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Bed and Breakfast Opening Soon on Historic Rochester Property

It was built 150 years ago and once served as servant's quarters for the Woodward mansion. Later this month it will be reinvented as The Carriage House.

You know what I love about this town?

Just when a person thinks they know all the nooks, crannies and corners of Rochester, something new pops up.

Well, in this case, not new exactly, since it's been around since 1849. But it's new to me and, I suspect, it will be news to you. 

The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast, Rochester's first bed and breakfast, will be opening for business this month.

Located at 147 North Lane, off of Rochester Road, just south of Tienken, the property was originally the servant quarters and carriage house to the Woodward mansion.

And although horse artwork hangs in the living room — originally the carriage house, with an in-ground swimming pool, hot tub, massage and tanning spa, gym and game room, the servants of yesteryears wouldn't recognize the place.

First, the beds

Owner Donald Jagoda did not set out to open Rochester's first bed-and-breakfast.

"I was in a home I was happy with and then I found this. I knew this was something special so I left that house and came here," Jagoda said.

He's been hard at work since March.

"The bricks around the swimming pool are original from the 1950's but they had gotten very overgrown and uneven. People said to rip them out and replace it with stamped concrete. But I couldn't," Jagoda said.

Instead he and a buddy did all the work, by hand, to take out the dirt, rearrange the bricks and level them, allowing the pool to keep its original brickwork.

He also spent days on his hands and knees weeding the walkways.

But he's also been busy with a more relaxing kind of work.

"Since March I've been playing with beds," Jagoda said. 

He must have found the perfect type.

"A friend spent the night because of a power outage at his house and asked to buy the bed the next day! He said it was the best sleep he's ever had."

Jagoda's brother, Paul did most of the interior decorating. "It wouldn't be possible without him," Jagoda said. The Carriage House will have five guest rooms. 

  • The only room named so far is the Tiffany Suite, named after Jagoda's daughter. The second floor room has a wraparound balcony that overlooks the pool and has a private outdoor staircase. It also has a large, private bathroom.
  • The second and third bedrooms are also on the second floor and part of the original house. They are decorated with old-world charm and share a bathroom.
  • The fourth bedroom Jagoda calls the "detox suite." Along with a large French-themed bedroom that will open up to the garden, its bathroom has a dry sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
  • The fifth bedroom has a private entrance to the garden, a sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

Then, the breakfast

Breakfast at The Carriage House will be served in a large sunroom overlooking the garden. Its marble table comfortably seats 13. And the cooking will be done by Jagoda.

The kitchen, an add-on to the original building, is state-of-the-art, but the real talent likes with the chef.

"Everything will be organic, nothing processed," Jagoda said. 

The signature item on the menu will be Jagoda's power pancakes.

"They are gluten-free with 10 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber. I'm proud of those pancakes!"

A hearty breakfast will be important as Jagoda plans to offer bike rental to his guests.

"We're surrounded by 70 miles of beautiful trails," Jagoda said. "Why wouldn't we offer bike rental?"

Speaking of beauty ...

The Carriage House sits on an acre of land that — in addition to the pool and hot tub — includes an herb garden, day beds, a pond with waterfall (and a nice family of frogs, according to Jagoda) and beautifully landscaped grounds.

"The previous owner (Gail Duncan) planted everything to bloom in waves of color," Jagoda said. 

Another unique aspect of the grounds is the Party/Game Room. With rough cedar walls, brick flooring and chandeliers, the room offers guests a fun place to play or entertain.  

The property also includes:

  • A pool house built of stones originally used to wall the entire property.
  • A massage and tanning room for guests.
  • A library.
  • A mirrored gym/yoga studio.
  • A house history lesson in the foyer with framed photos.

"We've done a lot in a short period of time," Jagoda said. "And it's all coming together."

