Lion and the Rose Victorian Guest House

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The Inn

A grand, colorful, and very comfortable home in a great location with friendly personal service!

Come & Enjoy!

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The Lion and the Rose is a great place for
… discovering Portland
… visiting family or friends who live here
… escaping the children or grandchildren
… making your business trip a pleasure
… celebrating an anniversary or birthday
… enjoying a romantic get-away
… savoring your honeymoon, or
… having your family and friends feel at home in Portland

The two parlors and dining room are comfortable, spacious, and decorated in period furnishings. The Middle Parlor features a gas fireplace. We have a rack full of travel brochures and offer 20 custom maps to help you discover Portland. There is a “PC Nook” where you can check e-mail and print boarding passes. We offer free wireless internet access throughout the house.

Dusty and Steve Old TimeThe Innkeepers

Dusty (left) and Steve are “high tech refugees” who moved to Portland in 2002 after living in San Francisco for 25 years.  Steve had worked in software marketing and Dusty in Health and Education Administration. Along the way they also ran a 49 seat theater off of Union Square for three years.

The Lion and the Rose had been open for 9 years and was in full operation when Steve and Dusty became the second B&B owners. “We felt ‘called’ because we knew the house was meant to be shared” says Steve. “It is a lot of work, but as Innkeepers we meet new people every day who we would otherwise never encounter” says Dusty.


House History

gustavThis majestic Queen Anne home was built in 1906 for Gustav E. Freiwald, a prosperous German immigrant, owner of the Star Brewery and real estate speculator. The Freiwald house is a unique blend of Craftsman form and Victorian detail. The house is a Portland designated landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The exterior of the house features an octagonal turret, a wide wrap-around porch with Ionic columns, and a large dormer with arched window and balcony — all Queen Anne conventions. The home’s comfortable elegance extends out into the English-style gardens where a brick pathway passes by fountains, statuary, bird baths, rose gardens and a Gazebo.

1906The interior of the house features spacious rooms with large windows, the ornate decorative plaster work of English architecture and elements of medieval architecture (such as oriel windows) — all part of the Craftsman revival under the influence of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement. The interior has been lovingly restored and elegantly decorated with period carpets, wall coverings, draperies and antiques.

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