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“Stately Victorian Mansion in Delightful Town”

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Batcheller Mansion Inn
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Stately Victorian Mansion in Delightful Town”
Reviewed 28 May 2012

It is impossible to write a less than excellent review of this bed & breakfast: no item or aspect is anything but that. Read the other reviews! We were also struck by the friendliness of the townspeople – miles of smiles! Horsey people will know Saratoga Springs; non-horsey people are best to avoid the racing season and be enchanted by a delightful, charming town.
And to stay at the Batcheller, as you must do, will guarantee you a marvellous break.
We were only able to stay one night – make sure you stay longer!

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Skaneateles, New York
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

A must stay place in Saratoga Springs. From the moment you push open the 12' doors to enter-you are transport back to the Victorian Age replete with original period furniture and decor.
We came to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary-a more memorable time I doubt we will experience for many a year.

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Cazenovia, New York, United States
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

This was our first time to Saratoga Springs. The Batcheller Mansion Inn was stunning in its architecture and its history. Chelsea welcomed us warmly upon our arrival and gave us a brief tour of the Inn. Dan made fabulous cooked to order breakfasts each morning for us and had cookies in the library during the day. I definitely recommend spending time in the library looking at the scrapbooks. The history of the house and the Batcheller family is very interesting and Dan is extremely knowledgeable also. I would absolutely return to the Inn on our next visit to Saratoga Springs!!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Having visited the inn on a prior tour, I was eager to return as a guest. Chelsea took the reservation in a very business-like manner, and greeted us upon our arrival. The inn is somewhat intimidating from the outside, but once inside, the house is beautifully appointed. It has been lovingly restored to close to its original magnificence and each room is unique and interesting. The library (our favorite) is comfortable and one can spend quite a bit of time exploring the intricate details of the woodwork, furniture and artifacts found there. Dave, (the manager/cook?) was wonderful -- serving an unbelievably delicious breakfast (entrees of which there were many to choose from) -- and he also was generous with his time as he explained elements of the property. We did capture some ghostly orbs in the upstairs hallway, and found the feel of the place to be comforting and homey. The rooms are graciously appointed and one can easily feel as if they have stepped back in time. It is also within walking distance to downtown and many wonderful restaurants -- and sits right on the main park grounds, so it is somewhat quieter than most places downtown. I would highly recommend a stay at this beautiful property.

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Skaneateles, New York
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

I have to start by saying that the Victorian corsets and tea parties on the lawn vibe is usually not my thing so keep that in mind as you read. That being said, this place really impressed me. My wife picked it out as a little getaway for a weekend. We like to see what's happening in galleries and the art scene so we look for excursions like this that put us near clusters of art dealers and art studios. Saratoga Springs has that.

The first thing that hits you as you drive up is the shear scale of the thing. It's big. It's also maintained meticulously (outside AND in) so it doesn't have that oh so bothersome "oh look, someone opened a B & B in a mansion again without enough capital or experience" thought. The gardens are nice but the real show stopper is the architecture. Classic Victorian with porches, spires, "throw it all in the pot" color combinations, nooks, crannys and adornments.

The interior is equally as impressive. You'll be greeted with 10' (total guess) tall double doors that weigh about 200-300 pounds (again a guess but not far off) each. Into the foyer of dark heavily carved paneling and then into the main house. All I can say is "wow". Too much to talk about in any detail without boring the reader so let it suffice to throw out some words: Dark woods, beautiful carvings, elegant, crystal, grand, big, plush, larger than life, spotless, warm, original artwork, history maintained, period style but not "costumey" or corny, stately...you're getting the picture I'm sure. I had heard it was all those things but it still surprised me.

Important Note to husbands and boyfriends: I hear what you're saying in my head as I write this because I was saying the same thing. "It sounds a little froo-froo, frilly and uptight. Not thinking I'm going to be too into this but I can put my game face on and persevere for the points." Well it's really not that bad. No, it's not Five Guys but they do what they do in a way that's not going to leave you craving the nearest sports bar. If you erase the vision of tea parties and flower arrangements and plug in the vision of a dark paneled study while smoking cigars (although of course you can't smoke in the Inn but stick with my here) with friends on leather couches in front of a fireplace with scotch or brandy talking about the new coach at Rutgers, you can get into the vibe without too much compromise. You won't be slamming beers and fist pumping. However you also won't be wondering what to do with yet another seemingly extraneous fork at dinner or that weird little knife, paddle, spreader thingee that showed up in a place setting at one of your more pretentious friends dinner parties.

