In addition to Alice’s Room, we have also been doing some work on Tower Room to try to enhance the experience for guests.
A new king bed is in place, and by removing a dresser, we have made room for two comfortable chairs for relaxing. A bachelor’s chest and a glass table with lamp are on either side of the bed to provide a convenient place to place personal belongings at night.
A new chest for the TV is next to the gas fireplace, which can now be operated via a remote control that also acts as a thermostat. Along with some new wall decor is a “fandelier,” a ceiling light with a fan that retracts when off and that can also be operated via remote control.
No worries — up the stairs in the bathroom, in the old tower of the house, is still the double jetted tub that so many have relaxed in over the years.
Next to Tower Room, between Tower and John’s Room, is a grandfather clock that we located at a consignment shop in Galena. It was made by Ithaca Calendar Clock Company, which was creating these grandfather clocks at the time John Cloran was living in the house at the turn of the last century. The face is modern, but the wood case and brass finials appear to go back more than one hundred years. Don’t worry — the clock is not operating so as not to disturb any guests.
We do hope that the updates will help make the experience of guests in Tower Room more comfortable than ever. We thank all of you who have been coming out to get away for a bit — you help keep these vintage places going! Please know that we will continue to work to live up to our motto, “Modern Comforts, Historic Charm.”