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Reviewed 11 October 2011

Every now and then you stumble upon a place that just exceeds all of your expectations...Bellevue Cottage is one of those places for me.

From the moment we drove up the mountain and into the driveway, we were in awe. Situated literally at the top of the mountain, Bellevue Cottage lives up to it's name and offers an exquisite view of the valley below.

Owner Anna Alford is a wonderful hostess - warm, welcoming, friendly, helpful, and totally laid back - just a joy - and a fantastic cook as well. For us she struck the perfect balance between offering help, advice and conversation when we wanted it, yet respecting our privacy as well.

We felt instantly at home with her and in the gorgeous house, which has history and charm and character without being fussy or precious. The entire place was immaculate and full of incredible and quirky treasures like an antique organ, an old Chinese Checkers board, and an antique fondue set.

Anna had a room open up and gave us a free upgrade to the room with the private bathroom (I believe some of the other rooms share a bathroom - a gorgeous bathroom with a beautiful clawfoot tub, fyi!). Our room was spotlessly clean and had the same rustic charm as the rest of the house. There were plenty of windows and beautiful views from them all. The bathroom was huge and had a large tub as well, which was greatly appreciated after a few long hikes! The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in...I literally still miss it.

Bellevue Cottage is right on mile 19 of the Loyalsock Trail, and you can walk right to the trail head from the house. Take a hike, have a glass of wine on the gorgeous wrap-around porch while taking in the view, relax in the porch swing, stargaze at night, watch the deer graze in the morning...it's a perfect place to really unwind and relax, surrounded by beauty.

While my husband and I explored World's End & Rickett's Glen State Parks, both of which were terrific - definitely worth visiting. Anna got us started right with a huge breakfast made to order each morning...eggs, sausage, homemade muffins (still warm), and pancakes to die for. She grew up in these mountains and had some good advice as to where to go to hike - as well as where to go to eat afterwards. (Tivoli Tavern gets a big thumbs up from us - thanks for the recommendation!)

Anna also runs a cross-country ski center up on the mountain and I'm already thinking how great it would be to be able to walk or ski from the door to the trails, come back to the house for a bath, some dinner, and a beer while sitting around the fireplace. Bellevue would also be a great place to come with a group of friends...do some cooking in Anna's amazing kitchen!

No, it's not right "in town," but then there really isn't much to the small towns in this area and you have to drive to get anywhere. Yeah, it's a little bit of a drive up that mountain, but it's incredibly scenic and frankly I'd rather be an extra mile or two out of "town" and have the peace and tranquility and the view from the mountaintop. You certainly won't beat the price - you'd pay a lot more elsewhere for the quality and service and space you get here.

Clearly we'd go back here in a heartbeat. If we do come back to this area, we'll definitely stay at Bellevue Cottage again!

Date of stay: October 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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