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Just the four.
Noon, check-in from 3pm; both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $165.00, excluding tax at 8 per cent.
Rates include a three-course breakfast to fuel outdoor adventures; expect farm-fresh ingredients and a menu inspired by French and English breakfast traditions.
Dorothée and Diane list their latest antique acquisitions in their online shop, French and Scouser. At Christmas, the DeWitt hosts a pot-luck party, with Durham residents invited to bring dishes to a community dinner and donate to the local food pantry. Then it’s off around the houses, for a merry carol singalong. The record shop next door occasionally hosts dance parties; they’re always good-natured and DeWitt guests are very welcome. The DeWitt occasionally hosts wellness escapes, meditation workshops and sunset yoga classes by the creek.
The DeWitt shuts up shop for whole of April, when the snows are gone and spring has not yet sprung.
At the hotel
Honesty bar, free WiFi. In rooms: Locally sourced bath products, free bottled water.
Our favourite rooms
Room 48 looks over the creek at the back of the building, and features hand-painted walls by Steve Willis and vintage tributes to Joyce DeWitt, who starred in the 1970s sitcom, ‘Three’s Company’. Trust us, it works. For a creative retreat try Room 47, with its mid-century reading chair and writing desk ready for its next bestseller.
Leave space in your case – almost all of the DeWitt’s trinkets and treasures are up for sale.
A local therapist can provide massage treatments in your room, or in the guesthouse living room; ask in advance to book. Unfortunately, the rooms are not accessible for wheelchair users.
Very much so. Romeo (a Boxer), Toby (a mutt), Dolly, and three Brussels Griffons are frequent visitors, and they’re always out to make friends. Free dog-sitting is offered; book in advance and your hound can be groomed, too. See more pet-friendly hotels in Upstate New York.
The hotel is best suited to children aged eight or over; but if requested before your stay, younger children can stay too, subject to availability. (Toddlers and antiques are arch-nemeses anyway.)
Very. The overriding ethos is to reuse and recycle, and much of the interior decoration is made up of restored furniture and salvaged wood. Food comes from local farms and compost is used to cultivate a budding vegetable garden at Diane's house just 10 minutes away. With the Catskill Creek running past the back garden, the owners take extra care to use non-polluting cleaning products; bathroom soaps and shampoos are locally-sourced, organic and animal-friendly.