A Canada Select **** B & B, Rum Runners Roost is an original Newfoundland style home that has been beautifully and lovingly restored. Originally built in 1912 by a prominent local fish merchant, this B & B currently has four guest rooms all with en-suite/private washroom facilities. In an effort to hold true to the rum running theme, each of the rooms is named after a famous “Rum Runner” ship: The Rheo, The Corticelli, The Florann, and The Bessemer. A fifth room, The Arethusa, is currently under renovation and will be a luxury suite encompassing the entire third floor.
A great deal of time and research has gone into the décor of the “Roost”. In the Main Room we have added replicas of formal furniture of that era in an effort to represent the affluence of that period in history. The walls are adorned with copies of original newspaper articles with tales of the rum running and framed graphics showing the actual plans of famous rum running ships/vessels. In both the guest rooms and common areas, you will also find original artwork (oil paintings and old photographs) from local artists depicting ships and sea scenes, Newfoundland ponies, and other local scenery. There is even a photograph of Twillingate 100 years ago hanging in the upstairs hallway.
Each room is decorated uniquely while trying to hold true to the particular style of the time. All of the furniture in the guest rooms was meticulously hand crafted by a local craftsman in a style reminiscent of the furniture design of the era. The beds are all hand crafted from Newfoundland spruce to give a true authentic feeling. The design of these beds is very unique; only found in Newfoundland during the 1930’s. In addition, expert advice was sought with regard to some of the decorating techniques of the particular time period. The addition of a certain type of crown molding to the bathrooms and bedrooms was a very popular decorating technique of the time and accentuates an affluent life style of the time period. These little details all serve to augment the atmosphere and authenticity of the Rum Running theme.