Al Trudeau August 03, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Good story about an interesting place! But I would like to know more about its history. Does the name, Woodward House, bear any relation to Judge Augustus Brevoort Woodward who redisigned the city of Detroit after the great fire of 1805 had destroyed the town and after whom Detroit's Woodward Avenue is named? And how about Woodward Street ln Rochester? Any connection between these? Al Trudeau, Oakland Twp.
starrb2000 August 03, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I'm not finding an address in google maps for 147 North Lane, or that street name in Rochester or Rochester Hills.
Kay Smith August 03, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I'm delighted that this property is now a B & B. What a great way to showcase a historic property in Rochester. Kay Smith
Theresa Meegan August 03, 2012 at 12:57 PM
The address can be found on www.mapquest.com
Donald Jagoda August 03, 2012 at 01:06 PM
It is great to see interest already, This carriage house was a part of the a large private agricultural estate of "Lysander Woodward" The Woodward Farm was on over 425 acres north of Rochester attached to Paint Creek. I have been told that Mr. Woodard was responsible for bringing the railroad through Rochester making it the city it is today. I will check on the relationship with Judge Woodward of Detroit. I do believe the Street in Rochester is named after him. I will have more history on Mr. Woodward throughout the house once the historical society gathers it all.
David Gifford August 03, 2012 at 01:08 PM
http://rochester.patch.com/articles/rochesters-woodward-was-a-farmer-who-brought-railroad-to-town
David Gifford August 03, 2012 at 01:11 PM
A bed and breakfast is something that was missing from Rochester. I've always thought the Joseph Reimer house at 211 Walnut would make a great B&B as well. It is divided into several apartments and has been sitting vacant for over a year.
Donald Jagoda August 03, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I don't understand why the address does not come up in google maps, I know if you type the following in google earth "147 North Lane Rochester MI" it will take you right to the home. I will look into google maps. Thanks for pointing it out.
Kristin Bull (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 01:26 PM
There is a map attached to this story (you can see it on the desktop version) that shows the location -- it's located basically south of Tienken and west of Rochester Road.
Janet August 03, 2012 at 01:36 PM
This place sounds divine! Rochester definitely needs more lodging. We may need to check it out for a romantic weekend "get-away" without the kids!
Breanne Swope August 03, 2012 at 01:37 PM
How can we contact you regarding making reservations?
Nancy Senatore August 03, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Is there a website? Thanks!
Thayer Gorges August 03, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I looked at this house when it first came on the market. The outside is dreamy. The inside was wonky for a single family home but makes great sense as a B&B. North Lane is across from North Hill Elementary, just south of the Assisted Living facility. I can't wait to stay.
Laurie August 03, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I would like to know about employment there. Mr. Jagoda, how would go about seeking work there?
Donald Jagoda August 03, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I am really pressing my web designer to get the site up !! We are planning on opening to the public on Aug 20th. And hoping the website will be up to take reservations on Aug 13th. If any of you have quesitons or would like to pre book please call me directly at 586-764-7275. Thank you for all the kind words :)
Donald Jagoda August 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
FYI: The web site will be www.rochestercarriagehouse.com
Kim August 03, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Mr. Jagoda, it does come up on Google Maps, so don't worry about that. Best wishes for great success with the B&B.
David Gifford August 03, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Donald, you can have your desiger put up a temp home page for your web page. It could be something as simple as the name, a logo or photo and opening 8/20/12 with an email, phone number or link to this article for info. I'd imagine from this article you will get a lot of attention and it would be good to have a temporary page to direct people to. That way they can bookmark the page and come back to it.
Linda August 03, 2012 at 06:26 PM
What a wonderful addition to our lovely community! We frequently have out-of-town guests who are dismayed by the limited options for lodging in this area. The Royal Park is lovely but not always the right fit. And, they don't have a swimming pool! This sounds like just the ticket. Best of luck to Mr. Jungard! I believe your B & B will be a big success!
DJV August 03, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Sounds wonderful! Looking forward to seeing/staying.
Jessica Opfer August 03, 2012 at 08:09 PM
It's about time! This is great news for Rochester. We've lived here for 11 years and have always lamented the lack of a B&B downtown. We watched this house listing for months and wondered what would become of the place. Best of luck to the new owner; I'm sure business will be booming in no time!
Maureen Dierkes August 05, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I would love to see this property before it opens for business! It sounds absolutely beautiful and would enjoy seeing the gardens and all the details of the inside design, etc.
Michelli August 05, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Can't wait to book a night or two! I live just around the corner but would love to stay there when girlfriends are in town. Just for something different. Fantastic!!!
Chris October 11, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Are you going to be open to the public for breakfast ?

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