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.
- 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