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Medford, OR (October 23, 2018) - The historic Lady Geneva Bed & Breakfast at Buhrman House officially opened on Friday October 26th with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted in conjunction with The Chamber of Medford / Jackson County.

Lady Geneva Bed and Breakfast is located in the G.L Buhrman House, one of the most authentic designed historic homes in Medford's Geneva - Minnesota Historic District. Built in 1914 in the Craftsman style, it provides a quiet and comfortable respite to visitors in the heart of Medford from which to explore all the Rogue Valley has to offer.

The G.L. Buhrman House remains substantially as built and accurately relates its original construction, use of materials and appearance. Located at the visible entrance to the district from East Main, the house is a prominent landmark locally and is a highly significant visual element within the Geneva-Minnesota District. Guests can expect to start their day each morning with a full gourmet breakfast in the formal dining room where Cecil, who is an avid cook, promises to delight with a variety of egg specialties, sweet and savory treats made using local ingredients from nearby Rogue Valley Growers Market and other local artisans.

In the afternoon they can cozy up with complimentary afternoon tea, lattes and cappuccinos and a book from the library or enjoy the piano, TV or a spirited game of backgammon, chess, checkers, cards, poker or roulette on the antique Italian crafted game table in the common living area.

Upon arrival guests will enjoy a glass of wine from one of the many nearby wineries and the beautiful Southern Oregon weather in our outdoor rear patio.

Amenities in each guest room include, among others:
●       Sealy Posturepedic® Glennon plush hospitality grade mattresses
●       Locally handcrafted organic bath amenities by Emz-Blendz Soap Co. from Ashland, Oregon, including soaps, natural hair shampoo and creamy hair conditioner.
●       Down, Etc. plush cotton towels, duvet cover, bed linens, and pillows
●       Luxurious Down Etc. Pyrenees diamond pattern robes
●       Handmade local lavender sachet
●       Smart TV with access to Netflix and Amazon Prime available upon request
●       Daily full gourmet breakfast in formal dining room includes egg specialties, fresh pastries, seasonal fruit, coffee and tea ●       Daily afternoon tea and coffee including a variety of Keurig® coffee blends, latte and cappuccino
●       Complimentary glass of wine from local winery upon arrival
●       Concierge Service provided to assist with tours of the area, winery visits, transportation to area festivals, dinner reservations and many other requests.

Special discounts and offers from area businesses provided at check-in upon availability.

Husband and wife, Cecil de Haas and Gloria Thomas de Haas, fell in love with Medford and nearby Ashland and Jacksonville in the spring of 2017 while in town visiting family.  They knew immediately this would be the area where they would finally make their longtime dream to own and operate a historic Bed & Breakfast a reality. They are both professional hoteliers with over 50 years experience operating luxury four and five star hotels and resorts around the world including Canyon Ranch Miami Beach, Alexandra Resort in Turks and Caicos and Casa De Campo in Dominican Republic. They longed to provide the same exceptional customer service in a more intimate and personalized ambiance catering one on one to their guests. They have honored the history of the 104 year old property by naming each of its five comfortably appointed guest rooms in honor of the ladies who have owned the Buhrman House over the years.

When they purchased the home, they immediately recognized this home would not only be a wonderful place to live but also to welcome visitors and friends.  The house was "a happy house", it felt warm and welcoming and they knew their guests would love it as much as they do.   “The moment we walked into the home, we felt welcomed and we knew that the house would be happy receiving guests and hosting events” states Gloria. “Although we have traveled extensively and lived in different parts of the world, I have always considered Oregon home. I grew up in Portland and have always desired to come back” states Gloria. “Our intent is to pay homage to Medford and the state of Oregon, from the historic preservation of the home to the use of local handcrafted amenities and locally sourced products”, stated Cecil de Haas. Gloria has spent an extensive amount of time researching and learning about the history of Medford, the house and its past residents. Photos, books, furnishings and stories are shared with guests throughout the home so they too can appreciate its rich history. Gloria and Cecil have dedicated their time ensuring that every detail is taken care of so their guests have a wonderful experience in Medford. They have made enhancements to the home while still preserving its charm and authenticity. As the extra special touches, Gloria hand picks local lavender and creates fragrant sachets provided to guests during their stay. Cecil's love of cooking enhanced after his retirement from the corporate hospitality world is readily apparent in the delicious gourmet breakfasts he creates. Fresh ingredients purchased at the Thursday Grower’s market in Hawthorne Park just a block away and from selected local vendors will give you a sense of the delicious side of the Medford community you can taste. “This is our home and we want our guests to feel as if it is their own” stated the couple.

