Spring in the Country
Visit a charming New Jersey inn, full of English country style.
Transport yourself to the past by visiting this charming New Jersey inn full of English country style.
To this day, there is a rock embedded in the structure that is said to have saved Prall’s life when his boat crashed in the raging Delaware River that runs near the inn. The house remained in the family until the 18th century, when Maurice Woolverton purchased the estate and made several renovations, including the iron mansard roof, front porch and enlarged windows. He combined 18th and 19th century elements into the structure, making it a unique building. It was years later that the house became an inn, and is now under the ownership of Mary and Mario Passalacqua. The current owners, the Passalacquas, are committed to maintaining the inn to preserve its original grandeur..
Relaxing, beautiful and secluded, the Woolverton Inn really shines in the spring. Built in 1792 by John Prall, Jr., the inn was originally a manor house.
ROOM IN THE INN
The inn has two separate areas, each with different goals. The main manor house has eight guest rooms: three suites on the second floor and five rooms on the third floor. Each room has a different name and décor style, providing guests with a unique experience, depending on the room they choose. The style remains cohesive throughout the whole inn, as each room is a different take on English country style. “We want to create a combination of something that brings you back in time with modern comforts but is still true to the history of the place,” Mary says. Each of the rooms has been upgraded and remodeled with whirlpool tubs, modern showers and central air, but the antique furniture, elegant wallpaper and lovely fireplaces have guests thinking they’re back in the Victorian era.
For example, Amelia’s Suite has a warm red and gold palette. The extravagant patterns on the walls and pillows are complemented by the gold-colored wood of the fireplace and tub. The dark colors make the room cozy and relaxing. The Balustrade Room, on the other hand, uses light colors that make the room feel open and cheery. While both rooms allude to English country style, the Balustrade emphasizes the romantic, flowery aspect of the era while Amelia’s Suite puts an emphasis on the high-end, regal side.
In keeping with their desire to return the inn to its original splendor, Mary and Mario have stripped, polished and restored the main floors to their original beauty.
The style remains cohesive throughout the whole inn, as each room is a different take on English country style.
More recently in 2002, the previous owners of the inn decided to build five, 600-square-foot cottages as secluded, romantic getaways where couples can relax and spend time together. Like the suites in the main building, these cottages have all the modern amenities with a romantic English country theme. “The cottages were built to mimic the unusual rural farm buildings that you see as you traverse the county and the Hunterton county area: places where they break all the architectural rules and end up with styles that are extremely unusual,” Mario says. The Audubon, for example, adorned with flowery wallpaper, has a subtle bird theme through a few of the décor items and the color scheme. The Garden Cottage is the definition of romantic, with its pink comforter, chairs and stained glass windows that emphasize the light.
Some of the cottages mimic 19th-century architecture. “The vaulted ceilings and high beams create a very dramatic lighting effect,” Mario says. Indeed, light is an important element in the cottages, as it brings nature into the structures, giving them a feeling of the outside world while enjoying the interiors.
LIVING ROOM SPLENDOR
In keeping with their desire to return the inn to its original splendor, Mary and Mario have stripped, polished and restored the main floors to their original beauty. They are made of pumpkin pine and accent the colorful rugs in every room. The main house was already so beautiful that Mary claimed they only “refreshed” the main house, instead of doing any real renovations. With antique furniture, the living room is the perfect example of their English country style.
Just outside is the newly renovated horseshoe garden, specifically for outdoor weddings. Intricate tables dot the open area, giving guests the perfect place to drink wine or have afternoon tea. Grazing in the pastures next to the garden are the inn’s sheep. Beloved and cherished, the sheep are a favorite of the guests, as visitors are able to interact with them if they so choose. “Sheep are the easiest pets in the world,” Mary says. They’re easy to care for and assist in transporting the guests back in time. Their presence helps the guests feel as if they are in the country, even though they are a short drive away from the city.
The main manor house has eight guest rooms: three suites on the second floor and five rooms on the third floor.