Inn at Kent Falls
What We Love
- The voucher can be used toward a two-night stay in a Suite and evening cocktails, breakfast, and tea and cookies for two
- Meticulous revamp of an 18th-century inn, replete with original details and extra wide fireplaces
- Outdoor pool and patio available in the summer months
- All Suites are individually designed in a contemporary country style
What To Know
- Blackout dates do apply, and the voucher cannot be used toward stays on January 20, February 14, February 17, 2014
- Just off a main road, nothing is within walking distance so you’ll need a car to explore
- Hearty breakfast is included in the rate but there’s no restaurant; guests can help themselves to drinks from the honor bar
- The front door is locked after 10 p.m. but guests are given keys for after-hours returns
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a colonial-style building dating to 1741, Inn at Kent Falls is set back from busy Route 7 in over two acres of wooded gardens. The latched front door opens directly into the cozy living room — the heart of the inn with the feel of a friend’s country home. Done up with overstuffed sofas, wide plank floorboards, eclectic art on the walls, a grand piano and a colonial-size fireplace, the elegant country look could be torn from the pages of the interiors magazines that are scattered throughout the inn. Breakfast is served in the attached dining room and, at the back of the house, there’s a separate living space with another enormous fireplace and access to the screened porch and well-kept gardens and pool.
Bed and Bath
Suites are all individually designed with a respect for the inn’s historic layout, so expect a characterful mix of pitched ceilings and low beams, enormous bathrooms with candle-lit fireplaces or petite shower cubicles. Common throughout are the comfy beds dressed with Frette linens, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and lovely Aveda products in the bathrooms. On the ground floor, the Lakes Suite has a dreamy bathroom with a six-foot clawfoot tub, double vanity, dressing table and separate shower room, while the top-floor Gables Suite is dominated by the criss cross of preserved wood beams and a loft-style layout. The Falls Suite offers the most space and an over clawfoot tub rainfall shower, while the quiet Appalachian Suite feels like a writer’s retreat, with two separate living spaces and a gorgeous antique desk.
Breakfast is served family-style on a big table in the small dining room. The spread is a hearty country mix of posh cereals, homemade granola, yogurt, fruit, fresh pastries and a made-to-order special like pancakes with local maple syrup or farm eggs. There’s no bar, but guests can help themselves to drinks from the honor bar or fridge in the kitchen. There’s an outdoor pool and screened porch for whiling away the summer months, while the two colonial-size fires roar all winter. For a dose of pampering, spa treatments can be arranged in the small spa room off the main living room.
In the Area
This corner of northwest Connecticut is less than two hours from NYC, but feels a world away thanks to endless outdoors activities. Bookend a weekend hike on the Appalachian Trail with a relaxing stay at the inn, or buy a day pass to nearby Mohawk Mountain and master its 17 trails served by 5 lifts. Car lovers can also buy tickets to a race day at Lime Rock Park or even get behind the wheel on a practice session with Skip Barber Racing School. There’s no restaurant at the inn, so make a reservation in advance for dinner at Gifford’s, a knockout New American eatery in nearby Kent (five-minutes by car), or go farther afield for Middle Eastern fare at Serevan in Amenia or 52 Main in Millerton. Across the border in New York, the petite town of Millerton is worth an afternoon stroll for Harney & Sons tea shop and boutique, antiquing at Johnson’s Antiques or Hunter Bee, and a filling brunch at Oakhurst Diner or Irving Farm. You can also rent bikes here and ride the Harlem Valley Rail Trail all the way to Wassaic, where non-drivers can pick up the train back to NYC.
How to Get There
Starting with the positives: we arrived well before the 3PM check in time and greeted with a warm smile and fast check in, which was welcome after a very long drive. The Inn is tastefully decorated and the location is just minutes from town and from the Falls. Staff was very pleasant, a huge plus. Room was nice, spacious and clean, plenty of hot water. On the negative side: The owner does seem cold/disengaged as some reviews state, as we never heard a single word or hello from him. Breakfast while ok was underwhelming as stated above as I am used to starting my B&B reviews with the words "Best breakfast ever" - not the case here. Very simple and light breakfast - I am usually blown away by the presentation, homemade baking and creative breakfasts that fill your until you gag...breakfast that blow you away where you cannot wait until tomorrow's creation...sadly this was not the case. Excellent coffee though and good conversation with the other guests at the table. And interesting side note was the reasonably priced honor bar, great idea to have when you are near a town which apparently shuts down very early. Saturday night we used the bar to make 2 drinks - hard to do as the bottles were mostly empty. Sunday night we went to a bar after dinner in Kent only to find last call was 8:30...we were back at the Inn by 9:15 went to the honor bar for a nightcap only to basically find empty bottles. It is a nice idea but may need to be rethought...plenty of mixers but can't do much when there isn't much to mix with. While we enjoyed our stay and I did give it 4 stars (while 4 is a bit of a stretch the Inn is way better than giving 3 stars), we paid a lot per night (well over $300) and am sorry to say that I do not feel that we received full value - first time that I have said this about a B&B.
We had a lovely stay at the Inn, the surrounding countryside is very beautiful and great fun to explore. The interiors of the Inn are wonderfully comfortable as well as beautiful to look at. Extra special mention of the awesome blueberry pancakes Howard made for us on our last morning!
This was my husbands and I first time at a bed and breakfast! It is beautiful, cozy, and clean. The staff is welcoming and accommodating to our needs. Breakfast varied every day and it was always delicious, we were also offered seconds which was great. Beautiful rooms to hang out in as well! Highly recommend. You are also next to a few hiking spots, and close to the town of Kent.
A quaint bed and breakfast in an ideal location. The Inn is older than America (built in 1741) and has charming rooms and décor. However, because of the age, its nearly impossible to walk anywhere without floors creaking and doors screeching. Which, when you have the entire Inn to yourself (we did for the most part), is not problematic.
The shower head in our suite (Falls) was only 5 feet high and since I am 5 feet 8 inches I had to duck to shower. And water pressure was limited. The Inn has gas fireplaces, while cleaner and more efficient, detract from the coziness of a wood burning fireplace.
My husband and I had a wonderful stay at the inn at Kent falls. The staff was very helpful and attentive. We really enjoyed our stay in the very clean and romantic rooms. This is a great place if you love the country and want a get away from the city life. The inn includes different rooms to relax in and fireplaces to sit in front of with a glass of wine. It felt like visiting friends in the country. A must stay. Thank you Shanna, Ira and Howard for a fabulous time!