I've never in my life written a review before but after our recent stay here, felt I should share my experience since I feel slightly misled by the reviews I read on this place prior to going. My husband and I spent two nights here in the Vincent room. Overall, the house itself is very beautiful. It's pretty from the front and has lots of character on the inside however that's about where it ends. It's unfortunate because it could have so much potential to be so much more. We used a group deal for about $350 for the entire weekend. For that price, I think we got what we paid for but for the prices I've seen on their website, I'd be very upset. Basically, if you're just looking for a place to sleep then this is fine but if you're looking for a warm n fuzzy, homey place where you feel like a special guest in someone's home, this place is not it.
When we arrived there was a sign at the front door with directions to walk in and to the back of the house. I find this kind of cold and odd that we were greeted with this small sign on the door. We walked in to an empty quiet house and to the back where there was a young girl who gave us our key, wine which came with our package and paperwork. Our room was on the third floor which I liked because it was private on a floor by itself. But the room itself was very dated. I get this is an old home and I love that but the furniture, decor, curtains etc was just dated and no frills. The bathroom door did not shut which I wasn't happy about as being a female, we'd like some privacy when going to the bathroom. So this was a bit awkward but my husband took it as par for the course of staying in an old home.
In the morning when we went downstairs for breakfast, we sat for quite a long time...maybe 15-20 mins without being greeted or acknowledged. There was one other couple there as well also waiting. We heard lots of cooking in the kitchen and things smelled great. Eventually some young girl came out who I don't believe spoke English and placed a very tiny cup with caramelized apples in front of us. It honestly couldn't have had even a single slice of apple in the entire cup, that's how small the portion was. It was good though. My husband and I then realized that this was just a plated breakfast where they just bring you what they cooked, no orders taken. After what seemed like a very long time again, we were each brought out a plate of food with a very small portion of scrambled eggs (maybe 1 egg worth), some potatoes and 2 pieces of bacon. We actually laughed when we saw the portion because my husband would normally eat 3 times this amount at home. There was also a very small (maybe 3"x1") piece of pumpkin bread at our table for us to share. This is pretty much it for the breakfast and it wasn't anything spectacular, it was just your basic run of the mill breakfast taste. I guess I went into this expecting this gourmet country breakfast where we were greeted with a spread of fresh breads, muffins, fresh fruit and an array of food to select from. That's not what we got AT ALL. On the second morning, we actually chose to check out without even having breakfast here because even the free breakfast just wasn't worth it.
Overall the house is just empty all the time. We saw the main house owner or whatever they're called one time for a brief minute during breakfast but that's it. You basically feel like you're staying in someone's home but they aren't there. If you want that then this is the place for you. I was expecting charm and warm fuzzy welcomes and music playing and fires lit all the time etc. The fire in the dining room was lit during breakfast but it was shut immediately after breakfast. And on Sat night, there was a sign...yes another sign, in the living room with a small plate of cheese and crackers and the sign said to bring your own wine and sit in the living room and enjoy the cheese and crackers. During this time the fire was lit in the living room. But again there was nobody around as a host or anything, just the random other couples we saw staying here as well. When my husband and I were leaving to go out, two elderly women were sitting eating the cheese and the fire was getting low. They asked if my husband could put another log in which he attempted to do but we couldn't find any wood. I would just expect the house manager to be there with their guests at least sometimes, keep the fires going, have music playing, invite guests to sit in the living room for cheese and crackers etc.
I think the house manager comes in the morning to make sure breakfast is being set up and then maybe stops in for a minute at night but that's it. We heard that there's three owners who rotate time here so maybe it depends on who's managing it that weekend that determines how your stay is. Unless the estate itself is writing their own reviews, I can't imagine how others had such a wonderful experience unless another manager provides a better experience. I think ours was Debbie.
The alpacas were cute.
- Also Known As:
- Chimney Hill Estate Hotel Lambertville
- Chimney Hill Estate Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chimney Hill Estate & Ol' Barn Inn is a lovely quaint country estate located above the charming historic riverside towns of Lambertville, New Jersey and New Hope, Pennsylvania. Enjoy the excellent selection of restaurants - Anton's Swan, Brian's, Hamilton Grill, Ricks Cafe, Triumph Brewery, Marsha Browns. Plenty to explore everyday! Enjoy a couples massage at Zanya's or Nurture Day Spas. Visit the Bucks County Theater, Shop at Peddlers Village, Explore the Golden Nugget Flea market for a rare treasure, don't forget Rice's Market every Tuesday! If you love the history visit our Washington's Crossing, or take a tour of our local vineyards - Unionville, Old York, Crossings, to name a few. Lets not forget that we offer a delicious breakfast daily and give you plenty of TLC during your stay. Ask us for help....we are here to help you have a great time! So please visit us soon! Thank you, Terry & Rich & the very darling Alpacas ... more less
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