The Castle at Skylands Manor

5 Morris Road , Ringwood, NJ 07456 USA (Show map)

About

A visit to the Skylands Manor, a grand fifty-four room granite Tudor Revival mansion, will find you nestled among 100 acres of manicured grounds within the 1000 acres that are the New Jersey Botanical Gardens. The 24 newly restored guest rooms and glamorous suites overlook vistas of stunning gardens and expansive grounds. The castle is both exclusive and affordable. Enjoy the far off feeling that you will have at a location that is just a short drive away.

Reviews

Overall
4.1

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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.3
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Onsite Dining3.9

Wonderful, unique place! Just no internet

4.6 on June 14, 2015

The Castle is beyond gorgeous, the grounds are magical, and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. All my fellow guests were very friendly, too. I had a delightful stay. My one critique is that, while the website states they offer wi-fi and wired internet, and I even called to confirm that before I booked, it was not the case when I arrived. I'm a writer, and came to the Castle on a solo writing retreat. There was zero wi-fi in my room; when I asked about it, the innkeeper told me I could get a good signal by sitting in a chair in the lobby that faced the business office. Not very practical! In all, I had a wonderful stay at the Castle and would recommend it to anyone. I just wish b&b's were more careful when making claims about internet connectivity—sometimes it really makes a difference!


Location, location, location!

3.6 on June 14, 2015

We live 10 miles from NYC in the throngs of metro-suburbia. For us to drive 40 minutes and be in the NJ Botanical Gardens spending the night in a castle, this is a fun, fun treat! When we arrived at the castle at the appointed time, Jack our host and innkeeper with wife Sandy, was collecting candles, as a tree had fallen on electrical wires somewhere on the property and there was a brown out. Oh my! I had an immediate image of my husband and I cascading down the ornate corridors in the night... bathed in candle and moonlight :) How's that for a change... so close to home, yet so far far away!! The power came back on long before that ever happened, oh well! The garden closes to the public at 8pm., after which we enjoyed a picnic supper on a beautiful lawn... no one around. Breakfast was nothing special, only cold food, no protein all carb- too bad b/c we saw the brochure the catering company who runs Skylands Manor puts out for events and the food is high end. Nevertheless, we will return! Thank you Sandy and Jack for your warm hospitality!


Dreamy place, wonderful manor

4.0 on May 30, 2015

If you can afford the bigger rooms with bathroom inside, go for it. They are wonderful! Simply magical. We stayed at the $99 rooms with bathroom on the floor but there was a sink in our room which makes all the difference. Not all have a sink. Overall we go to Skylands regularly each year for our annuversary because the mansion is beautiful and the gardens are just pure joy. Visit the Ringwood Manor nearby and take the tour (just $3 entry fee). There's plenty of stuff to do around Skylands in addition to the gardens. We went skeet shooting and took an easy hike in the woods. Good resaurants a few miles away (Prime 15 -amazing!). Just one of our favorite places to stay. As long as you don't expect classical hotel service, which there isn't. A lot of privacy though. Perfect.


Similar to castle lodgings in Ireland

3.4 on May 29, 2015

My wife and I travel extensively on a modest/moderate budget. We recently went on a "castle tour" in Ireland, staying at Adare Manor and Ashford Castle. This experience is similar enough to be very satisfying. Stonework exterior, a few grand common rooms, landscaped grounds, unique special guest rooms and perfectly acceptable regular rooms. David provided a fine tour for those of us who arrived late in the evening. We stayed one night while traveling north, booking an inexpensive room with a shared bath and had no inconveniences. We concur with the positive reviews on tripadvisor.


Service was extraordinary!

4.0 on April 21, 2015

My husband and I stayed here for a wedding that was also at the venue. The staff was amazingly helpful. They accommodated so many of my unusual requests (storing breastmilk for baby, filling water bottles,, etc.). The rooms and common areas were elegant, yet had a homey feel. The bed was very comfortable and breakfast was delicious. I can't comment on the regular onsite dining because we were there for an event which provided food and drinks (which were great). The bathroom was not ideal because the sink stopped up quickly and the running water had an odd color. The staff filled up bottles for me to use, so we worked around it.


Kelly and Erich's return visit

5 on March 23, 2015

We had another wonderful time staying here. It is a magical place with an outstanding innkeeper whom always makes our stay special!


Way overpriced

2.4 on February 25, 2015

The manor is interesting, but, the accommodations disappointing. Impossible to control room temperature, peeling paint in bathroom with quaint, but, poorly performing fixtures, tiny TV, can't open the windows, and what was that smell?


Castle at Skylands Manor

4.0 on January 30, 2015

My husband and I recently stayed at the Castle which is right in the middle of State of New Jersey owned land and it was just wonderful.It was peaceful and the owner went out of his way to come us comfortable. We were told about the history of the Manor and given a tour with lots of little details .I can only imagine what it would be like to having your wedding reception here...like a fairy tale.We would definitely go back !


Great location with amazing views

4.2 on January 23, 2015

the inkeeper was so nice. The building was very well kept and felt like going back in time. Not many hotels can give you that experience!


What a wonderful surprise!

4.8 on January 16, 2015

I had a business and personal trip butting up against each other and needed shelter for one night. Thank goodness I found this place! The staff were so accomadating with my needs--especially when I had to wait for my next ride. The rooms are charming--it's not every day you spend the night in an honest to goodness castle. And the grounds of the manor and the park are wonderful. Just truly relaxing. I'm going to recommend all my friends from the DC area check this place out.


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Rooms & Rates

Rennaissance Room

Includes a full size bed in a private area of the north wing of the manor. Semi-private ladies' and mens' bathrooms are across the hall and can be locked for privacy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Imperial Rooom

Includes a Queen size bed with a semi private bath outside of your room. Bathroom is shared with one other private room which can be locked for privacy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Knight's Suite

Includes a Queen size bed with a private bath. It also includes a private study and is located on the ground level, a floor-to-ceiling built-in armoire warms this spacious suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Gatsby Room

Includes a king size bed with a private bath. Our Gatsby rooms are sure to please. Spacious rooms with amenities of built-in armoires, hand-carved wood paneling, and gold leaf moldings.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

King Alfred Suite

The grandeur of this distinctive accommodation awaits you. Includes a King size bed with a private bath. It also has a large living room, with plush couches and seating for eight in this spacious suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Queen Antoinette Suite

Includes an exclusive sleeping area with a king size bed and a private bath featuring marble finished walls. It also has a separate, large living room with hand carved wood paneling, and seating for 6.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Chateau Room

Includes a queen size bed with semi-private bath (with either an adjoining bathroom between two rooms or a bathroom in the hall shared by two rooms). You can lock the bathroom door for privacy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Location

Location Type

Mountains, Small town, Suburban

Airport

Newark, NJ (EWR) 45 miles

Area Attractions

Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Copier, Telephone, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Boating, Fishing, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Skeet / Trap Shooting, Shopping

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Check Out:: 10:30am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: Your full payment for the reservation will be taken upon booking. All sales are final.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Linda Pergola

Languages spoken

English

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room

Signature Dish

Breakfast
The Castle at Skylands offers a continental breakfast.