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“Loved Whistlewood!” 5 of 5 stars
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52 Pells Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572   |  
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Ranked #2 of 16 Rhinebeck B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
New York City, New York
1 review
“Loved Whistlewood!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

My boyfriend and I felt right at home here! It was conveniently located to Rhinebeck village and other Hudson Valley spots. Whistlewood is very charming and warm. Perfect mix of charm and modern conveniences. You really find yourself in beautiful surroundings both inside and outside the house. Our room was very clean, quiet and private. We especially enjoyed that the kitchen was stocked with healthy delicious snacks for guests to enjoy at anytime. Breakfast was something else...Maggie went out of her way to make a creative and tasty scrambled eggs and fresh fruit waffles. In addition there were warm fresh baked muffins and a great selection of fruits.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

My husband and I returned for our second visit to this beautifully done, WhistleWood Farm and enjoyed our privacy in the guest cottage separate from the main house. The room was lovely, spacious, nicely decorated and super clean! We slept with all the windows and door open..cool and totally quiet. It all is so very inviting, especially to walk the grounds, see the chickens and horses out and in the 'perfect' barns. Maggie's breakfasts are scrumptious and overflowing. It is amazing to eat eggs right from the farm daily...so fresh! My Tom loved his sweets and treats that Maggie does in a magnificent country kitchen and great room. We LOVE coming here..next time to stop and rest a bit after travelling. Weclome home.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairfield County, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Whistlewood Farm is a warm and magical place. We found it in July when we decided to stay over after enjoying a wonderful day in Rhinebeck. Maggie, the farm owner, went out of her way to help us out on a very busy weekend. When we arrived she gave us a tour of the beautiful gardens and meadows complete with horses, a donkey, chickens and 2 cows. The rooms are also charming, accented with interesting artifacts and outfitted with all of the sundries that anyone would need on an overnight. In the morning Maggie made the most delicious breakfast we have had in some time with farm fresh eggs and waffles made to order. You can tell that Maggie loves Whistlewood Farm and she wants her guests to experience the same joy in being there. She is fun to talk with and very knowledgeable on interesting things to do in the area, but she is also respectful of everyone's privacy. We had such a good time that we carved out another weekend to drive back to this wonderful sanctuary just North of Manhattan, but a world away with ingratiating kindness and service.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newark, Delaware
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We arrived in early September when the coneflowers were still in bloom. The first views past the horse barn were like a fairy tale. The 24x7 hospitality buffet was overflowing with fresh homemade pies, tortes, and muffins. Breakfast is gourmet fresh food; herbs and produce from the garden, free range fresh eggs from the hens. If your idea of relaxation is a stroll and a quiet chat with a horse at their box stall window, or bird watching from the veranda, bookmark this page and book your stay here

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Morristown, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

If you want a lovely retreat in the Hudson River Valley, this is the place to go. Horses, donkeys, and chickens on a large property, along with plenty of peace and quiet. Tracey's food is wonderful. The eggs come from those chickens, the baking is delicious, and I think I put on 2 lbs, and loved doing it, too. We stayed in the Carriage House with our spacious room and our own private little deck. Fed the chickens, checked out the other critters. The inn is dog-friendly, and kids would like it too. Maggie, the owner, is most gracious and welcoming. Downtown Rhinebeck is only 3 miles away and yet feels like a different world. We're going back; it was that great!

Room Tip: Rooms with a Jacuzzi in the bathroom are wonderful. Oh, every room is wonderful!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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12 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We arrived for our 2-night stay with no sign of the innkeeper. There were two staff members in the kitchen who seemed uninformed about our arrival. They gestured toward the door of our room without giving us any further information. When we inquired about a key, we were told they don't use keys in this particular establishment (!). However, we insisted and were given one. This policy instantly made us uncomfortable. The farm is rather isolated and a key to protect your personal belongings in your room is hardly unconventional.

When we met the innkeeper later that afternoon, she was awkward and made a snide remark about our wanting to have a key to our room. We were given instructions and warnings about how to use the tub, to the point that one person in our party was afraid to use the shower. We generally felt uneasy; this was unlike any other B&B that we've stayed at in the past.

After an early dinner in town, we returned to the farm and looked forward to a relaxing night together in our room. The Wyoming Room is spacious, clean, and nicely decorated; however, the very poor lighting arrangement forced us to play Scrabble by flashlight. Additionally, when we went to turn on the TV, we discovered the "NO TV" sign on the TV itself. There was no sign of life in the house and we didn't know how to reach the innkeeper with questions or concerns. Finally, when we heard the innkeeper outside our room, we asked her why the television wasn't working. She told us with a bit of an attitude that they don't have basic television in the rooms, only a selection of (very outdated) videocassettes and DVDs. The alternative was the communal TV in the family room. We felt the information on the website was misleading because this arrangement is not clearly stated in the room's description.

We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast the next morning; however, the innkeeper repeatedly and defensively brought up the lack of TV in the rooms throughout our meal. Overall, we did not experience the warmth and hospitality described in previous reviews.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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whistle2, Owner at WhistleWood Farm Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, August 3, 2013
It has been almost a year since your visit to our farm. I was and am still not happy with the review that you left and did not know what to say but here goes.
You are correct I was not here when you arrived...The farm was left for a little while as I went shopping to the local Farm Market to buy fresh supplies for guests breakfasts. It was the end of the Dutchess County Fair. I do not know exactly when guests are arriving so there are signs written and posted on the front porch for directions to the rooms which have your names on the door as well as the name of your room, the Wyoming room.

The "staff" you refer to, were the young teenage "giggeling" daughters of the housekeeper. They do not work here and are not asked to give out keys, but they do usually point to the rooms guests are looking for and they are very polite young ladies and try to be helpful.

When I returned from the Farmers Market you were in your room so I knocked as I heard that you were upset when you arrived. I tried my best to explain and offer my help but the more I spoke the more dissatisfied you got. Yes, I was awkward and apologetic repeatedly because of your attitude. I have mostly great, pleasant guests who are happy people and happy to be here.

We are not a boutique hotel, which is seems you stay in most of the time with butlers, maids, front office people, etc... just a small quiet Bed and Breakfast off the beaten path but only 3 miles from the center of the Rhinebeck village.
We are not remote and there are clients who visit with there horses at the stable, someone is at the stable around most of the time tending to the animals at the barn 300 yards from the house.
I can only apologize again and again and again. Please forgive my humble home and your Awkward innkeeper.
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Very welcoming B&B. We stayed with our daughter in the Juniper room which was very spacious and clean with a private patio. Very accommodating staff with excellent breakfast with choices of fresh baked muffins and pies. We will certainly return.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about WhistleWood Farm Bed and Breakfast

Address: 52 Pells Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
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Location: United States > New York > Rhinebeck
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Rhinebeck
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WhistleWood Farm is located on a hilltop, in Rhinebeck, less than two hours north of Manhattan in New York's historic Hudson Valley. Open decks, outdoor fire pit, pastoral views, wildflower gardens, the starry night sky form a setting for solitude or lively conversations. Pull up a chair on the deck or a porch to enjoy the views, or settle on a cozy fireside sofa with a good book. Explore the nature trails to the pond, the woods, the scenery, visit the retired horses, the donkeys, the Dexter cows and calves, feed our chickens for the freshest eggs or just... Relax! ... more   less 
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Whistlewood Farm Hotel Rhinebeck

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