The Northwest New Jersey Skylands is home to Country Inns and Bed and Breakfasts of all shapes and sizes. You'll find them in the center of town or way out in the country; on large estates or beside a river. These accommodations nearly always have rich and long histories, born sometimes more than 200 years ago as grist mills, farmhouses, barns, stagecoach stops, country estates, or Victorian mansions. In many cases, a building's contemporary role as an inn has saved it from demolition or ruin, proudly preserving a piece of local heritage and resplendent architecture. Each has been lovingly restored with careful attention to both cultural perspective and comfort. Every room is a masterpiece, outfitted with classic antiques and beds of all description; featherbeds, four posters, canopies, brass beds- all exquisitely snug. You'll be amazed at some of the designs that innkeepers have come with up to maximumize efficient use of space, while maintaining elegance and personality.
Built in 1905 by the Justice of the Peace of Stanhope, the Whistling Swan Inn, a Queen Anne Victorian home, has been restored to its original glory. Beautiful tiger oak fretwork and columns frame the two Victorian parlors and continue throughout the house. The parlor fireplaces now showcase their original beauty and warmth. You can sit by the fire, listen to the antique record player Victrola or the player piano, and sip a cup of tea or glass of sherry.
The nine bedrooms, including four suites, feature luxurious modern conveniences while displaying the ultimate Victorian charm, with period antiques, exquisite featherbeds, antique linens and lace, all with a touch of romance. A gourmet buffet is served every morning featuring signature dishes such as Caramel French Toast and Wild Rice Quiche. Owners and innkeepers, Tom and Rosalind Bruno, are passionate about providing their guests with excellent service, delicious food and warm hospitality. Their love of baking is evident in the scrumptious breakfast breads and pastries. Guests can either eat inside in the Victorian dining room or enjoy the morning sitting on the wide veranda overlooking the Victorian garden and swan fountain.
The Whistling Swan Inn is centrally located near local attractions such as Waterloo Village, Lake Hopatcong, Stanhope House blues and jazz club, Scanberry Coop Antiques mall, and the craft shops of Chester. Gourmet restaurants are a short car ride away. The inn is located at 110 Main Street in Stanhope, NJ 07874. For more information, please call 973-347-6369 or check their website.
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