Caldwell House B&B: Salisbury Mills NY

Door sign, Caldwell House BnB, Salisbury Mill, NY

There are shamrocks everywhere in the Caldwell House, a beautiful four-leaf-clover of a Bed and Breakfast in a stately home built in 1803 by a wealthy merchant from Ireland and turned into a B&B in 2000. Indeed, you don’t need to have the luck of the Irish to be assured a superb stay in this historic home that’s been wonderfully restored by incorporating original front door, floorboards and other 19th century elements.

First Impressions of Caldwell House B&B

Caldwell House on Historic Register, Salisbury Mills NY

Owned by the spritely Dena and John Finneran, the 14-room Caldwell House, unpretentious in its luxury, is as elegant as the surrounding area is disheveled.

Ruins, Salisbury Mills NY

So, you may be a bit confused as you drive through “town” – not much more than a columned monument and crumbling stone coalhouse (now an auto parts and repair shop).

Caldwell Monument, Salisbury Mills NY

The Caldwells basically built the town of Salisbury Mills NY. That monument at its center was erected in the early 1800’s in memory of Richard Caldwell, who died in the War of 1812 – updated as subsequent wars claimed more local lives.

Caldwell Family Plot, Caldwell House BnB NY

In fact, there’s a family graveyard on property, where many Caldwell children and their families were laid to rest over the years.

Caldwell House Front Door, Salisbury NY

You’ll find a warm welcome as soon as you walk through the front door. After a short orientation, Dena and John are unobtrusive, leaving lovebirds, or people seeking a solitary getaway, to their own devices – until needed. (At 10:30PM, they were at my door with a ladder and extra battery – within minutes after I called to tell them that the smoke alarm in my room had started beeping shrilly).

Library, Caldwell House BnB, Salisbury Mills NY

In colder months, a gas fireplace illuminates the cozy library, where guests can read or relax. Free wi-fi is available throughout the properties (there are three buildings) and rooms are outfitted with all the modern day conveniences you’d expect in a luxury establishment: flat-screen TV’s, IPads and I-Phone docking stations.

Room

Harmony Hill Room, Caldwell House BnB

Harmony Hill Room in the main house features a very romantic double-sided glass fireplace that allows a peek-a-boo into the tiled bathroom from the cherry wood carved king sized bed. The floral rug atop a polished hardwood floor, and several pieces of antique furniture set off by pastel yellow walls create a quiet, relaxed ambiance. A favorite for honeymooners, it’s both romantic and nurturing at the same time.

Food

Breakfast at Caldwell House BnB, Salisbury Mills NY

Breakfast is a freshly cooked three-course treat, personalized with a paper placemat welcoming guests by name and providing information about the day’s news headlines and weather. My omelet quesadilla, fried potatoes, sausage and sweet watermelon bites – hearty and delicious – tided me over till dinner.

Stay here while exploring West Point and Storm King Outdoor Sculpture Center or while shopping at Woodbury Common and visiting Brotherhood Winery.

Just the Facts about Caldwell House B&B

Rooms $195-$390 depending on season (Harmony Hill from $295-$390) includes soft-drinks, snacks, wi-fi, parking, gourmet three course breakfast.

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In Category: B&B, New York, Romantic Getaways

Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of newly released cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday and New England Boating Magazine (formerly Offshore/Northeast Boating Magazine), with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine, Shape.com, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

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  • Danielle H. February 23, 2016, 9:19 pm

    So nice to spend time over Dena’s delicious breakfast quesadillas with you, Malerie! Great write up about a spectacularly special place. We can’t wait to go back!

  • Malerie Yolen-Cohen February 24, 2016, 8:25 am

    Danielle, part of the joy I get out of wandering the Northeast US is from meeting fellow travelers like you and Alexander! Thanks for the kind words! Malerie

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