A view of the south face of the Tamaracks Country Villa Bed & Breakfast
Cate & Tom, the owners and innkeepers, at the foot of the main staircase in the Tamaracks Country Villa Bed & Breakfast
Formerly Franklin Colby’s library, this spacious first floor suite features a round corner fireplace adapted from the Davanzatti Palace in Florence and 12″ timber beams cut from the property. A Queen size bed, private bath with soaking tub, and two person shower pamper you with relaxing comfort in an unusual accommodation with historic flavor and modern comforts.
Our largest suite was the painting studio of Josephine Wood Colby and visiting artists. With soaring tray ceiling, large fireplace, window seats and spacious sitting/work area and deck, this quirky room features a Queen size bed, copper slipper tub in the room, and a separate shower room.
Relax in the in-room soaking tub facing the fireplace across the room. Or, step out to the greenery draped deck overlooking the front garden and woods. With a sitting/work space, four poster bed, separate shower room, lofty ceiling with a chandelier, it is just the place for enjoying country charm and the beauty of nature.
With sunset views over the lilac hedge, this Queen size sleigh bed corner suite is also nestled in the maple trees. From the soaking tub in the bathroom, with separate shower, you can watch the flames dance in the sitting/work area fireplace.
Overlooking the rose trellises is this “sweet” suite showcasing a wall of the original stone house as a backdrop to the daybed set across from the matching Queen size bed and fireplace. With a private deck and two person shower, it is a serene getaway.
With a private entrance steps from the woodland trails to the lake, this suite is a very special first floor room: white ADA compliant it has a private deck in the garden, Queen size four poster bed, sitting area with corner fireplace, and a shower in the largest bathroom in the inn.
Apple and pear trees dot the property surrounding the inn. This corner suite gets early morning sunrises which might tempt you to rise from the king size bed. There is also a fireplace in the sitting/work area, and separate soaking tub and shower.
The foyer and main staircase with original tile floors and columns.
Originally built as a stone farmhouse at the turn of the 19th century, the Tamaracks Country Villa was later absorbed in 1909 into a European-style stucco “castle”, locally known as The Colby Mansion in Sussex County’s Skylands district.
Secluded on 5 1/2 acres surrounded by gardens and woodlands, creek and lake, the inn was the dream home of a self-styled architect/entrepreneur and his internationally known artist-wife.
While preserving much of the original interior spaces, the seven suites with private ensuite baths, gas fireplaces, and sitting/work areas, are all handcrafted rooms tastefully and artistically appointed. Some have soaking tubs, two person showers, and private balconies. Common areas abound on both floors of the inn providing spaces for guests to relax or visit with others and also for small social gatherings (weddings, club meetings, showers) or business meetings. The first floor is completely accessible and the entire building has a sprinkler system for our guests’ safety.
A complimentary full breakfast is offered each morning in the dining room. With its open hearth, bake oven, and 12″ beams cut from the property, the dining room reflects the early Dutch settlers’ heritage.
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