My husband and I spent two nights at Killburnie while attending my niece's wedding near Charlotte. I must say this will be one of our most memorable weekends ever. Not because of the wedding but because of Killburnie and the Inn Keeper Johannes Tromp.
On a gorgeous moonlight Friday evening we arrived at Killburnie and while pulling into the driveway we were amazed at the magnificent piece of architecture that stood before us with ambiance beyond ones imagination.
We were warmly greeted by the Inn Keeper Johannes who is a charming, warm, distinguished, down to earth gentleman who makes you, the guest, feel special. We stayed in the walk up suite (sitting area, fireplace, bedroom, whirlpool bath) which was a slice of heaven after a long 12 hour drive to this top notch destination.
Before we settled into our suite and headed out for dinner, Johannes gave us a brief tour of the Inn and the amenities. While doing so, he made a lovely recommendation of where to dine locally and we were not disappointed. He also made sure to ask us what time we would like to eat breakfast. When I asked him what time were the other quests dining, his reply, "it doesn't matter," this house and this time is yours so choose anytime you'd like to eat and it will be ready. I knew I loved this guy!
After a peaceful nights sleep in our luxury suite, we walked downstairs to the smell of the most fabulous breakfast ever. Juice and coffee awaited us along with a fresh warm muffin. A few minutes later out came warm peaches with a pecan topping on top of fresh cream. If that wasn't already enough, a beautiful omelet followed with mouth watering bacon cooked to perfection. After breakfast we walked around the Inn and admired the lovely decor and outstanding artwork which after talking to Johannes, all had special meaning to Killburnie.
We hate to admit it but our stay at Killburnie made the wedding seem like something we had to do and not what we came here for. We just didn't want to leave this place. The grounds are gorgeous and Johannes was kind enough to give us a tour of his residence across the road. After time spent at his home and a history lesson about the entire property surrounding Killburnie, it's easy to see why he loves what he does.
Early Saturday evening we did make it to the wedding and enjoyed time with family while witnessing the marriage of our niece. Every now and again during the reception we would find ourselves glancing at our watches just to be sure we would still have time to enjoy our last evening at Killburnie. The 32 minute ride back seemed to take forever but the thought of pulling in the driveway and the next morning's "to die for" breakfast, it was worth it.
Our hats are off to you Johannes! It was a pleasure staying at Killburnie and we are appreciative that you took the time to get to know us even though it was a short stay.
MaryAnn & Mark Alpaugh
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come home to this elegant and marvelously restored 1828 Country Home. Recommended by Southern Living Magazine, Kilburnie is appointed with all modern conveniences including hydro therapy whirlpools and Bose radios. Your innkeeper, the Dutch born Johannes Tromp will make sure that you’ll enjoy your stay. Like most of our guests, you’ll not want to leave this bed and breakfast. Kilburnie is an idyllic getaway known for its European laced Southern hospitality. ... more less