.

First, the restored Salyard Cottage is heated by a new hot water radiator system controlled by a room thermostat. I keep the cottage at a steady 68 degrees, but always show guests how to increase or decrease the temperature as I did Pargolf1. The floor, walls, and ceiling are well insulted with 4 and 6 inch fiberglass insulation. I also added storm windows, making the cottage “snug and cozy” as many guests have pointed out in reviews.

The wood burning fireplace is for ambiance and couples wishing to enjoy a quiet romantic night in front of a blazing fire. We will provide an evening’s worth of firewood (about 15 large, split, pieces of seasoned oak) for $14.00--or guests can bring their own wood.

Access to the cottage is down a gradual grassy knoll from the parking area above. When there is snow, I advise guests to bring boots, although I keep the path shoveled. The romantic wood burning fireplace naturally draws more guests in the winter than summer and, until Pargolf1, we have received no complaints about access, even in heavy snow. Please ask us further about access to the cottage if you have any further questions.

For guests requiring handicap access, the Inn offers the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Suite on the first floor of the Inn. Guests have only one step up to the porch and then another into the suite. Those requiring wheelchair access stay in this suite.

I always ask arriving and departing guests if I can help them with their luggage. In the case of pargolf1, I was still busy with breakfast and the other guests (we had 10 that morning) when they left. Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to help carry their luggage to their car.

As my guests know, I take particular pride in the cleanliness of the cottage and the entire Inn and grounds. Pargolf 1 claims that the kitchen was “gross,” but I personally cleaned the cottage before Pargolf1 arrived. Moreover, no guest upon entering the cottage and seeing a “gross” kitchen with “food and beverage splattered over countertops” would have accepted it for one night, much less three. I personally accompanied Pargolf1 to the cottage, they inspected it, after which I handed them the key. Lastly, they say in their review that ice cream “melted down and out onto the floor from an iced up freezer?” How is that possible?

Sincerely,

Paul Murphy, Innkeeper
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West Valley City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

The Inn is a work in progress, but don't let that fool you. All of the guest rooms are clean well kept and well appointed, and (in some cases very large). The surroundings are quiet and tranquil, and in the morning mist, quite beautiful. Paul, the innkeeper is very friendly and a great host and cook. I would definately recommend a stay here to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Winchester, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

The Inn is quite large, well finished and maintained. The Innkeeper, Paul Murphy, is a very interesting man with many stories to tell about the inn and his travels. I would definitely recommend this Inn to anyone. The breakfast was plentiful and delicious. It was served at 0830 and we had a good time talking with the other two couples also staying there for the night.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

From the moment we arrived, we were personally greeted by the most knowlegeable and welcoming innkeeper, Paul. From that moment forward we were treated as true "guests" of an historic inn. His interest and knowledge related to the Inn & property's history is remarkable and was greatly appreciated. Rosendale Inn is located in a truly beautiful, pastoral countryside setting at the entrance to Endless Caverns. The room was very clean, spacious and comfortable. An extra bonus was the double shower, as well as an antique clawfoot tub for soaking. Breakfast was absolutley delicious, perfectly prepared, served hot and fresh. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

Katie and I had a new adventure this weekend. We spent Friday night at Rosendale Inn Bed and Breakfast. Located next to Endless Caverns, where we first met over forty years ago. It was nice to return. We were met on the front porch by innkeeper Paul Murphy and from that moment on it became a magical time. We visited with Paul for about an hour and then settled in for the evening in the James Madison suite. The suite was in the original 1790 portion of house. We were met with the original log walls, exposed beams in the ceiling and the wide pine floors. The furniture, all antique, was beautifully appointed.
The next morning Paul had coffee brewing as we came down for a wonderful breakfast. Before we left we toured the remaining suites and found each a wonderful experience. We ended our tour in the museum and library. I would recommend Rosendale to anyone wanting to escape to the past in the ideal setting of the Shenandoah Valley, truly God’s Country.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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paul m, Owner at Rosendale Inn Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Joe, Marion, Marie, and all of our guests for your kind words and a truly remarkable 2012. We made many wonderful new friends this year, and hope we will have the opportunity see Joe and all of you again in 2013. We pledge to strive equally as hard in the new year to provide the very best B&B experience possible, with hopefully the ideal mix of southern hospitality, comfort, gourmet breakfasts, engaging conversation, tours of historic Rosendale, highlights of the families (Rosendale was First Lady Ellen Wilson’s first cousin’s family home) who have lived here, and knowledge of the Shenandoah Valley. We are constantly learning, and sincerely welcome your participation in achieving our ultimate goal of providing the “Perfect” B&B experience. Again, Thank You!
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Additional Information about Rosendale Inn Bed and Breakfast

Property: Rosendale Inn Bed and Breakfast
Address: 17917 Farmhouse Ln, New Market, VA 22844-4014
Location: United States > Virginia > Shenandoah County > New Market
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in New Market
Number of rooms: 5

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