What We Love
- Bucolic escape less than an hour from New York City, two hours from Philadelphia
- Award-winning seasonal cuisine from executive chef Corey W. Heyer
- Wine Spectator–recognized wine cellar and sommelier Terri A. Baldwin
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- No two rooms are the same
- The inn is better suited for couples
- Popular with business travelers during the workweek
- The three-story inn has no elevator
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A charming throwback to the turn of the 20th century, when New York’s captains of industry built lavish estates in the Somerset Hills, this lovely 1907 inn affords a slice of country charm. The Edwardian parlor, anchored by a marble fireplace, sets the scene for the 20 upstairs guestrooms, which are reached by a wooden staircase that has railings and balusters from the original Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Bed and Bath
Each of the guestrooms is individually decorated in a style inspired by the mansions that made these hills famous. For instance, Room 5 is dubbed the Westover and done in a French estate style in honor of the home of the same name built by descendants of Martha Washington and currently owned by Jeffery B. Haines, the interior designer who oversaw the inn’s renovation. Room 8 is named for and decorated in the style of Timberfield, a mansion owned by journalist and publisher Malcolm Forbes. Regardless of which room you book, expect vaulted ceilings and a country style, with antique furniture, four-poster beds and generously sized work desks. Bathrooms are all recently renovated and spotless; some have tubs, while others only showers.
The inn hangs its hat on its award-winning restaurant, and for good reason. Executive chef Corey W. Heyer’s progressive American cuisine mixes farm fresh produce and meat with modern preparations. Highlights include seared Hudson Valley foie gras with apple cider donuts and pumpkin puree, and roulade of Griggstown pheasant with foie gras, bacon, black truffle, chanterelle mushrooms and Brussels sprouts. Sommelier Terri Baldwin oversees the inn’s impressive 14,000-bottle wine cellar, and her picks pair perfectly with Heyer’s creations.
In the Area
Duffers should pop into the United States Golf Association Museum, home to an extensive collection of artifacts from the great players of the past and current stars such as Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods. Don’t miss the museum’s Pynes Putting Course, which recreates the renowned Himalayas putting course at St. Andrews, in Scotland. The nearby Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary is a birder’s paradise where more than 145 bird species can be spotted, including the Mississippi kite, the belted kingfisher and Cooper’s hawk.
How to Get There
We pulled up for a one-night's package stay on a crazy hot 92 degree April Saturday afternoon. Our car's cabin fan decided to stop working that day, so our hour and a half drive (from another stop on our weekend) was particularly tiring and we just wanted to get someplace cool and comforting. When we pulled up to the curb a guy was outside that seemed to be the valet -- turns out he was, but wasn't really. He had us park in front and helped with our bag but said he was waiting for an event and he'd just tell us where to park our car. When we checked in at the front desk they seemed appalled by this direction we received and said the valet would park the car for us. We went back outside, this time with a really wonderful bellman. The valet said he'd park the car and we should wait outside for him to bring back the keys. Luckily our terrific bellman shook his head and said he'd get us our car keys. Then the bellman cheerfully lugged our suitcase and snack bag up two floors of steps, got us into our room, brought us ice and our car keys and a cheese and candy plate. This young man more than made up for the valet, who thankfully was not what the rest of the staff were like. But if I were managing this inn, it would concern me that that valet is the first impression a guest has arriving at the hotel and I would give the bellman a raise.
Our room was beautiful in an old-world European sort of way. We had a comfy four-poster bed, a desk, a couple of chairs, a little extra table, spacious nightstands, an armoire with TV, a dressing room, and bathroom. Everything was spotless. I was so happy that the bedding included a coverlet and a sheet-encased blanket instead of those heavy duvets that seem to be in so many hotel rooms these days. The linens were of high thread count and struck the right balance between silky and cottony. As other reviewers have mentioned, you cannot control the temperature yourself in your room, but a quick call to the front desk gets it adjusted up or down as you like. And, as others have also mentioned, there isn't an elevator so if you are on the third floor, as we were, you hoof it. I do not know if they offer accommodations for those guests who might have mobility challenges, so it would be worth a phone call if that is an issue for anyone in your party.
I was very impressed that a nice bottle of Vivreau water was in our room (hotels, restaurants, etc. can filter and bottle their own still or sparkling water in reusable bottles -- sustainable and refreshing!). We had booked a package that featured a tasting menu dinner and breakfast the next morning in addition to the room, gratuities included. Being really tired from an early morning and then a beastly hot drive, we drank some great water and settled in for a nap before dinner. Beautiful.
