My family simply cannot say enough wonderful things about the Barstow House in West Winfield. The house is simply beautiful. The ornate rooms and the personal touches that make a B&B famously successful were delightful. The bedrooms were roomy, had immense character and the king sized bed was better than mine at home. The spacious bathroom was stocked with all those last minute ‘I forgot at home’ amenities including handmade soaps! We were too busy to take advantage of the computer with Internet access and the hundreds of books available...perhaps next time.
The backyard is exquisite with solar lighting to enhance the ornate gardens which added a fabulous backdrop. It was so quiet and serene.
The breakfast was beyond divine. Local maple syrup, scrumptious blueberry pancakes made to order, pastries, yogurts, coffee, bacon, sausage, and so many other decadent delights! We definitely splurged (diets be gone) and loved every second.
I don’t know how to convey the kindness and special attention given to us by our hosts Andy and Maureen. From the moment we arrived, it was like we were part of the family! We felt welcomed and comfortable every second and lavished in their hospitality. They are very special people.
Of course, I couldn’t leave without my souvenirs which were also with a personal touch! I had fallen in love with the handmade soaps (sandalwood and cranberry to be exact) and there was no way I was leaving without some authentic West Winfield maple syrup!
Lately, B&B’s seem to have become more mainstream and commercialized losing their flare of individuality and uniqueness - this is certainly not the case with Barstow House!
We loved the personality of the house and the hosts that we are already planning our return trip!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a relaxing rurally-based Bed and Breakfast directly on Scenic Route 20 smack dab in the middle of New York State. Whether you are visiting family and friends, the Glimmerglass Opera, Madison-Bouckville Antiques, Colgate University, Herkimer Community College, Utica College, or just passing through, our goal is to provide you with a warm welcome, a comfortable night's sleep and a delicious breakfast. Enjoy our lovely backyard flowers and many species of birds. Reserve a four-course afternoon tea during your stay! All rates include a full breakfast and bedtime snack each day of your stay. Wireless internet is available throughout The Barstow House 1888. ... more less