How will I know that I'm in a Victorian B & B? Although the Victorian Era spanned many years and produced a number of styles in architecture, you'll often see a detailed "gingerbread house" exterior with steeply pitched roof and full width porch. You'll definitely see interesting nooks and crannies in the facade such as bay windows and cupolas. The appearance won't be symmetrical, more like a castle. Inside look for beautifully detailed woodwork, fancy moldings, stained glass, fireplaces, even secret passages and cupboards! Often you'll find tiled floors, curving staircases, chandeliers and wall sconces. Richly patterned wallpaper and of course, period furniture add a final touch.
I (Nancy) lived in a Victorian house for 5 years and will never forget the magical curved wooden staircase, the expansive front porch with swing, the front "music room" and the many rooms, hallways and staircases!
These large Victorian houses were built by the wealthy and were in fact status symbols by virtue of their size and fine detailing Over time these houses became much less "practical" and took a back seat to more modern and modest structures. They became associated with the past and with times of great inequalities. Because these Victorian houses have much more history than those from later times, and because they have been used in literature as vehicles for evil, the "old Victorian house" has a reputation of being haunted. However, unless you are particularly looking for a an old "haunted" house, you are unlikely to feel frightened in a Victorian Bed and Breakfast. They have been restored and refurbished for good sleeps, good food, and good fun!
For more on the association of Victorian houses and ghosts, CLICK HERE!
Schuster Mansion Victorian Bed and Breakfast
You certainly don't need a special reason to stay at a Victorian Bed and Breakfast, but they are the perfect venue for so many special occasions!
Many Victorian Bed and Breakfasts have gardens and larger rooms for wedding receptions, anniversary and birthday parties and holiday events. It's lovely to be able to stay overnight in a cozy room after you've had a bit of celebratory wine instead of having to head off into the night!
If you plan far enough ahead, you can book the entire bed and breakfast for a bridal shower and getaway weekend or even for a small family reunion. Although bed and breakfasts usually serve only breakfast, for special occasions where the entire inn has been reserved, you can often ask for tea, wine and cheese, or even dinner.
Book time at a Victorian Bed and Breakfast for a photo shoot! They are usually quite picturesque both inside and outside around the grounds and garden. With the Victorian architecture as a backdrop, your photos will be especially striking.
Bed and Breakfasts make a great place to connect with friends. You can stay at one that is most central when gathering friends from far away. Choose one with lovely common areas where you can relax and catch up in ways that are just impossible in the hustle and bustle of day to day life. You don't have to cook or clean! Enjoy a large breakfast and then go to a recommended restaurant for dinner!
If you have a teenager or young adult child, a special time at a bed and breakfast can be the occasion for some conversation that goes beyond, "what did you do today?" It provides the time, the space and the slower pace that is often needed for more in-depth discussions. Time is such a precious thing, and scheduling time away says that you care!
Of course, time with a partner at a Victorian Bed and Breakfast can be very romantic! Enjoy the room, the food, the time together, and the more intimate setting that a home-based stay has to offer.
Once you find a bed and breakfast that you love, you'll find yourself coming up with plenty of reasons to go there!
TC Inn Victorian Bed and Breakfast