Step inside The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, centrally located on the North Fork in Cutchogue surrounded by lush vineyards, bountiful farms, and gourmet restaurants. Here, you will discover one of my most favorite bed and breakfasts that I have visited since I started East End Taste almost two years ago. This charming B&B is also home to adorable farm animals that will provide plenty of companionship. Their animals are what originally attracted me visit.
The B&B is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Joyce and Robert Barry. I was given a personal tour of the B&B by Joyce Barry and I had the opportunity to sit down with her and discuss her family’s lineage and how she came to own and run the cozy B&B. “My family settled in Shelter Island in the 1600’sm my [French] maiden name is Lhommedieu. My ancestors branches from the Sylvester Manor family. They were seaman, and tugboat captains who would bring cargo through The Nissequogue River when it was navigable. My husband, children and I moved up here twenty years ago because it is so beautiful. My brother lived here, and we felt it was home,” explains Barry.
Barry had built a home in Nassau Point, and had decided when they saw the farm, it was a calling opportunity to have everything she loves: the countryside, a garden, and animals. At first, the original owner was not ready to sell and unfortunately, it was starting to deteriorate. “Every year, I called owner for five years. Finally, she was ready to sell, the house was about to collapse,” says Barry. “There were holes in the ceiling, and it needed a full renovation.” The Barry family completed a full restoration of the house while keeping its integrity. Two years, her husband decided to retire and their children were off in college, and thus came about opening the bed and breakfast. “First, we tried just the downstairs suite, and it took off!” Ever since they opened five years ago, the couple has met very interesting people from all around the world including Japan, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and New York City with a sprinkle of celebrity guests from time to time.
The B&B has three elegantly appointed suites that are meticulously decorated with antique furniture. The B&B has one guest cottage with two bedrooms that is child-friendly. The beach cottage was added a few years ago and is located in New Suffolk within walking distance to the beach and restaurants, and is perfect for a small family. The main house is for couples only.
Breakfast consists of three courses. Everything is homemade from scratch at the farmhouse; “we grow and produce what we serve with the exception of meats,” says Barry. “There is nothing like fresh range eggs.” Breakfast consists of fresh eggs in the morning and eggs may be scrambled served with graded cheese and fresh chives from the garden. She also makes a bacon, tomato, avocado salad, and roasted potatoes with fresh herbs. “I do my own jams, fresh honey, I freeze strawberries, raspberries and blackberries for the wintertime. In the garden I grow everything including tomatoes, peppers, and cantaloupe,” adds Barry.
Barry incorporates her homemade breads, muffins, granola, and even homemade Greek yogurt into her breakfasts. In the summer, the couple sets up a farmstand and sell eggs, honey, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, and more. “Fresh eggs are sold for $5, the sign goes out when they are available during the winter. If we have more than what we can use at the B&B, we sell the extra.”
At the cottage, guests are provided with bathrobes, towels, and sheets that are freshly pressed, in addition to shampoo, body wash, a fully equipped kitchen, and a start up basket that includes coffee, snacks, teabags, and sugar. The guests cannot be served breakfast as is served at the B&B; however, they can order a breakfast basket for $15 per person per day that includes homemade yogurt, granola, fresh jam, homemade bread, and hard-boiled eggs. It is a beautiful full basket that is delivered at 9am each morning.
Inside their dining room at the main house, the Valentines details were blooming with warmth and love. I particularly loved the antiques of which some are family pieces or from their travels. “We just love the warmth that is brought to the home. Each piece is very special. We had a shop where we imported and sold pieces from Europe. We have a French bedroom set upstairs. Each room is a little different.”
The animals are always a treat for guests. At the farmhouse, there is a yellow Labrador named Kabota who is part of the welcoming committee that loves companionship and to play ball. There is the quarter horse, Sierra that loves to associate with, Patrick the barn cat. You may find Patrick sleeping on top of Sierra! Patrick was a rescue and is now part of the family. He is so sweet, but please do not pet him as he is a little feisty and has a job at the barn. There is a a bee hive in the back garden close to the chicken coop where the eighteen free-range chickens live.
The B&B is within biking distance into town. Bike rentals are available, and concierge services are available where they will plan itineraries, make restaurant reservations, suggestions of things to see and do based upon guest’s interests. If you you wish to recuperate midday back at the B&B, freshly baked goodies and beverages are available in the afternoon.
Rates in the winter are $295 to $325/night. In season rates are $325 to $375. At the cottage, the rates are depending upon the length of the stay and can range from $450/night.
http://thefarmhousebedandbreakfast.com // 631-734-8539