Located in historic downtown Wooster, our Bed and Breakfast is an 1897 landmark. The three-story Victorian Inn features the original woodwork, parquet floors, spectacular period stained-glass windows, and restored embossed ceilings. The Inn has 5-guest rooms all with private baths and 1 suite all boasting fine linens and bedding. Five of our guest rooms are located on the second floor and our sixth room is a 2- bedroom suite located on the first floor.
The Inn is a vintage home which was built in a prosperous residential neighborhood in 1897 by Walter D. Foss, a longtime president of the Wooster Brush Company and a leading businessman. The serpent at the peak of the house was a gift from China, where Mr. Foss purchased hog hair bristles for his company’s brushes. In 1932, Mr. Foss gifted the home to Zion Lutheran Church to be used as their parsonage. Even though the home was a gift, the church found it impossible to keep up the property as well as the taxes. Earl and Marie Shaffter purchased the home in 1942 and used it as their residence and Mrs. Shaffter’s law office. Douglas and Jamie Klingelhoefer purchased the house in 1995 and completed its painstaking period restoration and opened the home as the Barrister Inn. Since the Klingelhoefer sold the Inn, it has been operated as a Bed and Breakfast by several owners until my husband Tom and I, Mary Joy purchased the Inn in September 2017. We take great pride in being the newest caretakers of such a beautiful grand home and hope to continue with the painstaking responsibility of maintaining its charm and beauty.
The Inns location is perfect, making it within walking distance to The College of Wooster, great downtown restaurants and many local shops including an authentic Irish Import Store. If Amish country is your passion, the Inn is just a 20- minute drive away from one of the the Nation’s largest Amish community. If hiking, walking trails, biking is more your style, we have that too.
While staying at the Inn, you are encouraged to enjoy the peaceful sitting room or parlor on the first floor, browse the library, relax on our front porch (weather permitting!), or retire to your private well-appointed room. A hospitality room is located on the second floor with access to coffee, assorted teas, and ice water. A refrigerator is also available for your use along with wine glasses and opener. A full gourmet breakfast is served daily, the time varies depending on the guests’ schedule. Our breakfast features our fresh baked scone of the day (old Irish recipe) fresh fruit and/or yogurt with our homemade granola, and an entrée of the day, which we’ve selected prior with the guest. Coffee and tea are available in our hospitality room for those who just can’t wait! We pride ourselves in providing a great breakfast regardless of food allergies or restrictions.