My husband and I have traveled around the world from Japan to Paris and across the United States, and we can honestly say that we had a wonderfully romantic time. We highly recommend this B&B for the location, house and hosts. For us, the place and hosts went beyond our expectations. However, there are a few things that another person might not like about this place. We wrote this honest review to help others decide of this place is right for you. At Captain Schoonmakers, you can expect:
--Good, satisfying breakfasts that vary daily. Made by Judy and served by Bill at 9am, we enjoyed yogurt with granola and fresh blueberries, whole wheat pancakes with bacon and apple slices, and a confection dreamed up by Judy called "Eggnogg French Toast". All was served with scones or muffins, and bottomless juice and coffee.
--Excellent location. They are centrally located around the major points of interest, which include Rhinebeck and Woodstock to the North, New Paltz, Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park to the South - not to mention all the hiking, shopping, history and antiquing one would ever want. We came to hike, but the snow beat us there, so we timidly tried cross-country skiing for the first time and loved it! There's really something to do in every season.
--Lovely old house. The pre-revolutionary house is gorgeous with wide-planked floors and old fireplaces. It's also chock full of interesting old pictures, antiques and little knick-knacks, including a very interesting mouse trap in the dining room that we couldn't help fiddle with. You can have coffee, tea and little chocolate chip cookies while you explore the place or simply read a book from their extensive library by one of the fireplaces.
--Beautiful property. Situated on wooded grounds with a big stream and water fall, the nature surrounding the house is beautiful. We went in winter when everything was snow-covered and we still thought it was gorgeous.
--Lovely Room. We stayed in the "Captain's Quarters" upstairs in the oldest part of the main building above the kitchen. We had the entire place to ourselves except when breakfast was on, since all other rooms are out in the barn and even the hosts live in the house next door, which is not attached to the original old house. This was very nice as we didn't need to worry about making noise when we creaked around our room at night. The bed is very soft and there's lots of extra pillows and blankets. There's a lovely fireplace in the room which we used 2 out of the 3 nights and a one-person jacuzzi in the bathroom for your exclusive use that we fully took advantage of. We did NOT hear any roosters in the morning, or at any other time for that matter, as another reviewer wrote.
--Lovely Hosts. That Judy and Bill Klock go the extra mile to ensure their guests' full and complete happiness is evident in the little touches around the house. Little home-baked cookies in the foyer with coffee at all times, bath salts in the jacuzzi, throw blankets on every chair in the house, fire places ready for lighting, even a flask of some liquor for a night cap on our table near the fire all were much appreciated. The hosts are also very forthcoming with day trip ideas and directions to anywhere you'd like to go in the area. And finally, Judy and Bill are really pleasant, down-to-Earth, good people and chatting simply about our lives together indeed elevated our experience there.
As I said before, my husband and I have traveled around the world and Captain Schoonmaker's still went above our expectations. However, we realize that no place can be all things to all people, so we have included a list of things you may want to keep in mind. While we didn't consider them negatives, we can see how some might be bothered by:
--Traffic on the highway. The house is like 10 feet from the road, so you can hear cars and trucks going by on the highway while lying in bed. It's honestly NOT loud, but sounds sort of like a whoosh as they pass. Honestly, though, this did not bother us at all and I am a light sleeper. At night, there aren't many cars going by anyway and truth be told, it became white noise by the second night we were there.
--The unattached bathroom. The bathroom is out in the hallway literally 3 steps away from the bedroom door. No one else uses it except for you and no one is even in the house, let alone the second floor, so the fact that it's technically not attached to the room didn't bother us in the slightest. It really might as well have been attached. Still...I know some people are weird about their bathrooms.
--The very BIG dog. Beau is a very cute, very LARGE golden retriever. He is very sweet and does not jump on people. In truth, we only saw him briefly at breakfast once, but if you are scared of dogs or severely allergic, then you may want to ask the hosts to vacuum the house and keep the dog out of the main building. The hosts live next door on another property, so that problem is easily solved.
AND THAT'S IT! We highly recommend this place. We had a truely romantic stay.
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