I was looking for a quiet, picturesque place to get away from it all and I got that and more. Not only was the scenery magestic, despite the miserable weather, but the house was lovely as well. I was greeted at the door by Chuck, given the orientation which only took a minute or so, and, as I was the only guest that night, was pretty much given the run of the place. I stayed in the Gazebo room and it was very pretty, let in a lot of sunlight and was very comfortable as well as very clean. I watched some TV on the chaise while reading some of the magazines that were provided. Later in the evening I watched a movie I had brought on the TV in the common room and helped myself to some snacks and beverages at the bar. My breakfast the following morning was delicious and substantial and Chuck joined me and we had pleasant conversation. I did not find him to be overbearing or monopolizing of my time.
People, PLEASE understand what a B&B is and what it offers. If you expect the ambiance and character of a home from another time, you must embrace things like creaky floors and thin walls and outdated plumbing. And if the information in the orientation was too much for you to absorb, then I don't know how you make change at the grocery store. Not only is this particular inn this man's home, but there are other guests that deserve comfort and consideration as well so if all the 'rules' seem oppressive to you, then find a cabin in the woods for you and your party.
Chuck, the only critique I will offer, and this is just my personal opinion, is that the house is a gem and the decor is definitely busy. I know you're going for the high Victorian look, but it definitely detracted from the exquisite wallpaper and woodwork and a slight reinterpretation of the theme would feel much more relaxing. I especially think the dining room could feel much more soothing in this regard. I also think that the pool table in the other common room is a waste and not very B&B. I would have enjoyed relaxing in a room like that by the fireplace. I would think it would accommodate more guests and not be intrusive to someone trying to watch the television in the adjoining room.
And even though I had no problem with the breakfast time, yours is the only B&B I've stayed at that doesn't have a two-hour window for breakfast. Considering I was only there for one breakfast, I was wondering if you vary your menu, maybe offering things like a nice savory quiche (with notice the previous night, of course) or eggs benedict. My omelet, however, ROCKED.
Chuck, thanks for a pleasant stay at your inn. I would definitely return and plan to in the future and I'm sure you realize that for some people, there ain't no pleasin' 'em.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Circa 1904 fully restored and updated Victorian Mansion. Nine bedroom B&B all with private baths, free WIFI queen sized beds, Flat Screen TV's with DVD players, includes a full cooked to order breakfast. Centrally located in the Catskills with many attractions, within walking distance to Hunter Mountain a four season Ski Resort. Newest attraction is the Zip line adventure, the tallest and longest in North America. Adjacent to the Hudson Valley and many activities too numerous to mention. ... more less
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