Step through the bright red doors of The DeWitt Oak Hill & into a guest house of vintage elegance – find out why this historic two-storey inn is the talk of the town in the Northern Catskills.
Location of The DeWitt Oak Hill
The DeWitt Oak Hill is located in a little hamlet in Green County, New York – population 300.
It’s a 3 hour drive from New York City & for us here at DIY Travel HQ it was the perfect base for exploring the Catskills.
History of The DeWitt Oak Hill
The DeWitt Oak Hill is a historic two-storey inn built in 1865.
However when the property was recently purchased, it was in a state of disrepair – without plumbing, heat & minimal electricity.
After a complete renovation, The DeWitt Oak Hill has been restored to its original glory and it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Style of The DeWitt Oak Hill
The DeWitt Oak Hill o a unique space that is both a guest house & vintage showroom.
The proprietors are Dorothee & Diane, French & Scouser – literally, in more ways than one…
Originating from Paris & Liverpool respectively, d2 (as they are affectionately known) also own a vintage business of the same name.
From the furnishings to the accessories, almost everything at The DeWitt Oak Hill is for sale.
There were lots of pieces that we loved so we imagine that there’s quite a revolving door on the art & antiques.
And that’s why The DeWitt Oak Hill receives so many return guests – as pieces are sold, they are replaced with new vintage treasures so every stay is a different experience.
Common Areas at The DeWitt Oak Hill
The 1st room you enter is the Parlor Room.
The deep, rich colors & wooden furnishings make it feel very opulent and the ornate gold frames & vintage chandelier add to the atmosphere.
There’s also large book shelf with rows of some 50+ wooden clogs! So kitsch, so cool!
From the bird cage to the croquet set, the parlor room really represents the aesthetic of The DeWitt Oak Hill.
It’s style is totally eclectic but it works. While the design looks effortless, it’s also clear that Dorothee & Diane have carefully curated their home with heart & soul.
Don’t forget to continue the tradition & sign the 1940’s wedding guest book on the table!
The Great Room is exactly that – GREAT! It’s a large space incorporating the main dining & living areas at The DeWitt Oak Hill.
Breakfast is served at the formal table with a baby grand piano to the side.
If you prefer recorded music, put on some records on the vintage record player – there’s a top selection to choose from.
Unwind in luxury on the beautiful curved velvet sofa. There are plenty of books to peruse, scattered around the room.
Wooden bookcases, cabinets, shelves & mantle places display all sorts of possessions from days gone by. Antique artworks grace the walls, of which we found the portraits to be particularly striking.
Take some time out of each day to relax in & enjoy The Great Room.
The Minstrels Gallery is the main common area on the 2nd floor.
It’s an open space that overlooks The Great Room below with various vintage couches around the balustrade.
The corner seating area has a full library of book & fantastic lighting to read by.
Rooms at The DeWitt Oak Hill
We stayed in Room 47 that was designed to evoke restfulness – and we certainly slept well in the vintage iron bed with 4 pillows!
Our minimalist room was simple but thoughtfully decorated with artwork on the walls featuring scenes of the area from 100 years ago.
There was a wooden bedside table and writing desk with lovely vintage trinkets & an Orwell collection.
It’s out of sight in the photo below but a mid-century chair in the corner was the perfect spot to curl up with a book.
The ensuite bathroom was more than half the size of the room – it felt luxurious to have so much space!
From the black & white subway tiles to the vintage wooden accessories, we also loved the classic design.
The walk-in shower had two options: a rain shower & hand-held shower.
The soap, shampoo & conditioner were all animal-friendly, using locally sourced products.
Breakfast at The DeWitt Oak Hill
While there are fantastic restaurants in the Catskills the gourmet farm-to-table breakfasts at The DeWitt Oak Hill were a highlight of our whole trip.
Breakfast consists of 3 courses, which we have never experienced at a B&B anywhere in the world.
But there’s no compromising quality for quantity with Dorothee & Diane. They are excellent cooks and most of the food is made from scratch, using regional produce as much as possible.
On our first morning we were served:
- Mango, jalapeno & honey salad
- Zucchinni & goats cheese frittata
- Rasberry ricotta muffin
The next morning we enjoyed:
- Strawberry parfait
- Poached eggs, salmon & avocado ciabatta
- French cherry ricotta cake
With bottomless cups of coffee & orange juice, the mornings are perfect for lingering. We enjoyed getting to know the other guests & chatting about our plans for the day – there are many things to do in the Catskills.
Breakfast time is really an experience to remember at The DeWitt Oak Hill. However if you do want to get out early to hike, Dorothee & Diane can provide you with a packed breakfast & coffee to go.
We had a busy schedule to follow on our Catskills itinerary and it was tough to leave the table every morning. We definitely have plans to come back to The DeWitt Oak Hill to simply relax, without leaving the house!
Know Before You Go
Address: 7803 Route 81, Oak Hill, NY 12460
Room Prices: $165.00 to $175.00
*** The Final Word – Check-in at The DeWitt Oak Hill for a unique experience in the Catskills ***
Have you ever stayed in a vintage-style guest house?
We were guests of the Great Northern Catskills & we thank Greene County, New York for hosting us.
Visited in August 2017