It is hard to picture a better place for an elegant, yet quite modestly priced, afternoon tea than this lovely and historic turn-of-the-20th century mansion in Toms River. While staying at the B & B in late March, I was able to arrange an intimate Victorian tea for close friends and family in the cozy 'library' room, with its spectacular Moroccan leather ceiling and leather walls (impressive!) and its lovely window view of the expansive back lawn. The Victorian decor of the china and furnishings, the precisiion and elegance of the food preparation and presentation, were remarkable. Each person had his or her own large teapot of freshly-brewed tea, chosen individually from an impressive list of offerings, some quite unusual and all delicious. The array of scones, pastries, cookies, fruit, compotes and other tasty goodies, all offered in abundance and with the friendliest, most attentive service, was likewise remarkable. Our guests felt truly special to be there, as our host made them feel very welcome and 'at home.' Much of what they experienced was due to the extraordinary energy, culinary talent, and personal warmth of our smiling, humorous, hospitable host, Susan Notte, who makes everything she touches more wonderful. Thanks for a great teatime!