When I emailed to ask if there was room for three of us during on a Bard family weekend, the reply I received was "are you lucky!" Patricia Heller meant we were lucky that she had the rooms but actually we were just plain lucky.
The house does not look especially large or interesting (like Dr Who's Tardis) but once you step inside it's another story. This is a very comfortable place with a large sitting room, cozy corners and both a fireplace and wood burning stove. The bedrooms are spacious and decorated in old world opulence. The facilities are immaculate. Stressed and jetlagged from a London flight, I spent an afternoon reading on a rocking, leather comfy chair. We had our 16 year old son with us and were in a kind of family suite arrangement with two bedrooms and a shared bath in splendid isolation. Ideal!
Just as delightful was Patricia herself. She couldn't do enough for us yet never intruded. When we wanted to work or read by the fire she was invisible yet her warm welcome and interesting conversation made the place feel like home. She is an outstanding cook. Every breakfast was different and delicious and even our son had plenty to eat. She gave us tea and pastries when we arrived and sent us on our way with succulent pears. Dinner reservations were made for us and our pillows fluffed. She also saved us from potentially missing our flight back to London by alerting us to a coming snow storm. In short, Patricia Heller is an incredible host. She is justifiably proud of this wonderful retreat. Highly recommended!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the serenity of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River and the magnificent Hudson Valley! A Mountain View Retreat is a lovely respite from daily life. Come enjoy 20 private wooded acres with views of the Catskill Mountainsat this former small hunting lodge renovated into an exclusive, posh retreat for the discriminating guest. (Bring good walking shoes to enjoy the many paths.)Definition of a B&B: A type of lodging that is smaller than a hotel and may be in a private residence licensed for guests. Bed & Breakfasts generally appeal to guests who desire a more personal interaction with their destination. ... more less