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Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast at Smythe House
Ranked #4 of 16 Saugerties B&B and Inns
Hoboken, NJ
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9 reviews
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“Delicious Food, Charming House!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

My husband and I stayed at Smythe House for one night in March and had a great time. We loved our cozy, beautiful room (the Zen room) and enjoyed chatting with David and Justine over breakfast. They were very friendly and very good chefs! Our breakfasts were perfect and my husband is still raving about his Mocha Cappuccino. When in the Hudson Valley area, we would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: The Zen Room is definitely for couples or people very familiar with each other. There's no door...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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ChefsSmythe, Owner at Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast at Smythe House, responded to this review, 13 September 2016
Glad to hear you enjoyed the artistic Zen room during your getaway to the Hudson Valley, thanks very much for taking the time to post a review, we appreciate your comments. Sincerely, David & Justine Smythe
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Kearneysville, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

Excellent B&B. Great food, friendly service. I will stay here again

  • Stayed March 2012
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Chefsmythe, Owner at Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast at Smythe House, responded to this review, 5 March 2012
Thank you for sharing your experience of Smythe House, glad to hear your stay was comfortable and the food enjoyable.
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

My husband and I had such a wonderful and relaxing getaway this weekend. We stayed in the Studio on the esopus and couldn't have asked for a more peaceful setting. This B&B is such a great home base for exploring all the Husdon Valley has to offer. There was nothing nicer than sitting on the deck in front of the fire after a long day of hiking. The breakfasts were top notch and we looked forward to them every day.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chefsmythe, Owner at Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast at Smythe House, responded to this review, 29 February 2012
Thank you for a lovely review, glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at the Studio....you are so right, its been such a mild winter here in the Catskills and the hiking has been excellent!
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Shrub Oak, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

We were looking forward to a peaceful weekend where we would be pampered and cared for, and that is just what we got at David and Justine's Inn. Justine welcomes you with a big smile and is quick to share lots of paraphernalia about local places to enjoy. She also cannot wait to whip out a menu filled with delightful breakfast treats to choose from during your stay. Our room was tastefully decorated with wonderful touches...our own coffee maker and little frig, local chocolates, and homemade biscotti. There is also a TV and lots of DVD movies if you need a little down time. The next morning you will have a hard time staying in your room as the smell of David's cooking permeates the house. Both David and Justine are very willing to share their favorite cooking secrets as Justine literally waits on you hand and foot throughout the meal. I don't think my coffee cup was ever less than half full. Their recommendations were wonderful, from the Ship to Shore restaurant we ate at to the Millbrook Winery that we visited. We look forward to another visit.

Room Tip: We liked the Bird Room.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chefsmythe, Owner at Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast at Smythe House, responded to this review, 29 February 2012
Thanks for sharing the details of your positive experience. The coffee and tea stations are a new addition to the rooms and we were delighted to find all guests used them last weekend, a holiday weekend when Smythe House was fully occupied! Wish we had thought of adding them years ago! Enjoy the tail end of winter! David & Justine Smythe
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Middletown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

We truly struck gold when we found this B&B. We were visiting friends in town and looking for anything pet-friendly, and found this lovely hamlet of cozy antiques and delectable cuisine. The owners are simply charming and have much knowledge and history of the house and Saugerties, and they were kind enough to allow our rambunctious doggy to stay. The house is warm and inviting, and the breakfast was simply outstanding. With the owners also Culinary Institute of America alumni, breakfast was a special treat. I highly recommend the hot chocolate, it was divine. The furniture in the rooms were a bit large for the space, but beautifully furnished nonetheless. The bathroom was also lovely, with a vintage and almost colonial vibe. The outside offers meditation gardens and a koi pond, with a playset under construction.

Beautifully done, a perfect bed & breakfast experience if you're in the area.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chefsmythe, Owner at Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast at Smythe House, responded to this review, 29 February 2012
Most lodging properties dont accept pets or children, but in our experience we have always found both to be delightful visitors. Our property is such that everyone can enjoy themselves w/o worrying about imposing on others, one of the perks of a spacious Victorian home. Glad to share that the playset all completed now, along with a three story treehouse!! David has been a busy builder.

