The Gifford-Risley House

A Home With History

This 1877 Gothic Revival-Chalet style home boasts 7 bedrooms with a private en-suite bath. Due to the unique design stlye of the home’s exterior, each bedroom was decorated in a differing time period, ranging from early Victorian to Art Deco. We hope that guests may enjoy staying in a different room upon their return to the inn.


Common Areas

Parlor and Library

The Main floor common areas are decorated predominantly in the Victorian Style with many period furnishings. The Formal Parlor in tones of gold and green has a centerpiece of a white marble fireplace in the French Renaissance style and a beautiful Victorian Parlor Organ in original condition. Enjoy afternoon tea in the lovely setting.


Or perhaps, you may rather enjoy the warm and inviting setting of the Library rich with comfortable chairs, a restored velvet Empire sofa, an array of books, or a hearty game of Chess. The owner, Z is always happy to challenge! Maybe just relaxing in front of the Eastlake fireplace, inset with original tiles is more to your taste.


Our favorite place (we have to say) is the restored solarium. Enjoy breakfast year-round in this quiet place surrounded by green trees and a blue sky above. On a rainy day, listen to the rain on the roof while sipping tea. When restoring this room, there were only 2 of the original etched roof panels left. 

Dining Room

The Dining room where a full breakfast will be served daily, also boasts a beautiful dark grained fireplace. Although some research has been done, the stone is either Marble or Basalt and the design is in the Burgundian or Rhenish style. The ceiling is detailed with plaster moulding, and the original center medallion. All rooms on the main floor have original plaster moulding on the ceilings, the Library has a beam with 2 detailed plaster cornices in either end. All the original wood floors have a border pattern around the perimeter of the rooms only on the main floor area.


Then there are the porches. Spend the morning drinking a cup of coffee or having your breakfast on the main front porch. On a warm summer day, the fans will gently turn the air above as you relax before the start or your day. In the afternoon, take your tea and some sweet treats and contemplate the day. After a long day of sight-seeing, retreat with a glass of wine, a delicious array of cheeses and share your day with other guests.

The smaller side porch is perfect to take a quiet moment, enjoying the morning or afternoon sun. This house offers so many ways to enjoy your day.