This B&B is minimally acceptable, but it seems likely more of a hobby than a business. As an experienced business and leisure traveler, there were some things that were a bit odd to me. The most important thing for readers to know is that this B&B does not take credit cards. Only cash or checks. Plan accordingly. Breakfast is nice, with good food, but as others have commented, the the host family selects the time and that is when everyone will eat - family style. Prior to the beginning of the meal, there is a group prayer. It felt like staying as a member of a Christian family - not a paying B&B guest. The room that we stayed in (Stella) was named after and dedicated to a deceased friend of the family. This was odd, but it was exacerbated by the presence of a photograph of her along with the program from her funeral. Both of these items were displayed on the dresser top. We found this a bit strange and minimized our time in the room. And, the room was quite small. It had a full sized bed, which was a bit tight for a midwestern married couple (not super skinny). There was not much space for our things in the room due to the size of the room and the amount of family-related items in the space. There was no air conditioning, which would have been OK - except that there were no screens on the window in our room. So, after 10 minutes of fresh air, we had to close the window due to bugs. The room heated up quickly when we took a shower (it was that small), but the lack of screens prevented us from keeping it temperate. This, along with the thought of Stella, interfered with falling asleep. One item that bothered me is that there were no keys of any kind - no key to the house, and no key to our individual room. The hostess' comment when I asked about this was "We've never had a problem, but if you have something valuable, take it with you." Again, a bit strange to my way of thinking. Finally, there were two dogs on the property. I missed this in the reviews and the advertisement. I am allergic to many animals, and two dogs in a home would have been a non-starter had I known in advance. I am accustomed to animal-free B&Bs. The host family was nice, and provided some hiking maps. It is cool that this is an off-the-grid, solar-powered home. I just wish that so many of the other "little" things weren't quite as off-putting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stoney Lonesome Bed & Breakfast offers eco-friendly lodging in the pristine Adirondack Mountains close to incredible hiking, fishing, and climbing. Relax in our charming Civil War era farmhouse nestled on 200 pristine acres with the comfort of knowing you're staying in a "green" Crown Point Bed and Breakfast! We offer Earth friendly lodging complete with solar energy and a low carbon footprint. Enjoy our warm and friendly atmosphere, plush accommodations, and hearty breakfast before you explore all that northern New York state has to offer. Perfect spots for boating, mountain biking, and cross country skiing are only moments away! Less than five miles to the south you'll find the Pharaoh Wilderness Area complete with thousands of acres of mountain forests, lakes, ponds, and streams. Or take a day trip to Montreal and the likes of Lake Placid or Burlington for unique shops and activities! Whatever your vacation plans, a stay at the comfortable Stoney Lonesome Bed & Breakfast is the perfect fit! ... more less