I recently had the opportunity to stay at the Augusta Rose Bed & Breakfast in Napoleon, Ohio. My stay was complimentary (I was the speaker for a local heritage group), but the service I received was the same as if I had been a paying guest.
The Augusta Rose is a Queen Anne style Victorian mansion that was originally a one-family home. The exterior is impressive with a wrap-around porch, and square corner tower. Typical Victorian gingerbread decorates the eaves, and is nicely painted to showcase the details.
Inside, a spacious living room with gas fireplace is available for the use of guests. Upstairs, in addition to the bedrooms, is a lounge for guests in the tower room. There are books and magazines available. The tower lounge has a microwave, and hot/cold water dispenser. There is no refrigerator in the lounge. I did not ask if guests could put something in the kitchen refrigerator.
There are four guest rooms, the Pemberley, Victorian Blue Rose, Latourelle, and The Shore. Each has a color scheme loosely based on the origins of the name. Each has a private bath with either a tub or shower, or both. There is also an extra bath in the hallway for use by all guests, if desired. All rooms have a small flat-screen HD television.
I stayed in the Pemberley. It has a queen bed, and bath with European shower. The TV was small (maybe 18" diagonal), but adequate for the room size. The shower was very nice, with a wand that could be used mounted or handheld. The bed was typical of an antique bed; it was very high, but I sort of like that. The mattress was firm but possibly had a memory foam topper. I didn’t pull the bedding off to check, but it felt like that might be what it was. Each room has a notebook containing local information.
The Pemberley is the smallest of the four guest rooms. The Victorian Blue Rose is the largest with a queen and twin bed, and enough room for a rollaway, as well.
I was a little concerned that it might be too warm in the room, since I like to sleep cool, and in a B&B you can’t usually control the thermostat for each room. But it was fine, perhaps around 70 degrees. I wouldn’t keep the temperature that high if I had the choice, but I wasn’t uncomfortable.
There is free, secure Wi-Fi throughout the building and property.
Breakfast is served at 9 am. That was great for me, because I don’t like to eat early. There were six guests, and two more relatives of a guest came in. We were served orange juice, coffee (regular and decaf), and a wonderful baked french toast with fresh blueberry sauce, with sausages on the side. There was plenty of food.
The hosts are Ed and Mary Hoeffel. Ed is from Napoleon, and farmed there his whole life. Mary is also from northern Ohio. They can explain much about the history of the area, as well as direct you to interesting places to visit and things to do.
The Augusta Rose is on Main Street, but oddly enough this is not the main street of Napoleon. You will not be bothered by traffic on this quiet street, just one block from the historic Wabash-Erie Canal.
Napoleon, Ohio is in the northwest corner of the state, west of Toledo. State parks, historical sites, and the Buckeye/ North Country Trail are all nearby. Napoleon is also the county seat with an impressive court house. The city's population is about 8, 000, so it's a small city with various services, several restaurants, shops, etc.
According to the web site, the rooms vary from $82-$88 a night, which price includes breakfast (no refund if breakfast is not eaten). No pets allowed.