Just two minutes from Rochester’s center, I turned down a narrow lane that ended in a security fence across the pavement. After entering in the provided security code the gate slowly opened and I drove through, entering what can best be described as a beautiful oasis within the city.
Immediately to my left, behind a circular driveway, is the white frame shuttered historic family mansion of the “Woodward Farm”, part of the once private agricultural estate of Lysander Woodward, and now home of The Rochester Carriage House Bed & Breakfast. The building itself, dating from 1849, is stunning, and is surrounded with mature pines and elms, interspersed with flowering gardens and ornamental trees.
The decor is one of relaxed elegance with soft carpet underfoot in a living room of beautiful artwork and furnishings, a fireplace and earth tones.
Through a wide arched entryway is a dramatic sunroom with a marble breakfast table with seating for ten and a custom made bar. The sunroom overlooks an outdoor pool and gardens that include a lily pond, a fieldstone men’s and women’s shower room, and comfortable outdoor seating. Wow!
The kitchen is black granite under white cupboards with a matching center island. Chandeliers and recessed lighting provide contemporary and elegant touches. It is in this room that the owner (Don) creates his organic buckwheat pancakes (farm fresh eggs) with Maple Syrup, one of the breakfast offerings. The room even has a wood fired pizza oven!
The property offers 3 large rooms and one suite, each tastefully decorated with care. Soft comforters and sheets with down pillows adorn the queen beds, and each room has a flat screen TV with cable. The bathrooms are roomy with stall showers in marble, and the entire property is Wi-Fi equipped.
There are plans to offer a massage and tanning room, library, mirrored gym/yoga studio, healthy organic breakfast’s, and bicycles for guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Rochester is now home to its first bed & breakfast "The Rochester Carriage House". The home is Rochester's oldest dating back to 1849. The original home is still intact with many upgrades added on over the years, including a 800 square foot sun-room, swimming pool, pool house, gourmet kitchen, etc.The three rooms located in the upper portion of the house can be rented individually or together. The fourth room located on the west side of the property is over 900 square feet and features a full kitchen and living room. All room nights include a Continental breakfast, which includes: Seasonal fruits, waffles, pancakes & maple syrup, hot & cold cereals, yogurt, cookies, toast & jams, tea, coffee, organic squeezed orange juice, mineral water and milk. ... more less
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