A B&B at the Ellwanger Estate

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


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. Now Get Ready to Charge Your Batteries At The Ellwanger Estate B&B. The Ellwanger Estate Bed and Breakfast teams with Tesla Motors to become the area’s first lodging host to offer a Tesla Destination Charger for overnight guests. Tesla Destination Charging is now offered as a new amenity for overnight guests. This installation makes The Ellwanger Estate a new hot spot on the national electric vehicle map. We are a very green B&B, devoted to energy efficiency, conservation, reuse, recycling and a hypoallergenic guest environment. Tesla’s focus on pure electric technology seems a perfect fit.We offer a full complimentary charge to our Tesla overnight guests.




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

The Best B&B experience

5 on November 19, 2017

My husband and I have stayed in B&B's all over the US and Europe. The Ellwanger Estate tops them all! The home is beautifully and tastefully decorated with Rosemary's touches everywhere. This was our second stay with many more planned for our future. Breakfasts were varied and as another reviewer stated, "works of art." We love the Woodland Suite with its lovely sitting area where we read, napped and talked. We were even able to invite family over for wine and cheese one evening provided by Rosemary who came out and personally greeted them. All the "extras" make this a unique experience. There is always coffee, tea, snacks, candy, good lighting, music, plugs for accessories, nightlights, extra blankets and lots of flexibility on breakfast, etc. The house is warm, cozy and comfortable no matter what area you choose to inhabit. We met international guests this time and had wonderful discussions. Thank you Rosemary for all you do.

A unique and stylish treasure in upstate New York

5 on September 12, 2017

If business or pleasure takes you to Rochester NY you'll find no better place to stay than Rosemary Janofsky's unique Ellwanger Estate. The rooms, most of them individually decorated by interior designers, are comfortable, well-equiped and very stylish. Rosemary is the perfect host: friendly, well-informed, funny and a superb cook - I'm sure you'll find no better breakfasts anywhere and every one looks like they should be stars of Instagram! The grounds are tranquil and exceptionally well cared-for. In short, the Ellwanger is a place to be treasured.

Amazing choice for our stay in Rochester

5 on August 21, 2017

The Ellwanger Estate exceeded our expectations in every way. Breakfast was absolutely wonderful, our room was immaculately clean, and we had plenty of privacy to enjoy the downstairs living areas. We are so glad we chose this B&B for our mid-week getaway.


4.8 on August 20, 2017

As always a wonderful stay. This is our staycation go to place. Rosemary is always accommodating and her establishment is so elegant and welcoming. We just love the experience every time we stay. We brought friends along and they were very impressed and had a wonderful stay as well.

Best Bed and Breakfast!

5 on July 29, 2017

We could not have asked for better service and hospitality. Wish we could have stayed longer. Would definitely return and recommend to anyone!

Perfect weekend getaway

5 on June 12, 2017

My wife and I come here to get away once a year and Rosemary (and indeed the entire staff!) are just fabulous. Couldn't ask for a more beautiful home to stay in!

Can this be real?

5 on May 22, 2017

Just returned from three night stay at the Ellwanger and it was not long enough. What a beautiful estate. Rosemary is an amazing person and has decorated the entire house with beautiful taste and comfort in mind throughout. Lighting good, furniture comfortable, colors lovely and restful. Breakfast was a treat everyday and my plate always looked like a work of art and tasted wonderful. The gardens grounds are beautiful and restful addition to the lovely house. Beds comfortable and everything we needed was within reach. I have stayed at many, many B&B's and this one tops the list. We will be back this summer to see how the gardens have changed. Within talking distance of history cemetery and and park as well as restaurants.

Beautiful Estate, Bountiful Breakfasts and Cozy Rooms

5 on March 13, 2017

We arrived early at Ellwanger Estate and that was no problem for Rosemary. She greeted us early and gave us a thorough introduction to the Estate and our quarters for the next few days. The room was spacious and open and exactly as described on their website. The bed was comfortable and warm and extra blankets and pillows were available when needed. We were there when Rochester received a pretty heavy storm and knocked out the power to the Estate for over 24 hours. Rosemary sprung into action and ensured we had sufficient lights and kept warm. She also comped us the night of the storm. Totally unnecessary, but Rosemary insisted. The location of Ellwanger is very close to the hospitals, which was the reason for our stay. Rosemary also gave us some extra care by providing amenities after my surgery which went above and beyond the duties of "bed and breakfast". There were several choices for restaurants and entertainment nearby. The morning breakfasts... after having Rosemary's breakfasts you won't be hungry til the evening hours. Such delicious and well-balanced breakfasts. A great way to start each day. We highly recommend staying at the Ellwanger Estate. We stayed in the Woodland Suite and it was delightful. My husband felt that this was his best stay at a bed and breakfast ever.

