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“Almost missed this wonderful spot”
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Inn by the Mill
Dolgeville, New York
1 review
“Almost missed this wonderful spot”
Reviewed October 24, 2011

This visit was a quick decision and we're very glad we didn't pay attention to the previous comments by the person talking about the "weird" host, over abundance of sugar and so on. Had we paid attention to that review we would have missed out on a delightful experience, unique ambiance, abundance of breakfast choices and, our downfall, the most delicious chocolate cakes. We'll be back!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

Looking at all of the excellent reviews on this lovely place (including mine) and then looking at yours, says only one thing ... You're the one who's really weird. My wife and I have been going to the Inn by the Mill, going on our fifth year now and it has become a destination, not just a place to stay. Ron and Judith have become friends and have treated us like family from the very first visit. Between them they have made the Mill into a beautifully restored historical landmark. The serenity that surrounds the property is totally relaxing. Lulled to sleep by the rushing water, awakened with the birds singing, is just what one needs to relax and wind down. The property is rustic and dotted with artifacts from the days when the Mill was operating in the 1800's. The Millers house has some of the original ledgers showing the everyday business transactions during that time, along with other books, games and antiques from those days. The house is decorated in that time period. Of course one must assume that one has the capacity to discern the difference between weird and and period decor. There's all kinds of goodies available and Judith's chocolate mill cookies bring back memories of ... when Oreo cookies where really cookies, .... only twice as good and big. On the other side of all the treats is the presence of a sauna and a hot tub to help work off the extra pound or two you're going to put on. Ron has put his exceptional versatile talents to work in the physical renovation of the Mill. Of course, ably guided by Judith's decorating flair. If you keep and eye out, you'll catch a peek at the subtle animal statues in the barn and around the property, adding that little bit of flavor from days of old. The first floor of the Mill building is a virtual museum. Some of Ron's collection of old cameras and some original Edison light bulbs that are still working after all these years. There's a old fashioned ice cream parlor where you can mix up your own ice cream sunday of unlimited proportions .... and I do mean .... no limits. There's a fish tank that Ron has built that's almost big enough to be called a swimming pool. Old printing presses, photos and other artifacts that you can spend a couple of hours exploring. And, if you're real nice to Ron, he might even take you down to see the mill water turbine and the slave tunnels.

It's quite an amazing place and an amazing couple who have put their heart and soul into making the Inn by the Mill into a fabulous place to visit.

Room Tip: The best place to stay is at Cliffside Cottage. Full house with all the amenities including hot tub...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2011

We stayed for a weekend in August. The inn consists of several buildings- a house, a former mill and stand alone buildings. This is a very pleasant and comfortable setting, within a very unique historic setting- the mill served as part of the "underground railroad" in the 19th century. The innkeepers are quite nice and very, very attentive to detail. This was, for us, an attractive alternative to the usual B & Bs we have stay at.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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tulsa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2011

I think my title says it all. Apparently "romantic" is code word for pink lace, frills, wreaths, swags, and chachkas being copiously strewn on every surface. Plus the sugar! More sugar/desserts than I have ever seen in once place. 50 ice cream flavors in the lobby and 25 more in the guest kitchen. Chocolate (bad chocolate) on every surface. Cakes and breads everywhere. Tiny room, felt totally claustrophobic, plus the host was... really really weird. Hostess was lovely. We were going to stay two nights but fled after one.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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NewJersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2010

Just got back from the Inn by The Mill and cannot say enough great things. From check in to check out, our Innkeepers were the nicest people, made us feel like family at all times. The entire place is just peaceful, clean and beautiful. There was not one thing missing, house was always stocked w/food, fruit, snacks and drinks. Judith makes incredible homemade cakes and pies. There's icecream everywhere!! Overall we had a beautiful romantic weekend and will make sure to visit the Inn again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Palm Beach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2009

Stayed in the H & H Cottage...an exceptional spot. Though a bit eccentric (no proper bathroom, just a shower and head in a stall), it is immaculate and very COZY. The totally secluded cottage's proximity to the stream and its sounds could not be more romantic. Making one's own breakfast across the street is no problem. The kitchen is well found and well provisioned. The H & H Cottage is a unique B&B experience, very much worth one's while.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Monticello, NY
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Reviewed October 26, 2008

My husband and I were looking for a romantic site to spend our 25th anniversary. We really lucked out here! It was off-season and we had the entire inn to ourselves for two nights! We stayed in the Garden Room--a lovely, spacious upstairs room, with a canopy bed wound with silk vines (like sleeping in a tree house!). One thing we haven't liked about other B&Bs is that the bathrooms always seem to sacrifice comfort to quaintness. Not the case here--we peeked in all the rooms, and all the bathrooms are large and comfortable, with modern conveniences. We also like to sleep late on vacation, and have trouble getting up and primped for early-bird breakfasts, so the "make-your-
own" breakfast here was perfect for us. The inn kitchen was stocked with fabulous home-baked nut breads (I especially loved the pumpkin bread, my husband the banana bread), as well as fresh fruits, juice, butter, jellies, etc. There were snacks, chips, block cheese, yummy cake, and candies for other times. (An earlier reviewer complained about the "used" butter--a silly complaint in our view--there was indeed an opened tub of whipped butter, but also unwrapped sticks, for those who are so squeamish that they must wield their butter knife where no knife has gone before.) Judith set up the coffee maker each night, so we woke to up to fresh brew each morning. She had even made us a special Happy Anniversary cake! Our only complaint was that there is no TV anywhere in the inn (though I believe there is one in the separate cottage); I actually preferred the peace and quiet, but my husband considers TV news one of life's essentials.

The wooded grounds are beautiful, with the rushing stream, waterfall, and hot tub. Unfortunately it rained during our stay, so our explorations were limited. We hope to come back in better weather to walk around and enjoy the sights. The mill house itself (where the innkeepers live) is filled with fun stuff (pool table and other games, the ice cream station, plus an antique printing press, buggy, etc.)

We spent one day visiting nearby Howe Cavern (an interesting place) and another walking around Cooperstown (also interesting, but it would have been nicer in the sunshine). The innkeepers made us reservations at a continental restaurant, where we had a fabulous anniversary dinner, and directed us to a nearby pub, for a less expensive, casual, and very good meal of chili and sandwiches.

We've already raved about this inn to our friends and family. It was absolutely the perfect place for our special day.

  • Liked — Beautiful inn and grounds, privacy, homebaked goodies
  • Disliked — no TV
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Inn by the Mill
Address: 1679 Mill Rd, Saint Johnsville, NY 13452-3911
Location: United States > New York > Saint Johnsville
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Johnsville
Number of rooms: 7

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