Ann and Gary Andre bought a Victorian house in Bristol, Indiana from the Murphy family and turned it into a lovely bed and breakfast. The Murphy family had lived in the house for 50 years. There have only been four owners of the house. Floyd Conger built the house in 1870. It is at 111 S. Division Street in Bristol, Indiana. It took Ann and Gary a year to restore the house and turn it into the relaxing visitor’s haven it is today.
The second floor was an apartment when the Murphy’s owned it. They converted it for one of their children after they got married. One of the rooms in the old apartment was a kitchen. Ann and Gary had to remove everything from that room. It is now a guest room. There are three rooms for guests upstairs.
They named each room after one of their grandchildren. Jayme’s room has two twin beds. Camryn and Jordyn’s rooms have queen sized beds. The sinks in two of the rooms are in the room itself. The shower and toilet in two rooms are in what appears to be a closet. White towels and mascara must not have mixed well at one time at Murphy Guest House. Black towels were placed on the sink embroidered with “Makeup” on them. She folds the toilet paper in an triangle fan origami style in each guest’s bathroom “That way you know which way the roll starts” Ann joked.
Ann and Gary had another grandchild and ran out of guest rooms to name for the grandkids. They renamed the living area the “Kinnick Library” after the year old baby. There is a stuffed dead cat on the floor in the living area. “Some people come in and tell me they are allergic to cats. I have to assure them it isn’t real” Ann said.
“I had wanted to buy a coffee shop or a tea shop” Ann said at breakfast. She had looked at the business that is semi detached from the house in front in the past and decided against it. “It was not in good condition. It had been a flower shop ” she said. “We never lived in an old house. We decided to buy this one and we had to do the plumbing, electrical and many other things to fix it before it opened” she said. The same little flower shop she had looked at years before came along with the purchase of the Murphy House. It is a chocolate shop now. She thought about starting a coffee or tea shop after they became owners of the store with the house purchase, but the business owners had a ten year lease at the time. When the flower shop closed the people who had leased it then sublet it to another business because they still held the lease. Ann’s husband Gary decided to fix up the shop before the present chocolate shop went in. “He fixed it up for them but not for me” Ann joked. One guest then said she must be too busy now to run a shop with all that toilet paper folding she had to do. Everyone at breakfast laughed.
When a guest arrives their room has a plate with chocolate covered strawberries, cheese, crackers. The chocolate mint on the plate has the initial of the guest’s first name on the cookie. There are two wine glasses and a bottle of sparkling grape juice on ice along with a welcoming note from Ann and Gary. The fridge upstairs is free and open to all guests and is stocked with ice cream and sodas.
Ann puts guest’s names on a ornate Victorian stand with a chalkboard outside each guests room.
The breakfast is delightful and consists of scones, quiche and other sugary frosting filled pastries which could induce a diabetic coma by early afternoon. Four ladies were guests who came from other parts of Indiana. Three were sisters and one was a friend. They asked that their names not be used for this story. As a group they visit a bed and breakfast once a year. They said they stayed the night before at the Murphy House and had stuffed French toast for breakfast the day before. “Ann is a great cook” one of them said. The home cooked breakfast with good company is the best part of staying at a bed and breakfast. This is especially true about staying at the Murphy House with Ann and Gary Andre.