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“Step back in History at the Jackson Rose”

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The Jackson Rose B & B
Ranked #1 of 11 Harpers Ferry B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 4, 2008

My wife and I stayed at the Jackson Rose B&B in Bolivar (Harper's Ferry), WV the last weekend of Nov 2008.
We saw the place online and read TA reviews and everything seemed just what we wanted....and we were happily not disappointed.
The B&B is located in Bolivar, which is the town adjacent to Harpers Ferry. The B&B is about a mile or so from Harpers Ferry historical area and easily walked (even with the slight hill).
We arrived at the B&B and our hostess, Deb, greeted us, showed us around her beautiful home and brought us to our room on the second floor. We stayed in the Linden Room (named after the old linden tree just outside the bedroom window). The home is a registered historical home and Gen "Stonewall" Jackson stayed in one of the rooms at the beginning of the Civil War. The Jackson Room (from what we saw) was a nice room, but my wife and I thought the Linden room was better for us.
About the room: First off the room is spacious with a Queen sleigh bed, couch, writing table and armchairs. The only drawback is the absense of closets to hang things. There were hooks on the doors, but this would limit the number of things to hang. Fortunately, we only had our coats that we wanted to hang. The bed was quite comfortable and (as everything in the house!) clean.
The room has a "sort-of" private bathroom. I say sort-of because you go through a door to a mini, back hallway that leads to your bathroom, but the hall is shared by the owners to their room. There is a dressing/room divider (don't know what they're called) in the hall that offers privacy, but generally there's no going to the bathroom with the door open. However, the bathroom was ONLY FOR OUR USE and it was very spacious, clean, new and we loved it. Their was a shower stall, no bath....a bath option would have been nice for my wife, but personally I prefer a shower anyway. They provided nice soaps, shampoo, a hairdryer and nice big bath towels. It was a bit chilly outside, but the room and bathroom were quite comfortable.
Deb, our hostess had delicious apple cider for us after we brought our bags in and settled. We drank the cider in the drawing room and my wife played the piano. We felt right at home.
If you've ever been to Harpers Ferry, you know that restaurants are hard to come by and good restaurants even harder. Because of this we were really blessed with a delicious, full breakfast served by Deb and her husband Phil.
Picture coming down to breakfast to hot coffee or tea, a half pineapple sliced and beautifully presented. Then fresh home-baked pumpkin muffins and cinnamon french toast with (braised?) apples and sausages.
Each morning breakfast was like that....apple nut muffins, home made biscuits, mellon cocktail, sliced grapefruit, spinach&feta omelet, scrambled eggs and bacon.....ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! ...and filling. We were able to get away with a light or no lunch.
In the afternoons when we returned to the Jackson Rose, we were treated to cookies and sherry.
A coffee/tea pot was available in the tv room which we used.
The house has only 4 rooms and the time we were there only 3 were used...so there were only 6 in the house. Made for a quiet time in the house.
Deb was very helpful telling us about places to go, restaurants, shops and side trips. She lent us a tourist cd for the Antietam battlefield (which we decided not visit this time) and there were plenty of books about the area and its history.

We would love to be in Harpers Ferry in the spring or early fall, so I'm sure we'll make another trip down and stay at the Jackson Rose. We would make sure we are able to book the Linden room again when we do.
It will be nice to enjoy nicer weather to sit on the swing on the porch or walk in the garden out back.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2008

Our 2 daughters and their families gave us a gift certificate for 2 nights at the exquisite Jackson Rose B&B for Christmas 2007. My oldest daughter had spent a delightful weekend there in September '07 and knew we would love it as much as she did. With our busy schedules we were unable to schedule a weekend away until now, but it was well worth the wait! Definitely the best gift we had ever received! My husband and I stayed in the "Stonewall Jackson" room. I am a Civil War buff and was thrilled to be staying in the room Thomas "Stonewall"Jackson occupied while using the home as his temporary headquarters in 1861. The circa 1795 historic home is beautifully maintained and offers comforting modern amenities while maintaining that historic ambience.

We felt as if we had truly stepped back in time to a slower-paced, simpler period uncluttered with the trappings of our everyday hectic lives. Deb & Phil are such gracious hosts absolutely committed to your every comfort. Our room was lovely and spacious with a queen-sized bed dressed in soft, comfortable bedding, a sofa, chairs, desk and own private bath. The lovely old hearts of pine floors were covered with soft oriental style rugs which helped to soften the creaks associated with such a historic home.

The breakfasts both mornings were absolutely the best we've had of all the B&B's we've stayed in previously! Deb's love of cooking is evidenced by the loving pride she takes in preparing well-rounded, delicious breakfasts for her guests. We loved lingering over the dining table each morning and the wonderful breakfasts stayed with us until late in the day!

Returning to the Jackson Rose after a day of touring Harper's Ferry and the scenic surrounding countryside was the icing on the cake! Loved the ginger cookies on the entry table! We hated to leave and certainly plan on a return visit! You won't be disappointed in the Jackson Rose!! You will be disappointed you don't have longer to stay!!

