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“One of a Kind Lovely” 5 of 5 stars
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Lighthouse Drive, Saugerties, NY   |  
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Ranked #7 of 15 Saugerties B&B and Inns
Stony Point, New York
1 review
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“One of a Kind Lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010

My fiance and I spent January 2, 2002 at the lighthouse and were overwhelmed with the charm and natural beauty of the lighthouse and surroundings. Patrick the lighthouse keeper is a gentle quiet soul who enjoys his work and make a first-class organically oriented breakfast using the best ingredients. Saugerties has several wonderful restaurants to choose from and a great wine shop. We re-booked immediately and spent a night in August 2010 there, getting married in our bedroom on the second floor by Patrick, an ordained officiator. He did the service for free and was perfect for the occasion. Once again, everything was romantic, memorable and designed to please. We drank champaign on the 'Boat" deck, swam in the warm river (sandy bottom) and enjoyed a stunning sunset over the Catskills. If you want a five star hotel and a European style concierge, then this is not your ticket. But if you desire a unique, heart-warming getaway that'll bring a smile to your soul, this is the place for you. We're booked again for a stay next year.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boston, MA
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2009

Concerning location, aesthetics, serentity, romanticism, eccentricity, etc., the other reviews seem very accurate to me. We found the inn-keeper pleasant enough - even if a bit absent and taciturn - and a very good breakfast chef. I don't believe I ever tasted more delicious blueberry pancakes made from scratch. Two oddities, however. First, since the lighthouse is part of a public reserve, visitors will come to and into the house, and this means that even while relaxing on the spacious deck that extends into the river you will not be alone. Second, despite the charm of the lighthouse, which I realize the historical foundation must preserve, the absence of some way to control the insect problem in the even seem unacceptable given the cost; gnats, mosquitos, spiders so numerous we joked that we were on an evening nature tour in Belize. But coupled with the lumpy matress, it wasn't too funny and I was very sleepy in the morning. Still, the breakfast made us happy again and we rested while floating around in the Hudson. Overall, the place offers more to praise than to criticize

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
1 review
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2009

Yes, it's a beautiful place. And yes, it's a remarkable view and a stunning walk and thrilling to be out in the lighthouse, all alone. But that doesn't really excuse finding another guest's dried blood on my sheets. The lighthouse keeper, an affable guy, seemed more into his girlfriend than his job -- when we called him at about 10pm to ask where we could find replacement sheets -- he was out partying with the girlfriend and could not bother to pick up his cell phone. She stumbled out of his quarters the next morning while he made breakfast. Kind of tacky, really.

Bloody sheets and absentee lighthouse keeper aside, it was a lovely night -- but really, it's just a bit too expensive and a bit too ridiculous (reservations a year in advance!) for bloody sheets.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Tarrytown, New York
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8 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2008

I won't duplicate what others have said. This is a beautiful place on a beautiful site and a great experience. We went in August and had great weather. There is no air conditioning; we didn't need it. Very charming, wonderful to step back in time with the kitchen and the museum room. Breakfast was great.
The beds are small (I am over 6 feet). Otherwise the room is good. However, my teenage daughter was appalled by the spiders. They are harmless of course and not exceptional; still if you've got a teenager be prepared to kill quite a few.
It is a bit inconvenient to have the only bathroom on the first floor.

  • Liked — location, charm, history
  • Disliked — no internet
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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12 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2008

Stayed here for one night on a very beautiful spring day. The walk to the lighthouse was an easy one over wooden and dirt paths. The keeper was personable and informative regarding the reconstruction and history of the lighthouse. The breakfast was wonderful and prepared with local eggs, maple syrup, etc... The bedrooms are charming. There are two bedrooms on the second floor with access to the light up a steep flight of steps and a ladder. The beds are doubles so are a bit cozy for a couple. We brought our two kids (16 and 12) so we took both rooms. I would recommend you go with friends as you can hear everything that goes on in the house and all share the one downstairs bathroom. Our 12 year old slept on the army style cot which was okay for a kid, but not very comfortable. The lighthouse grounds are small and was crowded the day we were there. We had brought our own food to grill but waited until after dusk to cook when all the people left as the trail closed at sunset. There is no tv or internet so you spend the evening playing board games which was an enjoyable change. It is very peaceful in the morning before the masses begin to arrive. It seems to be quite a popular spot with the locals who seem to make it part of their daily routines. All in all an enjoyable respite for one night.

