Bed & breakfast offers guests Victorian splendor

Blink while driving along Route 40 in Brownsville and you might miss the stately edifice that is Wilkov Bed & Breakfast, where guests are invited to step back in Victorian splendor

Blink while driving along Route 40 in Brownsville and you might miss the stately edifice that is Wilkov Bed & Breakfast, where guests are invited to step back in Victorian splendor

Mother’s Day isn’t far away. Maybe you’re looking for a unique gift idea, a way to pamper Mom in the manner she deserves. Why not give her a relaxing retreat at Wilkov Bed & Breakfast in Brownsville, where she can awaken to the smell of freshly scrambled eggs with chives and crispy, smoked bacon, all while absorbing the genuine Victorian atmosphere?

Jeffery Wilhelm and Robert Kovach, proprietors of the Wilkov, invite guests to step back into Victorian splendor at their bed and breakfast. Their stately home, built in the 1800’s, boasts the original stained and leaded glass windows, pocket doors, and parquet flooring. The 18 rooms offer a view into a past when Brownsville’s historical Northside was a very prosperous area.

Enjoy a cup of tea in the music room while listening to Masters, sip wine and nibble cheese in the parlor by the fire, or – weather permitting – stroll through the wicker-furnished veranda or the beautiful back yard.  Following a restful night, a complimentary breakfast will be served in an elegant dining room highlighted by hand-painted glass windows.

“While driving through Brownsville, the house got my attention, [and I] thought it would be a nice place for a bed and breakfast,” Wilhelm said. “When Robert and I retired in 2010, and after the Thompson House in Brownsville turned out to be too much for us, we decided to focus on the bed and breakfast.”

Spend the evening in one of two illustrious rooms, Charlie’s Retreat or Con Sheena’s Sanctuary.

Named after local, historical figure Charles Chalfant, a former owner of the property and a businessman and shipbuilder, this two-room suite is highlighted by the dark mahogany three-quarter walls which lend a masculine air to the room. The sitting area is the first room of the suite and features a bow window.  A Queen Anne sofa and wingback chair is provided for relaxation. An archway resembling that of a ship captain’s cabin leads from the sitting area into the bedroom, which is furnished with a queen sized sleigh bed and Duncan Phyfe table.

Con Sheena’s Sanctuary offers elegant walls are covered with burgundy floral stripes. The ceiling is accented by a crystal chandelier and the room features a stained glass window. The French-influenced queen-sized wrought iron bed will lull you into a satisfying sleep. Relax on the demi-sofa while reading the rich history of Brownsville or completing your business project with free Wi-Fi.

“Neither me or Robert were married at the time, but my sister Connie and my niece Sheena, stayed in the room all the time, and that’s what inspired the name Con Sheena,” Wilhelm said.

A well appointed parlor offers a place to sit, relax and enjoy all the comforts afforded to guests at Wilkov Bed & Breakfast. For more photos of this beautiful space, visit them on Facebook.

A well appointed parlor offers a place to sit, relax and enjoy all the comforts afforded to guests at Wilkov Bed & Breakfast. For more photos of this beautiful space, visit them on Facebook.

Room rates are $125 per night, with a maximum occupancy of two guests. A complimentary wine/cheese platter and home-style breakfast is included with each night’s stay.

“During the Victorian period, guests were very important and we try to give each of our guests that same experience of what living in that period would have been like,” Wilhelm said.

Wilkov Bed & Breakfast is located 45 minutes from Pittsburgh and Morgantown, West Virginia, along Route 40 and close to PA Turnpike 43 at 514 Market Street in Brownsville.

Wilkov is less than an hour’s drive from several sites in the beautiful Laurel Highlands, including: Fort Necessity Battlefield, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, Nemacolin Woodlands Casino, Ohiopyle State Park, Seven Springs Ski Resort and Hidden Valley Ski Resort.

Check-in is at 2 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m. Special arrangements can be made to meet guest needs.

For reservations or questions, contact jeffery.wilhelm@verizon.net or 724-880-6528.
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Story by Aaron Dalzell for Pennsylvania Bridges