New Bed and Breakfast in Rochester with VIDEO

New and One of a Kind

The Rochester Carriage House Bed & Breakfast is not only the city’s newest choice for overnight accommodations; it is also Rochester’s only B&B. The caretaker’s house, or carriage house, was built in 1849 and sits just off Main Street behind the white Greek Revival main house once owned by Lysander Woodward and a small apartment building.

Both the Woodward home and Carriage House were part of the Lysander Woodard estate and farm covering more than 300 acres. The Carriage House, once owned by Roger Knapp and Jerome Duncan, as well as Lysander Woodward, is now owned by Donald Jagoda.

The Innkeeper

Don Jagoda sells robotic parking systems as his day job and is now owner and innkeeper of the Rochester Carriage House. Per the local ordinances surrounding such businesses, he has to live at the B&B. Don has a connection to Rochester and thought it was the perfect place to own one. After nearly a million dollars to purchase and renovate the house, it is open and ready for overnight guests.

The house has gone through down times and renovations. In the 1970s, Roger Knapp “made it a jewel” said local historian, Rod Wilson. And with Don turning it into a bed & breakfast, “it will be a jewel again” suggested Wilson.

Private and Convenient

One acre of privacy, yet close to downtown Rochester makes guests feel secluded but near to everything at the same time. Guests and visitors receive access to the gated property via a keypad entrance. The front of the house welcomes guests into the original 1849 part of the building with well preserved blown-glass windows, stained glass, and wood floors.

Step into the kitchen for all the modern amenities, as well as a wood-burning pizza oven. Guests have their choice of four rooms. The three upstairs are named after Don’s mother (Anna) and his two daughters (Tiffany and Lexi). On the main level is the Filly’s Pearl Suite which comes with a full service kitchen, sitting area and private entrance.

All guests have access to the swimming pool (seasonal), workout room, and game room with pool table. Continental breakfast is included daily and full breakfast is available for an extra cost with advance notice.

Coming Soon

Don plans to purchase a big red Cadillac to shuttle guests around town this summer and install a four-season hot tub. Boutique weddings, bachelor parties, family reunions, and out-of-towners will be likely guests. VIPs from Oakland University and Meadowbrook Music Festival may find their way here too.


The Rochester Carriage House is located at 147 North Lane (first road south of Tienken Road on the west side on Rochester Road). North Lane is the private drive between the Waltonwood senior living complex and the Woodward main house at 1385 N. Main Street. Call Don for more information and reservations at 586-764-7275 or visit their website at The clip below is a promotional video for the Rochester Carriage House Bed & Breakfast.

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