My husband and I have had back luck with vacations in the past, and we were crossing our fingers that this time we'd gotten it right. Thankfully, we hit the jackpot.
Woolverton is beautiful, in a secluded area off a back road, surrounded by farms and fields and trees. The main house is charming and has a lived-in, homey feel to it, not stuffy at all. They have a lovely selection of baked goods set out in the afternoons, along with tea (hot or cold) and coffee, and there are so many places to sit. It rained our first day so we stayed indoors but the last morning we had breakfast on the patio, and went to sit in the huge adirondack chairs on the lawn to watch the birds and soak in a little sun.
We stayed in the Hunterdon Cottage, which was just phenomenal. There is a gas fireplace and a massive whirlpool tub. I was relieved because both my husband and I have some extra weight on, but we were able to share the tub despite this. ;) The giant two-person shower was convenient and luxurious, and even the toilet had a heated seat and bidet settings controlled by a remote! I couldn't help giggling.
I was concerned about the bed because at home we have a very expensive mattress and often when we're travelling, beds are a challenge. However, the feather mattress was lovely, as were all the pillows that were piled on top of it. I slept like a baby both nights. I loved that we had climate control in the cottage so we were able to turn the AC up and use the fireplace. So relaxing to watch from the bathtub, and the main house had a collection of CDs that we borrowed from to listen to in the room.
We had a couples massage set up for our first night, and it was great. I think the therapist's name was Yvonne, and she was clearly used to setting up in the rooms and handling discreet entrances and exits while we were changing. My mother is a massage therapist, so I have had a lot of massages, and I thought Yvonne was pretty good, although she seemed to lighten up on the deep tissue after the first 15 minutes and went in for more of a "fluff and buff" towards the end. I would have loved more reflexology, but that's a weakness of mine. All in all, we finished the massages feeling super relaxed, and lazed around in the comfy robes for a while before dinner.
We had the sheep cheese platter in our room, which I must confess was a little disappointing for me, but that's mostly because I used to work in a gourmet cheese shop and I think I've been spoiled. For those who aren't familiar with a lot of different cheeses, I think you would enjoy it. The main complaint I had was wishing I knew what each of the cheeses was; perhaps a descriptive card with the platter? I'm a bit of a purist with my cheese and there were a couple oddly flavored styles that seemed like overkill, but that's okay! I tried something new.
Breakfasts were lovely, first day I had a mozzarella and roasted tomato omelette, second day I had a red pepper and glouchester cheese omelette. My husband had lemon ricotta hotcakes and could not stop raving about them, he fell in love. We went to Hamilton Grill Room for lunch one day (which I highly recommend) and Black Bass Hotel for dinner (also lovely, with great views), but there's a reason that the Center Bridge Inn isn't listed in their recommended restaurants. Don't bother; they reel you in with their location, but they're overpriced and have neglectful service and average food.
My husband kept telling me throughout our whole trip what a good job I did choosing the place, and we agreed to go back this winter, for three nights this time. I can't wait. I think Woolverton is really special, the kind of place where you feel at home right away. I look forward to going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to our romantic New Hope Bed and Breakfast, a Select Registry Property and one of the Top 10 B&B's in the U.S.! We are located along the Delaware River, near wineries, shopping and dining. Our charming inn in Stockton, NJ features private cottages and luxurious suites with Jacuzzis, fireplaces, fresh flowers and fluffy robes. Every stay at our award winning New Hope, PA hotel includes a complimentary gourmet breakfast, afternoon sweets, soft drinks and water, NY Times and WiFi. Come relax your cares away and discover a simpler way of life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Woolverton Hotel Stockton