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Susan's Pleasant Pheasant Farm
Westchester, NY
1 review
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“Bugs”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2011

To be fair, this was only our 2nd stay at a bed and breakfast. Maybe my expectations were too high but I wanted to just state a couple things in case there are any other couples like us expecting something a bit different. We arrived late at night and Susan showed us around. The website said that we’d have a private bathroom and I’d just assumed that the private bathroom would be connected to our room. It wasn’t, it was on the main floor, while our bedroom was on the 2nd floor. There was also no key to this bathroom but we were told that we can leave our stuff in there as no one else would be using our bathroom. It was also a little too close to the eating area for comfort. On to the bedroom. She led us up the stairs to our bedroom. As it was June, the door had swelled a bit from the heat and you had to really shove it in, making a very loud sound every time you wanted to open or close the door. There was no lock on this door either. Maybe this is the norm for bed and breakfasts but I really wasn’t comfortable with the idea of leaving our stuff in an unlocked room in a house full of strangers. The first thing we noticed when entering our bedroom was that there was no air conditioning and it was HOT and muggy. There was also no television. We said goodbye to Susan who then drove away to her home down the road. It was only then that we noticed the bugs. There was what appeared to be a swarm of gnats in the corner of the ceiling. There were bugs all over the walls. I counted 12 bugs on the lampshade alone and there were bugs on the bed and pillows. I can withstand a lot and would’ve dealt with the no air conditioning, no TV, no lock, and bathroom downstairs however, there were too many bugs to fathom the thought of staying there. At about midnight in an area with no cell phone reception, no chain hotels, no gas stations, nothing at all open at that time of night, we got in the car and just drove back the direction we came, hoping to find somewhere to stay. I called Susan the next morning and explained why we left. She was apologetic and refunded my money in full and offered us a free night’s stay on a return visit.

Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Nakky123
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CatskillMountains, Public Relations Manager at Susan's Pleasant Pheasant Farm, responded to this review, 30 August 2015
Dear Nakky123,
Thanks for taking the time to write a review for our B&B 4 years ago.

We have since remodeled and rebuilt our 1810 Mill House since suffering major damage from Hurricane Irene in 2011. Recently reopened our all new Lake View suite has a private entrance with electronic lock and includes high speed wi-fi, flat screen television, private bath, radiant heated bamboo floors, refrigerator, microwave, Kcup coffee maker, original artwork, antiques and spectacular views. We also offer a range of activities on our property, depending on seasons, which include kayaking, canoeing, sup's, hiking trails, bicycles and a swimming hole.

I realized you were unfamiliar with country living and opened the unscreened half of a screened window. Leaving the light on after you left the room certainly invited all of the moths and other insects to enjoy the comforts of our home.

Now our windows are all fully screened. We look forward to a future visit so we could put a smile on your face.
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English first
New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2010

The hosts, Susan and Jim Kelly, are genuinely interesting and worldly hosts. Susan, a gourmet cook, personally prepares a memorable breakfast, a major event. The house is filled with antique musical instruments and many other fascinating collectibles. Jim is the on site host and has a fireplace fire going when you set forth in the morning, and is ready with fresh coffee or tea and good conversation. The house is sited alongside a lake and overlooks a waterfall. Guests are urged to get out on the lake in canoes and explore. There are interesting shops in nearby towns and a wonderful arts and food fair every Saturday during the warmer months. We're going up this February to experience winter in Halcottsville.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Vanguard51
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2010

Having a gorgeous breakfast with your table overlooking the lake and the dam is the best way to start your week-end and to forget about the City and its pressure. Our hosts take care of us with tips about this quiet and secluded country life . You can enjoy a trip on the lake in a kayak or a canoe, you can fish in the lake or in the streams around, you can hike or ski depending on the season. It has been one of our preferred week-end spots for the last 9 years .They want you to feel at home and enjoy every minute of your stay.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rcony
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Jersey City, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2010

I love going to this place. I've been going there at least 4 times a year (once each season)for the last 3 years and I've never been disappointed. The hosts are wonderful. The breakfast is wonderful. The house is wonderful. This is a fantastic place and you will have an extraordinary experience. This is the coziest b&b I've ever been at with all the great seating arrangements and the fireplace (inside and you can make a fire outside by the water too). If you are lucky you may see Jim (the owner) do some magic tricks for you. Fascinating stuff.
Also, I recommend you go to Peeckamoose restaurant for dinner. It is close by and has great food.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Hannellie
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NYC
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2010

This is my third year at Susan's Peasant Pheasant Farm. I've been there in every season and love it at anytime of the year. The place is our "little secret". You can't beat this place if you want to relax and stay out of the city stress... and for many other magic reasons that you should discover yourself. The location is great. The owners are super friendly with adults and kids. There are many things to do around the B&B. There's more then one skiing area 10 min away by car. If you like fly fishing, just ask the owners and they can put you on some of the world most famous waters with no need to move your car. If you like outdoor sports also you can bike, kayak, jog.
One more thing, their breakfast is amazing!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TheLoopTemplar
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Glen Cove, NY
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2009

We have enjoyed visiting for years now. The hosts, Jim and Susan, are gracious and down to earth. We have become friends and consider them part of our extened family. The food is magnificent. The scenery is beautiful and sounds from the waterfall are tranquil. We look forward to going there a couple of times each year. Hiking, skiing, and other activities are nearby. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Chusmiata
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NJ
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2009

We have been coming to this wonderful place for our annual getaway for a few years now. As usual, it was a heavenly experience. The setting is perfect- private lake with a romantic island in the center, original historical bridge nearby, all hidden from the main road in a charming little village. The house is updated throughout and still keeps some very special original elements. Susan's breakfast is gourmet, healthy, appetizing and bountiful. Jim is friendly and hospitable. This is our home away from home and we can't wait to visit again.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank MBCH
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Property: Susan's Pleasant Pheasant Farm
Address: 1 Bragg Hollow Road, PO Box 126, Halcottsville, NY 12438
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Region: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Halcottsville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Halcottsville
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic 1810 mill house nestled next to a waterfall. Just four guest rooms on a unique property in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Since 1992 Susan has built a loyal following of returning guests that enjoy the trails on our mile along the river. Just a short drive from New York City brings you to our small village. Gourmet, healthy breakfasts next to the stone fireplace. Friendly magical staff and free kayaks and canoeing in our nature preserve. A place to unwind from the frenetic pace of the world. Enjoy nature up close. ... more   less 

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