Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast at Smythe House

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

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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....

Reviews

Overall
4.7

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

Review

4.8 on July 09, 2017

This was my first time staying here and this was my girlfriend's first experience at a bed and breakfast. I planned a surprise getaway and after much research I settled on this B&B. I definitely made the right choice. I have stayed at a few B&B's both in the U.S and internationally and I have to say this was the best one yet. The facilities were immaculate and the caretakers treated you like part of the family. I had corresponded with the owners for about 2-3 weeks before my arrival to ensure everything was set up. They were able to accommodate all of my requests and did so in a pleasant manner. The owners are both chefs so the breakfast was fantastic. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time and this place will hold fond memories for both of us. They also have a location in Costa Rica that we plan to check out in the future.

Innkeeper Response
So grateful to hear of your enjoyable experience at Smythe House, it warms our hearts to know you have a lovely getaway. Wishing you an excellent summer and looking forward to meeting you again in Costa Rica at Casa Bellavista during the winter months so you can enjoy some Pura Vida!

- David & Justine Smythe (Innkeepers, Smythe House)


My absolutely favorite place of all time.

5 on June 21, 2017

As a professional horse trainer, I travel from April- September throughout New England competing- and living out of a hotel becomes something you start to dread. But that is SO not the case with the Barclays Heights B&B!! I actually started looking forward to coming to the HITS shows, which is the most stressful fairgrounds on our dancing-prey-animal dumbbloods, because it meant we got to stay at this wonderful oasis! The gourmet breakfasts alone are worth the stay, but the lodging is super comfortable, and the rooms are all well thought out and lovely. Also the owners are some of the nicest people you will ever meet, and make you feel right at home! They also are dog friendly which is lovely too :) I can not say enough good things about this place!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review, we are grateful to hear that the Smythe House is a comfortable, safe and relaxing place for your to stay while showing at HITS. Our primary goal is to offer comfortable, clean accommodations and healthy delicious breakfast for our guests. It is rewarding to know that we may be achieving our goals. We love dog guests and delight in meeting our canine clients. Thanks again for sharing your experience here! Looking forward to your return stay...

- David & Justine Smythe (innkeeper)


The best B&B ever!

5 on May 30, 2017

Justine and David went out of their way to please us and filled us with attention. David food was just amazing! His love for cooking is in every single bite we put in our mouths that were melting in every bite. The rooms were impeccable and really cozy. This is a B&B to remember for ever!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us at Smythe House. We are blushing at our generous flattery....we will continue to strive to do our best and offer the best experience possible for guests. David's 30 years as culinary professor at the Culinary Institute of America and Justine's hotel and restaurant experience including MBA from Cornell Hotel School help us to do our best to keep our priorities in order and always try to do our very best in regards to guest comfort....glad to hear our efforts are appreciated, that is the best reward we can think of....now we have just opened our new B&B in Costa Rica and begin the journey again of starting a new business. Find us in NY mid-May through mid-November and then come visit us in sunny Costa Rica mid-November through April for a tropical getaway in reliable safe and comfortable accommodations....see you soon!!

- David & Justine Smythe, Innkeepers (innkeeper)


Lovely Bed & Breakfast - Perfect Weekend Getaway

5 on January 25, 2017

We visited the Smythe house for a quick one night getaway from NYC and had a very lovely time. The rooms, food and service were outstanding. We enjoyed getting tips on places to visit and the location was great. I'd recommend it to anyone that's going up to the Hudson River Valley to hike or go wine tasting.

Innkeeper Response
Outstanding Hospitality is our motto and our goal, so glad to hear we have satisfactorily served you during your brief stay at Smythe House. Thanks for sharing here so others can better decide where to stay during their getaway to the country.

- David & Justine Smythe, Innkeepers (innkeeper)


Excellent stay in saugerties

5 on November 20, 2016

I called the Smythe house last minutes to find a place in saugerties and a last minute plan turned into a wonderful weekend. The hosts are extremely pleasant and have everything planned out for a magnificent stay. Very professional and a joy to spend time with. The hosts are clearly very happy people and their joy/ happiness pervades the entire experience. We even left a scarf in the room and the hosts graciously sent it to us. Must stay.

