A B&B at the Ellwanger Estate

625 Mount Hope Ave , Rochester, NY 14620-2730 USA (Show map)

About

The historical Ellwanger Estate located in the heart of Rochester’s Mount Hope Cultural District is your premiere lodging destination. This beautifully restored home offers rooms with spectacular views of the lush garden and courtyards. Stroll in the famous Ellwanger Gardens or enjoy a cool drink on the home’s restored veranda. The natural beauty of the Mount Hope and Highland Park Preservation area, combined with the ambience of The Ellwanger will exceed your every expectation. The Ellwanger will be pleased to help you plan a special event or a simple weekend get-away. The Ellwanger Estate is the former home of George Ellwanger, world-renowned Horticulturist. The Gardens are owned and maintained by the Landmark Society of Western New York and the seasonal changes invite you to come back year after year.

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Overall
4.9

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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Lovely Stay

4.6 on July 14, 2016

Everything from the accommodations, to the grounds, to the hospitality at the Ellwanger Estate exceeded my expectations. Will be coming back.


Luxurious home away from home!

4.6 on April 14, 2016

The Ellwanger Estate is a veritable oasis where most travelers' expectations will be exceeded. The location is private yet has easy access to downtown and the greater Rochester area. What sets this B&B is not so much the lovely compound of the estate or the well-appointed accommodations or spacious common areas, but rather the innkeeper, Rosemary. She makes visiting this extraordinary venue an exceptional lodging experience. Guests are warmly welcomed, their needs anticipated from reading glasses to yoga mats!! Moreover Rosemary serves a sumptuous breakfast with engaging conversation. Visit once and you will leave wanting to return! I did.


winter getaway

4.8 on January 04, 2016

Rosemary was awesome attentive but not intrusive Rooms very comfortable Breakfast amazing Best part Frank Sinatra playing in entry way


Christmas Shopping in Rochester

5 on December 14, 2015

My wife and I could not have been more impressed. This place is magnificent!!


Gorgeous house, peaceful stay, delicious breakfast.

5 on November 15, 2015

We stayed at the Ellwanger Estate for two nights (October 30th and 31st) while visiting friends in the area. The Woodland Suite was clean, comfortable and the Arts and Crafts style decor in the private sitting room is lovely. They have preserved a lot of the original features and gorgeous woodwork, but thankfully a modern bed and bathroom. The bed is like sleeping on a cloud and the WiFi signal is strong. There was no television in the room, but there is one downstairs in a small sitting room you can use if you want to relax. We were able to wander in and out when we pleased (provided a key), and the owner (Rosemary) always had tea, coffee and some sweets available. We ate breakfast with the other guests on the first morning, and they were very incredibly friendly and interesting people. Breakfast was delicious on both days. Fresh fruit and something delicious with eggs, as well as home made baked goods, on both mornings. We are still talking about the warm croissants! The day we woke up very late, and notified Rosemary we would not be down for breakfast, she kept it warm for us. Unfortunately, because we were on a two-day whirlwind tour of Rochester, we couldn't spend much time exploring the house. We were in awe at the level of restoration detail the owner has captured, right down to playing early jazz music in the grand sitting room, to make you feel like you have stepped back into time. It's really amazing. Rosemary will go above and beyond to make your stay comfortable. There was never an issue with parking our rental car in the driveway, there were plenty of spots available. It is also very walkable (or short drive) to the South Wedge area of Rochester, which has fancy coffee shops, pubs and places to have a nice lunch or dinner.


Superb

5 on October 17, 2015

Rosemary and Lisa are gracious hosts. The house is spacious, the rooms have every comfort, and the breakfasts are creative and delicious.


Amazing

5 on September 05, 2015

My family and I came to Rochester for the first time and were greeted by Rosemary who made us feel right at home. The estate is breathtaking; the garden is gorgeous and one that made us feel like we had stumbled upon the secret garden with our little one; the food was beyond our expectations - they even saw that our young daughter had foods that she would enjoy. The staff and ownership know how to offer hospitality and to welcome. We had a spectacular stay and will definitely be back at the Ellwanger next time.


