Romantic and elegant…
Jenny and Ken have faithfully recreated the rich elegance and charm of times gone by in the Rose Room. With magazines, TV, fresh flowers, solid oak furniture, a double bed clothed with a down filled damask doona, extra pillows, towelling robes, and a heated towel rail all add to the feeling of tranquillity and peace in the Rose room. The French doors, with their lined, dense antique curtains held back by tiebacks all add to its classic charm.
History of the Rose Room:
Built in 1896, this gracious home provides an wonderful reminder of days gone by. Set in five acres of garden & parkland, there a gentle feeling of a traditional English country garden estate. The Rose room, with its 3.6m high ceiling has been a bedroom for over a hundred years. The french doors open onto roses, hydrangeas and fuchsias, overlooking the river. Some of the 46 bird species dance through that part of the garden. All the artworks were gifts by Ken or Jenny to each other during their ten year courtship. The oak gentleman’s sideboard is the main feature, with its secret compartments for collars and ties. Above this hangs an oak mirror which reflects a vase of flowers, cut fresh from the garden, which fill the room with colour and perfume.
Comfortable chesterfield lounges, a slow ticking clock, an extensive library and a log fire lulls guests into a sense of history, as if the first magistrate of the southwest, W.A.G. Walter, was still resting in the Sitting-room. Grand Victorian drapes frame the view from the bay windows and French doors to the ancient English oak and the mighty Blackwood River. Next door, the Queensland cedar dining table is reflected by the wall cabinet filled with crystal and cup and saucer sets. This leads to the jarrah lined kitchen where limited cooking, a refrigerator and tea and coffee facilities are available. Genuine relaxation is inevitable in the century old homestead.
Breakfast is the ideal place for the retreat….. a place where you can take a walk by the river, visit the island, browse in the library or simply relax with afternoon tea. Take time on the verandah, in the intimate boutique café, or perhaps in the garden surrounding Ford House.