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Cheshire Cake– Not Always Wanting Sweet

Quintessentially British, cheese wheel wedding/celebration cakes–usually with white roses involved– are the only cakes we make here at the White Rose Manor and only by special request (I am a baker, but not a talented piping decorator, so I do not claim it). Most often, we serve as the Bed & Breakfast lodging for guests or families and their small events up for up to 20 attendees. If you desire a small event like an intimate wedding, bridal shower, memorial service, etc., the White Rose Manor may be just right for you. If you need a cheese wheel cake, we can do that, too. Come to Lincolnton. You will love it!

Pictured here is one of our Cheshire Cakes. Produced here on a larger scale for approximately 120 people, this cheese wheel cake was featured at our 2023 Christmas High Tea as the table centerpiece and then portioned as gifts to our guests. While we can create several styles of scalable cheese wheel cakes for weddings, charcuteries, etc., many cheeses work well for this lovely, edible addition to your table.

Fun fact: “Cheshire is one of Britain’s oldest and finest cheeses.”

White Rose Manor is something special, just like you.

Guestbook Memories

Laboratory Mill Weddings

We had such a great time in Lincolnton! We loved exploring the area and learning the history of this little town. We had a blast celebrating the marriage of two of our favorite people at the Laboratory Mill. And we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the White Rose Manor.

Thank you for everything!

L & S

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Friendship & Heartfelt Memories

Though not often, we do have returning guests.

It is our hope that when new visitors arrive at the White Rose Manor as guests, they leave as friends. When we have returning guests, it often blossoms into long-term friendships. This is just one of the many friends we have because they happened upon us on a visit to Lincolnton. We are so grateful for all of our guests.

Our heartfelt thanks once again, dearest Allison and John,

Your wonderful Manor– so much to say . . . a place that provides such a welcoming, comfortable, eye-pleasing, palate-pleasing– place of respite, a place of joy.

With every stay there are new discoveries, new stories, new memories to keep.

Our love and appreciation,

K & R

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English-style: ‘Just Like This!’

My English mum would be proud to know it is so.

We tried to bring a bit of ‘home’ to Lincolnton. According to this guest, we nailed it!

Thank you Allison and John for the enjoyable time in your lovely English-style Manor. My husband did not accompany me to England so did not know how it was there . . . just like this! Am so glad we could experience this together and we will be back and he will want to keep in touch. We’ll spread the word that Lincolnton has a lot to offer.

R & J

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Waking Up with “Miss Peggy”

When you have beautiful roses like “Miss Peggy” (named for Peg Mauney who lived here), it is wonderful to find someone else who was in just the right place at just the right time for the show.

Waking up in my majestic bed in the Grandstaff Room, the daylight seeping through the blindings, beautiful roses catching my eye and the smell of good coffee seeping through from the kitchen below– I’m gonna miss all this so very much!

Thank you for making our stay so wonderful, Allison. I hope to come back again someday.

R

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Home Away from Home

There are many times that our guests have the chance to stay for more than a day or two. We cherish these times as we see them begin to unwind and find some true relaxation. We had the privilege of having a group of three siblings stay for a week while visiting family in Lincolnton. They were delightful guests, and we were delighted they found time to unwind and spend some brother/sister time in the house and gardens. Here are some sentiments they shared in our guestroom memory books about their stay:

Dear John and Allison ~

Thank you so much for your hospitality. You have treated us like family since Day One and we loved every minute of it and our stay.


You are the sweetest and most helpful hosts one can ever imagine.

You made us a beautiful bouquet of flowers for our cousin’s burial site, you had our entire family over for dinner one night, and you treated us like kings and queens.


We consider this our home away from home. The rooms are gorgeous and the beds are so comfortable. We had our first evening next to the fireplace, drinking Allison’s delicious homemade tea, and every morning we enjoyed her lovely homecooked breakfast.

We are over the moon and under the sun about this place.

R S & M

Berry Peachy Morning Shadows

The morning is warm. Even as early at 6 a.m., it is warm. We welcome the soothing morning shadows. Fresh peaches and blackberries are bathed in the shadow of a Queen Anne chair. Life is good.

Breakfast awaits our Bed & Breakfast guests with the promise of Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict to follow. Life is good. Come . . . let us show you how good it can be.

PONDERING: Finding Purpose

PONDERING: Finding Purpose

My word for the year is PURPOSE. I have had an impactful year in 2020. The unexpected losses of my nephew and my mother are two very impressionable events. For this year, I have chosen to ponder a specific word for the year—PURPOSE. I have placed the word on my calendar in a recurring event with a daily reminder in anticipation of targeting one, or more, purposeful activity each day. I shall strive to recapture it in my personal journal.

