Rowan Oak House Bed & Breakfast
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Rowan Oak House, located in Salisbury, North Carolina, takes its name from Celt and Scottish legends that tell of the magical Rowan tree symbolizing beauty, hospitality, privacy, peace and sanctuary. We offer these gifts to our guests.
Known for years as the Milton Slater Brown house, the residence was lovingly designed and built by Milton Slater Brown in 1901 for his bride Fannie. While honeymooning in Europe during the first year of marriage, Fannie selected wallpaper for their new dining room in Salisbury. Her selection, featuring a hunting scene, still hangs in Rowan Oak's expansive dining room today, in addition to a portrait of Queen Louise of Prussia.
Rowan Oak House presents a glimpse into an era that will never exist again. Each time you visit, it is an ongoing adventure. It is a getaway to remember! The inn has developed a reputation for running a haven for the romantic, while still catering to the needs of the traveling business professional. The warm hospitality offers a place of sanctuary for tension-filled travelers.
"We invite you to relax on our wrap-around porch with its swing and rockers. Or - stroll our garden walks leading to five fountains. Come see us and "set a spell." You'll be glad you did."
Innkeeper reserves the right to request minimum stays on high impact events.
Approaching the high Victorian home, hugged by a large, wraparound porch, there is a feeling of warmth emanating from the freshly painted blue dwelling. Historic preservation is an important part of Salisbury, a fact that becomes quite evident as you approach the bed and breakfast. Rowan Oak House is proud to listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located in the West Square historic district just three blocks from the turn-of-the-century business area, the Rowan Oak House features a wraparound porch, a magnificent carved oak door, seven columned fireplaces with intricate woodcarving, and stained and leaded glass throughout. Remarkably, the original electric and gas light fixtures remain.
The stairwell in the entry area of Rowan Oak is magnificent. Enhanced with a handsome backdrop of quartersawn oak wainscoting, an elaborate brass Newell post gas/electric light perches at the base of the stairs. An angled fireplace stands across from the staircase. Seven fireplaces, each framed with a different mantle and tiles, rest throughout the house.
Each of the four oversized bedrooms is lavishly furnished with antiques, sitting area, desk, phones, down comforters & reading lights. All have large, luxurious private baths. Upstairs parlor has cable TV and VHS, books, magazines and board games.
Each morning, usually from 8:30 to 9:00, a candlelight, lavish gourmet breakfast is served on 60-year old Lenox china with sterling silver and tinted Depression glass.
Variety is a part of the magic of breakfast. Items such as fresh homemade bread, crab grits, "featherbed eggs", a layered casserole of scrambled eggs, flour tortillas, "secret sauce" and cheese served with homemade salsa are but a few of the tantalizing entries, along with hazelnut coffee.
A full breakfast is not served before 8:15 am. Anytime before that, a continental breakfast will be served.
What Our Guests Say About Us
"We rented Rowan Oak House for our wedding over Labor Day weekend. It was the perfect venue for hosting our small ceremony and reception (around 50 people). The impeccably groomed, flower-filled yard was a wonderful site for the festivities. The house is perfectly appointed, and Barbara is a master of detail. She made all the guests staying at the inn and our guests for the wedding feel comfortable and welcome. Thanks to Barbara and Les for a great experience."
"Recently, we made plans to move from our home in Massachusetts to North Carolina. In our search, we stumbled upon a beautiful B & B in Salisbury, NC called the Rowan Oak House. The innkeepers, Barbara and Les, welcomed as into their beautiful inn and made us feel immediately comfortable. They gave us a tour of their home and explained the history of the house and the surrounding area. Their home was even more grand than the pictures eluded to on the web site. We, particularly, loved the gardens and fountains that surround the property. We were encouraged to make use of all of the common areas and even their refride was at our disposal if we needed it. We were also fed glorious breakfasts each morning before we started our daily trek.The innkeepers, continuously, saw to our every need. They made weary travelers feel comfortable and relaxed after our long days of driving around. We would come home and sit on the porch swing on the spacious front porchand chat with Barbara and Les. They would listen as we talked about our discoveries and offer some helpful suggestions.We are very happy about our decision to make NC our new home and consider ourselves fortunate to have met such giving and caring people. They are the perfect people to be running an inn. Everyone should experience the charm of the Rowan Oak House."
Salisbury is a very old town (incorporated in 1753) and is a mecca for history, geneology, antiques and train buffs. A step on to Main Street transports you back in time 100 years.
Maps to the 30-square-block area, consisting of historic Downtown Salisbury and West Square, are available. The tree-lined streets showcase a collection of 19th and early 20th century homes. The Salisbury Station (built in 1907) and O.O. Rufty's General Store, reflect the period when the Rowan Oak was built.
A National Cemetery is located in Salisbury where a Confederate prison once stood. 10,000 Union troops are buried there and many impressive memorials have been erected by states commemorating their honored dead. Even the Josephus Hall house built in 1820's and owned by Dr. Hall, who was the Surgeon General in the Confederate prison, still survives and is open to the public.
Another major attraction in the area is the North Carolina Transportation Museum. In days gone by, it was the hub of the Southern Railways repair shop that serviced the mighty steam engines which criss-crossed the country. The roundhouse has been restored and many engines and famous private railroad cars are on display that depict elegant travel in the early 1900's. The Rowan museum is located in Salisbury in a 1819 Federal townhouse. Here you will find period rooms, antique furnishings and artifacts dating back to the early 1800's.
Just 14 miles west of Salisbury, the Lazy 5 Ranch features a unique drive through an animal park with more than 450 exotic animals from around the world. The richest gold mining area east of the Mississippi was located at Gold Hill and today, the Historic Gold Hill Park and museum bring the era to life.
Furniture Shopping and Lowe's Charlotte Motor Speedway
Centrally located between High Point, Kannapolis and Hickory, the finest furniture shopping in the world is just 30 minutes away.
A 25 minute trip down the expressway takes you to Lowe's Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR, INDY races and other events.
How to Find Us
Rowan Oak House is Easy to Find
- You can exit I-85 going north or south at Innes Street (exit 76)
- Drive North 1 mile to Fulton Street
- Turn left to second house in second block
We are 40 miles north of Charlotte, 35 miles south of Winston-Salem, 50 miles south of Greensboro.