The Ellwanger Estate: Historic B&B in Rochester, NY
Visiting the Ellwanger Estate is like looking through a kaleidoscope at the 19th and 20th centuries. It is serene and pastoral. The Ellwanger Estate is nestled in its own country-like setting and is surrounded by graceful copper beeches, a majestic fern leaf beech tree. The stately Blue Spruce is one of the first brought to Rochester, New York from the state of Colorado.
The historical rehabilitation and restoration efforts reflect the love and care for fine craftsmanship and architectural skills. Five fireplaces exemplify the Ellwanger’s Estate grandness, along with rich oak paneling, carved pillars in the Great Room and Grand Hall, and a glass enclosed conservatory.
The Grand Hall is dominated by a beautifully carved oak staircase that reaches upward to a landing where an 1878 Hooks and Hastings pipe organ commands an imposing image. The fireplaces, antique furniture, collection of books, and piano are meant for use not ornament. Estate guest are invited to enjoy the Great Room with its carved fireplace, graceful bay window that overlooks the ever-changing picturesque landscape and library corner with its surrounding bookcases, comfortable chairs and piano.
Guests enjoy breakfasting in the formal dining room entering through either set of French doors. The view from the bay windows affords glimpses of wildlife to include deer, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks that meander about the grounds. The glass enclosed conservatory with its southern exposure and the outdoor patio are ideal for breakfast settings in the warmer months.
The Ellwanger Estate is located in the heart of the Mt. Hope/Highland Historic District, one block from the Genesee River. It is within easy walking distance to Highland Park, the site of the world famous Lilac Festival and the renowned Victorian Mt. Hope Cemetery. Downtown and its major business are five minutes away. Within a ten minute radius from the Ellwanger Estate is the cultural district, College Town, Swiftwater Brewing Co., restaurant row, Highland Park, Mt Hope Cemetery, Greater Rochester International Airport, University of Rochester, RIT, Strong Memorial and Highland Hospital, and Market Place Mall. There is much to attract the Ellwanger guest. And now there is one more as of November 2016: TESLA charger! The Ellwanger Estate is truly a celebration in all seasons.