4.6 on August 22, 2018
Arrived late but was greeted with open arms. The home is truly historic, the food was healthy and excellent, and the hostess was a joy to know. Brilliant entrepreneur, gifted poet and genuine human being. We learned much from Phyllis; we arrived strangers and left friends. Thank you, Phyl for sharing your home; your knowledge and your time! We highly recommend the Isaac HilliRd House to anyone looking for more than a typical hotel experience.
3.4 on August 02, 2018
I Tony give this review based on experiences of 13 years across 5 countries that include dozens of B&Bs. THE PROS... Phyllis asked if there was any allergy concerns, gave recommendations of good local places to have dinner, and allowed us to arrive later in the evening at 10:30 PM because we ended up touring Historic Pennsylvania prior to our arrival. Upon arrival she gave us the key to the Cranberry Room. Inside the bathroom there was soap, shampoo, clean bedding/linens/towels and in the following morning she provided us breakfast. Phyllis made us breakfast. We were given a plate of fresh fruits neatly cut, fresh orange juice, coffee and tea. We were then given a plate of a two egg omelette with cheese, ham, and spinach plus a side of toast with fresh preserves. THE CONS... The Cranberry Room was a very small room and when my wife and I laid on the bed it made loud creaking sounds and one of the boards underneath that supported the bed frame fell. In the morning after finishing our two plate omelette and toast, Phyllis asked if we wanted more of anything, I am a big guy and my wife is petite, and because the portions were small we asked if we may have another omelette. Phyllis made a comment about not usually serving such a generous amount and needing to regulate portions, mind you we were the only ones outside of Phyllis and the dog that were occupying Isaac Hilliard House. We then asked if we may have more toast, she said okay, and then brought us mini pieces of toast that were only a fraction of the slices we originally had. My wife asked about the sale sign out front and Phyllis talked about what it was selling for, how she is just the help, and asked if we know anybody interested.
5 on July 10, 2018
My wife and I were in the area for the blueberry festival. We were thrilled with our stay at this great establishment. The breakfast was unbelievable. Phyl was a great host and made our stay memorable. I would HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone who wants a great room, and great food.
4.0 on September 15, 2016
The Inn was spotless, the room very beautiful with its victorian furniture. We stayed in the raspberry room and weren't disappointed. Phil is a pleasure, very accomadating.
4.8 on July 28, 2016
We enjoyed our stay immensely. The nearby bike path, antique shop, and chip n putt were great memories. Pleasant host, yummy breakfast and a cozy room (small, but to be expected with the home's age) made this a great weekend away. Thanks Phyllis!
4.8 on April 23, 2016
Our room was large, and well-furnished, house is lovely! Innkeeper Phyllis was very welcoming and helpful. Although located on a main road, it was quiet during the night. We plan to stay here again when in the area.
4.6 on October 13, 2015
My wife and I booked a room at the Isacc Hilliard house since it was both close to our wedding venue and we didn't want to stay in a chain hotel. Not only was Phyllis an incredibly gracious hostess, but her breakfasts were delicious and helped keep us going while we contended with all the last-minute chaos before our wedding day. The room, though small, was cozy and exactly what we needed to decompress after being on our feet day in and day out in the middle of a torrential downpour. We also booked a room for my wife's brother and his girlfriend, but their arrival would have been well past anyone's bedtime. Phyllis, again, was already ahead of us and had a key ready for us that morning to hand over to them so we could all get into our rooms at the end of the day. Of course, there are some things to keep in mind: the building is very old - older than the United States, as Phyllis pointed out to us! - so the rooms are small and the tap water metallic. The beds are still full size and very comfortable, however, and bottled water is provided gratis. We would absolutely recommend the Isaac Hilliard house to anyone that wants a quaint, quiet place to bookend their day if they find themselves near the Pine Barrens. - William and Regina
5 on August 05, 2015
We spent a very nice weekend at Isaac Hilliard House. The experience there was enjoyable, pleasant and restful. The innkeepers Phil and Gene were extremely gracious and caring hosts. They both answered all our questions about the house and the surrounding area. Our room was very comfortable, beautifully decorated and immaculately clean. The breakfasts Phil served were “out of this world” including fresh fruit and homemade goodies. We loved everything! We highly recommend this bed and breakfast and are looking forward to staying there again. We're calling Phil and Gene in advance to book our favorite room again!
