Aunt Betty's room is our only bedroom located on the first floor. It has it's own 1910 marble sink, a closet, and reading lamps on either side of the king size bed. All of our beds include mattress warmers controllable on each side. A tasty, nutritious breakfast and the 11% state and county tax are included in the $122 price.
The farmstead was built by David Hopkins in 1790, after the revolution and the signing of the articles of confederation. George Washington was still president of the fledgling nation. The Hopkins family came from Rhode Island with the Wilson family. The Wilson homestead is just one mile away on Chamberlin Mills Road.
The area has been dedicated to dairy farming, however some farms are converting to beef production, sending grass fed beef pork and lamb to markets in Albany, New York, and Boston. The homestead was last farmed by Owen and Grace Ensign from 1920 to around 1960. It was renovated by Charlie and Aggy Duveen without destroying the simple charm of the house, and it has been run as a bed & breakfast since 2005.
We currently have two gentle donkeys, Winonah and Waldo, who patrol the east and west pastures. Guest are welcome to bring them apples or carrots.
Zugang für Gäste
All of our B&B guests are welcome to use the common rooms: living room, dining room, playroom, kitchen, and back porch. We have space in our fridge for storing some perishables and drinks. Freezer space is also available. There are two full bathrooms, one on the upper floor with a claw-foot tub/shower. The bathroom on the first floor has a tiled walk-in shower with an adjustable shower head. Both bathrooms are shared by all guests. Each bedroom has its own sink.
Interaktion mit Gästen
We plan our day so we can meet you when you arrive. This way we can show you the common rooms, shared bathrooms, exits, and your room. We usually can accommodate your travel schedule and a good time for your breakfast. Some are early risers and need to leave early for an event. We have served them a full breakfast as early as 5:00am. Other guests need to sleep in after a late night wedding. They saunter down to the kitchen for a hot cup of fresh coffee or tea and eat breakfast closer to 10:00am.
We prepare breakfast on our 1932 Magic Chef gas stove. Our fresh eggs come from Barbara's farm, just down the road. Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, onions and broccoli, Kale, or spinach, just plain, or sunny side up; French toast with oatnut bread and real maple syrup from Drybrook Farm; Backwoods organic granola with fresh fruit, locally made yogurt, and dairy products from Batten Kill Creamery are some of the breakfast selections we offer. We also serve bacon and locally produced breakfast sausage.
In the early morning, we roast the Costa Rican green coffee beans and grind them fresh in our wall-mounted 1895 Crystal Arcade coffee grinder. It makes a delicious brew for when you wake up. And of course, we also serve a variety of teas.
When we speak to set up your stay, we will ask if you have any food allergies or dietary preferences (gluten free, vegan, allergies to nuts...). This way we can better prepare for your breakfast needs.
Weitere wichtige Infos
This old 18th century house is welcoming to children of any age (infants to 90+), and our playroom includes toys and games for young people. We also allow guests to bring well behaved pets, though we cannot allow cats in the house, as some guests are allergic to felines.
We strive to keep the house comfortable and peaceful. This is why there are no TVs in our rooms and no TV reception. However we do have a DVD player in the playroom for watching movies, and we have satellite internet to stay connected.
We ask that our guests treat this old house with respect. There are no TVs in rooms to maintain a quiet atmosphere. Even children who have stayed with us tend to be occupied and focused on activities in the playroom. One seven year old girl commented, "This is a special house. I want to live in a house just like it." There is plenty of space outside to run around and play.
Certainly there is no smoking in any building on the property, however guests are welcome to smoke outside.
With this in mind, families and groups have stayed with us and used the house space, while attending weddings, reunions, local events, and gatherings. They sense this welcoming environment, and use the house, as if it were their own home. This is exactly how we wish our guests to feel.
Teacher of middle school science and math. I grew up in Brooklyn NY and spent 8 years in the Navy, where I learned quite a bit more than I ever did in college. Currently running a farmstead B&B in rural up state NY. My wife, Aggy, and I meet lots of folks from around the country, Canada, and some from over seas. As soon as I publish my first block-buster novel, we'll get this old 1790 farmhouse in even better shape than it is now.