We have just returned from a three-day stay at Cameo Rose, restored and invigorated. B&B's can be as uneven as they are charming, but at Cameo Rose, they get everything right. The bed was so comfortable we inquired after the brand, and the room was quiet and spacious, yet Cameo Rose is so much more.
We walked and hiked the miles of trails on their land at all hours, but my favorite time was the evening. At dusk, we saw three sets of deer (including two fawns), wild turkeys and a barn owl. Then as darkness began to fall, the pathway glittered, literally for miles, with such an abundance of fireflies it felt like a fantasy. At the pond, which is lit from within the water, we had a grand time spotting out the bullfrogs, peepers and who knows what other kind of frogs were carrying on their symphony. We went in to watch one of the 100+ DVDs available, then came back out again to marvel at the stars.
Everywhere you look, there is a special touch, like the porch swings on the porch, in the woods, under a rose-covered gazebo; or the tiny, secretive bower just large enough for two; or the table and chairs one comes upon with surprise perched on a promontory off in the woods. The last thing Dawn does before laying out her astonishing breakfasts is to snip fresh flowers from the gardens for the table, gently scenting the room with lavender and roses (in June, anyway). Dawn and Gary strike the perfect note of hospitality -- warm and responsive while respecting guests' privacy.
One of Dawn's breakfasts, by the way, was the best we've ever eaten. For dinner, we ventured toward Madison where we found a couple of exceptional restaurants 10-15 minutes away. (Check out Eno Vino.) Who would guess this perfect refuge is so close to "civilization"?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- What a difference a night makes at a genuine Wisconsin getaway retreat on 120 scenic acres just 15 minutes from Madison - the University of Wisconsin, New Glarus - "America's Little Switzerland and Mount Horeb - "Little Norway". Voted "Best breakfast in the Midwest" and "#11 B&B / Country Inn in North America" (includes U.S., Canada & Mexico)! ~ Arrington's ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Country Inn Belleville
- Belleville Country Inn