Friday, May 14, 1999
Carlisle's first B&B beckons guests
Proprietor Milan Bedrosian applied a touch of Shakespearan wit in naming his new establishment: the Bed Rose Inn. The application of his experience of 31 years in the food service business to running a bed and breakfast (B&B), however, may prove his most clever idea yet.
Bedrosian faced the same challenge that many Carlisle retirees confront: how does one turn a residence into an asset instead of a tax burden? He took what he knew, and has transformed his lovely and beautifully furnished home at 99 Nickles Lane into a pristine inn.
"I love this town," said Bedrosian who has lived in Carlisle since 1991. "This was a way that I could afford to stay here."
Situated on a hill, the lavender Victorian reigns over a setting of exquisite gardens and rolling green lawns. The property has a circular driveway with plenty of parking space. It looks like many estates in town, perhaps freshly manicured to welcome that prestigious former college roommate visiting on business or those fussy in-laws for a wedding.
There is a difference, however. Although the roses lining the walk may smell as sweet as those at other residences, the doors here opened for business on May 1.
Making the transition
Bedrosian has entertained the notion of turning his house into a money-making operation for the last six years or so. He finally got serious and applied for a license from the board of health last year. He was issued the town's first B&B license on December 8.
Board of health chair Steve Opolski said, "It really wasn't a big deal. We are only concerned with public-health issues. The site passed inspection."
Bedrosian had done his homework, and stated the town allows him to use his residence as a B&B. Under Carlisle Zoning bylaw 184.108.40.206.4, home owners are permitted "renting of rooms or furnishing of a table board to not more than three persons."
Midge Eliassen, head of the board of appeals, although surprised at the opening of a B&B in town, did not perceive it as a zoning problem. "This issue hasn't come up before,' said Eliasson. "If it's a question of enforcing zoning law, it's up to the building inspector to raise the problem." Indeed, town building inspector Bob Koning has not flagged the B&B as a problem.
Neighbors favor enterprise
A drive down Nickles Lane feels typical of any street in town. The Bed Rose Inn could be the house next door to you. Although Bedrosian is conducting an active marketing campaign with advertising and brochures directed at business executives, he has kept local signage discreet. His neighbors approve.
"This is something new and different, and there are bound to be questions," said town selectman Burt Rubenstein of Nickles Lane. "But this is being done in a very Carlislean way: very non-commercial and with a purpose."
"We think it's fantastic," said Laurie Meyer of Nickles Lane. "Milan is a very gregarious, and he's a wonderful host. We hope it goes well for him."
"Milan's a great neighbor and we're very supportive," said Stu Roberts of Nickles Lane.
"I suspect we'll see more and more people trying something like this," concluded Rubenstein.
Refurbishing and furnishing
Since the time he received his permit, Bedrosian has conducted renovations of the three bedrooms on his second floor. He named them the Pink Rose Suite (king size bed and fireplace with an adjoining marble bath with a Jacuzzi and heated towel rack), the Yellow Rose Suite (also a king-size bed and adjoining marble bath) and the White Rose Suite (double bed with adjoining shower-bath). The common sitting rooms feature works from local Carlisle artists.
With the rooms priced at about $200 a day, with reductions for extended stays, Bedrosian is targetting travelling executives who are tired of conventional hotels and who prefer the personalization and solitude of a B&B. All three bedrooms offer elegant furnishings from various historic periods coupled with modern conveniences, such as private telephone access to support online activities.
Bedrosian has already housed several travelers, and has booked several rooms for the future. Finally, there's a place to send those fussy in-laws.
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