Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast at Smythe House

158 Burt Street , Saugerties, NY 12477 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


Relax in style at this elegant Victorian Cottage perfectly appointed with classic furnishing and modern conveniences. Romantic getaway, peaceful mountain view, nature preserve excursions, close to picturesque village. Personalized breakfast, Jacuzzi tubs, Concierge service! ~ The hosts--a husband and wife team--are both culinary and hospitality professionals. David Franklin Smythe is a professor at the Culinary Institute of America, his wife Justine Adeliade Smythe is a restaurateur and hotelier with an MBA from Cornell. They both welcome guests into their home with grace and joy....



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Beautiful Setting and a Great Breakfast

5 on September 08, 2015

My wife and I stayed at the Esopus Creek Cottage instead of the main B and B Smythe House because we wanted the setting by the creek away from the main house about 2 miles away. We stayed in the studio, which is a large bedroom, with a connecting kitchen and private bath with a shower and tub. This is a great value for the space. It is connected to the remainder of the cottage which is rented as a 3 bedroom but the people staying there were quiet and we never heard them. There is a private deck for the studio and a sitting area at the creek that looks out over a beautiful and peaceful view. They have boats and canoes for the guests to use and explore the creek. While not typically furnished as an antique B and B, the studio was well furnished and comfortable. The hosts, David and Justine, were warm, hospitable and a pleasure to spend time with. They are both Culinary experts, and the breakfast, with several choices, were terrific and beautifully presented,, particularly the walnut/banana pancakes, smoothie and the tofu dish, and most times allow those staying at the cottage studio to drive the 2 miles to the main house for breakfast, which should not be missed. The dining area and first floor of the home are nicely decorated. You can choose your designated breakfast time so you can dine without everyone sitting around one large table.. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely return, and there is lots to do and great restaurants in the area.

Home away from home

5 on August 22, 2015

We're a young couple and we staid in the Creek Cottage, which Davide and Justine call a studio, but in Manhattan would be advertised as a large Presidential Suite. The cottage was amazing, close enough to jump in the creek and with canoes and rowing boats available as part of the package. The experience was outstanding - from A to Z. David is a retired Professor from the Culinary Institute and the breakfast is a revelation - a breakfast like that transforms the entire day. David and Justine were very helpful with everything and acted as travel guides in recommending trails for hiking and things to do. We came to Saugerties by chance and David and Justine made it feel like home. The town and nature around it make it a perfect place for a weekend (or longer!) escape, spending the day hiking or drifting in the canoe down the creek, or joining the locals for a Karaoke evening (on Wednesday) or Bingo evening (on Thursday). We really loved it here and can't wait to go back.

Excellent weekend

4.4 on May 28, 2015

I recently stayed in the Forrest room. The room was fantastic, the recommendations from David and Justine were great, and breakfast was top-notch. Overall, a great stay. I would highly recommend.

In Love!

4.8 on May 09, 2015

It was our first time at a B&B and I can't wait to go back. The room was cozy, romantic, and clean. The service was outstanding! Best breakfast I have EVER had.

A weekend's resplendent stay

5 on December 01, 2014

We had the most splendid stay at your home/bed and breakfast. The room was beautiful with an old fashion charm, the food was delicious; even the walks we took were so picturesque. It was such a lovely, warm, quiet and inviting place to spend a weekend and we thank you every much.


5 on November 03, 2014

Great place, we had a private bathroom, bed was comfortable, room was clean and they had a great backyard which was a nice place to just relax and the breakfast was the best I ever had at a B and B. Just amazing cooks, quite a few options, never had anything like it. Would come back in a heartbeat!

Perfect Get-away

5 on November 01, 2014

This is what a B&B is all about! Everything you need is at your disposal. The rooms are beautiful - we stayed in the Forest - loved the fireplace. The gourmet breakfasts were delicious - we loved the concept of dining at the time we chose. David and Justine are the perfect hosts - it's obvious they love what they are doing. We will definitely return. Thank you for a wonderful stay! John & Annemarie

Great place to stay

4.6 on November 01, 2014

Excellent hospitality... comfortable room... lovely environment... and an amazing breakfast!

Pleasant Stay

5 on October 29, 2014

What a pleasant stay. Justine and David provide a very homey feel. Everything you need from your home is in this one. The breakfast was amazing! The host were very kind and welcoming.

