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Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills, New York 12577
Innkeeper(s): Dena and John Finneran & Meagan Finneran - Asst. Innkeeper
  • Introduction

    Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, front view

    Welcome to the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, our award winning Select Registry and Diamond Collection Hudson Valley Inn located in Salisbury Mills, NY. We are pleased to invite you to stay with us for a romantic weekend getaway, a memorable honeymoon, hiking/biking or a historical Hudson Valley vacation. Let us host your intimate wedding or next family reunion get-together! Our goal is provide you with the comfortable enjoyable, and carefree lodging experience in all the Hudson Valley.


    We will pick you up and your bike too, if you have one, at the Salisbury Mills/Cornwall train station (approx 1 mille away).

    "This is the kind of place for people who genuinely enjoy staying at B&B's." FROMMER'S NEW YORK STATE, 2009

    "If you want a truly DELUXE B&B EXPERIENCE try the Caldwell House" - Joanne Michaels - An Explorer's Guide to the Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains, 2009

    Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, View from mid stairway

    Our historic Hudson Valley bed and breakfast is located 15 minutes north of West Point, between Cornwall and Washingtonville. We offer beautiful and comfortable accommodations, a full three course home made breakfast each morning and a variety of amenities to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. We are confident that you will find the Caldwell House B & B an exciting alternative to conventional hotel lodging.

    Experience the pleasures of early 19th-century living at our charming and romantic New York State inn. Our sun-filled parlor with its ten-foot ceiling, sunflower yellow walls, and damask curtains features an Italian marble-trimmed fireplace, Hudson River School landscape painting by Jasper Cropsey, a Victorian melodeon, a Victorian sofa, and comfortable chairs.

    Why stay at impersonal Hudson Valley hotels? At Caldwell House, you are welcome to make yourself at home. The living room with its soft blue walls and damask curtains also has a ten-foot ceiling with an unusual curved back wall, an Italian marble-trimmed coal-burning fireplace, sofa, art work by Robert Gould, and assorted mahogany furniture. Relax, read, plan your day, or meet guests who come in from around the world. Enjoy genuine hospitality and thoughtfully appointed lodging accommodations while exploring Bear Mountain, West Point, Cornwall, and the rest of the lower Hudson Valley.

    Pictured on one wall is John Caldwell, Jr. (1769-1850) in his younger and later years. Many of his descendants have visited our house. People ask us, if any of the Caldwell ghosts are around? Our house is a very peaceful and serene place. Savor the food and enjoy the company of another guest from Boston, Brooklyn, or Bangkok.

    Located in close proximity to many area attractions, there is plenty to see and do. Explore local art and history at one of the many museums in the area. Find outdoor adventure in any season: hike the many area parks in the spring, cruise the Hudson River in the summer, go apple picking in the fall and downhill skiing in the winter. Shopping enthusiasts will love to spend time exploring the wide variety of antique shops, farmers markets and the largest U.S. designer outlet center right here in the mid-Hudson Valley.

    Just relax and wind down from your hectic schedule and read a book by the parlor fire or chat with other guests on our front porch. However you choose to spend your days, we are sure you will enjoy your stay at your home away from home, the Caldwell Bed and Breakfast.

    • 60 minutes from New York City
    • 15 minutes from I-84 & I-87
    • 10 mins from WEST POINT

    A full three-course home made breakfast is served in our dining room. Complementary sodas, Keurig beverages and home made baked goods are always available in the dining room for guest to enjoy.

    Free wireless internet available throughout the house. Each room comes complete with HDTV/Cable/DVD and free WiFi internet is available throughout the house.

    Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, fireplace

    Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, dining area Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, living room Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, staircase

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Dena, John & Meagan for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    A romantic, country getaway from NYC, or to visit the USMA at West Point, the Storm King Art Center Brotherhood Winery, Woodbury Commons Outlets and biking or hiking.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Dena’s Breakfast is clearly a guest favorite. Guests also love that despite being a historic Inn, we have lots of modern amenities that have done nothing to take away from the historic charm.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    As mentioned above, people come for all sorts of reasons – probably the # 1 being that you can be in a very rural, country setting while only being 60 minutes from NYC.We are easily accessible via car or train.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Best compliment about the Inn is its beauty. Best compliment about the experience of staying here – feels like we are old friends reconnecting!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    That you can be so close to NYC but, at the same time, be so far away in terms of pace of life. "60 minutes away but 200 years away!" 

