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The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm
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Reviewed December 9, 2007

We just returned from a wonderful midweek one-night stay at the Barley Sheaf. Originally, we had wanted to visit over the weekend, but the Barley Sheaf, as most B&Bs, required a two-night stay over the weekend. The Barley Sheaf looked amazing on its website, but we had been a bit apprehensive about going there because of the dirth of current reviews online and not knowing anyone personally who had visited. Any reservations we had were quickly dismissed the moment we pulled into the long driveway that leads to the beautiful 100 acre estate of the Barley Sheaf, the former home of the playwright George Kauffman.

The Barley Sheaf has 16 suites, each completely unique and amazing. We stayed in the "Once in a Lifetime" suite. It was very large, with a separate sitting room containing a two-person jacuzzi whirl pool tub, and a bathroom stocked with Bulgavi products and a steam shower. Upon arrival, we had wine and cheese waiting in our room, as well as a full-stocked mini fridge containing snacks and drinks for our convenience.

The brunch was the most amazing breakfast we have ever enjoyed at a B&B/Inn. We started out with fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee, followed by a homemade granola yogurt parfait and freshly baked muffins, and then a hot entree (asparagus, brie and tomato omelet for me, walnut french toast for my husband), with locally-produced bacon and sausage. Apparently, brunch is served buffet style on the weekends, and is also open to the public. The Barley Sheaf also offers a 7 course dinner on Friday and Saturday nights (based on our delicious gourmet breakfast, I would definitely want to try that dinner on our next visit).

Before we checked out, we explored the grounds of the Barley Sheaf, which includes a junior Olympic pool, a lake, and small farm area containing goats, sheep, and pigs! We would love to return to the Barley Sheaf during the summer months to take advantage of the beautiful grounds surrounding the estate.

Overall, an amazing night away!

Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed September 9, 2007

My husband and I booked the Night at the Opera suite for a weekend to celebrate my birthday. This B&B is not cheap...about $350 per night...but well worth the money.

We had to wait a few minutes for check in since there was a rush at 2 pm (check-in time), but it wasn't a big deal. We were guided to our beautiful room that had a nice view of the surrounding fields. Our room had a king bed, love seat, flat screen tv, and double whirlpool tub in the main room. The bathroom had a shower, soaking tub (single), and dual sinks. Our room was very nicely decorated and did not feel crowded.

Each room includes a mini fridge stocked with soda, fruit juice, and water. On our first day, there was a wine and cheese platter waiting for us. There were also some other snacks in the room like chocolates, pretzels, mixed nuts, little boxes of cereal, and Kashi bars. On our second day, a tray of cookies and brownies was delivered. Everything was delicious. However, the room attendant didn't knock before entering. We looked up from our books to see someone entering our room. Considering how romantic this B&B is, I think the staff may want to knock before entering to avoid an embarassing situation, if you know what I mean. They should invest in some "Do Not Disturb" signs for the doors.

The breakfasts at the Barley Sheaf are just incredible. In addition to a buffet set up, there are specialty made-to-order items each morning. Made-to-order items included an omlette with asparagus, white truffles, and brie and eggs benedict. There was also a pork tenderloin dish with a mushroom sauce that was excellent. The baked goods were wonderful. We ate so much we ended up skipping lunch both days we were there.

The B&B also offers dinner, but my husband wasn't thrilled with the menus, so we ended up having dinner at one of the places near Peddler's Village, only a short drive from the Barley Sheaf.

The property has all sorts of animals and we enjoyed making friends with them. There are pigs, horses (including a few very cute miniature horses), goats, sheep (who roam around the property freely), and numerous kitties. The gray kitty with the white socks is especially friendly. The property is nicely maintained. The swimming pool needed a little clean up, but it was so hot and muggy when we were there, we ended up not using the pool.

We really enjoyed our stay. All the staffers we encountered were friendly and helpful, especially the ladies who work the breakfast room. Our weekend was relaxing and indulgent, just what we were looking for. We can't wait to go back and are thinking of booking several rooms in November for a family getaway.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank triciaanne
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Reviewed August 7, 2007

Having always stayed in the big hotels (Hyatt, Ritz, etc) we were a little leary about staying in an inn for a long weekend. We were pleasently surpised at what we have been missing all this time.
Desperately in need of a get away from a life with over active kids, the Barley Sheaf proved to be an exceptional property that is as beautiful, as it is quiet.
We stayed two nights in the Night at the Opera Suite and the main bedroom area was simply outstanding. With a garden tub and fireplace within the sitting area, it made for a wonderful retreat from life. Waiting for us on our arrival was a large cheese and cracker platter with two splits of wine. The bathroom although spaceous and well equiped was a little bland (white tile) compared to the bedroom area.
We did not take advantage of the 7 course gourmet dinner but the gourmet breakfasts were absolutely outstanding. Although we generally do not eat breakfast, we ate so much that lunch was skipped both days. The homemade treats and food were irresistible. We enjoyed Sunday's breakfast on the garden patio surrounded by butterflies and birds. It was a scene from a hollywood romance movie. Also included in the stay was an afternoon treat delivered to your suite each day.
The staff was always attentive, but not intrusive, and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we wanted during our stay.
Our days were spent in the Peddlers Village and the New Hope/Lambertville townships on the Delaware River, only a couple miles down the road. There was exceelent shopping there including outlet stores, as well as, quaint boutique shops.
If you are looking for a retreat from an over active life or a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Barley Sheaf is an island oasis of tranquility.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank eybals
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Reviewed January 27, 2007

The property - pastoral, serene. Our room- Once in a Lifetime Suite - full of amenities, elegant and comfortable. The jetted tub was particularly relaxing. Food - brunch was sumptuous and there were treats in the room; wine and cheese, cookies, other goodies. The staff - warm, welcoming, helpful. The spa - I had a hot stone massage with Gina, and it was wonderful. What a romantic and relaxing weekend. Perfect in every way and well worth every penny we spent.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank sarhop
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Reviewed December 27, 2006

We got married 4 days before Thanksgiving and didn't want to go far from home for our honeymoon. We love New Hope and we saw the web site for Barley Sheaf and thought it looked like the perfect place. We stayed for three nights and had a great time! We stayed in the You Can't Take it With You Suite. It was amazing! The breakfast was out of this world and the spa service was great. We received an afternoon snack everyday which was also phenomenal. I would recommend Barley Sheaf to anyone looking for a place to stay in the area and we will definitely return for one of our anniversaries!

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank aeclarke
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