Our Story

The Home

The inn was built in 1903 by Noah P. Ward, one of Alexandria’s most successful businessmen in an exclusive residential area of Alexandria named the “Silk Stocking District.” Today, the home still retains its original exterior structure with oversized gables and diamond paned windows. The interior design includes a collection of antiques, original maple wood floors, oak woodwork and numerous stained glass windows. You will be greeted by an arched oak doorway, a vast open staircase and Tiffany chandelier, which are all reminiscent of the early part of the century.

The walls in the living room and dining room have sculpted plaster in the acorn and leaf motif and trailing vines and leaves… a traditional symbol of hospitality. You are invited to curl up in the parlor with a classical book or relax in a window seat nook by a warm crackling fire. Or you may decide to just enjoy an evening on the veranda swing.

In the morning, you’ll savour a delicious breakfast in the Dining room. Breakfasts include such treats as fresh fruit, pancakes, egg dishes and many more.

This historic home, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places, also has a wonderful history of serving guests. Over sixty years before it became a bed and breakfast, our Inn was known as the “Hostess House” because it served as the site of many weddings, anniversary celebrations, special dinners and other functions. In fact the previous owner baked dozens of caramel and cinnamon rolls each week for the guests. Don’t be surprised if the smell of freshly baked caramel rolls seeps in under your door to wake you in the morning.

Your Innkeepers are available to talk with you about this unique home and the people who have lived in it over the past century.

The Hosts


Dave and Brenda met in the hospitality industry 42 years ago, then married and raised 3 sons in Linwood, MN. The two have always had a love of B&Bs.

Prior to owning Cedar Rose Inn, Dave had his own painting business for 34 years and Brenda ran her own house cleaning business and then a catering business. She has always loved having dinner parties, hosting get-togethers, creating menus and making desserts, so managing a B&B seemed like a natural next step.

Brenda had volunteered in the Bridge Shop at the Lake Geneva Christan Center for 5 years and fell in love with Alexandria. She had actually stayed at Cedar Rose Inn about 8 years ago when her son attended the local college. She found the B&B beautiful and unique, and in May of 2019, found out it was for sale. Her dream then became a reality.


The Early History


Home constructed for Noah P. Ward


Home purchased by Carl V. Anderson, then the Alexandria mayor. He began a funeral home business in the house against the wishes of area homeowners. 


After being taken to court by area homeowners and losing the case, Carl V Anderson traded houses with his sister, Alma Anderson, and moved his funeral home business. 


Alma and her sister, Edna, began entertaining guests in the home and became known for being gracious hostesses. Alma ceased hosting in the home in 1955, but resided there until 1979.

Kind Words

"We are honored to be your first guests at Cedar Rose Inn. Thank you, Brenda, for your kindness to us, the delicious breakfasts with your homemade jams and breads and the treats in the afternoon. We felt very at home in this beautiful home. We wish you and Dave many wonderful years here welcoming other guests to your home and inn."

-L.L. Drumm

"We spent Valentine's Day here in the Noah P. Ward Room. We were absolutely blown away from the moment we arrived! Gorgeous, breathtaking. Our favorite part about our stay was the warm welcome from Brenda! We enjoyed the history and the bathtub. We will be back in the near future. Delicious breakfast too."

-A. Fix and R. Halliquest

"Wow! What a beautiful place with wonderful hosts. Great place for a mother-daughter weekend. P.s. Breakfast was amazing!"

-S & V

"We had a beautiful two-night stay! The bed was so comfortable, we actually got rested. The room, house and grounds are lovely and peaceful. The hosts are interesting, fun and informative. And of course, the breakfast was fantastic! Thank you for such a wonderful experience!"

-E.M. Mackey

"Wonderful place! Really enjoyed my stay. Great food, atmosphere and company. Relaxing accommodations! Thanks for having our group, Llama Mama Knitters. You really went out of your way and beyond to make our stay so very pleasant. Thank you!