I’ve known about The Liberty Rose in Williamsburg since my grad school days at William and Mary but only recently had the opportunity to stay there. This luxurious bed and breakfast on Jamestown Road only a mile from Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchant’s Square is something of a rarity in this tourist town, which is dominated by chain hotels.
Situated under towering oak, beech, and poplar trees, this four diamond inn is colonial in style on the exterior but full throttle Victorian on the inside with decadently romantic rooms swathed in jacquard and velvet. Surrounded by sumptuous English gardens rich with blue hydrangea, creeping ivy and ferns, fountains, and cushioned rocking chairs, the Liberty Rose is something of a haven from the bustle of Williamsburg, and one is almost tempted not to leave.
All four rooms here are lovely, but my favorite pick is Magnolias Peach, which occupies an upstairs wing unto itself. Light and airy with windows on three sides, the room has a four poster Queen Anne bed dressed in soft as silk 800-thread count sheets and a quiet alcove with chaise lounge and electric stove.
Breakfast is beyond indulgent, and forget counting calories. It’s hopeless to even worry about it. Fresh fruit dishes followed by oozing ham and cheese croissants, scrambled eggs, and warm and gooey pineapple upside-down cake are the order of the morning here.