We stayed 2 nights/3 days last week. The B&B is exactly as advertised and as described by other reviewers. The property is very, very beautiful and well kept. At the height of the summer, with all the flowers in full bloom in the front garden, one feels transported into another land. Hard to believe Manhattan is only 2 hours away.
I love that there are many little areas for relaxation both inside and outside. It all feels very warm and cozy. We had never stayed at a B&B before, and we were afraid of having to make small talk with annoying or boring people - that never happened! Even though it was booked at full capacity, it is large enough that you don't feel crammed at all. The people we did meet were lovely, fun and interesting.
We stayed in the smallest room, "Tumblewood". It is very small, but perfect for our needs. Everything is spotlessly clean, and every detail had been carefully studied and arranged. You have coasters everywhere, an iron and ironing board, even bathrobes in the closet! The bathroom is across the hallway, but it is private to that room only, and literally 3 steps away. It was not a problem at all!
The true reason to stay there, in spite of all this, is the breakfast: amazing!!! I have never had anything like it, and my husband is a gourmet chef. Maggie makes you omelets with eggs from the farm's hens, the freshest ever, with in-season produce from the garden. The fruit salad is fresh, made every morning with local fruits; there are 4 or 5 cakes of all kinds on the table, plus cookies, bread, jams, etc. Maggie also makes french toast, pancakes, etc. You name it, she makes it!
After breakfast, Maggie gives guests the fruit scraps to takeover to feed the chickens...make sure you try that - it's hilarious! They all run towards you like crazy the minute you approach, it's as if they wanted to eat you alive! Really fun. Thank you Maggie.
I am so glad we were able to find this last-minute 2-night booking, at a time when she is booked to capacity virtually every night - the experience is truly worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WhistleWood Farm is located on a hilltop, in Rhinebeck, less than two hours north of Manhattan in New York's historic Hudson Valley. Open decks, outdoor fire pit, pastoral views, wildflower gardens, the starry night sky form a setting for solitude or lively conversations. Pull up a chair on the deck or a porch to enjoy the views, or settle on a cozy fireside sofa with a good book. Explore the nature trails to the pond, the woods, the scenery, visit the retired horses, the donkeys, the Dexter cows and calves, feed our chickens for the freshest eggs or just... Relax! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Whistlewood Farm b&b
- Whistlewood Farm Hotel Rhinebeck