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Lake Geneva inn carries on centuries-old history

Owner's ancestor original pilgrim

(Published April 24, 2007, 4:27 p.m.)

In 1607 Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, who had discovered and named Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard in 1602, sailed to America with John Smith and others to establish the first permanent English colony in America at Jamestown.

Now 400 years later, ancestors of Gosnold's, Amanda and Leon Lavallin, have come from Hertfordshire, England, to develop SevenOaks with a vision of offering bed and breakfast-like hospitality in a format where all guests have their own private suite.

Imagine the comfort of a small luxury hotel and the hospitality of a bed and breakfast with touch of England and you'll have SevenOaks, 682 Wells St., Lake Geneva, 248-4006.

Nestled among mature oaks, there are nine luxury suites in seven one-floor buildings. Each suite has a porch, living room with fireplace, master bedroom with king bed, bathroom with two person spa tubs and a separate shower. Two suites offer two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

In addition to a good cup of tea, hosts Amanda and Leon Lavallin provide guests with a welcome package, a continental breakfast and wireless Internet access.

It's an easy walk downtown to enjoy the lakefront, shopping and restaurants.

SevenOaks is a smoke-free pet free adult (21-plus) resort.

Captain Gosnold could not possibly have imagined the America of today, the eight-hour flight from England nor the amenities and activities to be found in and around SevenOaks.


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