Innkeeper Response
So glad you had a pleasant stay and a wonderful weekend!! Thank you for your kind comments, we are grateful for all of the lovely guests who stay with us at Smythe House...

- David & Justine Smythe (Innkeepers)


Perfect B&B Getaway!

5 on November 11, 2016

Exquisite Victorian bed and breakfast. Justine & David are welcoming and friendly. Every detail is taken care of for you. The house is exceptionally decorated. As well as our "Forest" room which was very comfortable and spotless. Now to the best part... breakfast prepared by Chef David. Outstanding! Justine is a wonderful hostess with helpful tips and insight about the area.The views of the Catskills Mtns. from the dining area and backyard are breathtaking. A quick ride into downtown Saugerties for shopping and excellent restaurants. Highly recommend a getaway at the Smythe House. Thank you Justine & David!

Innkeeper Response
We are delighted to hear of your outstanding experience at Smythe House and surrounding area....thank you for this very generous gift of a glowing review...

- David & Justine Smythe (Innkeepers)


Weekend at Barclay Bed and Breakfast

4.6 on November 03, 2016

A lovely 2 nights at the Barclay Brd and Breakfast in Saugerties. The room was a nice size with a gas fireplace. The bathroom had an oversized jacuzzi tub. Bath products galore . Breakfast was excellent. Our hosts were very warm, interesting and had great suggestions. We would recommend staying with them.

Innkeeper Response
Glad to hear that you enjoyed the jacuzzi, fireplace, room, and breakfast! And thanks for your very complimentary comments about the concierge and hosting services, most appreciated.

- David & Justine Smythe (innkeeper)


Great experience - I'd highly recommend it

4.8 on October 28, 2016

Great food Cool House Lovely visit

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review and for appreciation of the Smythe House Victorian B&B...

- David & Justine Smythe (innkeeper)


Weekend Getaway in the Catskills!

5 on October 26, 2016

We booked a weekend here because we were in town for a wedding. It was our first time at a B&B, so we didn't know what to expect! We were so thrilled with our experience. Smythe House was rustic, charming, and immaculate! The service was incredible and the food was absolutely delicious. The lovely couple certainly makes you feel right at home!

Innkeeper Response
We are happy to hear that your first B&B experience was a pleasurable! You are correct in the assertion that our goal is to offer a "home away from home", while also providing the extra touches to make every guest stay extra special and relaxing...Thank you for taking time to share your review because it really helps others to find their perfect getaway accommodations.

- David & Justine Smythe (innkeeper)


Simply Fantastic

5 on September 21, 2016

We went to the Esopus creek suite in Saugerties and had one of the best Bed and Breakfast experiences in my life. The room was beautiful and the grounds were cozy, with a grill and porch to do some home cooking. The breakfast was also out of this world, cooked by a Culinary Institute Professor, the eggs Benedict was the best I've ever had. Simly put, this is one of the best experiences my fiance and I have had in a while. I highly recommend, Justine and David are just delightful and a pleasure to talk with. Breakfast was so enjoyable, talking with Justine about their other B&B in Costa Rica and talking about the local area and what to do. Trust me when I say, there is plenty to do near Saugerties, you just have to be willing to go out and find the fun.

Innkeeper Response
We are delighted to hear you had a excellent getaway! Thank you for taking time to share your experiences, and we look forward to another opportunity to serve you in NY or Costa Rica. Most sincerely, David & Justine

- David & Justine Smythe (innkeeper)


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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

Nirvana/Forest

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

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Location

Location Type

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

Airport

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

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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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Policies

  • 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 http://www.smythehouse.com/terms.html
  • Cancellations: visit our terms page for complete description: http://www.smythehouse.com/terms.html
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

David and Justine Smythe

Languages spoken

English

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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Meals

Breakfast

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


Recipes

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