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“After a long drive, there couldn't have been a warmer welcome!”
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Whistling Swan Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Stanhope B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
LaPorte, IN
1 review
“After a long drive, there couldn't have been a warmer welcome!”
Reviewed 18 June 2009

My husband & I are from Northwest Indiana. We took 2 weeks and drove through New England. We stayed in Bed & Breakfasts & Inns all along our route. We visited New Jersey because we have our daughter, son in law and 1st grandson there, before heading back home.
The Whistling Swan Inn was wonderful. We enjoyed our walk through little downtown Stanhope, the evening we arrived.
A superb breakfast on the wrap around porch, overlooking the garden was beautiful.
We would've loved to have stayed longer!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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New Orleans La
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 8 March 2009

The Inn far exceeded my expectations!---All of the details were attended to--good snacks---wonderful breakfast---different every day!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled solo
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North Plainfield, New Jersey
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Reviewed 12 December 2008

My partner and I stayed in the High Point Suite for 2 nights to celebrate my birthday. It was truly the most relaxed we've been in years.
I've only stayed in a few B&Bs, so I'm still getting used to the differences between hotels and B&Bs.
The High Point Suite has a quirky set up but is truly cozy and romantic. We thoroughly enjoyed the tub and the fireplace. The bed was super comfy and the ceiling in the bedroom was so beautiful to look at. The steam shower was an added plus!
Since it's a bit into the off season, there were very few guests there and we got to peek into most of the other rooms. All quaint, all beautiful. We've already decided we'll be trying the Walnut Valley Suite next time!
True - the old fashioned skeleton key for our room was a bit difficult to use. I think maybe the lock in the door might be a little loose. However, there is a certain charm that goes along with using a skeleton key!
Breakfasts were super yummy. One morning we had some sort of caramel french toast casserole (I know that's not the right name, Liz! Sorry!) which was beyond delicious. The next morning we had a broccoli and cheese quiche. Very tasty, very cheesey! The cookie jar always had nummy chocolate chip cookies to munch on and the fridge downstairs was always stocked with soda and water. Easy access to the computer made deciding where to go for dinner a snap. We went to Barone's (truly fine food!) and Black Forest Inn (great seafood buffet). Barone's had fantastic desserts - a must "take back to the room" to eat after soaking in the huge tub!
Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay at this Inn and are looking forward to going back again sometime this winter.
Thanks, Liz and Bill! Terrific job on all you do to make your guests comfy and cozy.

  • Liked — Soaking tub, fireplace and bedroom ceiling!
  • Disliked — Antique dresser drawers weren't always cooperative!
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank KLeeNJ
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Medford, New Jersey
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Reviewed 26 September 2008

It was the first time my wife and I ever stayed at a B&B and I think the Whistling Swan has ruined it for the next place. It will be hard to beat the lovely rooms and warm welcome we received. It was my wife's birthday and the inn keepers were thoughtful. The area around the inn is rural, historic and beautiful. It will be hard to top this one!!!

  • Liked — The Inn keepers John and Alice
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank dslash
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 22 July 2008

We recently stayed at the Whistling Swan Inn, Stanhope. We were on a bicycle trip from High Point, NJ to Cape May and selected the inn becuase of it's location on our route. We pulled in after traveling 15 miles in torrential rain and were warmly greeted by the innkeeper! She made us feel so welcome and she accomodated us and our bicycles and wet supplies. The sherry hit the spot. The room was beautiful and the inn was very clean and well kept. We had all of the comforts of home and can not say enough good things about this inn. This was the first B&B that we stayed at on our 8 day trip and we didn't realize how good we had it. Thanks Liz and Bill - you're the best.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled solo
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Thank cyclenj
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colonia,New Jersey
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2008

We needed to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and burdens and sought a stress-free environment. Well we found it here. It's a nice place to renew any relationship free from distraction. The room we stayed in had a Jacuzzi, fireplace and TWO bathrooms. The proprietor,Liz, couldn't be any more accomodating. Nearby Bell's Mansion,a little pricey, but a warm ambience was worth checking out.
The furnishings at the WSI are homey and the morning breakfast was more than adequate. It was a bit expensive for a one night stay, but we accomplished what we set out to do and that was RELAX and enjoy each other.

Stayed February 2008
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1 Thank stuorange
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Reviewed 25 January 2008

We spent a weekend with Liz and Bill at the Whistling Swann. The room was very nice and clean. Liz pointed out the key to the room when we checked in. When we left the room to go out for a while, we tried to lock the room with the key. These are very old locks and the locking mechanism was missing. When we reported it to the housekeeping help (we didn't get her name) she pointed out to us that the locking mechanism was missing. When we pointed it out to Bill (or was it Liz) they didn't seemed concerned. We are not in the habit of leaving valuables in the room anyway, but this didn't seem right. Bill did come immediately when we told him the water kept running in the toilet.

Breakfast was good and plentiful for the most part. However, how can you run out of coffee at breakfast? Also, in spite of the warming trays, the hot items were never hot.

One word of advice to Bill. Not everyone is interested in your personal problems with your ex-wife and daughter. We all have problems of our own and we don't leave home to hear about someone else's.

  • Liked — The furnishings
  • Disliked — The service
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Whistling Swan Inn
Address: 110 Main St, Stanhope, NJ 07874-3602
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Region: United States > New Jersey > Stanhope
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Stanhope
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Whistling Swan Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Whistling Swan Inn is an elegantly restored 1905 Queen Anne Victorian mansion. Nestled in the village of Stanhope, NJ in the Skylands region of the state, the inn offers 5 distinctively decorated rooms and 4 suites, furnished in antiques and reproductions. Voted one of the "top 10 best inns in the US" by Inn Traveler magazine, the Whistling Swan Inn combines the charm of a bygone era with the modern conveniences today's guests require. ... more   less 
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