My boyfriend and I have made a summer plan to explore the beautiful nature around NYC area. We were looking into hiking trails around the Catskill and a place to stay for a weekend get-away. We would also like to bring our cat along with us, so after some internet research on pet-friendly B&Bs, I came across Clove Cottages. They have a very comprehensive website that shows you images of both interior and exterior of the seven cottages they offer, and provides very good information on nearby area attractions. I was immediately attracted to the idea of self-sufficient cottages, where guests can enjoy their privacy and are able to prepare their own meals. And the images of cottages looked just so charming! So we made a reservation on the cozy blue cottage right away!
We arrived on a heavily rainy afternoon, Michelle (plus their super friendly dog and cats) was there in front of their house to greet us warmly. Michelle and Noah are very nice and helpful inn-keepers and they really take care to maintain the cottages and grounds well. When we got into our cottage, it was simple and cozy just as we expected from the website. The cottage was well stocked with a set of pots and pans, plates, utensils, cups and glasses (wine glasses too). There were a small fridge, a microwave, a toaster oven, a coffee maker and a two-burner range top. There was also a small fixed outdoor grill by each cottage available for use (need charcoal). They also provided cooking oils (canola & olive), salt, pepper, sugar, ground coffee & filters for the machine, tea bags, and Michelle's home made granola (super yummy!). The bathroom was small but sufficient, with towels, shampoos, homemade guest soap and a hair dryer. The queen size bed was very comfortable for a good night's sleep. Sunday morning Noah delivered a basket of toasty warm cranberry chocolate scones freshly baked by Michelle. What a relaxing and delicious breakfast we had on our own pace!! We were also able to make a nice dinner one evening, and we just love the flexibility a private cottage can offer! Oh, and they have two adorable llamas! They are such peaceful creature. It was so nice to see them grazing around the property (no worries, they are fenced in; they won't pay you a surprise visit at your cottage).
The location of Clove Cottages is very close to numerous nature reserves and not far from the Catskill State Park, so there are plenty to do. We only managed to do one day-hike at Sam's Point Preserve during our two nights stay because of the relentless downpour from the sky. But now we have an excuse to come back again for another visit. When we were leaving, Michelle so generously cut some salad greens from their wonderful garden for us to take back! We had a great experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our cottages were built in the 1930's. Renovations have retained their charm and history. They are peaceful & private with a comfortable distance between each of them and our home on nine acres. Mature trees shade each cottage with meadows and mountains in every direction. Each cottage has its own kitchen, bathroom, heater, A/C, TV/VCR, DVD, CD player (sorry, no T.V. Service). WIFI onsite. Sheets, bath towels and our homemade soap are provided, as well as our homemade granola, teas, fresh ground organic coffee. On Sunday morning we deliver fresh baked scones to your cottage. You'll find the cottage clean and the beds made, ready for you to settle in and enjoy. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Clove Cottages Hotel High Falls