Wyoming B&B is first in historic 'hood

Wyoming is a great part of town to visit, but until September there wasn’t anywhere to spend the night. Anne Black has changed that with the opening of Twins’ House Bed & Breakfast at 272 Compton Road.

As a professional remodeler, Black had toyed with the idea of opening a B&B years ago, but didn’t get serious until 2009, when she heard that the historic Mt. Vernon-style house she had long admired was coming on the market.

About the same time, she found out that Wyoming had changed the zoning code to allow a B&B in the city. The house was too large for her family of three, a 120-pound dog and a cat. Turning it into a B&B was a win-win solution. “Inviting guests into our home justifies a small family having such a big house, and their rent helps us pay the mortgage,” she says.

So far, guests have been thrilled with the deal. The three-story house on 3.82 acres has been restored to its 1848 splendor, warmly decorated by Wyoming’s Peppercorn Studio, and landscaped by Wyoming’s Designer Dirt. There are three guest rooms, one of which is available as a suite for families of four. The rooms are spacious, and each has a private bath. There is an outdoor pool, and a large porch for sitting and enjoying morning coffee.

Since it is occupied 24/7, Twins’ House feels like a home. Guests and the Blacks each have separate living spaces, and 10-year-old residents Cathy and Sam (for whom the house is named) are happy to walk up the stairs quietly when guests are staying. “They knew that sharing was going to be part of the plan,” Anne says.

The hostess role suits her well. “I called the owner of Clifton’s Parker House when I was getting ready to do this, and he said, ‘You are going to have so much fun!’ He was right. Meeting people and making their experience pleasant has been a blast.”

By Cynthia Smith

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