My wife and I stayed here for a week this past May and then for a weekend about a month ago. We have zero complaints and very much enjoyed our stay at this comfortable old home which Art (the owner) grew up in. Here is our impression of our stays.
The rooms are lovely. Ours was clean upon arrival and very appealing in terms of the furniture - I am not an expert, but I am certain there were quite a few true antiques. The rooms are not made up every day. Art told us this when we checked in. For us this is a non-issue. And if you needed something (maybe you prefer clean towels daily) Art would graciously provide that. Just ask!!! The bathroom does not have toiletries beyond soap and shampoo, so pack accordingly. The towels are thick and of good quality.
The house itself is beautiful. Large with one of the quietest and most relaxing living rooms I have seen at a B&B. I did not check every room but ours had a flat screen TV with basic cable. Our room also had a faux fireplace which really added to the ambiance. The bed was as comfortable as you could ask for. (We stayed in the Summer room which has a king size).
Breakfast. If Art does not have many guests he will serve breakfast in the kitchen; otherwise in the dining room. You can tell him the day before when you would like to eat - there are no set times. I have been to many B&Bs and have had many fancy complicated gourmet type breakfasts. Do not expect that here. You will get a simple and satisfying breakfast. There is always cereals and fruit. Art will cook you a perfect cheese omelet with sausage or bacon, or, if you are lucky, the king of NJ breakfast meats: Taylor ham. Also toast, OJ, coffee. I find nothing to complain about here. There is also coffee available any time with one of those machines that use the little cups (the name escapes me). Knowing Art, if you told him ahead of time you wanted a good NJ bagel, he would ensure you got one.
We found Art to be a helpful and accommodating host and I'll end with two quick tales.
We were going into NYC for a day and it was raining. So the 1 mile walk to the train station was not happening. Weekday parking at the train station is non-existent due to the large number of commuters who fill the parking by 7.30am. Solution: Art drove us. "What time do you want to leave?" He offered to pick us up too!
On our last stay he asked what we wanted for breakfast and I told him we were going to the local family restaurant. I grew up in NJ, moved to upstate NY 10 years ago, and Taylor ham is now hard to find. I had to get my eggs and Taylor ham. The next morning, you know how this ends, Art had Taylor ham to accompany my omelet. And he bought the kind you slice - thick! Thanks Art - a perfect breakfast.
We would not consider staying anywhere else when we come to NJ to visit family. Thanks for everything Art - you are a terrific host and I already miss my Taylor ham!!
ps - I did not mean to click terrible on the swimming pool. It had a major structural problem and is out of commission - that is very different from being terrible.