We recently stayed at The Tamarack Country Villa for one night and our only regret is that we couldn’t stay longer – like for a year! In fact, it’s difficult to put into words how incomparable this B&B is. As soon as you set foot on the property you are transported to an Italian villa on a country estate. The architecture will knock your socks off, yet the mood is relaxed, cozy and welcoming.
The rooms: We stayed in the Lilac Hedge room and it was amazing. Not just “great.” Amazing. The bed was incredibly comfortable and the linens felt very luxurious. There was also a separate sitting area (this is true of all the rooms). We were able to view all the rooms and honestly there isn’t one that is less than spectacular. And each is unique, a nice bonus. Each of the second-floor rooms also has a fantastic bath tub in addition to a separate shower. There is also a handicapped accessible bedroom on the first floor. All have great views, and several have porches. The rooms – all of them - are also unbelievably spacious and lovingly appointed.
The common areas are lovely; in fact, the entire B&B is decorated superbly and is incredibly comfortable.
The breakfast: Awesome! Freshly-baked muffins, fruit salad, and an entrée of petite sausage patties, more fresh fruit, and made-from-scratch ricotta pancakes with warm syrup and lemon curd. Sounds good? It tasted even better! Extra treats like homemade cookies at night and glasses of port in our room were an unexpected bonus. A variety of coffee and teas are readily available.
The innkeepers: Tom and Cate are very special people and succeed at being the most gracious hosts. They painstakingly restored this old “castle” over a period of 12 years. The history is amazing.
Location: Very private, quiet and tranquil and within a short distance of terrific restaurants and other services.
The Villa also seems to be a popular venue for weddings as well as private parties, meetings and special events. It’s obvious why!
NOTE: Pictures do not do this place justice. You simply have to stay here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally built as a stone farmhouse at the turn of the 19th century, the Tamaracks Country Villa was later absorbed in 1909 into a European-style stucco “castle”, locally known as The Colby Mansion in Sussex County’s Skylands district.Secluded on 5 1/2 acres surrounded by gardens and woodlands, creek and lake, the inn was the dream home of a self-styled architect/entrepreneur and his internationally known artist-wife.While preserving much of the original interior spaces, the seven suites with private ensuite baths, gas fireplaces, and sitting/work areas, are all handcrafted rooms tastefully and artistically appointed. Some have soaking tubs, two person showers, and private balconies. Common areas abound on both floors of the inn providing spaces for guests to relax or visit with others and also for small social gatherings (weddings, club meetings, showers) or business meetings. The first floor is completely accessible and the entire building has a sprinkler system for our guests’ safety.A complimentary full breakfast is offered each morning in the dining room. With its open hearth, bake oven, and 12″ beams cut from the property, the dining room reflects the early Dutch settlers’ heritage.Come for a visit. We would love to share our inn with you. ... more less
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