5 on July 13, 2015
I really enjoyed staying at the Isaac Hilliard House. It was truly a great and unforgettable experience. You should stay there if you have the chance!
5 on August 23, 2014
Loved the atmosphere, location and home as well as the owner. Stayed in the Raspberry Room. Spacious and nicely decorated. House was built in the mid 1700,s. Loads of history. Enjoyed our visit very much, would recommend to anyone traveling to New Jersey.
3.2 on August 15, 2014
Our stay was very pleasant. Phyl was very kind, the room was comfortable, and the breakfast was good.
5 on June 20, 2014
Great location! Close to all Pine Barren activities including hiking, canoeing, and the cranberry harvest. Awesome breakfast and an amazing nights sleep.
4.6 on December 31, 2013
The year comes to an end, and we remember the best night of the year. After a hard ride on hot summer days by bicycle through New Jersey and before a heavy thunderstorm in flooded Pinelands, we spent a wonderfully relaxing night with a family breakfast and the pool on a super summer morning. For Phyllis we were like permanent residents. A lot of work for one night. We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year 2014. We hope to come back again.
4.8 on October 30, 2013
We recently spent my birthday weekend at the Isaac Hilliard House - it definitely exceeded my expectations. Phyllis provided just the right level of personal attention and letting us enjoy the house on our own. It is a very special place, highly recommend to others....
4.6 on August 29, 2013
My husband and I recently spent six nights at the Issac Hilliard House. Each night we had a relaxing and restful sleep in a comfortable bed. We certainly enjoyed the very clean room and bathroom and nice thick towels. We experienced six different breakfasts and each was wonderful - the French toast was outstanding! We also enjoyed our talks with Phyllis and appreciated how she always asked if we needed anything else during our stay.
5 on June 28, 2013
I always stay with Phyllis when I am traveling through New Jersey. My room is always perfect, and the energy of the house is welcoming and nurturing. The food is exquisitely prepared and served with love and kindness. Staying in a house that has a tradition of protection and safety for hundreds of years, is an experience I would recommend to travelers coming anywhere close to little Pemberton. If you are looking for a place to be loved and cared for, this is the place for you. If you are looking for a place with more amenities than you need and to be treated like a number, then drive on to Philadelphia.
4.6 on June 24, 2013
We were in the area for a lacrosse tournament and need a room. My son was a little iffy about it but it was a great experience. The room was clean and confortable the breakfast was delicious (real men do eat Quiche) and Phylis was very nice. We would stay there again.
4.6 on June 19, 2013
We drove from Maine for a funeral, stayed 1 night and found the Issac Hillard House very comforting. We Loved sharing grandchildren stories and pictures with Phyll. Breakfast was delicious!! She even had my favorite drink available...?? Phyll made a very difficult time more bareable. Great home away from home. Thanks for sharing with us.
3.6 on December 26, 2012
We stayed with our young daughter and Phyl was very accomodating. I would return here if staying in the area again.
4.6 on December 02, 2012
Very fine B+B. fantastic set up of rooms. most comfortable bed in any establishment we've stayed in. didn't want to leave. Louise and I highly recommend. thanks to our wonderful hostess.
5 on October 13, 2012
I stayed here for 3 days in September while I was visiting friends. The room was very clean and the bed comfortable. The Inn is charming and my room was pleasant. Phyl, the Inn Keeper was very accommodating with my late arrival and a pleasure to deal with. If I found myself in the area I would stay here again. Leslie, Claremont, CA
5 on August 23, 2012
I was an extended stay guest for 21 days. I arrived late in the evening after a long drive and felt like I arrived home. Phyllis greeted me with a smile, comfort and hospitality, easing a long stressful trip. The house is beautiful and I was astonished to find out built in 1749....wholly smokes not only is it still standing but in great condition and operated daily by a wonderful woman who while spry and energetic is still my grandmother's age. I am in awe of Phyllis for doing what she does everyday and with grace and beauty. It was like coming home every evening, I looked forward to my socialization and interaction every evening with Gene, Phyllis and I can't leave out Dash! I can honestly say that it was one of the most enjoyable stays ever! I want to thank Phyllis and Gene for letting me stay in a beautiful home and making me feel comfortable, easy and like family. I really have adopted them as they are fabulous. I do wish everyone's experience were like mine but realize that you can't please everyone all of the time. I know that different people have different expectations. I enjoy country charm and antiques, my boyfriend says I just like old stuff...it's true. You have to understand this house was built in 1749 and I am in awe as this kind of history does not exist where I am from. But if you want new and shiny...perhaps this is not the perfect vacation for you. If you enjoy well traveled individuals, charming experiences, wonderful hospitality (great breakfasts), a lovely small town, and history then I highly suggest this bed and breakfast.
