I've stayed at many B&Bs over the years, and the Victorian Rose certainly stands out. For starters, it is the only B&B I've ever stayed in that used to be a church. The owners have done a wonderful job of renovating certain rooms into guest rooms, while keeping the main sanctuary areas nice and open. That space is filled with an eclectic collection of antiques (think statues, votive light stands, the church's original pulpit), and old Bibles in many different languages. There is also a Torah scroll and vestments. The original stained-glass windows are in excellent shape, and you could find yourself easily spending a great deal of time walking around just to take it all in.
Our room (Victorian Rose) was beautifully decorated, too, and the bathroom had an original stained glass window. I appreciated the gas fire place, as it was chilly in January.
But I think will also forever stand out from this experience is the warmth of the owners, particularly Nona, the hostess. Nona is a very talented cook who serves decadent, homemade desserts with tea and wine every afternoon at 5 p.m. Nona also sits down and visits with her guests, making them feel very welcome and the visit quite anticipated. She's happy to talk about the property, make recommendations for dinner and places to see. Nona's also quite knowledgeable about Ventura history, and she has some great stories to tell.
So, don't miss the 5 p.m. tea — be sure to plan your arrival accordingly.
For breakfast, we were further spoiled with Nona's cooking. One morning we had scrambled eggs with twice-baked potatoes and broccoli in cheese sauce. The second, we had Swedish pancakes — which were amazing.
When we left, Nona also had a hug for each of us.
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- Victorian Rose Hotel Ventura