In 2004, Rose and Willie Partridge decided to transplant themselves from Bucks County, PA. to Schuylkill County, PA.
This was a result of Willie accepting a new job offer related to his corporate accounting/controller career.
Rose had been in sales for 40 years.
The first 20 was in real estate and the second 20 had been in telecommunications.
When she found herself in this situation, her first question was "Schuylkill County? Where is that?" She soon found out.
Willie came here first in July 2004 to begin the new job and Rose started coming up on weekends to look things over and tour the area.
They spent Labor Day weekend looking at houses and building lots on top of mountains but Rose had a secret.
She had made an appointment to see a very old Victorian house in Pottsville that she had found on the internet.
Her realtor was confused and wondered why she wanted to see THIS house.
Rose had a suspicion that this would be a home where she could fulfill her life-long dream of becoming an innkeeper and running her own bed and breakfast inn.
As soon as she entered the front door she knew.
She toured the house for an hour and was totally mesmerized by what she had just seen but was very much aware of the fact that this was "it."
Two days later, Willie toured the house and the rest is history, as they say.
They started renovations to transform the house into a bed and breakfast inn at the end of January, 2005.
After 7 very long months of very hard work and many stressful days, the inn officially opened on August 28, 2005.
"Becoming innkeepers and owning our own bed and breakfast inn has really been a marvelous and rewarding way to make a living, hosting people in a beautiful place that we created all on our own and making them feel welcome and relaxed," remarks Rose.
"It is really the best of all possible worlds," says Willie.
"We have a new business that keeps us local and in the Inn-World."
Both Rose and Willie have just folded seamlessly into the Pottsville family.
"It is really more than we could have ever hoped for."