The History of the Victorian Rose
896 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001-2908

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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.

Media 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.

History 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.