Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast

896 East Main Street, Ventura, California 93001
Innkeeper(s): Nona & Richard Bogatch
 
  • Introduction

    The Victorian Rose is one of Ventura's oldest landmark buildings. Remembered a church & romantic wedding chapel, the building has been completely restored as a one-of-a-kind Bed & Breakfast for your enjoyment & comfort. All rooms provide special amenities such as 11 foot ceilings, gas burning fireplaces, newly appointed tile baths, televisions and free WIFI. This incredible display of several styles of architecture remains standing over 120 years with it's 96 foot steeple still acting as a sky line landmark. The Victorian Rose is centrally located to nearby mountains & seashores. Golf courses, boat launching, fishing, Channel Islands tours, Harbor Village & wine tasting are just a few of the fun things you can participate in while visiting Ventura.

    The Victorian Rose has been in many publications and media, such as Sunset Magazine, Victorian Homes, California Bungalows, Amazing Vacation Homes, the Discovery Channel and Victorian Ladies hardcover.

    The Victorian Rose is only a few blocks from our city's pristine beaches, surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, and most attractions including Grant Park, Surfer's Point, the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau , the Majestic Ventura Theatre, Ventura State Beach and Pier, & the Museum of Ventura County.

    Near the historic Olivas Adobe Hacienda, the Harbor and Ventura Island Packers Island Tours with their regular whale watching trips and visits to the beautiful Channel Islands , or Golf at Olivas Links, Buenaventura, & River Ridge Golf Course. Ojai, Santa Barbara & central coast wineries are just a short drive away. We are close to the Oxnard Airport, 45 minutes south of the Santa Barbara Airport, & sixty minutes north of Los Angeles International Airport.

     
     

     



     

     

     
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Richard and Nona Bogatch for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We are a 120 year year old church.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our food. We are unique because ouir guests get to sleep in a gothic church.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The beach and our old mission

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    People have said we have made a difference in their life.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    A boat trip to one of the channel islands

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Museums, antiques, gift and second hand stores, boating and our harbor

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Theatres, food, shops and more

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Indian food, Italian and Steak Houses

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    www.ventura-usa.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 5 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We are sorry, but we do not allow pets.

     

  • Breakfast & Wine and Cheese

    Enjoy a delicious home cooked breakfast at a formal dining table. We prepare such delicious entrees such as Frittatas, Crème Brulee French toast, Swedish pancakes to name a few.

    Afternoon Wine and Cheese consists of local and California wines, cheese and crackers, and mouth-watering hand crafted sweets and confections. If you prefer Afternoon Tea or coffee, we will graciously oblige. Along with our Wine and Cheese hour, enjoy chatting with your hosts and others in a serene and majestic setting with 26 foot high ceilings adorned with original stained glass.

  • History of the Victorian Rose

    The last thing most people expect to see cruising thru a Southern California beach town is a monument to Victorian gothic glory. Yet, the Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast sits among its California bungalow neighbors - a testament to the gothic cathedrals from a bygone era complete with a 96-foot spire, which proudly reaches out to touch the sky amid the blue pacific backdrop.

    Originally built in 1880 by Selywn Locke Shaw to house the parishioners of Saint John's Methodist Episcopal Church, it operates today as Ventura's only full service Bed & Breakfast. Becoming Ventura's only B&B is a story in itself. Much of the renovation was done by Richard and Nona themselves with decorating kudos going to Nona. Renovating old structures pose unique challenges and the Victorian Rose proved to be no exception. But for Richard and Nona, it was also like that other movie, Field of Dreams - "Build it and they will come". At least that's what they hoped for when they finally opened the doors to the Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast in 1999. Turns out Richard and Nona are fantastic Innkeepers. This is a true B&B in every sense of the phrase. The Victorian Rose B & B is one of our favorite "staycation" destinations.

    Another feature that sets the inn apart is access to Richard's library collection of historical photos, journals, letters and books. With over a century of history at your fingertips, history lovers staying at the inn will be in B&B heaven. Elegantly decorated throughout, the inn is also a haven for romantics. Having served both as a church and a wedding chapel, there have been countless weddings here. In fact, many of Bogatch's guests were once bride and groom at the locale. They particularly remember one couple in their 90's who came to the inn to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary.

