When we first called Errol from Houston, TX, we joked about the 100 degree days we would be escaping when we arrived at Poetry Ridge in early September. We were both surprised to find ourselves in the middle of a 'heat wave' in MA. Not to worry, Errol and Mary had already turned on the AC in our room and were so solicitous about setting up fans wherever we sat in the house. They explained that keeping the heat out downstairs during the day made the evenings much cooler when they could throw open the doors - it worked like a charm!
This lovely old home is filled with books, photos and stories obviously relished by its keepers, who have a rare talent for being attentive and welcoming without being the least bit intrusive. They were happy to ask breakfast preferences and recommend a local restaurant (which was amazing!) but also very discrete about leaving us to enjoy the home and it's many pleasing spaces on our own. As they are conscious stewards of the environment, we found their simple but thoughful provisons of toiletries quite consistent with the overall ethos of Poetry Ridge --- rooms are spotless and comfortable , food is fresh and well prepared, and overall, there is an aura of calm and contentment that left us so very happy we had chanced upon it. As a plus, on our second day, two other couples were at breakfast and a long and lively discussion ensued about many topics, while Errol and Mary were in and out, pouring coffee, commenting now and then, and obviously taking pleaure in their roles as hosts. Don't miss the downstairs Billiards Room and I can only imagine how gorgeous the grounds will be with full fall colors.
Errol and Mary offered something beyond simple hospitality. This gracious and committed pair are genuinely interested in providing their guests with the experience they seek. We hope to return to Poetry Ridge in a cooler season to explore it further.