A tad from the more familiarly worn path; tucked away in a secret hideaway of a town, lies one of the most stunningly simple and elegantly dynamic bed and breakfasts my wife and I have ever stayed in. Part of its appeal was the location, a lot of it was the décor, some of it was the structure itself, but an integral component to this bed & breakfasts success are the charming pair of current owners, Ellen & Jerry Roth. Nearby to Raleigh or Richmond, you will be swept up in this places elegant simplicity and lovely appropriations. But don’t take my word for it; the Ivy Bed & Breakfast is listed on a number of respected sites like Bed & Breakfast Inns Online, American Historic Inns Directory, and can be found in the likes of IntroLinks, BellHop.com, and LanierBB.com, among many others. You might even just find yourself traveling through the area and ask your GPS where to stay; whether you’re nearby or far away, you can definitely have a refreshing stay at Ivy Bed & Breakfast.
Ivy Bed & Breakfast has a long, rich, and deep history. Dating well back more than 100 years, the Ivy Bed & Breakfast had a number of positive things which immediately held our interest. Outside of the somewhat original aspect of it’s being an impeccably clean place, the Ivy Bed & Breakfast has some wonderful accent pieces like the fine dresser, day bed, beautiful curtains, working fireplaces in all but one of the rooms, rocking chair, vanity, and so much more. In addition on our stay at the Ivy we enjoyed relative quiet and privacy. There was one other guest staying just next door to us but when we closed the doors, we didn’t hear a peep all night. We could hear that their television was on from the hall, but there was not a noise to be had when the doors were shut.
We also had a pretty excellent bathroom. Ours was a shared bath but the room on the other side of the bathroom was unoccupied so we enjoyed privacy all evening long.
The beds are nice and you will wake up refreshed, but the icing on the cake of this stay was most certainly the breakfast. Current owner Ellen Roth has a culinary background and takes your breakfast made to order. The other folks who were staying in the property as well hadn’t touched base with the hostess the evening before; never fear as their order was taken on the spot and served promptly.
My wife and I were fortunate enough to enjoy something of a three course meal before the sun had risen to its apex. We were introduced with orange juice, coffee, and water. A buttered blueberry muffin was the first order of the day. A blueberry muffin of this one’s stature would be my whole breakfast on another day; however this was just the opening act to the three part harmony of lovely breakfast. Once that was cleared away, the coffee continued to pour and we were treated to sugar coated, cinnamon, caramel apples. Imagine the apples in an apple pie, finely diced and freshly warmed; in a glass dessert cup with the fine granules of sugar and caramel coursing throughout. As if that were not enough then we were given the placement we’d ordered the evening before; stuffed French toast. This was no ordinary French toast; these were tersely grilled, flattened pieces stuffed with fruits, nuts, and cream cheese. There was a peppering of powdered sugar about the plate and streams of syrup which were painstakingly affixed in zigzagged lines for the syrup seeker to dip as they saw fit.
We parted ways with the Ivy bed & breakfast owners and headed out onto the road for our long trip back to the Big Apple. My reflections of this place remain affixed and the memories are set. So if you’re looking for a vacation destination and you have tired of the urbane-urban lifestyle, why not head off Rte 158 a ways and meander into the tiny town of Warrenton North Carolina to stop in at the Ivy Bed & Breakfast.