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Reviewed 1 March 2015

My wife and I spent two nights at the Chrystie House after our wedding in Dutchess County, which coincided with Valentine’s Day weekend. We slept in the Albert Chrystie room. We were very happy with the hospitality and service during our time there. Mr. Lee is a very affable and friendly host, and a pleasure to talk with. He has a deep understanding and enthusiasm of history and the arts. The style of the house and grounds are classically beautiful. The room and bed were very spacious, comfortable and clean. We also enjoyed the breakfast and coffee both mornings. We did not have the opportunity to sufficiently browse through the library, but at a glance it had many interesting books and magazines – in both English and Chinese. Overall the atmosphere of both the house and the staff was very warm and inviting. We live and work internationally, but if staying in Beacon again we would love to return. As the aforementioned review explains, there was a problem with the burner the second morning we were there. Although it did become a little chilly after an hour or two, the problem was resolved. The staff was up front and helpful so it didn’t detract from our experience in a meaningful way.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Kevin W
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Reviewed 18 February 2015

Ugh this was bad. From the pictures on the website, it looks lovely. And then all the good reviews on trip advisor, I thought it would be great. What's wrong with you people? Seriously, I'm not relying on trip advisor any more. They suck too.
First, we went up for a romantic Valentine's weekend. We only stayed one night, thank god. We stayed in the William Few room.
Upon entering the house, it is neither charming, nor romantic, nor cozy. It was not decorated very nicely and there was a broken, horrible light fixture hanging center stage. Really? Are you kidding me?
The room was clean but there were stink bugs on the window sills. Disgusting.
The bed was not that comfortable and in the middle of the night, the burner went out and the room was freezing. The owner came by in the morning with 2 dura flames, which I said don't bother, it's not going to warm up the room. Btw, it was 7 degrees outside.
We quickly took showers because we thought the water would run out because of the burner and because it was freezing. Went down to breakfast, which was fine, but the room was freezing.
We left and no refund was offered. The owner needs some hospitality lessons also.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Worldlyweare
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ChrystieHouse, Owner at Chrystie House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2015

The website photos and the photos submitted by the reviewers of Chrystie House on Tripadvisor reflected the reality, if the commends about the decoration and the house was all about the reviewer's personal opinions, the innkeeper has to respect, but if there was any suggestion that the reality is altered by untruthful photos; this innkeeper, also as the restorer of this historic house, on behalf of all the patrons of the Chrystie House, is compelled to protest.

The commend about the outage of oil furnace and the house was freezing was not reflecting the reality. The outage happened in 7:00AM, and was repaired by 9:00AM while a firewood furnace, another propane furnace had been running in the ground floor, each room has at least one electrical oil space heater. The house was full with another 6 guests, no one complained about the room temperature including these couple when they were informed and inquired about the matter around 8:30AM. The innkeeper offered Duraflame logs to this couple because they had asked and used it the previous evening.

To this innkeeper, the commend about the shower and breakfast were also unreasonable. No one would take shower if the room temperature was really cold and when it's 8 degree outside.
The guests came down to breakfast after 10:00AM, when all the other guests were finishing or have finished their breakfasts- one guest spent more than a hour having his breakfast while wearing short-sleeved T-shirt.

The commend about the refund is most surprising. The guests have never made the payment nor conducted any discussion about any issues they have addressed on the review when they were here. The innkeeper have received the oral permission to process the credit card enlisted on their reservation when they were leaving, but they have not answered the call the innkeeper has made to them after the credit card processing had failed.

Most of the historic elements in this house have been faithfully restored; this very unique bronze chandelier in the hallway needs the rewiring, and the innkeeper is still looking for the right person to do it, but there is nothing prevent people to appreciate it's original beauty.

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Reviewed 5 January 2015

I stayed in the CJ Slocum room with my girlfriend over the weekend and could not be happier with the quality of the room and how we were taken care of during our stay. To get there, we took the Metro North to Beacon from the city, then we walked about 25 minutes to the place. Mr. Lee, the owner of the house, is an exceedingly kind and thoughtful man and he maintains a B&B that is well kept and decorated with art he has painted over the years. The B&B is in a very pretty wooded neighborhood and is less than a 15 minute walk from the Dia: Beacon Art Museum. I highly recommend the Chrystie House.

Room Tip: CJ Slocum Room had a bathroom inside the room and beautiful views
  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Chris R
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Reviewed 24 December 2014 via mobile

Our experience at the Chrystie house was nothing less than excellent. Our host, Mr. Lee was a gentleman and a scholar. His knowledge and history of the home and surrounding area were unmatched. He is a kind soul and has great appreciation for all of his guests. He prepared our breakfast promptly and it was delicious. The home is kept immaculate and Mr. Lee couldn't be more accommodating to our every need. We will definitely return to this warm home!!

  • Stayed: December 2014
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1  Thank Ciro C
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Reviewed 26 November 2014

In late October, early November, I traveled through the Hudson River Valley with my husband and stayed three nights at Chrystie House. We'd done our research for the trip and had high expectations. Let me just say, not only were they met, they were pleasantly exceeded!

I'm an architect from Scotland, special hospitality place is always my primary choice. I was glad I could stay in Chrystie house. The perfectly proportioned Federal style house, was situated between Mt. Beacon and the Hudson River and had views of both. Many large Oak trees,Hemlocks and Japanese maples adorned the 19th century, manicured and picturesque landscape. Their colours were brilliant. We stayed in the Albert Chrystie room which was large, elegant and complete with a comfortable king size bed. One night was quite cool and upon our request, our innkeeper, Mr. Lee, set up abDuraflame log in the fireplace. It made the evening complete! The large, restored 1920 bathroom has some interesting fixtures. Among them, the restored rain shower with plenty of pressure was a special treat for my husband who is a pretty tall fellow. It accommodated him quite well, and in his words game him "the showers of his life".

We are early morning joggers. Mr. Lee was ahead of us and had the coffee ready. He directed us to the trails of Fishkill Creek and a beautiful waterfall nearby. Upon return, we were treated to delicious breakfasts Every morning we had fruit salads, freshly baked Parisian Croissants, different flavours of scones and quiches all brought in from Homespun Foods, a quality bakery/Cafe on Main Street. These were indeed impressive. In fact, we even went into Beacon to sample their lunches!

The furnishings in the dining room were elegant, but warm, I especially appreciated the arrangement of the four adjustable mahogany tables, it provided each couple their private table and it could be rearranged for all the other possibilities.

The time we spent with Mr. Lee, a formidable scholar and artist who has vast interests in arts
and history, was a bonus. Beside the history of the Chrystie House, he also provided us the cultural backgrounds of the surrounding areas as well as making the historic connections of the many places we had visited during our trip. Always respectful of our privacy, we looked forward to, and enjoyed, our conversations.

If you're looking for a romantic B&B with great history, old fashioned comfort, great food and an engaging host, this is the place.

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Orange T
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