Dinner was really excellent in terms of both food and service, as was breakfast the next day. We slept very well. With the exception of the aforementioned valet, the staff were all service-oriented and pleasant to interact with. It was hard to get back to reality and leave this place. We talked about who we'd bring back here just for dinner but I'm thinking that might be a tough one for me if we're sitting in the dining room and cannot just go upstairs after dinner to an elegant comfy room. I see another package in our future!
It's a very nice hotel. It looks like an old british house. Very ellegant. No elevator, but it's not a drama. It happens with the old buildings. Rooms are huge and beds are very confortable. Every night they leave you cookies, fruit or chocolate in your toom. The service is excellent. Specially Nancy. She's lovely with the guests, always with a smile and always trying to help. Congratulations to all the staff!
I stayed here for Two nights on a business trip and was not disappointed. The lobby, with a large fireplace and beautiful, inviting chairs and sofas, was decorated for Christmas, and it felt like arriving at a wealthy relative's for the holidays. The bar is absolutely gorgeous, and you can get excellent cocktails and wines of all kinds. It's like stepping back in time to when travellers really could expect a formal welcome after a long trip. The restaurant has a lovely menu, and is quite romantic. My room was a smaller one, in the back, and it was just fine. My colleague had a gorgeous suite (lucky ducky). I'd recommend a stay in this hotel for a romantic getaway, or for business travelers. The only problem I had was that breakfast service in the dining room is pretty slow, so I found ordering in-room service was perfect for getting out the door on time!
The hotel is very nice. Old or “historic” if you prefer, which isn’t really our thing but we thought we would give it a shot since my wife wanted to try the restaurant. At the check in desk there is a plaque on the wall that says something to the affect of Forbes rated best property in the country. I don’t remember exactly but seeing that was very encouraging. We checked in and we were escorted to our room at the top of the stairs. Our escort then asked if we wanted ice and went to get it for us. I look around the room as you would normally do. Checked out the bathroom which was nice aside from the grout and tiles cracking along seems in the shower and bathroom. The door into the bathroom, revealed that the bathroom floor was way out of level and the door stuck when we tried to open or close it. Which it never really closed all the way. The wall above the bathroom door was cracked and the crown molding on the ceiling was cracked and separated from the ceiling. I also looked out the windows and found we were on the Main Street over the lobby of the Inn. The windows were very dirty and didn’t look like they had been cleaned recently. Other than that the room seemed clean and was nice.
At least for us, we go to hotels to sleep and if you can’t sleep then what’s the point. We went to bed, and found that the inn is right across the street from a train station. So in addition to the train regularly running thru town and occasionally blowing its horn, the insulation and or windows are very thin or something because we heard people talking, laughing, yelling, coming in and out of the restaurant, kids screaming and yelling while they ran up and down the street, traffic all night and into the morning which includes lots of dump trucks starting around 3 am which you can feel go by in addition to hearing, the person who was emptying the garbage? I’m guessing....who was beating the garbage can at about 4:30 am....multiple times like he wasn’t right in front of a hotel with people sleeping, or the person vacuuming right outside our door at 4:30-5 am.
Then the heat was another issue. Apparently the room temp is set at the front desk. It was set at 72. It was so hot in the room I slept or tried to on top of the covers. They switched the temp to 70 for the night and it became so cold I had to get under the covers in the middle of the night. Just a roller coaster that’s not good for someone who’s paying a lot of money to sleep for 8 hours.
We didn’t get much sleep at all. It was more like a cruel joke someone played on us, waking us just as we fell asleep all night and we payed well for it.
Upon check out I waited for the lady to ask how our night was or something, I was prepared to let her have it but she couldn’t be bothered. It was the final insult of our stay.
Unless you enjoy the sound of trains, dump trucks, loud people and horns or you don’t intend on sleeping in your room, I suggest you find somewhere else to stay.
We were incredibly disappointed.
Went here with a friend to celebrate her birthday and the place is beautiful. We were pressed for time so we went to the bar and the service and food was great! If you are planning on coming here make reservations as they do get booked. Parking is available on a side lot or you can find street parking or by the train station. Another last resort is to park at the post office. We had the butternut squash soup and roasted beet salad with the diver scallops entree. Great place -give them a try !