Although it is a while since we stayed here I am including it as a Tip on the basis of a recent visit by a US relative who has stayed there this year - 2011.
This is the former home of William Pryor Letchworth who spent much of his time here preserving the natural beauty of the lands and the wildlife and flora. He planted many trees often naming them for the distinguished visitors who came as guests to his small mansion. They included Statesmen and politicians from the USA and from Europe. He did much to preserve the history and culture of the Native American people who first occupied the land.
He bequeathed the property to New York State in 1906 and the house became an hotel soon after.
We loved our stay in this historic old home where much of the decor and ambience of its former time remains. There were on the wall and in display cabinets many souvenirs of past times.
Our bedroom was not large but very comfortable with fresh, attractive decor and furnishings.
The restaurant was highly praised (and still is) but on the night we stayed, there may have been a problem in the kitchen as the food did not quite come up to the expectations of the menu! Nevertheless it was a more than OK meal but short of a gourmet award that night.
We took coffee outside on the porch and watched the floodlit Middle Falls. All in all this was a memorable stay and one we would repeat if passing that way again - such a pity it is so far from home!
I cannot remember what it cost - more than we had been paying elsewhere on that trip but we felt it had been well worth the extra
The location and setting overlooking the Falls on the Genesee, the historical ambience combined with modern comforts - unforgettable.
Purchased in 1859 along with 1000 surrounding acres by William Letchworth, the building was further developed into a comfortable estate. Letchworth was responsible for saving the area from possible development by would-be power developers who hoped to dam the river in the gorge which would have inundated the falls. He had wanted to turn his home at his death into an orphanage, but with the threat from local power companies, he gave his home and lands - three years before his death in 1906 - to the State of New York for the development of what would become today’s State Park. The home has been restored into a period country inn - since 1914 - with lots of pictures relating back to the time when it was the Letchworth home. Rooms are small, but comfortable. There is only one television to be found in a common room on the third floor. The thunder of the waters of Middle Falls are ever-present. A nice on-site restaurant cinches the deal as do the verandah chairs out front where you can enjoy your post-prandial cigar in true Gilded Age style.
Middle Falls, great verandah and fine attached restaurant
We stayed at the Country Inn and suites. It was quite nice, a two story motel type design, and had a (very) small indoor pool, and our room also had a little fridge, micro and sink, as well as a hot tub. The hotel was clean, neat, and breakfast was included, and it was situated conviently directly outside the park with a "dollar store" across the street. It included free wireless hookup as well. The staff was extrememly friendly and accomodating. The lobby was homey, like a living room, with a fireplace , armchair, and a wooden staircase going up to the second floor.
The Inn was closed when we visited. It is very closely situated near on of the waterfalls within the park. The menu that was posted outside looked very varied and reasonable.
The building is well appointed and you can easily hear the roar of the waterfall nearby to when standing outside the Inn.
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