An amazing B&B hosted by an incredibly interesting host!
We needed a place to stay over one night while travelling in New York and since I had always promised to take my wife to Rome (heh) we decided to stop in Rome, NY. Thanks to Yelp! we were able to locate the Oak and Ivy Bed & Breakfast. In calling to make plans I was able to immediately speak to Frederick, the owner, who took down my information and seemed very friendly. The price was reasonable for a B&B and actually much cheaper than hotels we had booked so we were all set.
Arriving at the Oak and Ivy we were immediately greeted by Frederick who appeared to have been looking for us. He came out and met us on the porch and greeted us and welcome us to his home. Immediately personable and sociable I liked the guy and so did my wife. We spoke on the porch for a bit before Frederick gave us a brief tour of the home and then showed us to our rooms. While speaking with Frederick we got caught up in conversation and talked for about 45 minutes! I'm a talker and so is he so it was very nice to be welcomed in such a manner. We also really liked his cats as well (see my pics!) who seemed to be well used to people visiting the home. They would greet you but like most cats do they did not seem overly intrusive so if you're not a cat person no worries there!
Frederick's home is amazingly decorated, by far one of the coolest Bed & Breakfasts we have stayed in. He has antiques and little knick knacks everywhere and is happy to talk about any of them. Each piece has a history and it's really fun to hear the stories. Now unto our room, our room was really super nice, very clean and quite cozy and very comfortable. Note that there is no television or any such electronic devices that I saw while in my time here but that's just fine for me even as a gadget guru because sometimes you just need to get away from all of that. But if you're looking for a television you're coming to the wrong place.
Also, in a nice touch that I really loved Frederick had decorated the house for Halloween! I asked him about Christmas and he said he did that as well and to go on Facebook and look at the pictures there. I did and holy cow! I thought I decorated a lot! The place looks amazing at Christmas time for sure. Go check it out on his Facebook page if you want to see pictures of how to really go all out at Christmas time.
Our overnight stay was great, the bed was super comfortable and we both slept really well. We never heard any sorts of sounds from any roads or nearby traffic at all, pure quiet (note we stayed with no other guests there so I cannot know if that might be an issue but since the house is so old and built with thick walls I would presume it would not be). Frederick was up and making breakfast for us the next day and he greeted us both as we came down to breakfast. Breakfast was amazing, Frederick could no doubt be mistaken for an accomplished chef as everything was superb, once again the best breakfast I've eaten at any bed & breakfast.
So here is the bottom line, this was my favorite Bed & Breakfast the wife and I have stayed at. The house just had a ton of history, was superbly decorated and filled with all sorts of history, our beds were comfortable, the room was super clean and quiet, the cats were cute, the breakfast was just ridiculous and most of all Frederick was an amazingly cultured and fun to talk to guy.
The wife and I have stayed at a lot of bed & breakfasts and many of them are more like inns, you come and check in and the host greets you and then you're off to your room and to do your thing. You may or may not speak much to them at breakfast and, in general, they are cordial but not many of them tend to be as talkative, welcoming or simply able to hold a conversation as Frederick is. My wife and I just thought he was a really cool guy with all of his stories and history of the place and the area. I wish more bed and breakfast hosts would be more like Frederick is!
Needless to say, if we are anywhere near Rome, NY we plan to come back and visit with Frederick and stay in his wonderful house once again, hopefully this time for more than one evening. Perhaps this time we can have some tea in the garden or enjoy seeing some of his wonderful Christmas decorating. Highly recommended, you will not be disappointed!!