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Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Belleville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
1 review
“One of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

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

Room Tip: White Eyelet Room is great if you need to avoid stairs
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oak Park, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

Thanks to Dawn and Gary, we had the best time. We arrived at 4 p.m. and were graciously greeted by Dawn. Our beautiful room was welcoming and clean as a whistle! Dawn made us a reservation to a wonderful restaurant which we absolutely loved! We got up the next morning and hiked the lovely trail (of which there are two). We came back to a gourmet breakfast, served at 8:30 a.m. The table was lovely and Dawn was so very attentive! Gary joined us a little later and shared a few stories. Very delightful! I would certainly go back again. It's a place to go with family and friends, and next time I'll treat my husband for our anniversary!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

I've stayed at many B & B's, but never one where I felt more pampered and taken care of. Dawn and her husband, Gary, run this lovely inn and treat everyone like royalty. The grounds are truly beautiful and the breakfasts surpass any inn I've previously visited. Dawn is a gourmet chef, providing goodies both morning and evening. She also knows the area like the back of her hand and can direct you to any type of activity or dining you might want in the area. I highly recommend this beautiful inn for a relaxing and pampered experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Mount Zion, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

Just spent a week at Cameo Rose for a girls friends reunion and had a wonderful time. Dawn and Gary run a fantastic B&B. We were spoiled with beautiful rooms, delicious breakfasts, and scrumptious nighttime treats. Dawn and Gary also gave super advise on what to see in the area, where to eat, and how to get there. A truly wonderful experience in southwest Wisconsin. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautiful.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed here in 2005 and again last weekend for our anniversary! Dawn and Gary are so hospitable. They truly make you feel like you are a guest in their home.
Our room was very comfortable with 2 wicker chairs, electric fireplace, wine glasses out and ready to be used, mood enhancing CD's to play. All the little touches make it special!
Can't say enough about Dawn's breakfasts. Had a 4 course breakfast last weekend consisting of a poached pear with raspberry sauce and shaved Ghirardelli chocolate, homemade cinnamon roll with almond flavored cream cheese frosting, homemade omelet with ingredients of our choice, 7-grain toast with homemade jam and sherbet with a dash of champagne for 'dessert'. All was served elegantly on her beautiful dishes.
Oh, and I can't forget the triple frosted brownies we had waiting for us in our room when we came home from dinner the night before!
A MUST VISIT IF YOU COME TO WISCONSIN!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Farmington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

Three friends and I traveled from Iowa and Minnesota to spend some time together and to just "catch up". The Cameo Rose Inn was the perfect spot. We wanted to shop the quaint towns, relax and play bridge...lots of bridge. Dawn and Gary are wonderful hosts and made us feel welcome. The breakfasts were delicious and filling. It was fun to meet and talk with the other guests each morning. Dawn's mango and raspberry tea and lemonade in the afternoon along with homemade cookies and brownies were a treat and very refreshing as the temps were high. Dawn's recommendations on where to dine proved to be good choices. The swing on the front porch and gazebo were used by the 4 of us. Our room was comfortable, clean and spacious. As a matter of fact we were in the suite on the lower level complete with a large sitting area and TV. When we asked Dawn if she had a table that we could use to play bridge in our room at night, she set one up for us - not a problem, she said. The evenings were quiet and peaceful in the country. I would say that Dawn and Gary were very accommodating and their interest was in helping us make the best of our time while in the area. I would recommend the Cameo Rose Inn to anyone looking for a B&B experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

My significant other and I stayed at the Cameo Rose Inn for the first time last weekend. I can only reiterate what the previous reviewer "I don't fear roses" has said about the inn. Dawn and Gary are wonderful hosts and bent over backwards to make sure our stay was enjoyable. The breakfasts were outstanding and the grounds are secluded and conducive to hiking, which unfortunately we did not do this time due to a busy schedule that we had pre-planned. Next time we will make sure to take advatage of the trails.

It was so nice to meet and chat with the other guests as that is one of the best parts of staying at a B&B. You get to meet the most wonderful people.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a well-run B&B outside of Madison I highly recommend the Cameo Rose Inn.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Garden Room and loved the location and views outside of our windows.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn Bed and Breakfast

Property: Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn Bed and Breakfast
Address: 1090 Severson Rd, (10 minutes south of Madison), Belleville, WI 53508-9728
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Region: United States > Wisconsin > Belleville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Belleville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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