Romantics, foodies, mystery seekers and anyone who loves the paranormal will simply flourish in style by stepping back into the Victorian era at the Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast in Ventura, California. The converted Medieval-period style church is now a whimsical building that offers original German stained-glass windows and a 96-foot steeple that once housed two congregations. The building is a historical landmark that was built in 1888 by Selwyn Shaw on donated land. The elegantly ornate Gothic-style and religious themed Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast sits downtown in the heart of a beach town that is bursting with life. Owners Richard and Nona are also the active innkeepers of the lovely and romantic historical bed and breakfast that has been renovated from the former Saint John’s Methodist Episcopal Church, and they invite you to come and bask in the luxury that transcends you back into another time when life was a lot less stressful.
A building with a deep, rich history that includes transformation is almost certainly guaranteed to have a few ghosts along the way, and in the case of the Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast, ghosts have been a large part of the building’s history beginning with the singing female ghost who fell to her death from the choir loft. Her haunting yet lovely soprano pipes can be heard flowing throughout the Emperor’s Bedroom, a suite that offers gorgeous views of the nearby hillside. The suite is also known for a relaxing Jacuzzi bath that can be found just behind the Emperor’s Royal Dynasty doors that are befitting of the Queen herself. The female apparition is known for calling out unsuspecting guests’ names during their stay at the bed and breakfast. Some believe that it is a simple cry for help, while others feel that she is merely warning guests to be careful.
The Fleur de Lis Room is another favorite at the bed and breakfast, simply because it basks you in French luxury and it has a ghost that enjoys giving unsuspecting guests a one-of-a-kind foot massage. Typically this event occurs as visitors of the inn are reclined in a relaxed position with their eyes closed. Over the years, reports from visitors have indicated that there is at least one ghost to each guest suite, and even though they appear to be mischievous in nature, they are friendly to the inn’s guests and the staff. Visitors to the bed and breakfast often comment to the innkeepers that they heard what sounded like a female voice calling out their name even though they were completely alone. Many believe it to be the ghost of the choir singer who fell to her death, possibly calling out for help. Tapping noises in the bell tower are a common occurrence as are disembodied voices.
Gothic and masculine, the Timeless Treasures Room is unforgettable, both by presentation, and by the ghostly minister who enjoys smoothing out the bed covers and tucking guests into bed for the night. He is often seen standing next to the ornate Grandfather clock looking as though he is in deep thought and then he just simply vanishes. The 120-year-old stained-glass windows are massive, architecturally brilliant and stunning, and the inviting Jacuzzi bath is a lovely sight to behold as it is encased by a Gothic arch that sits on top of marble steps that lead you to its intoxicating and bubbling effects that allow you to leave your worries behind.
The lobby welcomes guests to come in for a breathtaking view of the bed and breakfast’s interior, enticing visitors to stay for a while and allow the worries of the day to dissipate. It is also know as being a hot spot for paranormal activity. Footsteps from ghosts bustling about can be heard as if there is a ghost staff hard at work, sight unseen, but unusually noisy in their walking about the common area. Antiques and religious pieces, original to the church can be found almost everywhere you look. The sanctuary offered by the innkeepers at the Victoria Rose Bed & Breakfast encompasses a feeling of safety, peace and tranquility, just perfect for those in need of abstinence from life’s stressful situations.
Breakfast at the Victoria Rose Bed & Breakfast is nothing short of amazing. Foodies will enjoy the large array of seasonal fresh fruits accompanied by a home cooked meal served at a formal dining table that includes Crème Brulee French toast, Frittatas and Swedish pancakes with thick maple syrup. Afternoon wine and cheese are offered to guests who desire a relaxed setting while sampling some of California’s local wines complimented by a variety of cheese, crackers, sweet desserts and delightful culinary confections.
The location of the Victoria Rose Bed & Breakfast allows visitors to stroll to nearby downtown and take in the many sites of the coastal city. Ventura is a popular destination due to it being only an hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities of Hollywood and Los Angeles. The arts, culture and the Ventura Pier are just a few reasons to check out the eclectic and relaxed atmosphere of the beach. Location: 896 E. Main Street, Ventura, California 93001 Phone: 805-641-1888
The visitor’s center, museums, shopping, and restaurants are all located under a mile from the inn and city walking tours that offer beach, bird and whale watching are all popular activities among visitors. Information on all of these events can be found at the Ventura Visitors Center, just a half a mile west of the inn at 101 S. California Street, Ventura, California 93001. Phone: 1-800-333-2989
Ventura Ghost Tours: Every October and November you can experience the city from a paranormal point of view by visiting points of interest that are reportedly haunted. The city of Ventura is offering mystery lovers and ghost hunters the chance to learn while having fun. Bus tours will take guests past haunted hotels, murder sites and other creepy destinations, ending with a ghostly séance at City Hall. Reservations are required for ghost hunting, séance and haunted bus tours by calling: 805-658-4726 or 805-658-4728.
Special Packages: Guests of the Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast who are celebrating a life event such as an anniversary, baby, birthday, engagement, etc…will receive a special package by mentioning Facebook when making a reservation. The package includes: Fresh flowers, a bottle of wine, truffles and a petite cake for $19.98.