Private Entrances

All suites except the James Madison and the Woodrow Wilson have private entrances.

Large Verandahs

The Inn boasts two 60 ft. long verandahs, top and bottom on the south and the east side of the main house, with a two story front porch (under restoration) facing Smith Creek.   Each verandah has rocking chairs and benches for great conversations.



Guests have daily access to the fabulous pool at Endless Caverns.  The pool is only a seven minute walk from the Inn.




The Inn has a large library with hundreds of novels, non-fiction history and political science books, including five books by your host Paul Murphy, encyclopedias dating back to the 1930s, recipe, health, exercise, architecture, and Russian language books.


Museum Room

We have collected a variety of old pictures of the house (1870s) and of family members who have lived at Rosendale, antiques and artifacts from the house and grounds, including guest books dating back to the 1920s, presidential memorabilia, and a 1939 FDR presidential luncheon guest list and put them on display in the Museum Room. “This is an absolutely fascinating room,” a guest wrote, “a must see.

Free WiFi

Secured WiFi is available throughout the main house and the cottage.

Hair Dryers, Iron, etc

Hair Dryers, Irons and Ironing boards are available for guest use.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can be found in the James Madison, Woodrow Wilson and Andrew Jackson suites, as well as in the Library.

New Heating and Air Conditioning

New zoned oil, gas, and heat pump furnaces, along with air conditioning were installed 2010. A Norweigian Jotul wood stove in the dining room and a wood burning fireplace in the cottage supplements these.  Both the house and the cottage are well insulated.

Conference and Training Facilities

Two large rooms–the Dining Room and the Library–are available for conference use or as training facilities. Rosendale Inn has hosted leadership and strategic planning retreats for Washington D.C. based companies and government agencies, as well as church group retreats.  Video and audio equipment can be made available.

Grounds Rental

In the two hundred years of its history, Rosendale has hosted hundreds of weddings, birthday, anniversary, and other celebrations and events involving large numbers of people and requiring plenty of lawn space for tents, outdoor activities, and parking.  With 20 acres we will probably have adequate space for your needs.

Bike and Biker Friendly

Secure bike garage parking

Picnic Area

With approximately three acres of lawn and 20 acres of grounds, we have plenty of room for picnics.  A large picnic table and area is available near the bird sanctuary.


The cottage has its own private parking.  There is a large parking area for guests staying in the main house.


Chess sets, Chinese Checkers, Scrabble, jigsaw puzzles, and other games can be found in the Library.


Rosendale’s grounds include a portion of Smith Creek, the beneficiary of a large-scale project to revitalize the stream to a point where the native trout species can again thrive, so bring your fishing gear.  Prior to the Civil War, trout up to 5 and 6 pounds were common in the stream. A fishing license is required.  We can also recommend numerous fishing holes in an around Rockingham County.

Bird and Butterfly Sanctuary

A variety of “Butterfly Bushes” and natural habitat, including trees along the stream flowing from Massanutten mountain and along Smith Creek, and feeders attract a variety of birds to the Rosendale grounds. Wild Turkeys are thriving in the area, and migratory birds, geese and duck, are in abundance on Smith Creek.