For people looking at a bed and breakfast to stay at, one of their biggest criteria is service. Wendy Blair, the owner of Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast, has made this one of her priorities. She told my husband and me that she emphasizes “bed” and “breakfast” at her century-old home. This is very evident by the bed sheets in our room. Wendy starches the sheets and adds a lavender scent to them. It made for a pleasant and sound night’s sleep for us. Her breakfast is fancier than many bed and breakfasts’ fare.
The three-story house that was built at the turn of the twentieth century is in a quiet historic neighborhood and sits across the street from Highland Park – a 33 acre oasis that includes a dog park. With a nice front porch that has comfortable chairs, one can sip their wine while looking at the lush green in front of them. The day we were there, it rained, but the sun came out just before sunset, warmly illuminating the taller trees in the park. In the morning, my husband rocked away for hours in one of the porch’s chairs, reading his Longmire novel.
Wendy has done a very nice job of restoring the house that was in neglect when she purchased it. The floors have been refinished and the stairs are immaculate with her stenciling that accentuates each step. Her living room is for everyone to use. There is a television that can be watched, but we were here for relaxation. We just loved her library! Wendy had book cases made that envelope the room. One has a choice of hundreds of books to read. If you do not finish the book, you can take it with you as long as you mail it back to her. There are lots of DVDs in the library in case you want to watch a movie in the living room. The attention to details was evident from painting the old gas lines that were originally used for lighting the home to the black and white striped curtains. Wendy told us that she had to look in Europe for the material as it could not be found anywhere in the United States. We found her choice of material to be very soothing to the eyes.
We booked the Garbo room as it is the only room that has an Ensuite bathroom. The other two rooms have designated bathrooms, but one has to walk in the hallway to get to the designated bathroom. The room has a very comfortable bed. There is an armoire to hang up your clothes. We were very impressed by the bathroom that appears to be as big as our room. This is no exaggeration. It is well designed for couples as there are two sinks. The sinks are 90 degrees from each other, giving each person a lot of elbow room. A claw foot tub is in the bathroom in case you want to soak for a relaxing time. The tub has a shower in case you want to do that instead.
Service at the Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast is impeccable. Wendy is very friendly and wants to make sure you have a great stay. It starts with being warmly greeted at the door, and being shown around. She offers you tea and cookies in the late-afternoon to tie you over until dinner time. We had a great time talking to Wendy during our stay. The conversations were stimulating and we felt like we were with family.
One has a window of time to have their three-course breakfast: 7:30am to 9:30am. Wendy’s breakfasts are very filling as we started off with eight choices of juice, pumpkin muffins, a delicious cooked apple, and southern California breakfast of egg and bacon tortillas. You will be thrilled to know that Wendy will cook your breakfast according to your dietary needs. This means that whatever the restrictions are, Wendy will make a meal that you can eat and enjoy. During our stay, there was guest that was a Vegan and could not eat any gluten, soy and corn. Despite the restrictions, Wendy was able to accommodate the woman’s needs.
If you want great service in a historic home, look no further in Roanoke. Wendy will make sure you have a great time at her home and in the Star City of the South.