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    West Point, Storm King Art Center, Brotherhood Winery and the 14 wineries on the Shawangunk Wine Trail, FDR and Vanderbilt Mansions in Hyde Park, Culinary Institute of America, Hiking, Biking, Antique Shopping.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    There is an Irish Pub literally in the back yard, a neighborhood Italian Resaurant across the street, and a famous Ice Cream stand about ½ mile away. There is also the Moodna Creek across the street and lots of biking/hiking nearby.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Vinum Café – French American

    Bella Luna – Italian

    Loughran’s – great pub food
    Newburgh Waterfront – lots of great restaurants clustered on the Hudson Riverfront
    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    There are so many dealing with the Hudson Valley.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    we have 14 rooms all with private baths, Smart HDTV, Directv, Netflix/Hulu+, and individually controlled HVAC. Many of the rooms have fireplaces and/or Jacuzzi Tubs.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, but there are pet boarding houses nearby.


  • Breakfast

    Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, pancakes

    Celebrate the beginning of the day in the sun drenched dining room. The table is set with a mix of delectable baked goods that will tempt your palate. It will leave you looking forward to mornings to come.

    Breakfast is served in three courses at our country inn. With prior notice, we will make every effort to honor any dietary restrictions you may have.

    Breakfast is sure to be a highlight of your stay at the Caldwell House. Taste wonderful flavors and meet interesting guests in the gracious dining room, with its historic cranberry walls and flowered curtains, furnished with a Chippendale-style, mahogany double pedestal table and chairs. The mahogany china cabinet displays Wedgewood china and Waterford crystal.

  • History

    Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, marquee

    The 3 B&B buildings - including the restored colonial Main House - were built while Thomas Jefferson was president. John Caldwell, an immigrant from the northern part of Ireland who sought liberty in America, became "comfortably settled" with his four daughters on this estate in Blooming Grove, Orange County, NY. You will be comfortably settled, too.

    The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast consists of 3 separate buildings - the Main House, the Carriage House, and the Connemara House. See our website for detailed descriptions of each.

  • Awards & Recognitions

    Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, marquee

    "Distinguished Inns of North American"

    “Best B&B in Hudson Valley” - Hudson Valley Magazine

    Diamond Collection B&B BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM

    Top Rated – 5 Stars

    2014 & 2013 Certificate of Excellence - TRIPADVISOR.COM

    Voted Best Bed and Breakfast in the Hudson Valley 2008-10.

    “Best Breakfast in New York, 2005” INN TRAVELER Magazine

    B&B of DISTINCTION WINNER 2008: New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association

    "It's a charmer..." THE CORNWALL LOCAL May 26, 2006

    We are 60 minutes from NYC but 200 years away!

  • Area Attractions

    Eat, Drink, & Shop...

    • Brotherhood Winery - America's oldest winery, 5 minutes away
    • Woodbury Common Premium Outlets - Over 200 stores
    • Roe's Orchards - Growing apples and pumpkins and baking pies since before The Civil War
    • Weirs Dairy Bar - 1950'S drive up ice cream landmark
    • Antiques - We will provide you a list of our favorites
    • Many great restaurants

    The Arts...

    • Storm King Art Center - The largest outdoor sculpture park in America, 5 minutes away
    • Sugar Loaf, the Art and Craft Village - Over 50 shops, galleries and restaurants
    • DIA Beacon


    • U.S. Military Academy-West Point - Magnificent setting
    • Gomez Mill House - The oldest existing Jewish residence in the U.S.
    • Boscobel Restoration - A classic Federal style home with superb views of the Hudson River Valley
    • Washington's Headquarters - A Caldwell family member helped establish this landmark in 1850 as the first publicly operated historic site in the U.S.
    • General Knox's Headquarters - and other historic American Revolutionary sites
    • The Werner House/Constitution Island - Beautiful setting in the Hudson River near West Point
    • Museum Village - The largest living history museum in New York State

    The Great Outdoors...

    • Schunemunk Mountain - Six marked trails ranging from 1.6 to 8.1 miles, excellent views
    • Crows Nest and Storm King - Ah wilderness!
    • Black Rock Forest - Marked and unmarked trails ranging from short walks to long hikes
    • Bear Mt. State Park - Spectacular views & 5000 acres of trails
    • Museum of the Hudson Highlands & Kendridge Farm - Ah nature!
    • Bear Mountain State Park Pool - Ice skating in winter
    • Harriman State Park - trails galore!

    Unique Sights...

    • Moodna Viaduct - The largest railroad trestle spanning a land mass in America
    • Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Parka walkway spanning the Hudson River. At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, it is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world
    • Scenic drives - Routes 9W, South of Comwall, and Old Storm King Highway, Route 218 - Eye popping views
    • Bear Mountain Bridge - 91 years spanning the Hudson River
    • Hudson Highlands Cruises and Tours - Relax and enjoy scenic views
    • Hudson River Cruises - A unique glimpse of the Hudson Valley