Sometimes but too rarely in life there are times of idyllic harmony among all the spheres of reality at a classic inn: The impeccable cuisine, the tasteful gardens, the interior comforts, the grace of the hostess and servers, and the feeling of peace at the nexus of two worlds. Such is the case at the Homestead Inn in Greenwich, CT. The ambience was a glorious combination of the best of New England, white siding on the fine structure, abundant fenestration, and a delightful veranda... with the very best of Germany, with the warmth of the subtle dark woods, the glow of geraniums, and a feeling of solidity throughout. We had come down from Maine for a business meeting and the greeting we received was sincere and gracious. The owner, a woman named Theresa of genuine warmth and unsurpassed beauty and charm, welcomed our party of four as if we were the first guests the inn had ever entertained. The tour she gave us of the unforgettably gorgeous dining rooms, with the unique museum-quality platters at every place setting, was conducted with enthusiasm, pride, and humility. We marveled at the rooms and designs from the outset, but the response from the hotelier was uniformly genuine and enthusiastic. There was no sense of entitlement whatsoever. Yet she and her husband, Thomas, who is the master chef and co-owner, have provided hospitality at this spot for many years to countless guests from all over the world. Never jaded, she asked about our trip and our home state and listened to our answers. This was no over-rehearsed nor perfunctory greeting. It is the unmistakable mark of a woman who is the quintessence of competence, elegance, and hospitality. The service at lunch was extraordinary as well. The dining room has walls of paned windows floor to ceiling overlooking the exquisite gardens and lawns on the gentle hillside in this fine Greenwich neighborhood. Our genial server, Rocco, read the specials and made his polite suggestions with the utmost in pride and eloquence. At no point did anyone feel the least bit of pressure to order multiple courses of the meal, and our impression was that the prices were quite reasonable. For such transcendent quality and world-class ingredients and art, I expected a much higher tariff. The head waiter and his staff operated silently, efficiently, and altogether skillfully, interfering not one iota with the serious conversations we were engaged in at this meeting. Every dish was served at the right time and at the correct temperature. The service was neither obsequious nor imperious. It was appropriately professional, and not at all intimidating. The appetizers and entrees were presented with precision, and all our questions about the choices and ingredients and options were answered with clarity, full command of the menu, and a friendly demeanor. I ordered the salmon entree that was cooked to perfection, supplemented by whipped potatoes with asparagus worthy of the top restaurant in Europe or New York. A colleague was equally pleased with the sea bass, uniquely and creatively prepared, seasoned, and presented. Although we did not have the honor of meeting the award-winning chef and owner of the Homestead Inn, Mr. Thomas Henkelmann, the imprint of his attention to detail and the equally impressive aesthetic sense of his wife are evident in every aspect of the dining experience. This remarkable couple must surely be aware of the harmonious blend of old world and new they have crafted in this stately mansion. My party and I feel honored to have thoroughly enjoyed such a unique dining experience. We stayed for hours afterward in discussions on the veranda on this fine summer's afternoon, and we felt completely at home in the aura of the blissful world the owners and staff have fashioned so lovingly. The intersecting spheres of the good life are all in harmony at the Homestead Inn. I will return many times with my friends who will also recognize and appreciate the attainment of perfection in a place that treasures the finest in the culinary arts and the art of distinguished service. Thank you, Theresa and Thomas, for such a memorable experience at your exquisite inn on that peaceful August afternoon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HOMESTEAD INN ~ THOMAS HENKELMANN HAS LONG BEEN CONSIDERED ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S FINEST ADDRESSES.THIS EXQUISITE PROPERTY IS LOCATED ON THE BELLE HAVEN PENINSULA. MAJESTICALLY POISED ON 2.744 LUSHLY LANDSCAPED ACRES, THIS TIMELESS ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE IS HOME TO A LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND WORLD RENOWNED FRENCH RESTAURANT THOMAS HENKELMANN IS AN IMPRESSIVE MODERN SHOWCASE OF ELEGANCE, WARMTH AND SOPHISTICATION. HOMESTEAD INN -THOMAS HENKELMANN EXEMPLIFIES THE BEST BY BLENDING DETAILS AND CHARACTER WITH SUPERB MODERN AMENITIES. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Homestead Hotel Greenwich