As many have said, the accommodation at The Arnold House is superb. A blend of the old and the new, creating a classy and cosy atmosphere - with all mod-cons. Everywhere you looked was a feast for the eyes; then you stepped outside and wow! We caught the Fall in its magnificence and enjoyed the stunning vistas: a lazy afternoon on the hammock is simply bliss.
What made my first trip to the US unforgettable though, was the team at the Arnold. When two weary travellers arrived in the Tavern, we were looked after from the word ‘go’. Chelsea seemed to be everywhere; front of house, pulling pints, serving, smiling and making sure every patron had everything they needed. Mrs T, owner of the warmest smile on the planet, couldn’t have done more to help my 82 year old mother settle in. Peter and Kerry the driving force of the bar, running a tight ship, but somehow maintaining a chilled atmosphere and were game for a laugh. Busgirls Dallas and Morgan were ever attentive.
In the kitchen talent abounds: Dan and Rich produced a varied menu, with the classic American fare I was hoping for on my stay, and some of my favourite treats, wings and calamari, were the best I’ve ever had. I must return for the BBQ ribs some day. Even when the kitchen was closed, Rich went out of his way to knock up some sensational French Soup, sandwiches and canopies for us and some guests who’s car had broken down. It was a most welcome gesture. If you like your desserts, then you are in for a treat thanks to Vanessa - the pastry chef. My mother has tasted some ‘Bread & Butter’ puddings in her time, and makes a mean one herself, but struggled to find the appropriate superlative for Nessy’s creation.
Add in the magical healing hands of Kevin in ‘The Spa’, who literally fixed me; spotless cleaning from Tanya, and Bryan keeping everything working properly, and you’d think things were about as perfect as they can get. Well you’d be wrong, since a fella named Ron who helps in the kitchen, upon hearing I’m into fishing, took me out on Shandelee Lake where I caught three pickeral within an hour - therefore putting the icing on the cake on a fantastic stay.
We came as strangers and left feeling like part of the family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arnold House is a Catskills getaway on Shandelee Mountain, near the quaint town of Livingston Manor. With our Guest Rooms, Tavern, Spa, BBQ Barn and access to the areas storied outdoor activities, our mission is to treat all our guests to the comfort and relaxation of casual country living. Guests will find friendly, warm service, a full bar & tavern, and frequent live music events. Our grounds are perfect for relaxing and our staff can help build the perfect activities for your stay. At The Arnold we also have the ability to serve private lunches, brunches, afternoon teas, dinners or cocktail parties from 10 to 200 people. These events can be held in our Tavern, 1960's Dining Room, our Sun Room, our BBQ Barn or outside on our lawn. Our goal is to work with every individual party to make sure we customize to taste, style and budget. ... more less