1.6 on August 15, 2012
I am usually in agreement with the majority of a locations reviews however for this particular property I couldn't possibly be. I did not find Phyl to be as gracious as most other guests have suggested. From my first contact with her I found that I had to repeatedly reach out to her for email confirmation of our reservation and its subsequent change. Upon our arrival I found the room (Isaac Hilliard Suite) to have a strong musty odor and extremely warm. There were torrential rain storms shortly before our arrival and during the tour of the room we were directed to a plastic bucket which we were instructed to move where needed should the rain begin again. We were asked about dietary restrictions at which point I explained my aversion to eggs, yet both days we were served eggs for breakfast. During the meals when asking for more juice and/or cream it was taken from the table of the other guests. Very tacky! When we inspected the pool we found it dirty, cloudy and green as opposed to the luxurious blue the picture on their website suggests. The landscaping surrounding the pool was also overgrown. The grounds as a whole were unkempt with bags of garbage strewn around. I clearly understand the house is old, as the Innkeeper will most likely reply. But there is old/charming and there is old/in need of repair. I suggest the latter. There were cracks in the walls and ceilings in every room, cob webs between the panes of glass in every window and debris on the window sills. For $180 a night we felt that we had been taken for a ride. The final insult came upon our departure when we mistakenly thought checkout was 12:00PM. Not only was the hour passed thrown in our faces, a gratuity was also requested. When we explained our dissatisfaction and the fact that the price we paid should include the gratuity, we were told that this was not a "glitzy" place, but in our minds they wanted a glitzy price. This is a DO NOT RETURN property.
The innkeepers are dismayed that the guests chose to stay the entire weekend at a place that, on arrival did not meet their expectations. In fact, they stayed longer than any other weekend guest on that weekend. A total of seven confirmation emails were sent to the guest No messages were returned. We had no idea when these guests would arrive When we receive notification of a guests' time of arrival, we will ensure the room's air condition is turned on. . A ceiling leak was repaired prior to the guests arival. As a precaution, a receptacle was provided in case the newly repaired tin roof did not withstand the torrential rains that were expected to continue. The guest said his aversion was to egg yolks. On day one all guests were served poached eggs. The guest enjoyed the egg whites. Our breakfast on day 2 was a casserole. The guest was offered an alternate breakfast dish but said he was fine with the fresh fruit and toast and bacon. The guest was informed prior to booking the room that the pool may not be available for use due to new regulation imposed by the Burlington County Health department. As the guest mentioned, there were torrential rains up to their arrival. Having received dangerous weather warnings external clean-up was deferred due to torrential rain, lightening and thunder. Since all our guest rooms were occupied, it was impossible for the guest to see every room. When initially booking the reservation. the guest rquested an early check-in. The check-in and check-out times were explained to him. So there was no mistake in not knowing the check-out time. In conclusion, had these guests expressed their severe displeasure shortly after their arrival, the innkeepers would have waived the normal penalty for shortened stays and aborted this booking so that the Bed and Breakfast gift card presented as payment could be used elsewhere.
- Phyllis Davis (innkeeper)
4.2 on May 23, 2012
We couldn't find a room closer to the Jersey shore because of a major event in town, but we were happy to have discovered Isaac Hilliard House. We stayed in the Cranberry room. It was small, which I had requested, but comfortable. I love quaint bed and breakfasts. If you're looking for a sterile hotel room, stay in a large chain hotel, but if you're looking for charm and a personable innkeeper, try the Isaac Hilliard house. Phyl took good care of us. She answered any questions we had and prepared a lovely breakfast each morning. We took a nice walk on a trail near the old train station and ended up in an interesting antique shop. We had everything we needed for a pleasant stay.
