Tamaracks Country Villa Bed & Breakfast

85 Tamarack Rd, , Byram Township, 07821 USA (Show map)
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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. Come for a visit. We would love to share our inn with you.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

Charming, nice owners, not far

4.8 on March 11, 2018

This is a charming villa over 200 years old, renovated. We stayed on the weekend, in the Artist's Studio. The room was well-worth the price and everything worked great. There was quite a bit of dust in the bathroom ceiling vent but otherwise the entire house was spotless. The couple who owns it is extremely nice, and they exceeded our expectations in accommodating our food intolerances. Breakfast was delicious. It's nice, too that the location isn't terribly far from Morris County.


5 on February 17, 2018

We went for a romantic getaway, and it was everything we hoped for. We will be back!

Tamaracks will not disappoint!!!

5 on January 06, 2015

Came here with my boyfriend for 2 nights right after New Year's for a quick get away. It was quiet being the day after New Years and we were the only guests there so we had the treat of having the place to ourselves. Cate and Tom were wonderful and she made the best fireside breakfast every morning. Loved the fruit cup with shaved coconut. We are hikers and the breakfast left us satisfied and fueled for the day. The morning glory muffins she made were delicious and we took some extras with us on the hike for later. We were able to view every room since no one else was there and they were all SPOTLESS. You would have never known there was a full house for New Year's Eve the night before. I honestly couldn't pick any that were better than the others. They each had their own uniqueness to offer. There were plenty of towels, pillows, blankets, and very nice robes. It was great to hear about the history of the property and how it was a labor of love 12 years in the making. I enjoyed looking over a photo album of the property and how they brought it back to life over the years. Although the Innkeepers live right next door a few steps away, they were there both nights to welcome us back and make sure we had everything we needed. We are local, about 2 hours away and I can't wait to make an excuse to come back!

Tuscan Villa in Your Backyard

5 on September 25, 2014

I stayed at Tamarack’s the night before my wedding with a few members of my bridal party and it was one of the best parts of my wedding day. My bridesmaids got ready with me there that morning, and my groom met me there for our first look in the beautiful garden. When you step on the property you are automatically transported to a villa in Tuscany. The Inn is absolutely stunning and an amazing place for pictures! Our photographers were in awe of the property and so thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph there. My bridal party was also in awe and could not stop looking around and snapping pictures! The best part of our stay at Tamaracks was Cate, the owner. She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met and she is extremely accommodating. She invited me to come see the property before I booked and gave me a tour of each room so I could pick the one I wanted. She made the most amazing breakfast at the time that worked for us, and even offered to bring it upstairs to us so we could focus on getting ready, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy it in the dining room and take in another amazing room in the Inn. We had sandwiches brought to the Inn for lunch and Cate immediately anticipated our needs by bringing us plates, napkins and making us the best pink lemonade I have ever had. Cate truly makes you feel right at home, and as if you are family. All of my wedding pictures from the Inn are stunning because of the amazing backdrop I had. I cannot wait to go back to Tamaracks for my 1 year anniversary, and truly thank Cate for everything!

Innkeeper Response
We are very happy that your wedding day included time at our inn. Tom and I are thrilled every time we experience guests enjoying the ambience of the place. Your reaction makes us realize that the building was worth saving so we can share it with others. We look forward to welcoming returning guests to make more memories.

- Cate Roberts (innkeeper)

A Magical Place...

5 on February 19, 2014

The Tamaracks Country Villa is a magical place to get away and relax, reconnect or just refuel... My husband and I stole away to this unique bed and breakfast during the snowstorm. The rooms are lovely; the soaking tubs are amazing; the breakfast is excellent in both presentation and content; and we cannot say enough about the kindness and hospitality of the innkeepers, Cate and Tom. Their story about the restoration of the Villa from near ruin is inspiring. They had a dream, and now, their dream has become part of our dream. Bravo!

beautiful mansion in the woods on a lake side

5 on July 23, 2013

My husband and I had a marvelous stay at this lovely inn (mansion) . The accommodations were terrific. All rooms lovely decorated and clean. Charming very nice owners Cate and Tom ......delicious breakfast and perfect setting in the woods, near the lake.

Northwest NJ's Best Kept Secret!

5 on July 15, 2013

I almost don't want to tell you how lovely this place is, because I really would like it to remain my secret getaway place! Everything about our stay at Tamaracks Country Villa was phenomenal, from the accommodations (what an amazing building!) to the fantastic hospitality. Tom & Cate went out of their way to make us comfortable, and the breakfast was delicious. I would never have thought to make northwestern NJ a vacation destination (we were just attending a wedding in the area), but I'm already looking for excuses to go back and visit again (family reunion, company party, girls' weekend away). It's a perfect spot for a quiet getaway, or would make a beautiful place for a small wedding. I wish I could give them more stars. This is one secret that just shouldn't be kept to myself!

Wonderful wedding

5 on December 23, 2012

We had our wedding reception at Tamaracks and it was amazing. We had 74 guests and everyone had a fantastic time. The wedding pictues all came out beautiful because it is such a beautiful place. Our family and bridal party stayed the night and everyone was in love with their bedrooms. Breakfast in the morning was delicious and Cate and Tom even accommodated a couple of extra people. It was a wonderful evening and we are planning on going back.

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Rooms & Rates

Secret Garden Room

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.

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

Davanzatti Library Room

Formerly Franklin Colby’s library, this spacious first floor suite features a round corner working 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.

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

Stone Rows Room

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.

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

Woodland Path Room

Woodland Path Room

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

Lilac Hedge Room

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 admire the decorative fireplace in the sitting/work area.

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

Old Orchard Room

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 decorative fireplace in the sitting/work area, and separate soaking tub and shower.

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

Artist's Studio L Atelie

Our largest suite was the painting studio of Josephine Wood Colby and visiting artists. With soaring tray ceiling, large working fireplace, window seats and spacious sitting/work area and deck, this quirky room features a King size bed, copper slipper tub in the room, and a separate shower room.

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

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Location Type

Countryside, Lakefront, Mountains, Small town, Suburban, Village


Newark, NJ (EWR) 48 miles

Directions to property:

We are located at 85 Tamarack Rd, Byram Township, NJ 07821 just 5 miles North of Interstate 80. Take Route 80 East or West to exit 25 (Route 206 North Newton, Stanhope). Stay on Route 206 North for 4 miles, then turn right on Tamarack Road. The Inn is just over a mile up the road on the left.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Homestay

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Conference Rooms, Telephone, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Hiking trails, Snow shoe trails

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3-8pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Phone and email reservations are accepted and guaranteed with a 50% deposit. The balance is due upon arrival.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations affect us greatly since we are a small Inn. We require notice by email for a refund: 7 days for weekdays, 10 days for weekends and holidays. There is a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellation of the entire Inn incurs the loss of the non-refundable deposit.



Cate and Tom Roberts

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Check Dates




  • Time Served: 8-9:30
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian vegan, gluten free