    Being the last remaining structure of its kind in Ventura, the Victorian Rose rivals the San Buenaventura Mission for most photographed and painted. Not only is it admirable as a Ventura icon, it's well worth the stay.

    Next to the Victorian Rose stands another rescued Victorian Gothic farmhouse named the Herbert House, 1874. It was the oldest habited house in Ventura. Abandoned and left for demolition, the Bogatches moved it by dismantling and numbering it piece by piece to place it next to the Victorian Rose. Originally, the Herbert House was habited by a pioneer merchant/grocer and the Ortega chili family.

  • Area Information

    The Victorian Rose, in historic downtown Ventura, is located a few blocks up the street from the Mission San Buenaventura. It is just blocks from the beautiful City Hall, close to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, which is home of the Ventura County Fair and Ventura Raceway, trade shows, concerts, and year round events, with the Amtrak Station just steps away.

    We are only a few blocks from our city's pristine beaches, surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, and most attractions including Grant Park, Surfer's Point, the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Majestic Ventura Theatre, Ventura State Beach and Pier, the Museum of Ventura County,
    and 71 Palm Historic French American Restaurant.

    Near the historic Olivas Adobe Hacienda, the Harbor and Ventura Island Packers Island Tours with their regular whale watching trips and visits to the beautiful Channel Islands, or Golf at Olivas Links, Buenaventura, & River Ridge Golf Course. Ojai, Santa Barbara & central coast wineries are just a short drive away. We are close to the Oxnard Airport & sixty minutes north of Los Angeles International Airport.

    Ventura

    Ventura
    0.4 mi Visitors Center
    0.4 mi City Hall

    Ventura County Fairgrounds
    1.0 mi County Fair 
    1.0 mi Ventura Raceway

    Beaches

    Pristine Beaches
    0.7 mi Ventura Pier
    1.1 mi Surfer's Point
    1.9 mi Ventura State Beach
    3.7 mi Ventura Harbor Village

    Enjoy the History of Ventura

    0.6 mi Mission San Buenaventura
    4.4 mi Olivas Adobe Hacienda
    0.7 mi Museum of Ventura County

    Outdoor Sporting Activities

    0.4 mi Kayaking
    1.0 mi Bicycling
    1.1 mi Surfing
    3.7 mi Scuba Diving
    3.7 mi Sport Fishing
    3.7 mi Kiting
    3.7 mi Whale Watching
    5.0 mi Golf
    13.2 mi Motorcycling

    The Channel Islands

    www.nps.gov/chis/index.htm
    3.7 mi Island Packers Island Tours

    Night Life

    venturarocks.com
    0.0 mi Restaurant Menu & Reviews
    0.3 mi Downtown Cinemark 10 Theater
    0.7 mi Rubicon Live Theatre
    0.7 mi Majestic Ventura Theatre
    0.7 mi The Improv
    3.7 mi Harbor Village Comedy Club

    Explore

    0.5 mi Saturday Farmer's Market
    0.7 mi Grant Park, Ventura
    9.5 mi Wineries
    10.6 mi Maritime Museum, Oxnard
    11.1 mi Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard
    11.2 mi Elite Live Theater, Oxnard
    12.4 mi Murphy's Auto Museum, Oxnard
    12.7 mi Mullins Automotive Museum, Oxnard
    13.9 mi Art Museum, Santa Paula
    16.5 mi Aviation Museum, Santa Paula
    16.6 mi California Oil Museum, Santa Paula

    Nearby Fun Cities

    10.8 mi Oxnard
    15.3 mi Ojai
    16.7 mi Santa Paula
    27.9 mi Santa Barbara

     
  • Easy Directions:

    If traveling 101 Freeway North:

    1. Take California St. off ramp turn right to Main St. 
    2. On Main St. turn right - proceed approximately 5 blocks to 896 E. Main St. (corner of Kalorama St.)

    If traveling 101 Freeway South:

    1. Take Main St. off ramp through downtown (approximately 1 mile) to Kalorama St. turn right

    Parking:

    Unrestricted parking on Kalorama St and limited parking behind building.