Innkeeper Response
As a guest of the Ellwanger Estate B&B, thank you so much for your patronage and leaving us with your insightful review! We are delighted to learn that you experienced a fantastic stay with us, savored an amazing breakfast experience, found the location convenient, and enjoyed our well-appointed Woodland Suite. Designer, MacKenzie Child called the room "Whimsical", stating "the outdoors slips inside to serenade your slumber". It certainly found it's way in by knocking out the power. Thank goodness for battery operated candles, a good deck of cards, and a sense of humor! We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon! Warmest wishes, Rosemary Janofsky

- Rosemary (innkeeper)

Even better than hoped for

5 on December 21, 2016

I booked the Ellwanger in part because it is walking distance from the nursing home my Mother is in. So glad I did. The estate is spectacular (even in winter). The building is gorgeous, Rosemary is very welcoming and accommodating. Turns out we were the only ones there that weekend (mid December) and had the run of the place. I am sad we were there i winter because the gardens look like they would be spectacular. Breakfast fast amazing.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the wonderful review and stay. We pride ourselves in exceeding guests' expectations and it seems we did just that. I also had the pleasure of meeting your mother yesterday, while giving a fun virtual tour of the Ellwanger Estate B&B and Gardens to the residents, and sharing our multigrain croissants with pear butter. It was a hit!! They too look forward to the Ellwanger Garden in May. We look forward to your return in the Spring!!

- Rosemary Janofsky, owner (innkeeper)

A Wonderful Stay

5 on October 01, 2016

My cousin and I stayed in the Victorian Suite at the Ellwanger Estate for two nights September 19 and 20th 2016. We loved our stay! The Estate is beautiful as are the surrounding gardens. Our host Rosemary was extremely helpful and friendly. The gourmet breakfasts were wonderful and extensive. There were also snacks like cookies and fruit out all day. The mansion is so historic and lovely. Our room was large and comfortable. We would love to visit again, and highly recommend this Inn.

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Rooms & Rates

Travelers Rest

The Traveler's Rest is a grand, quiet sanctuary, accessed by the stairs and offers 322 square feet of unique space in which to unwind and consider which Rochester landmark you'll take on next. Beautifully appointed in fine luxury with a Queen Prana bed, reproduction antique writing desk, and a private bath with shower, tiled in green glass. It's a favorite for honeymooners and corporate guests, with it's chandelier, bamboo curtain rods with designer curtains, hand painted map wall murals, and candle light fireplace. The cranberry and beige tones are comforting. Decorated by Antonia Orlando, with Designer's Library: for making"Memories of planning, exploring, and 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

The Victorian Suite is a favorite of families with children 8 y/o and up, women on retreat, and couples wishing separate beds. Accessed by the stairs, this suite offers 339 square feet of space in which to relax. The room is wrapped in soft cream and pastel tones, and is furnished with beautiful antique mahogany furniture, hand-painted muraled bedside tables, and TWO Prana beds: 1 Queen and 1 Double. The highlight of this one-of-a-kind space is the claw foot soaking tub with shower. 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: $210 - $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 Type

Airport, Downtown, Secluded, Urban


Rochester, NY (ROC-Greater Rochester Intl.) 5.5 miles miles

Directions to property:

Coming from the Airport Take Airport Road East to I-390 South and then take exit 16A to River Road. Continue West to Henrietta Rd (NY-15). Take West Henrietta north, which becomes MT Hope Coming from the East Take I-490 West and take exit 17 Goodman St. Turn left at Goodman St and continue to cross Clinton Ave. Turn right at Linden St and continue to end. Turn left at Mt Hope Ave (RT-15). Your destination will be on the right Coming from the West Take I-490 E and take exit 15 for South Avenue; Turn Right on South Avenue then take Mt Hope Ave, right at the light, (RT-15). Destination will be on the left Coming from the South Take I-390 north to Exit 16 West Henrietta Rd and continue on service road to East Henrietta Rd, turn right and go North. Take slight right at Mt Hope. 625 will be on your left after you pass Reservoir Avenue.

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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Spa, Farm, Mansion

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Electric vehicle charging, 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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  • 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: Reservation held with credit card, charged at time of check-in. We prefer 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.
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Rosemary Janofsky

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Meja is an outdoor cat

About the innkeepers

Rosemary was not born in the house that is now the Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast. Although a few call her Helen (Ellwanger, granddaughter to George, and preservationist). During the day, The Ellwanger (and Barry Botanical and Pomological Gardens” aka Mt. Hope Nursery) was a little piece of Heaven. It still is. “I stumble upon this diamond in the ruff and found that I needed it as much as it needed me”. She’s is now an innkeeper for the last 7 years ...and l loves it!

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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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