My husband and I needed to get away from several stressful weeks of work, and we chose to stay at the Mill Rose Inn. Although Half Moon Bay is a 45 minute ride from our house, we felt as if we had entered a world of make-believe when we arrived at the inn. Flowers, fountains and bushes decorate the building's grounds. The gardens, both in front and in back, are tranquil sanctuaries for sitting with cups of complimentary coffee or tea and a pastry, or a glass of brandy or sherry (gratis) and a fruit and cheese plate provided by Terry and Eve, the owners. A gazebo in the back garden hides the private hot tub, and at night, tiny white lights ornament the garden and the house, turning it all into a fantasy.
The fantasy continues inside the house, where you feel as if you've entered the Victorian era. The walls (and some ceilings) are covered with William Morris wallpaper, the gorgeous furniture and accessories come from other places, and the amenities at the Mill Rose Inn supersede those of any bed and breakfast or inn we've ever been to: cakes, cookies, coffee and teas are available in the stunning dining room; refrigerators in the rooms are stocked with a carafe of wine, fruit, soft drinks, beer, and seltzer (all complimentary), and on the table in the bedroom are 2 carafes, one with sherry, the other with brandy; the bed is comfortable, and the linens are lovely; the working fireplace in the bedroom creates just the right kind of coziness; and you can take DVDs that are in the dining room and watch them in the bedroom.
The breakfast was phenomenal. We were expecting something gooey and overly sweet, but were pleasantly surprised with a delicious fresh fruit salad with perfectly ripe melon, blueberries, strawberries, banana and kiwi slices, a banana-orange frappe, a glass of champagne, and something that tastes like a cross between a cheese frittata and a blintz served with a croissant.
Terry and Eve made us feel so welcome, that we're already thinking when we can go back for another mini-vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mill Rose Inn invites you to spend a night or weekend in the comfortable luxury of an English country garden by the sea. All the conveniences of a world class hotel, including free WiFi, and the charm and gracious services of a small country inn are beautifully combined here in this AAA Four Diamond award-winning inn. We are a great romantic getaway destination as well as wedding venue. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mill Rose Hotel Half Moon Bay