The Victorian Rose

The Victorian RoseWhen Eric and I decided to take a weekend trip over to Ventura, I quickly discovered that there was a magical place to stay there. It’s a bed and breakfast. In a church. That’s right, a nineteenth-century church and wedding chapel, lovingly transformed into a B&B, with all the stained glass windows intact. It is such a beautiful and special place, and the rates are astounding for what you’re getting. Really and truly very affordable. (I should probably go ahead and say that no paid me to say any of this–it’s just an amazing hotel!) Should you ever find yourself in the area, I ever so highly recommend it.

The Victorian RoseWe were lucky enough to get the choicest room, which was originally the choir loft. That spiral staircase leads the way up to our door. Majestic.

The Victorian RoseAnd this is the view from our balcony. The breakfast table is on what was once the altar.

The Victorian RoseThe stained glass is just gorgeous.

The Victorian RoseCan’t get enough!

The Victorian RoseOur room had an imperial China theme, and I just could not get over all the thoughtful details.

The Victorian RoseThis chaise lounge sits in front of another magnificent stained glass window. It was so lovely to watch the light slowly filter through the colors. The red door leads into the jade-themed bathroom, which I regretfully did not take any pictures of. But believe me, it was charming!

The Victorian RoseI miss this fireplace already. I spent a lot of time reading and nibbling on chocolate, cakes, and pies. Every afternoon our hostess, Nona, would set out a table full of deliciousness for us. It was seriously the height of luxury! At least for those who like to eat chocolate and read books.

The Victorian RoseBreakfasts were equally spectacular. On Saturday morning we had these Swedish pancakes with strawberry preserves. I took one bite and said, “This tastes like heaven.” They had a subtly malted flavor. Oh, they were divine.

The Victorian RoseOn Sunday we had corned beef hash for St. Patrick’s Day. It was wonderfully decadent.

The Victorian RoseOf course, one of the best parts of staying at a B&B is getting to know your hosts, and Richard and Nona were just about the kindest people you’ll ever meet. It’s clear that they do everything with a lot of love, and we just felt so wonderfully welcome. I noticed that Nona made special mini cakes for anyone celebrating birthdays or anniversaries. So very sweet. We also had the chance to meet a handful of other guests and had fun comparing notes about how we spent our days. B&Bs always provide such unique experiences and, I think, really help you to get acquainted with the place you’re visiting. But this one, it pretty much takes the cake. We can’t wait to go back!

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