The Ellwanger Estate: Bed & Breakfast

An Urban Retreat

The home of George Ellwanger and family for 115 years has undergone a comprehensive historical restoration. We wish to share the Ellwanger Estate as your premiere lodge destination. Please share the excitement and energy of this landmark site.

The historical Ellwanger Estate located in the heart of Rochester’s Mt. Hope/Highland Historic District is your premiere lodging destination. From film shoots to friendly overnights, this beautifully restored home offers four 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 Mt. Hope/ Highland Historic District, combined with the ambience of the Ellwanger Estate will exceed your every expectation. The Ellwanger Estate will be pleased to help you plan a special event or a simple weekend get-away. We are the proud recipients of the I Love Inns and American Historic Inns “Top 10 Most Romantic Inns of North America” award, and featured in Travel and Leisure, Rochester Magazine, INNS Magazine, and Design Sponge: Rochester, NY city guide.

Now get ready to charge your batteries at the Ellwanger Estate B&B. We teamed up 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 our overnight guests. This installation makes The Ellwanger Estate a new hot spot on the national electric vehicle map.

The Ellwanger Estate is the former home of George Ellwanger, world-renowned Horticulturist. This handsome, 19th century house was originally built in 1839 by James Hawks and subsequently purchased by horticultural pioneer George Ellwanger in 1867. It was enlarged at that time by architect Andrew J. Warner and again in the early 20th century by his son, J. Foster Warner. The Ellwanger family continued here until 1982, when George’s granddaughter, Helen, the founder of The Landmark Society of Western New York, bequeathed the property to that organization. The house was then rehabilitated as a residence and country inn.

After a long period of vacancy, the property was purchased by Rosemary Janofsky in 2006. An extensive and challenging rehabilitation of the house and carriage barn was completed.  As part of this exceptional project, new roofs were installed, structural elements were repaired, a new and expanded front porch was constructed, and paint colors were selected to enhance the picturesque design of the historic buildings. Today, the house serves as both a private residence and the Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast. 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.

Rochester offers many area attractions: The Susan B Anthony House, Strong National Museum of Play, Memorial Art Gallery, George Eastman House, Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester Museum of Science,  Strasenburgh Planetarium, Highland Park, University of Rochester, and the Eastman School of Music, just to name a few. Ask our knowledgeable staff to assist you with the many possibilities to explore in the Rochester Area and about the many fine-dining establishments that Rochester offers.