About the G.L. Buhrman House
The Buhrman House was built in 1914 in the Craftsman style, although some records indicate the land was purchased in 1910. The original owner of the property was Millard D. Olds, owner of the Owens-Olds Lumber Company, predecessor of what is today the MEDCO Corporation, a large-scale timber and plywood mill with operations in the Rogue Valley as well as Ireland and elsewhere. Olds, of Michigan, built the home for his daughter, Florence Olds, as a wedding gift. She married G.L. Buhrman who worked at the family mill. City directories indicate the family had left the area by 1930, after which the house was apparently rented but they didn’t sell the house until the passing of Millard Olds in 1945.

In 1945, Caryl and Anne Gorrie Van Valzah, long time residents, bought the property and lived here until 1968 with their three daughters. Anne enjoyed gathering with friends and her yearbook quote “as happy as the day is long” carried through during her time at Lady Geneva where she hosted many happy social events including her daughter Shannon’s wedding rehearsal supper and wedding after party for out of town guests and relatives. She too enjoyed travel, flying to Scotland via Pan American Airlines in 1956.

In 1968 the Skidmores purchased the property. Erma and Harold Skidmore owned a picture gallery just minutes away on Main Street, which is now the location of Jefferson Spirits and Sakana Co. Restaurant. Their frame shop was located in the basement of the home where today still remain many of their tools and supplies. Their framing work table is now proudly displayed in the rear patio. When Harold passed away in 1988, Erma Skidmore decided she would do a few things to the house to perk herself up. She built a new garage and remodeled the kitchen. The sleeping porches were enclosed with windows and she considered painting the original birdseye maple wood panels. She decided to sell the house before she was able to start that project. Thank goodness for that! The home still preserves the original color.

In 2003 Constance Skinner and Michael Sidon purchased the house and lived here with their daughters until they sold in 2017. “Connie” enjoyed entertaining and throwing lavish theme parties in the home including fundraisers for the American Cancer Society. Connie says that the house was very happy during this time. She believed the house was a happy home and agreed to sell when she confirmed Gloria and Cecil would be taking great care of Lady Geneva. Furthermore, Gloria felt it was a sign she was meant to purchase the home when she learned Connie and Michael own the Irish Pub “Four Daughters” located in Historic Downtown Medford as Gloria is one of four daughters.

When Gloria and Cecil became the proud owners and caretakers of Lady Geneva, Constance wrote them a lovely letter which included a quote from John Ruskin, a philosopher who lived and spoke at the beginning of the Arts and Crafts movement. The quote spoke to them and identified their appreciation of the history of the Buhrman House perfectly. When Constance handed Gloria the keys as she left she said: “I know this is your house now but it will always be my house." Gloria says "I understand what she means now that we have spent the past months giving the home the perfect touches to help it shine."

“We are truly looking forward to opening our doors to travelers that are looking for upscale accommodations and learning of the history that Medford and Lady Geneva have to offer” stated Gloria.

Room rates range from $130 - 160 per night, double occupancy.

For bookings, please visit LadyGenevaBedandBreakfast.com
Media Contact: Gloria Thomas de Haas
info@LadyGenevaBedandBreakfast.com
541-900-5239
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