Right now, I know that much still overwhelms me. Sorting through photographs of the past eighty years is just one thing. Ancestry.com—here I come. At the very least, I can share these pictures where they may help others better identify with a newfound relative.

Now, it is off to the race with a cup of tea. Back to sharing our lovely bed and breakfast with “the world”.

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

GUESTS: Disney Magic

GUESTS: Disney Magic

“Cats and rabbits
Would reside in fancy little houses
And be dressed in shoes and hats and trousers
In a world of my own”

~ Disney’s Alice in Wonderland – Songwriters: Sammy Fain / Bob Hilliard

Most who have known me knew I wanted a B&B from a very young age– 10, to be precise. And ten-year-old girls have dreams of what the future holds. Just like in the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland and the song Alice sings, “In a World of My Own”, having a B&B is a world of my own. Fortunately, I have a family who believes in dreams coming true.

It seems apropos, after all these years, that my imagination and my love for Disney play hand-in-hand. All our children adore Disney movies and music which brings me to a story about some guests we had stay with us. As a matter of privacy, we do not share who stays at the White Rose Manor and when. With permission, I am able to share this story of a family who came to stay.

Fast forwarding to the last day, I appeared at breakfast wearing my Mickey Mouse button apron. Ms. Mama Guest smiles and says, “Mickey.” Mr. Papa Guest grins from ear-to-ear and asks if I am a Disney fan. Well, yes. My whole family loves Disney and could break out in Disney song, or spout a quote, at any given moment. We “whistle while we work” and dream of “a whole new world”, especially when it snows, and we head out “to build a snowman”. We tend to be Disney trivia nuts, as well.

Our story begins when a newlywed couple came to visit Lincolnton and chose to stay with us at the White Rose Manor. We were quite excited because we had not been open very long and they rented all three guest rooms. With them, they brought the bride’s parents and her brother. They came to Lincolnton to see the groom’s family.

On the heels of the wedding and having traveled from China, I was not surprised the bride slept for most of the five days they were here. The others spent time in front of the fireplace playing chess, reading, and having coffee or tea throughout the day. The father apologized “for being slugs” the whole time and was appreciative of the down time. No worries, Mr. Papa Guest. We hope that each guest gets what they need when they come to the White Rose Manor.

On the other hand, Ms. Mama Guest spent her time lounging on the couch surrounded by multiple laptops and tablets. Every time I came with tea or to check on them, she would turn them face down or pull the one she was using close to her chest. No worries, Ms. Mama Guest. Just checking on you.

Back to breakfast on the last day, Mr. Papa Guest continues his questioning of our love for Disney and asks, “Do you know what an Imagineer is?”

“Yes, Sir, I do.”

“Do you really?”

“Yes, Sir. We all do,” I say with a smile. (I am not sure he believes me.)

“Did you know there is one sitting here at your table this morning?” he asks. From the astonished look on my face, it confirms that I do, in fact, know what an Imagineer is. He motions to his wife and introduces the Lead Disney Castle Imagineer for Shanghai. While “lounging” on our sofa, she has been designing drawings for the yet-to-be-completed castle for Disney Shanghai which was still under construction at the time.

Yes, we do get unique, fascinating guests–from all over the world. *sigh . . . my wonderland.

So, I own a B&B . . .

So, I own a B&B . . .

. . . and there are so many questions people ask about B&B Life. Here is my chance to share. Where to start? That is a good question. I will start with the back of Grandmother’s cookbook. Without further ado, indulge in your best British accent and read on.

Era Gone By

I am one of the lucky ones. At least, I think I am. I have my mother’s cookbook, and in that cookbook is a section that might have been what my grandmother wrote in the back of her cookbook–all the hints and recipes gathered through years of experience, IF, she thought to capture it in writing.

Here are things I hope to share with you in some sort of organized fashion. To help me gather my thoughts and to give you quick access to things that may interest you, I will do my best to put a HEADING at the beginning of each blog post, so you can quickly find them.

I will crosspost the link to our B&B page on Facebook (http://facebook.com/WhiteRoseManor). I do hope you enjoy perusing this page and find some tidbit of usable content. Also, I hope you will share it with others! Feel free to share your own tips/tricks and comments with me. I love hearing new things.

2023 Updated

  • TIPS &TRICKS – helpful hints (like Hints from Heloise of which you probably have never heard)
  • STORYBOOK – anecdotes about our visitors (the names will be changed for privacy protection)
  • RECIPIES – we have quite a following for our recipes. They are free and downloadable
  • TEA – we have our own custom-blend, loose teas
  • SUNDRIES – until I determine other categories, I will toss some things in this bin

Graciously,

Alice