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank CherylZueger
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Reviewed November 3, 2008

We have visited the Harpers Ferry area many times over the years, most recently in October 2008. Its sights never grow old, but we have indulged ourselves in one old, but very pleasant custom -- staying at the Jackson Rose B&B. And though we typically arrive there late afternoon to early evening, we are already looking forward to Deb's marvelous breakfast.

You will be welcomed by the hosts with a glass of wine, a welcoming smile, and answers to your questions. This B&B is a beautiful home with comfortable rooms and a pleasant, period atmosphere. The home is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It once served as Andrew "Stonewall" Jackson's headquarters. So far, we haven't made the acquaintance of any ghosts.

A recipe for a memorable trip to historic Harpers Ferry:

*** Don't forget your camera ***

1) Book your room at the Jackson Rose B&B early. It's the best in our opinion, but if you don't book early, you may be missing out on an important ingredient for the memorable trip.

2) Any time of year is great because the views are always awesome. We chose late October this latest time to witness the explosion of autumn colors that radiate from the surrounding forests of this mountainous area.

3) Visit Jefferson Rock to view the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and to share the experience that prompted Thomas Jefferson to write: "this scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic".

4) Walking/Biking the streets of Harpers Ferry and the C&O Canal path promise plenty of exercise, but for the more ambitious, try the Maryland Heights Overlook Hike. Guided or unguided, this hike will lead you above the mountainous cliffs overlooking Harpers Ferry where you will experience a panoramic view of what should be classified as a world wonder. This seemingly aerial view overlooks three States and the historic town of Harpers Ferry nestled amongst the Appalachian Mountains that create the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. There's an old B&W panoramic photo of this view on the wall at the Jackson Rose.

5) Don't forget to acquaint (or remind) yourself of the history that permeates this area. There are plenty of exhibits, shops, and parks -- all waiting to tell you a story. There's also a beautiful Church, high above Main Street, that permits tourists to visit.

6) And after a full day's activity, we typically enjoy a frozen custard at one of the shops in downtown Harpers Ferry near the train station. We then return to freshen up at the Jackson Rose before venturing out for dinner (Deb and Phil can give you some tips); followed by a good night's sleep in preparation for another day of exploring.

That's our recipe, but feel free to make it your own.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2008

We ran across the Jackson Rose B&B on the Internet and were delighted to find that the photos and description displayed on the website accurately reflected the reality that we encountered when we arrived. The home is indeed an historical gem and the rooms are spacious, comfortable and tastefully, but not overly, decorated. The house is located on a not-so-busy street but unlike most other homes of the period, it is situated far back on a deep lot, further minimizing the already minimal traffic sounds. The front garden is a bonus that enhances the sense of tranquility. The owners, Phil and Deb, are gracious hosts who, in addition to treating us to a wonderful glass of wine in the evening and a delicious breakfast in the morning, provided excellent restaurant recommendations and great directions around the area and to our final destination. We highly recommend the Jackson Rose B&B for a quiet, restful evening or longer getaway.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank StuartColumbus
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Reviewed August 29, 2008

Our stay at the Jackson Rose was peaceful, enjoyable and without any problems. Phil & Deb appear to have found their niche, offering spacious, nicely furnished rooms, wonderful breakfasts and spaces to relax in. After a 12-mile hike on Saturday, the fresh lemonade and cookies waiting in the foyer were to die for!!!! We would not hesitate to recommend the Jackson Rose for a relaxing weekend (or weeklong) getaway.

Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed August 5, 2008

My husband and I and our two children (aged 12 and 18) enjoyed a short but lovely stay at the Jackson Rose B&B last night.

This historic inn has been beautifully restored. We had the third floor suite under the eves, and it could not have been more charming or comfortable. The room was very clean, well decorated and thoughtfully furnished.

Deb was very helpful, settling us in, directing us to the historic district of Harper's Ferry and recommending several local places to eat dinner.

We slept well in our extremely comfortable beds, and enjoyed an unexpectedly wonderful breakfast this morning, served at the large dining room table by our hosts. We sat down to hot tea and coffee, orange juice and melon balls, followed by delicious hot, home baked blueberry muffins, and then a full plate of fresh herb laced scrambled eggs, ham, fried potatoes and a thick slices of hearty toasted bread and homemade blackberry and gooseberry jams, while enjoying the company of the other guests. Delightful! I only wish we had spent more than one night at the Jackson Rose.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Thank nendrizz
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Reviewed July 29, 2008

My husband and I stayed for my birthday and met another family member there. We were the only guests, and Deb treated us like family. Scumptious breakfast, comfy beds, and an easy walk down to all the interesting parts of Harper's Ferry.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Thank emayar
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Address: 1167 W. Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Location: United States > West Virginia > Harpers Ferry
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Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Harpers Ferry
Price Range: $110 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Circa 1795 Federal-style home listed on the National Register. Original heart of pine wood floors, high ceilings and warm ambience takes one back to simpler times. Full lavish breakfast, private baths, queen-size beds. A comfortable and quiet retreat from daily cares. ... more   less 

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