4.0 on October 08, 2011
After much hunting around on the internet for a place to stay while hiking in the Pinelands, I found this B&B. It's not far from several good hiking trails, so if you need a quiet room with a gracious hostess, this is the place.
4.4 on March 07, 2011
We had a good one night stay at the Isaac Hillard House. Phyllis is nice and helpful. The room was very clean and had everything we needed. Breakfast was delicious too.
4.0 on February 16, 2011
Room was very clean and bed very comfortable at a great price
3.2 on October 03, 2010
We had a comfortable 2 night stay at the Isaac Hilliard House. We stayed in the Cranberry room, located in the back of the house. The room is small, but roomy enough to be comfortable. The air conditioner was noisy, but the weather cooled off and we slept in comfort with an open window and the ceiling fan running. There is a large in-ground pool for use in the warm weather. The proprietor of the house directed us to a large basket with fresh towels to use around the pool. This was certainly a nice added feature. Breakfast included coffee, juice and fruit both mornings in addition to the morning entree. We took advantage of the playhouse down the street, and attended the Saturday night performance which was extremely entertaining. We were able to walk to the playhouse fro the B&B. There is a large, private parking lot in the back of the property, away from the road, for added convenience. I highly recommend staying at the Isaac Hilliard House if you are in the Pemberton, NJ area.
3.8 on July 01, 2010
Beautiful home. Very accomodating hosts. Pool during heat wave was wonderful!
4.0 on June 15, 2010
We had a very nice stay at the Isaac Hilliard House. Room was clean and comfortable and the breakfast was delicious. Phyllis and Gene are great hosts. We will stay here again.
5 on March 22, 2010
We stayed in the "Isaac Hilliard Suite" and believe me it was more than we could have imagined - clean, comfortable and quiet. It was as if we had stepped into another place and time. Phyl and Gene are extremely friendly and helpful and you could tell the breakfast was made with extra loving care! We also had not made reservations for dinner and they took care of that as well (unexpectedly). The restaurant was fabulous! Another extra service - my husband and I enjoy the theatre and Phyl took care to make sure we had tickets for that night. I wouldn't expect any more from a concierge at a "five star hotel"! My husband and I highly recommend the Isaac Hilliard House!!
3.6 on January 27, 2010
So much better than a motel! Clean room, cozy house, great coffee, stimulating conversation too!
4.0 on January 17, 2010
We enjoyed our 7 nights at Isaac Hilliard House. The hostess was quite helpful and a wonderful cook, the menu included healthy items much to our delight. We would definitely stay here again.
5 on September 11, 2009
We had a quite enjoyable 5 night stay at the IH House in August. We enjoyed a very clean and well furnished room on the "street side." We had no difficulty sleeping due to noise disturbances. The AC and fan kept us comfortable. The bathroom sparkling clean. We throughly enjoyed our hostess, Phyllis, as she prepared foods that were designed around a special diet I was on. Her concern for my health was something one doesn't often meet in a stranger. We appreciate the suggestions that both Phyl and Gene gave for restaurants as well as a local well maintained walking trail near the House. We also enjoyed the DVD's that were available for our use. It was a pleasant oasis in our travel.
5 on August 28, 2009
I have stayed at many bed and breakfast including some of the most excellent hotels Europe has to offer and I found the Isaac Hillard Bed and Breakfast to rate to go beyond my expectations. After returning from my day I loved the quiet, romantic and pristine environment the owners provided. All of my needs were immediately entertained including a request for a late evening swim on a sweltering night. This is going to be my fifth night here on business and I plan to stay for a few days next week when I must return again. Do yourself a favor and go back in time, leaving the cells and worries at home.
5 on August 28, 2009
Wow...I have to say this was one of the best B&B's i've been to in a long time. I loved the room i was given, it was very clean and airy. The breakfast was wonderful and service was very good. I would recommend this B&B to anyone wanting to stay at a place that offers quality services and wonderful breakfasts. A+
2.2 on August 17, 2009
We have stayed at many B&B's. This is the first one we were disappointed with. Our room AC was not turned on until we arrived and took several hours to cool the room down. The room we had was in the front of the house and the road noise (even with the window AC on) was very loud. If you stay here, ask for a room in the back of the Inn. We needed to ask for towels. One of the breakfasts wasn't fully cooked. It was the lack of attention to detail that made it not measure up to the other B&B's we've frequented. Disappointing.
