Because we left the Boston suburbs after work, we didn’t arrive at our destination until after 11:00 PM, but the proprietress was still awake and welcomed us warmly.
Up steep, carpeted stairs and down a narrow hallway and into the Bayberry Room, we found ourselves in a good size room with a large brass bed nicely and freshly outfitted in quilt, cushions and clean linen. Oriental style area rugs cover the wood floor, even in the bathroom, which was surprisingly large and included two chairs, one of them rocking. There was lots of cupboard and drawer space, plenty of ambient light, and wood blinds that could be closed against the light of morning.
Everything looked well kept and clean. There was no television set, so we went right to sleep in a soft, cozy bed.
We took showers the next morning in a spacious stall, where the water was never very hot, but sufficed.
Our host and hostess provided a full breakfast of fresh fruit, breakfast breads, eggs, breakfast meats, coffee and tea in a large room with a family style dining table.
As we chatted with the two other couples staying there, we were able to look out over the tops of the hills and into the distance. We could see extensive gardens that must be a joy in the spring and summer, but which were settling down for winter. We discovered that the proprietors had owned the B&B for 20 years and it was clear that they had put a lot of love and attention into all the details. I would definitely stay here again, and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a charming B&B within 80 minutes of Ithaca or Albany. The website is very informative, with many photos of the B&B, the rooms and the surrounding gardens.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Berry Hill Gardens is a country Bed & Breakfast off the beaten path located on 300 private acres of rural beauty. Ponds, lake, woods, meadows and extensive gardens surround the 1820s farmhouse and the upscale solar off-grid Buckthorn Lodge. We offer comfortable guestrooms with private baths, some with fireplace, and Queen or King beds. Our guests enjoy a healthy country breakfast with farm-fresh organic foods. We are about 3 hours drive to New York City. ... more less