They offer any number of rooms to relax in without feeling like you're in someone else's house. B & B's have a way of feeling like that to me and I can't ever really get comfortable. This place is big enough to wander and find a room, nook or porch somewhere to sit and decompress with your partner. You'll notice I'm talking about your partner a lot. This place is romantic. Nuff said? They do offer their Inn for business events, occasions and the like and I'm sure they do a fine job but it seems finely tuned to romance even still.

We stayed in the Roosevelt room on the third floor. Here's one of the two less than perfect moments we had. Partly due to us not doing our research and partly due to over zealous housekeeping. We had a chance to catch a peek at another room complete with the same rich vibe as the main floor but our room was less expensive and the only one available at short notice. It was small and rather austere in comparison. Next time we come, we'll want something a little more posh and with more space. The only other item was something we hadn't anticipated but perhaps should have. I hate (and I do mean HATE) the smell of bleach. It gives me headaches and makes me feel sick. The bedding, though pristine as the entire room was, had a heavy smell of bleach and on walking into the room, I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep in there. The manager on call turned this into a win though. I called and mentioned my dilemma and she offered to send someone up to strip the bed and wash everything in clear water. That was handled quickly professionally and didn't leave me feeling like "that guy". Not a single eye roll or patronizing attitude (all too common in these kinds of places). Many thanks for that. Had a great nights sleep. The room was silent and almost tomb like (in a good way if you get my meaning).

Now the breakfast portion of Bed and Breakfast. Yummmmm....like I'm not even kidding. Yum and more please and who came up with the idea to stuff homemade french toast with fresh blueberries and cream cheese!!?? That would be Dan, the Inn Keeper. Why have I lived 48 years and missed this heaven like culinary invention? dan cooks also and I learned that he also participated in the furnishing and renovations of the mansion. Interesting guy and I wish I had more time to talk him up. As it was, he was genuine, gracious and welcoming. We came down to breakfast and there was an awesome selection of fresh homemade scones, juices, coffee, tea, fruit and then when we thought that was it, there's Dan at our table asking us what more we wanted? He suggested the stuffed french toast and I was sold but he would have made eggs, hash browns, sausage etc. Everything was delicious without even the slightest hint that any bit of it came off the back of a food service semi-truck a week ago (I hate that).

It rained almost the whole time we were there so we weren't able to get out too much but we did hang out on one of the porches for a while after breakfast with our coffees and talked about oh...what-ever. Very nice. The Inn is very close to the downtown area with all the restaurants, bars, shops galleries, art district, etc. We did spend some time walking around town the next day when the rain let up. Many of the galleries were closed on Sunday which was a little disappointing but not genuinely frustrating.

All in all, a really nice stay and we will come back in the summer.

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Property: Batcheller Mansion Inn
Address: 20 Circular St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4203
Region: United States > New York > Saratoga Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Saratoga Springs
Price range (per night): ₹ 10,429 - ₹ 32,705
Hotel Class:2 star — Batcheller Mansion Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs on historic Congress Park, this magnificent inn represents old world sophisticated elegance with a new world attitude. One of America's great Victorian houses, the Batcheller Mansion Inn simply cannot compare to other Saratoga Inns. Built in 1873, this American architectural masterpiece is an elegant mixture of small hotel and living history museum with the intimate feel of a bed and breakfast. Intricately carved European woodwork, hand carved marble fireplaces, family relics on loan from museums, original 1800's Batcheller family furnishings, and spellbinding grandeur make this one of a kind Saratoga inn and living history museum a stately retreat. Throughout the past 137 years, some of Saratoga's grandest parties were staged here, hosting U.S. Presidents, European Royalty, Dignitaries and Hollywood Celebrities. Designed by Nicols and Halcott of Albany, NY in 1873, this High Victorian Gothic mansion exhibits influences from the French Renaissance, Italian, and Egyptian styles. The red and gray slate mansard roof is bifurcated by dormers, each accented by a huge clamshell arch. The ivory stucco facade is studded by a myriad of ornate bays and its conical tower, resembling a minaret, is right out of Arabian nights. That bit of exotica was the result of original owner George S. Batcheller. This Saratoga inn was selected as Inn of the Month in the April 1999 issue of Country Inns. The mansion has also been the subject of many architectural studies, and has been featured in many books and film throughout its history. The Batcheller Mansion was specifically cited as an inspiration by Kevin Cummings, Development Manager for Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. ... more   less 
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