A wonderful find

4.4 on October 28, 2014

My husband, daughter, grandson and I had a wonderful stay. We love the rooms on the third floor. The Smythes are exceptional hosts and breakfast was delicious. we plan to return!

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Rooms & Rates

Bird Room

A very cozy room with solid oak queen sleigh bed, 47" LED Cable TV, two upholstered French provincial side chairs, drop leaf table, ornate desk with stenciled chair, gilt mirrors, vibrant Persian carpets, cozy antiques and eclectic art, wooden venetian blinds, warm flowing draperies, full closet, felt lined drawers, romantic tiffany style lighting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$275 - $275

Violet Room

Elegant guest room with antique French four poster bed, 47" LED cable TV, electric fireplace, WiFi , vintage full-size tapestry couch and arm chair, secretary desk and wicker chair. Private marble spa bath with double Jacuzzi tub and steam massage shower complete with organic toiletries.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$295 - $295

Forest Room

Queen brass bed pillow-top, Spacious, well lit room, 47" LED Cable TV, WiFi, appointed with large glass top antique oak table and four plush chairs, wrap around pleated upholstered easy chair. Private one and a half bathrooms (shower) both fully tiled and with skylights.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$245 - $245

John's Room

Get your best rest ever with lamb's wool wall covering. Queen size bed, romantic electric fireplace, comfortable arm chair and large couch with coffee table (couch folds out to double bed). Private bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, cobalt tiled arched bath and shower, non-attached, mountain view.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$245 - $245

Zen Room

Artistic feeling room with oriental cranes and waterfall mural, many windows, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, skylights lend a refreshing ambiance. Amenities include: Queen deluxe pillow top bed in the eaves, private ensuite boudoir Jacuzzi natural stone and agate tiled bath, mini-suite upholstered antique settee and side chair, romantic tiffany style lighting, in-room fridge, wine set up, WiFi, cable TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$245 - $245


Queen bedroom (Forrest) and double bedroom (Nirvana) nestled in the third floor across the hall from each other; Forrest room is a spacious well lit room with queen pillow-top brass bedframe, appointed with large glass top antique oak table and four plush chairs and wrap around pleated upholstered easy chair. Nirvana is a well lit room with "Phoenix" mural wall, quiet and comfortable. Both include tiffany style lighting, Persian rugs, functional antique furniture.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$355 - $355

Esopus Suite

The Studio Suite on Esopus Creek - queen bed, multiple skylights, large-screen cable TV, WIFI and hardwired computer, kitchenette, full private bath and shower, at water's edge, canoes, rowboats. Full bath with tub/shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$250 - $250

Esopus Creek Apartment

A private, charming, fully furnished waterside vacation rental - three bedroom, three bathroom apartment at the Cottage on Esopus Creek. Perfect accommodations for family & friend getaways. Amenities include: Den - complete with working fireplace and cable TV, fully equipped galley kitchen, generous waterside deck with screened-in porch and barbeque grill, rowboats and canoes to set in water from backyard. In all bedrooms and the den there is cable TV, WiFi and air conditioning throughout. Bedroom One - queen bed and twin bed, private ensuite bathroom with double Jacuzzi tub and shower. Bedroom Two - double and twin beds, stand-alone private bathroom with tub and shower. Bedroom Three - queen bed, private ensuite bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 7
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Double , 1 Twin

$495 - $495


Location Type

Catskill Mountains, Hudson River, Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 45 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Fax Machine, Library , organic toilitries, double whirlpool private tubs

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Computer, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: by appointment
  • Check Out:: by appointment
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only smoking allowed outside
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited please inquire
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: two night stay preferred, may offer one night stay at discretion of host
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: may vary, please inquire and see terms at website
  • Cancellations: visit our terms page for complete description:



David and Justine Smythe

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , small flock of parrots ; )

About the innkeepers

David and Justine Smythe are hospitality professionals, David is a professor at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Justine is a graduate of both the CIA and of the Cornell Hotel School in Paris. This husband and wife team enjoy cooking, hiking, boating, art & music appreciation, reading, travel, home restoration, and wildlife appreciation.

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personalized breakfast prepared by CIA professor

  • Time Served: by appointment, your choice
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , vegan, celiac