Thanks too for sharing that you liked the hot chocolate, hand made with the best cocoa. Yes, both of us being professional chefs, we love to cook, glad its obvious and appreciated.

It's true the furniture in guest rooms take up a bit of space, antiques tend to be substancial, but our goal is for each room to not only have bed and nightstands, but also seating areas, fridges, widescreen wall mounted Cable TV, WiFi, and also now fireplaces to kick up the romance a bit and afford guests a second way to warm their room immediately, radiant heat is so warming after a walk outside or ski adventure in the Catskills.
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

Where do I begin? Everything about the stay was excellent. We had a larger group (six), and thus did not stay in the Smythe House proper, but rather a cabin along the river approximately a mile and half away. As it was not booked, they also afforded us the opportunity to use the guest house. The house was very quaint and cozy. The shared areas provided more than enough space for everyone to do their own thing, but also allowed for an intimate setting with the lovely fire place and large flat screen television. Almost every bedroom had it's own bathroom, and I was lucky enough to enjoy a deep bath / jacuzzi. Although it was reserved for six, it could have comfortably slept many more. The neighborhood is very quiet, and just off the main road leading into town.
Every last detail was accounted for in the cottage, and the breakfast alone is worth another trip. They extended a refined courtesy far exceeding my expectations. Any future visits to Greater Woodstock will include a stay at the Smythe House.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Chefsmythe, Owner at Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast at Smythe House, responded to this review, 29 February 2012
We aquired the cottage on Esopus Creek five years ago because we so loved the location...been canoeing on the Esopus for more than 20 years and often had taken our boat into the part of the creek that goes into the backyard of the cottage, envisioning one day that we might own that property...imagine out delight and suprise when it finally came on the market and we were in a position to add it as an offering for our guests.

With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a working fireplace, WiFi, Cable TV, and a deck overlooking the creek, its a wonderful getaway to the country. So delighted to hear your group enjoyed your stay at the cottage and that you felt well cared for.

And, a note in general, normally we do not offer breakfast included with the cottage rental, simply because we can only serve so many at the B&B, and the cottage comes with one and a half full kitchens, plus its just a short mile to the Village which offers dozens of dining opportunities. On rare occasion we do offer breakfast included, when we are able based on case by case situation..
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Commack, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

We stayed in the cottage and it more than exceeded our expectations. Everything from the wood for the fireplace, games, movies and a stocked kitchen with every appliance & utensil you could need.Very clean, neat and tidy.Our custom breakfast was almost too pretty to eat, but the smell overcame us and we had to!Justine & David were the best hosts and we wanted for nothing.Definitely going back.
Patty Commack ny

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Chefsmythe, Owner at Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast at Smythe House, responded to this review, 29 February 2012
Your praise is so appreciated, thank you! We have a strong committment to keeping our properties clean, including keeping a housekeeper on staff year round, also we clean not only after guests depart, but also before guests arrive...its our double cleaning insurance policy because we understand that a clean home makes for happy guests.
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Property: Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast at Smythe House
Address: 158 Burt St, Saugerties, NY 12477-1907
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Region: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Saugerties
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Saugerties
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking for a romantic getaway? Experience Outstanding Hospitality -- complete gourmet breakfast prepared especially for you by two CIA culinary chefs. This 1890 Catskills Victorian Cottage is furnished for comfort. Elegant bedrooms appointed with fireplaces, private bathrooms, WiFi, Wide screen Cable TV, coffee/tea stations, wine service set up, "sleeping beauty" pillow-top mattresses, natural fiber linens, Persian carpets, Tiffany style lighting, air conditioning, telephone. Enjoy Catskill Mountain view & Hudson Valley attractions, close to picturesque villages of Woodstock, Saugerties, Rhinebeck, and moments to scenic Hudson river and three nature preserves. ... more   less 

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