We love staying at bed and breakfasts. Our experiences are as varied as the number of establishments we have visited. Most B&Bs have been enjoyable, some certainly unique. One was the B&B from hell, so we have experienced the lower end of the spectrum, and a couple have been wonderful in every way. Cameo Rose was one of the latter.
The décor is charmingly Victorian, with some gorgeous focal pieces in the common areas, like the collection of vintage hats and spats on the hall tree, the ornately carved antique organ in the sitting room, and the hand-made dolls displayed in a seasonal setting in the formal dining room. What seems like countless collections of dishes, books, framed art, and other visual accessories are scattered throughout the large Victorian-style house, but the effect is warm and inviting while preserving spaciousness, not cluttered, busy and claustrophobic, as some attempts at this style end up being.
Since I try to avoid stairs due to a recent hip replacement, the innkeeper went out of her way to arrange for our use of the one first-floor room, which was bright, beautiful and welcoming. How comfortable a bed will be is always a risk that travelers take. No worry here. As Goldie Locks said, the bed was just right, and we spent two restful nights in the White Eyelet Room, with its wingback chair and fireplace and private bath.
Breakfast at Cameo Rose is not a meal; it is an event, reminiscent of high tea. Multiple courses are served on beautiful antique dishes, with special attention to presentation. The food was delicious and boasted fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked scones and rolls, special juice blends, and gourmet jams and fruit spreads. One morning we were served eggs benedict, and the next, an omelet with many choices of filling. I chose fresh baby spinach and zucchini, black forest ham, and cheddar cheese, and wasn’t disappointed. Breakfast is substantial enough, that a mid-day snack and dinner is all one needs. But, of course, we didn’t turn down the evening offer of a beverage and a freshly baked treat. I might add that I am diabetic, and the innkeeper provided many delicious substitutions to accommodate my dietary restrictions.
One of the reasons we like staying at bed and breakfasts is meeting new people. Even though there were other guests for only the first of our two nights (our stay was during the slower mid-week, unlike the fuller weekends) our stay at Cameo Rose didn’t disappoint. It provided us with the added opportunity of getting to know our hosts, Dawn and Gary, better as they shared with us more details of inn keeping and the history of Cameo Rose. After hiking the miles of trails, my husband especially appreciated learning about the reforestation project, from Gary, that is taking place on the 120 acres of the B&B property. Being big gardeners ourselves, the other features of the property, like the pond, waterfalls, gazebos, rose arbors and gardens added to the enjoyment of our stay.
In conclusion, we would just like to say that if we are in the area again, we will definitely return to Cameo Rose and highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a peaceful respite in a beautiful setting, hosted by knowledgeable, talented and gracious people who will make your stay an experience you’ll want to repeat.
Pam & Dale Kessler
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- What a difference a night makes at a genuine Wisconsin getaway retreat on 120 scenic acres just 15 minutes from Madison - the University of Wisconsin, New Glarus - "America's Little Switzerland and Mount Horeb - "Little Norway". Voted "Best breakfast in the Midwest" and "#11 B&B / Country Inn in North America"! ~ Arrington's ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Country Inn Belleville
- Belleville Country Inn