The Bykenhulle House Bed and Breakfast is a 15 room Greek Revival style manor house. It was built in the early 19th century in the town of East Fishkill by Peter Adriance, a prominent silversmith in the area. The B&B has a long family history with deep ties to the Hudson Valley dating all the way back to the 1740s. For a full history of the B&B, please visit https://bykenhullehouse.com/about-us/.
Maria O’Leary is the Innkeeper and Melissa Carbone is the Assistant Innkeeper at Bykenhulle House. Both Maria and Melissa have strong backgrounds and a long history in the hospitality industry. Maria working from a young age with her father, who owned restaurants and other food venues, and Melissa also having strong family ties in the restaurant business.
Maria has operated the inn for about a year and half and says, “I’ve thought about owning a B&B for many years, however I had never stayed at one. I received a call from a friend, who is the housekeeper, asking if I’d be interested in helping out in the ballroom. I gladly said yes and worked as a part-time site manager for 3 months, when I was asked if I wanted to help out on the B&B side. I jumped on that opportunity and within a few weeks, was asked to be the innkeeper; I eagerly accepted.” And the rest is history!
Maria had her own home baked cookie business for 6 years which she gave up to run the B&B, but it’s been a fantastic benefit to the B&B itself as Maria brings her delectable cookie recipes baked fresh at the inn for guests to enjoy.
We asked Maria what her favorite dishes to make at the B&B were, and what she loved about innkeeping. “My favorite dish to make is baked French toast. I do pumpkin in the fall and use Pannetone bread in the winter.” She goes on to say “I’ve always loved to cook, bake and feed people. I would much rather serve people than be served. I also love to talk and this is my first job where I don’t get into trouble for talking too much and it is actually encouraged.”
Maria says, when asked what her favorite thing about the Hudson Valley is, “I like living in a rural area rather than a city. The Hudson Valley has lots of open space and many things to do outside. I love the farm land and wineries.”
She highly recommends local restaurant Villa Nigrelli, a local Italian restaurant literally right around the corner from the B&B, one minute by car and 9 minutes at a leisurely stroll. As they state on their website, “When you want the tastes of Tuscany, the aromas of Rome and the flavors of Florence, there’s only one place to go – Villa Nigrelli”. Reservations are necessary for Fridays and Saturdays.
Maria’s favorite local attraction she sends guests to is Crown Maple Syrup which is a short half an hour drive from the B&B. Crown Maple did have a gift shop and cafe but has recently their offerings and now only hosts Maple weekends at their Estate, please check https://www.crownmaple.com/visit-madava-farms/tours-and-tastings for when their next upcoming event is.
In 1991, Bykenhulle House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places and it also celebrated it’s 150-year anniversary at which time the building was expanded and a sunroom, ballroom were added, as well as outdoor patios. The B&B now hosts wedding and other special events.
A review from Tripadvisor highlights some of the many wonderful facets of the inn and surrounding area in a nutshell.
“Thank you for lovely stay.
I booked the Ellen Marie suite for a weekend getaway from the city. The room was incredible and we wanted to spend as much time in it as possible. From the comfortable bed and linens, to the sitting areas, fireplace, and jacuzzi tub, we made the most of it. Maria the innkeeper was very welcoming and cooked a delicious breakfast both mornings. There are baked goods, tea and coffee around the clock. Bykenhulle House is a short drive from Beacon and Poughkeepsie. We also paid a visit to Millbrook winery. There is beautiful hiking in the area, shopping, and good restaurants and Bykenhulle House is the perfect home base to do all of the above or not much of anything at all.”
Bykenhulle House Bed and Breakfast
21 Bykenhulle Road
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533