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“This one's for Frank Lloyd Wright fans”

Duncan House at Polymath Park Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Acme
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Owner description: Frank Lloyd Wright Overnight! Touring Fallingwater is Satisfying..Staying at Polymath Park is Spellbinding!
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“This one's for Frank Lloyd Wright fans”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2009

We stayed at the Duncan House in August 2009. We've always loved Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, so it was fascinating to eat and sleep in one of his homes. The house is plain compared to Fallingwater, but still has some signature Wright touches, such as the extensive use of wood and stone.

A few caveats: One, make sure you have excellent directions, because it's easy to get lost. Two, there's nothing else within about a 15-minute drive. We had envisioned walking in the woods, but it was FULL of mosquitoes when we were there, so we stayed in the house. Three, even though it's air-conditioned, it's not particularly cool -- probably not a big deal unless you happen to stay on a warm, humid night, as we did. Four, the house smelled musty to us. We're quite sensitive to smells of any kind, so the average family might not notice this as much as we did.

We did a chef-delivered dinner from Treetops restaurant, and it was excellent -- the food was a little cool upon arrival, but we heated it in our microwave and enjoyed it at the dining table. I don't know that you'd want to drive to an off-site restaurant after dark; the last few miles of road to Duncan House is winding and goes from small country road to gravel.

It's about 30 minutes from Duncan House to Fallingwater, which is an absolute don't-miss for any architecture fan. Nearby Ohiopyle Park also is lovely; you can rent bikes or kayaks depending on your tastes (or just take a walk in the woods).

Overall, Duncan House is a unique accommodation, but perhaps not one you would stay in more than once.

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“A Place Unlike Any Other”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2009

We recently stayed at the Balter House at Polymath Park Resort for two nights. We were completely amazed by the beauty of the house and its surroundings. Throughout the house, information was displayed so you could learn about the property. It was built in 1964 by one of Frank Lloyd Wright's apprentices, Peter Berndtson. The Balter house is quite spacious and has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. We are major Wright Fans so we decided to make a sort of "pilgrimage" to Pennsylvania to visit Fallingwater and
Kentuck Knob.

We were very pleasantly surprised with the Balter House. Even though it is large, it is still quite cozy due to the many natural building materials that were used for its construction and comfortable furnishings. Most of the interior walls of the house are either wood-paneled or stone. All of the floors are polished concrete and are stained Cherokee red (as it was his favourite colour). The walls that are not wood or stone are painted in neutral tones. The furniture is not all pertaining to the Usonian style as it is mostly eclectic. There as some 1960s pieces but a lot are of Wright's famed Prairie style. The house has a fully-outfitted kitchen as well as an open eating area.

Our favourite room in the house was the cantilevered, screened-in porch which is located off the living room. It was great to sit on the porch because it had two window seats. We loved sitting on the porch in the early morning and at night because it was so incredibly quiet. Living in downtown Toronto, quiet is very hard to come by. Another great feature of the house is the large stone fireplace in the living room.

The location of Polymath Park is rather remote and we got lost when we were driving there (Do not trust Google Maps!). The resort is approx. 35 minutes from Fallingwater and approx. 45 minutes from Kentuck Knob.

The Treetops Restaurant at the Resort is also quite good. We went there for Sunday brunch and we enjoyed it very much. We had a selection of delicately-flavoured tapas.
I highly recommend it.

Polymath Park is a fabulous place to stay and I recommend it to anyone who loves Frank Lloyd Wright or who just likes peace, quiet and a tranquil environment.

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“Great Frank Lloyd Write weekend”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2009

We stayed at Polymath Park Resort last weekend while visiting Falling Water and Kentuck Knob. It is the perfect place to stay while visiting these historic houses. We stayed in the Balter House and it was lovely. It had four bedrooms and was very clean and nicely furnished. It is in the woods and very private. It is less than 30 minutes from Falling Water. We also ate at Tree Tops restaurant located directly on the property and it was excellent. I highly recommend it. If you are looking for something different and want to totally immerse yourself with the "Wright" experience stay at Polymath Park! Polymath Park is a non profit organization and the proceeds go to architectural education. Falling Water is amazing! Another great restaurant to try in the area is Chez Gerard, excellent french restaurant.

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“Unique stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2008

Great experience to stay in a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Polymath Park rents out the Duncan House, Balter House and rooms at the Blum House. It was very warm and humid during my stay, please be aware that only the Duncan House is air conditioned and they have a strict edict about not lowering the thermostat below 71 degrees. That was my only gripe, and admittedly it is a rather petty one. Everything else was great. The Duncan House features 3 bedrooms, 2 of which contain queen beds and the 3rd contains twin beds. The original Wright kitchen can not be used however there is a small alcove with modern refridgerator, coffee maker and microwave available for guest use. A welcome basket includes snacks, coffee, a bottle of wine and other goodies. It is a very quiet and secluded space. You will hear nothing other than the wind, the birds and the insects outside. We did not use the catering service offered by the operators but nearby we at at Brady's which is essentially a diner - it is a good choice for breakfasts. Nino's is a decent Italian restaurant about 15 minutes drive away. The operator can help you plan a trip to Fallingwater or Kentuck Knob. Be sure to also visit Ohiopyle State Park, beautiful waterfalls, trails and natural waterslides.

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