I arrived after dark, so could not see the lovely bones of this old home, but the even older home still standing from the early 1800's stands right next to this one, and its beautiful logs and old clapboards create an aura that can't be matched by many B&B's. The breakfast was incredibly tasty: crisp bacon, a piping hot cheese souffle, fresh muffins, fresh fruit and four juices. The owners are extremely hospitable and welcoming, making a stay as homey and comfortable as my own mom's. I will return again and again.
This is the second time that my wife and I have stayed here and we simply love this B&B. Chris and Leon are wonderful hosts (and cooks!) with some very friendly pets who make you feel right at home. The breakfast is excellent and the rooms are so cozy. We have stayed in two different rooms and both have been comfortable, clean, and beautifully furnished with antiques. The building and furniture are just so beautiful. I'm sure we will be going back when we next venture out to the Herkimer area!
Lovely room with sitting area. Modern windows and white noise machine muffled sounds from the state highway and passing trains. Roland was a considerate and gracious host and a fine cook, while Steve generously offered an abundance of information on local history. My room had a hair dryer, something not obvious on the website. There was a Keurig machine in the upstairs hall, plus a microwave and a tiny refrigerator with bottled water and space for small items, all near a sitting area in the hall. Roland even provided a proper dinner plate, utensils, and cloth napkin when I brought in some hot take-out food. The well water system might shut itself off unexpectedly in the middle of the night when drought conditions are present, but there's bottled water handy, and Roland resets the system as quickly as possible so that nobody is inconvenienced. An air conditioner and ceiling fan kept the room cool and comfortable. I had a most enjoyable stay.
Roland was the most gracious host - and was always available to answer questions and address a minor issue (which is to be expected at any historic home). Breakfasts were delicious and room was delightfully comfortable. Lots of antiques on the lower level - fun to explore! We stayed here to visit Cooperstown during HOF week - location is an easy 40 minute drive.
The room was lovely and clean. The breakfast was more than enough and delicious. The steep stairs were not good. All the antiques including the piano were really nice. And the host and hostess were attentive and professional.
We visited the area to go to the Herkimer Diamond Mines, and were very pleased with the Bellinger's proximity to there as well as the Canal Cruises, food etc. Leon and Chris were very personable and friendly without being too pushy. The breakfast was great and very easy to customize every day. The whole house was gorgeous, obviously well cared for and the dishes were exquisite. We stayed in the Heritage Rose room and were very pleased with it, the closet was huge, big enough to put suitcases etc in. The AC was great as it was pretty warm when we were there. One night we sat out back at the fire pit with the owners as well as another very nice couple, great way to relax! There was a sauna, treadmill and hottub available, though we did not use them this time, we will in the future! Their dog and cats were friendly but not too pushy, just adorable. We will definitely come back next time we want to go back to the mines :)
We arrived early and was welcomed into their beautiful home despite the hour. Because we were the only guest midweek, Chris upgraded our room to the largest one. It was a beautiful retreat- just what we were hoping for. We were treated like royalty ! My husband and I just loved the cats- who were more like dogs. If I am ever in this area again, Bellinger Rose will be our destination,
Chris and Leon are wonderful hosts-- very warm and welcoming without being the least bit intrusive. The bedrooms and house are amazingly beautiful without being overdone with nick nacks. The breakfasts are gourmet quality without being overdone or too sweet. They also are very accommodating in allowing you to choose your breakfast. Chris's massages are amazing! The surrounding Mohawk Valley and small towns around it are beautiful and historic anytime of year We have been coming for over a decade and it is always on our list of places to go for a short get-away. Note they do have cats, but we come despite my wife's allergies and they keep the place very clean so she can last without her allergy medication
We stayed here for two nights for our niece's wedding.The host Roland and Steve were very nice. Very welcoming, breakfast was delightful each morning. A Victorian house with nice charm, bright bedrooms with private bathrooms for each.
Warm and welcoming hosts made our stay a delight. Roland and Steve shared their knowledge of the area and the history of their beautiful home and made us feel "at home". Portobello Inn was a highlight of our trip and we definitely recommend it. Nance and Ken
My wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary with a stay at Belinger Rose. It was our second visit there. Chris and Leon are outstanding hosts and although we didn't see any of Leon this time around Chris certainly carried the day. Not only that but she is an incredible massage therapist. I highly recommend both the B&B and the massage.
From the moment Roland met us at the door,. we found the service at Portobello to be attentive, but in no way overbearing. The Inn is beautifully decorated, with a fabulous collection of antiques. The room was comfortable and quite clean, with surprising attention to detail (for example, ironed bedsheets and towels). Breakfasts were exceptional, with a good variety of pretty healthy choices, well prepared (see recipes on the website!). One of the owners spent time one morning telling us about the interesting history of the area, We were looking only for a place to stay over the weekend while we visited relatives, but found it to be much more than that, We would return just for the B&B.
The Portobello Inn is a hidden treasure in Central NY. Roland and Steve made us feel completely at home in their magnificent inn. The historic home is backdrop for tremendous service and amazing breakfasts. As anyone who has owned a historic home can attest, they are always a work-in-progress... The Portobello Inn has enough charm to make up for a few repairs that were underway during our stay.
Stay one night in early June. We were met by a gracious host who remember all our requests and upgrade our room to the Arlington. The room was comfortable, well decorated and quiet (no concern in this room due to closest of train tracks.) Breakfast was well prepared and tasty. A lovely egg dish with the recipe shared. Do not avoid this lovely and old home due to the outside appearance. Per our host the flaking outside paint has been a problem and not easily solved.
Our visit to Belinger Rose was just what we needed for a quick getaway. The house is beautiful. The room was very big and comfortable. The jacuzzi tub and I roomgas fireplace added extra touches for relaxation and ambiance. Chris and Leon were gracious and wonderful. We will be back.
Hi Newcomers, and Double-Hi Leon and Chris (the hosts)! The tiny town and huge hearts of our hosts were both well-welcomed in our stay at the Bellinger Rose! OH!!!! and Triple-Hi to the Kitties!! Ashley the puppy was shy and adorable but the Kitties were our roommates when we left the door open for them. We loved the fireplace in our room (we stayed in the Crimson Rose room), the TV, and taking a short walk downstairs to the awesome hot tub (so many buttons!!). The amenities definitely talked us into more downtime inside than we were planning on but that shouldn't stop you from visiting the 2 ski areas within a 40 minute drive, or the Cooperstown breweries/distillery. Our hosts were also wonderful! It seems like they never get bored of talking to us strangers. Leon also recommended a restaurant for Valentine's Day dinner and called ahead of time for a reservation which was just the beginning of their hospitality. Breakfast was delicious and fresh every morning, and it was all made to order. Chris made the muffins herself ...order the muffins... We would definitely visit again!
At the Portobello Inn we enjoyed our very comfortable room, excellent breakfasts, and the warm hospitality of Roland and Steven. In the area we rode the canalway bike trail in the fall beauty of the Mohawk River Valley.
I would love to stay again! Thank you for running such a gem of a B&B! Thank you for accommodating our crazy rush in and out need starting on Saturday. Breakfast was great with the other guests on Sunday morning, it was sad to have to leave would have enjoyed getting a massage, maybe next time! Your cats are so well behaved and delightful to be around also!