I arrived at 10pm, and a kind lady let me in and showed me to my room. The first thing I noticed was that it smelled old, and the green carpet looked like it really needed to be replaced. In my room, the bed was comfortable, and the bathroom immaculate. The lady indicated I could have breakfast in my room (some fruit, yogurt, orange juice). I would have appreciated a bottle of water instead of the 3 soda cans, but oh well. The thick towels are AWESOME!!! The decor was dated (not really in a good way...it's a historic landmark, but not from the 1970s). The shades on the windows don't go down all the way. I got the feeling there weren't many people there, but still. A little more privacy would have been appreciated. Only some of the building is updated, apparently, and instead of light switches, I had to find the lights and pull on their individual chains. It was also quite cold. There was a portable oil heater at the foot of the bed. I plugged it in and used it full force. The heater part worked fine, but it was hard to move around (especially AFTER I turned it on) because the wheel base needed some major adjusting. Around 3am, I awoke, quite frightened, to loud clanging. It sounded like someone hitting a metal pipe with a hammer. This continued for about 10 minutes, and then it became a sloshing sound, like someone rhythmically plunging the toilet...or maybe a crew team in my bathtub. That went on for about 10 as well. Then some hissing, and the clanging returned. I was listening to this cacophonous symphony for at least 30 minutes, wishing I could sleep. It was the heater. I've heard old radiators before, but nothing like this racket! Sorry, just really not my style. No "charm" or "history" can make up for my lost sleep. Also, I've never stayed in a place where the head of the bed is right next to the door, so I can hear all my "neighbors" walking around an old creaky house. I doubt more space would help that much, but....The room had no fan so I could drown out noise (I do appreciate "white noise" at night).
I think the grounds are very pretty, but I didn't stick around to enjoy them. I left at 8:30 am, before the office staff arrived.
If you think spending a night in a historical landmark or museum sounds awesome, and you want to explore such places, you'll probably enjoy it (especially if the heater doesn't come on), if your visit is for pleasure--if you're on vacation or traveling with a friend. If, however, you just need a comfortable place to stay, especially solo, I think the lack of privacy or usual amenities will prevent you from enjoying your time.
I'll continue my attempt to find someplace affordable to stay on my work travel to nearby Hamilton, New York.