Enchanted

5 on August 27, 2015

The Ellwanger Estate is simply magical and enchanting...our room was beautiful and very comfortable..we were able to relax and enjoy the entire downstairs of the house which included a formal dining room for our breakfasts, which I must say were a culinary delight served in the most elegant setting. Our stay at the estate was truly a memorable and unique experience.


Serenity

4.6 on May 04, 2015

I made the usual 5+ hour trek to visit my son at RIT...usually staying at a large hotel chain, but they were booked...a staff member at RIT recommended I check out the Ellwanger Estate. Wow, I am thrilled that she did!! Not your usual B&B person, I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable I was at Ellwanger! The beautiful home, fabulous rooms, an antique organ built into the landing going upstairs, the porch having a glass of wine or lemonade, the spectacular gardens and last but certainly not least, the amazing breakfast in the dining room. The approach reminded me of Tuscany...the park, not far, was filled with people taking pictures of the Spring blossoms...simply fantastic! I will definitely make the Ellwanger my Rochester home away from home.


I couldn't find a nicer B&B to stay in.

5 on December 09, 2014

The accommodations were superb, with so much to see and so beautifully arranged-- even with a 14 foot beautifully decorated Christmas tree. The breakfast included a delicious fresh pineapple cut in half and arranged as an artist would have planned. The entire breakfast was graciously served and delicious. I will definitely be back.


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Rooms & Rates

Travelers Rest

Grand, quiet sanctuary with a Queen bed, a private bath with shower, chandelier, reproduction antique writing desk, bamboo curtain rods with designer curtains, hand painted map wall murals, candle light fireplace, makeup vanity with mirror, air purifier, luxurious linens, and green glass tiled bath. It's a favorite for honeymooners and corporate guests. The cranberry and beige tones are comforting. Decorated by Antonia Orlando, with Designer's Library: "Memories of planning, exploring, experiencing new adventures".

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $195 - $225

Woodland Suite

Embrace nature & the Arts and Craft Era. This Suite offers a Prana King bed and a separate sitting room. The private bath has a 7 foot shower enclosure, rain shower-head, travertine tile, granite vanity with solid cherry base, and solar tube lighting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $215 - $240

Victorian Suite

It’s a favorite of families with children 8 y/o and up, women on retreat, and couples wishing separate beds. Furnished with 1 Queen and 1 Double bed, wrapped in chocolate and pastel tones, with a claw foot soaking tube and shower. Beautiful antique mahogany furniture and a large closet complete the room. For additional 3rd and 4th guest, fee of $50/per person/per night applies.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $205 - $235

Garden Room

The Garden Room, so named for the view of the Ellwanger Garden it affords. Designed with French Provincial wall covering, retractable ceiling fan, antique dresser/butler, and mirrored bar with chairs. Equipped with the original marble shower bathed in ambient light from a solar tube. On a moonlit night, it’s gorgeous! You’re wrapped in this warm glow.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $185 - $215

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Location

Location Type

Airport, Downtown, Secluded, Urban

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Fridge, Library, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Secretarial services, Spa, TV, VCR, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi, Wired internet , book lights,

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Telephone, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bird watching, Hiking trails, Genesee River Trail, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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Policies

  • Check In:: 2-6 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on weekends and holidays, exceptions based on availability.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit held with credit card, charged at time of check-in. We prefer deposits/balances to be paid by personal check.
  • Cancellations: What if you have to cancel? E mail 7 days prior to your confirmed reservation and all is refunded minus $35 process ing fee. Cancelation less than 7 days from your confirmed reservation will be subjected to a one night charge and $35 processing fee. Regretfully, there is no refund for early departures or shortened stays. Reservations cancelled less than 30 days prior to a stay over major holiday periods or any other special event period ( to include all Federal holidays, Lilac fest, peony weekend, Jazz fest, all graduations, and Meloria weekend) are NON REFUNDABLE. We have limited rooms available and actively plan for your arrival, so if you need to cancel this is your contribution to the historic building fund. Thank you for your understanding.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Rosemary Janofsky

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Cats , Meja is an outdoor cat

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Meals

Breakfast

3 course gourmet

  • Time Served: 8:30-10 AM
  • Serving Location: Veranda, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , gluten free, vegan


Signature Dish

Pear butter in the house speciality


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