We enjoyed two nights in the third floor suite. It's a huge room with a Jacuzzi tub in the room, as well as a regular tub and separate shower in the bathroom. Large windows make it very cheerful. The bed was comfortable. Wi-Fi was a bit weak but still worked acceptably. Flat screen TV near the bed had a full cable channel lineup. Huge 6 acre site with large garden is well groomed with formal gardens and gazebo. They cater to weddings, which are undoubtedly lovely in this setting.
Rene is the hostess, and she is fantastic as a concierge as well. She booked all our dinner reservations and printed maps to their locations. (GPS or phone-maps help as well, since there are lots of small connecting roads in this rural area.) Nearest fine dining restaurant was about 18 minutes drive. Both of her restaurant choices were great.
It's about a 25 minute drive into Poughkeepsie and adjacent Hyde Park with the Vanderbilt Estate and Roosevelt Museum, making this B&B close enough to use as a base while still getting the feel of rural lifestyle.
Finally, the breakfast has been vastly improved since the 2012 comment. Now, it's a feast. Eggs, bacon, coffee cake, fruit, along with vegetable offerings of asparagus, tomatoes, and squash. Really, it's a fine dining experience. We loved our stay here and recommend it for anyone who likes a chance to enjoy rural life, while still having fine dining and attractions within about 20 minutes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BEAUTIFUL 1841 GREEK REVIVAL HISTORIC MANOR HOUSE The Bykenhulle House offers the perfect setting for your vacation, wedding or special event. Located on 6 beautifully manicured acres in Dutchess County (60 miles from NYC), this historic site features 2 exquisite gardens, an elegant ballroom, and a Manor House with 6 uniquely styled guest rooms.The Bykenhulle House B&B is a great hideaway only 90 minutes from NYC and in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Come visit us and find out why National Geographic Traveler's Magazine placed the Hudson Valley on their 2013 top 25 places to visit! We're located near Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. ... more less
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