  • Liked — Peace and quiet
  • Disliked — Small beds
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Myers, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2006

We had a truly magical stay over Christmas weekend. The lighthouse, built in the 1860's and renovated to it's former charming self in the 1980's, is a quaint, brick structure, furnished as it was in it's original time with antiques, coal burning stove, 1930's refrigerator, old gas stove/oven, claw-footed bathtub, etc...Upon arrival, be prepared for a 1/2 mile walk (with your belongings) to the lighthouse. We arrived just before high tide and Patrick met us part way down the path with rubber boots, a welcome sight as the tide was 1 foot higher than normal. We stayed in the West room, smaller then the East room but we felt is more welcoming with 2 windows facing the mountains of the Catskills and the other 2 looking south down the Hudson River. The bed was very comfortable and warm (heavy goose down comforter), but it was a double bed (no queen or king size beds in the 'olden days!).

The downstairs bathroom (shared) is a lesson in humility. Due to it's location (i.e. no city sewers), it utilizes a composting toilet. Thankfully, the compost is not directly under the toilet, but there is still somewhat of an odor and utilizing the spray wand to "flush" is definitely not something I would want to do in my everyday life. I found the odor to be contained with the toilet seat closed and the bathroom door shut. Water is provided from a sistern, and we found the water to be plentiful and hot. Electricity is provided by 1 very fragile line from the mainland, so blow dryers are not permitted.

We were able to barbecue outside on the gas grill (yes, barbecuing in December, "thanks" to global warming) and use the kitchen facilities (fully stocked) for cooking the rest of our dinner. We also were allowed to store our food in the refrigerator. We basically didn't wish to leave the island during our 2 day stay and being able to cook our own meals was just great.

Patrick's hospitality was just perfect. He is very pleasant, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Just the perfect inn (er....I mean lighthouse) keeper! And his breakfast's every morning were hearty and yummy! He was there when you needed him and "quietly disappeared" when you wished for private time.

We warmed up to the glowing coal stove in the living room after dinner, sipping a nice bottle of wine. Watched the sun come up over the Hudson from our bed. Watched the fog roll down the Hudson. Watched the Chickadee and his friend the Tufted Titmouse gobble up the seeds from the bird feeder. Watched the tides roll in and out. Picked out constellations in the clear, star-filled night sky. Drank more wine. Lot's of photographs. Read, talked, watched in silence. Drank more wine!

The lighthouse is 1.5 miles from downtown Saugerties and Patrick is full of recommendations as to places to eat and attractions to visit. Having visited the area many times we really just wanted to rest and relax.

We will definitely return, most likely in winter as it can be a little busy on the lighthouse island in the summer (the island is open to everyone). I would definitely recommend going with another couple so you can have the "whole place" to yourself. Our fellow guests were very nice, but I always have problems conversing first thing in the a.m. over breakfast with strangers.

Highly recommended, you will not be sorry!!

  • Liked — Getting to stay in a lighthouse, quiet, solitude, scenery, staff
  • Disliked — The toilet
  • Tips/Secrets — Travel with another couple to have the lighthouse to yourself, bring lot's of film, you can cook there yourself
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2004

The event was a surprise. A pre 75th birthday gift from an aunt. All she said we were going to a B&B.
Now who would have imagined a B&B in a lighthouse. The walk was enjoyable through blooming wildflowers, the anticipation as to where we were going was and then coming to lighthouse was a surprise. The weather was with us and enjoying sitting on the deck during the day, watching the boats, birds, fisherpersons, talking with local visitors coming to enjoy the peaceful area. Dog walkers, swimmers, people from other states and from overseas. Sitting on the deck at night and eating my aunts planned supper, wine and chips. Hearing the trains from across the river and a then a comfortable bed. Allen, the B&B lighthouse keeper, made us a healthy appetizing breakfast. Truly enjoyed.

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Address: Lighthouse Drive, Saugerties, NY
Location: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Saugerties
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #7 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Saugerties
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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