Located in the heart of the quaint village of Caledonia, you’ll find the Old Caledonian. This bed and breakfast is situated on four acres of stunning gardens, manicured lawns, walking trails and quiet patios to relax.
The historic home was built in 1849 by Elijah Starr Ruggles and is now known as st Ruggles-Evans-Dent house. Back then, it was considered a lavish and regal mansion in its Greek Revival-style construction. Its history is full of interesting happenings and people who connect these walls to faces and names.
Jon Emanuel and Penny Province, the husband and wife team who own and operate the bed and breakfast, are knowledgeable about the area history and enjoy sharing the story of the home. When we visited with them as they showed us the house and grounds, it was evident to see they have a passion for creating not only a clean and welcoming place for individuals but also providing a canvas for their guests to make lasting memories and truly experience an all-encompassing relaxing retreat.
From chef prepared food, triple-sheeted beds, peaceful gardens, relaxing baths and complimentary robes; Jon and Penny utilize their combined 30 years of culinary and hospitality experience to provide a quality weekend stay away from it all.
When you stay at the Ruggles-Evans-Dent house today, you will experience the same lavish details and regal elegance that the 168-year-old home has to offer, plus modern amenities such as the Old Caledonian’s luxury triple-sheeted bedding, en suite baths, mini-refrigerators and flat screens/satellite TV in each room.
You will get handcrafted, chef quality meals prepared by Jon. A full breakfast is included as well as afternoon tea with each stay. Dinner can be added to your stay, per-request.
As you roam around the home you will notice that every room has a theme, and each item from furniture to photos on the walls have been chosen with care to tell the stories of the unique history of the home. The photographs above the mantle in the sitting room are Penny’s grandparents, Columbus and Caroline Bean, who were founders of the Village of Caledonia, and whom two of the rooms you can stay in are named after; the Columbus Room and the Caroline Room.
Each of the suites are 20′ x 20′ making them very roomy and each has their own bathroom. The Hawthorn Room is the only room on the main floor and they opted to make this one completely wheelchair accessible with a roll-in shower and other practical additions for ease of use for guests who may require it.
The Heather Room reflects the Scottish heritage that this area holds, as heather is a flower and the Scottish symbol of luck. This room is a soft lavender color and situated overlooking the gardens and backyard pond. The large claw-foot tub is perfect for a long soak.
The Caroline Room is just next door and also features a luxurious claw-foot tub and has hand painted ceiling details and coordinating vintage inspired blue and white toile wallpaper. This room is situated with views of the gazebo.
The Columbus Room is across the hall from the Caroline and is the only room with the bathroom not in the same room. Your private bath is just next door. This makes this room seem especially roomy and the decor is much more masculine with its warm greens and browns.
The bed and breakfast is particularly accommodating for weddings or special events as they provide a Brides Room that is fitted with comfortable vintage couches, makeup stations, a changing space, and TV with fun wedding themed DVDs provided. The space is a photographers’ dream as a wedding backdrop and the Brides Room creates a stunning space for those photos of the bride and her maids getting ready on the big day.
The gazebo outside situated among gardens and a koi pond makes for a beautifully tranquil setting for an outdoor wedding. There is space to accommodate just about as many guests as you need and they have white chairs available for all events that can be set up in the gazebo or in the yard around. Jon is also a certified wedding officiant since 1989 and able to perform weddings if you need that additional service as well.
Even with it’s close proximity to Highway 21, the large trees, white picket fence, well-kept shrubs and gardens create a quiet and secluded space and can add a sweet, personal feeling to your event.
Speaking of events, the Old Caledonian has recently collaborated with Edge-Clif Vineyards to bring a unique dining experience to Caledonia called The Winemaker Dinner. They curate an outstanding menu paired with specially selected wines and finish with gourmet desserts.
Check out their Facebook page for updates and details about the next Winemaker Dinner and other upcoming events and specials!
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