The ceiling fan was on and the air was on low when the guests arrived. I turned it up when I escorted the guests to the room. Because of the inn’s very flexible check-in hours, we attempt to be ‘green’ by not activating any room’s AC unit at its full capacity until the guests arrive. It does NOT take “several hours to cool the room.” Our rooms are not oversized. The inn is located conveniently on a county road on which there is normal traffic. Rarely, however, does a guest complain about “loud” noise. It is our practice to provide fresh towels EACH day when guests are out of the rooms. The guests were leaving the premises when the request was made. The guests’ room had yet to be serviced, which is when fresh towels would have been deployed. This was an unnecessary request. Each of the three family members was served the same dish; two were consumed completely. The woman ate some of hers and was asked if she wanted something else. She was offered a complete new service, but declined. During the many years of serving guests, one of the most favorable comments written by guests is how well they were treated in every detail while our at our inn.
- Phyllis (innkeeper)
4.2 on June 24, 2009
Great food, coffee and conversation. What more could you ask for? Rooms were clean and comfortable and furnishings lovely. Parlor had all sorts of fascinating things to look at. Stay had the feel of a visit to a gracious member of the family. Can hardly wait to find a reason to return. Donna
5 on January 11, 2009
This was the perfect alternative to a hotel. The room was so clean, the food was wonderful and Phyllis and Gene were very hospitable. It has a very private (though inviting) and relaxing atmosphere. I would recommend this to anyone and I will stay again.
4.6 on August 08, 2008
Lovely quaint house that has been nicely modernized. Phyllis was a gracious hostess. Thank you.
3.8 on July 21, 2008
We were very satisfied with our visit and would definitely recommend this B&B.
4.2 on July 18, 2008
Attention to every detail, in the most friendly way. Superb breakfast - pancakes with blueberry preserve -- homemade of course - yummy!
4.6 on June 19, 2008
Lovely weekend with a lovely innkeeper.
5 on June 19, 2008
Outstanding rooms, service and dining! We will be back!
5 on June 17, 2008
we had an excellent stay with Phyllis. she is such a gracious host, and she created an oasis of calm and rest for us! it was lovely!
5 on June 13, 2008
3.0 on June 03, 2008
Visiting Isaac Hilliard House is something special, unexpected, and astonishing. Being there even occupying the smallest room, it was nice. Dining room and living room gives you reality of previous century - XIX! Have a few more like this in different locations.
4.8 on May 22, 2008
Wonderful, charming, yummy food, comfortable---and clean!
5 on May 19, 2008
This B&B was a joy. It's clean, charming and relaxing.
4.6 on May 16, 2008
Very comfortable and clean. Absolutely felt like home.
5 on May 09, 2008
I loved the room and the superior hospitality. Can't wait to come back.
5 on May 08, 2008
This landmark location is a perfect getaway, yet is conveniently near attractions like Atlantic City and Philadelphia. Biking and hiking trails and canoeing are also very close. Phyllis prepared terrific dishes -- I haven't had poached eggs in years and was reminded how much I used to love them. This was my second stay there, and I expect to return.
5 on May 07, 2008
Service very accommodating. Rooms neat and clean and quiet!
4.8 on May 07, 2008
Very clean and comfortable. Rooms are well furnished and spotless. Phyllis is a graceous hostess with a clear love of what she does.
4.0 on April 23, 2008
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay! I felt completely comfortable and at home. Phyllis you're a great lady, thanks again for everything! Will definitely be back. Domenica & Shane
3.8 on September 10, 2007
If you need to rest up around the area of exit 5 through 7 of the NJ Turnpike then this is nice find. I called at short notice and was lucky to get the room that i wanted, Phyllis was a very nice Lady who made me feel welcome and is a top class Inn Keeper in my eyes. Regards!
5 on June 09, 2007
We stayed here for two nights... pleasant host and wonderful little town... creek nearby that you can go canoing or kayaking in. Was just a pleasant stay that we'd recommend to anyone!!!