in the Heart of the Central Leatherstocking Region
and bordering The Mohawk Valley.
"What a delightful couple of days! Great food (accommodation for a vegitarian was wonderful) and great hosts. Thank you!
Howe Island, Ontario
"Sorry you had to be in Paris (!!), but Laura was lovely and her customer service was A+. Lovely home and surroundings. You're on our recommend list."
"Great care was taken of us--great food, lovely room, lovely hosts!"
"Wonderful to explore a new part of New York State. Thank you so much for amazing hospitality and absolutely, absolutely, TASTY food!"
"Very comfortable stay! Breakfasts were 5 star! Mauren and Andy are like old friends already."
"What a delight! Breakfast was yummy. Our room was peaceful and the backyard is special. Many thanks!"
White Plains, NY
|You'll find a warm welcome when you arrive at the The Barstow House 1888 in West Winfield, New York. Comfort along your journey, kind words, good food: these should always be a part of your bed and breakfast experience. We will assist you in any way we can as you travel through the serene beauty of the Scenic Byway of US Route 20 (once known as The Cherry Valley Turnpike) across New York State from Albany to Buffalo and beyond. We welcome the business traveler or those searching for history, entertainment, or simply peace and quiet. Whatever your reason for visiting our area, our central location makes staying with us a great choice.
485 E.Main Street~US Route 20
PO Box 146
West Winfield, New York 13491
Your Hosts: Andy and Maureen Christensen
(French speakers welcome. Andy parle français.)
We are easy to find and convenient. From The Barstow House 1888, you can travel 30 minutes or less to Cooperstown, Madison-Bouckville, Hamiliton, Clinton, or Utica. In just 90 minutes, you can be in Syracuse or Albany.
Shop for antiques and treasures along the famous Madison~Bouckville antique row of Route 20. Have the experience of a life time in a hot air balloon. Visit any number of museums (Fenimore House, Farmer's Museum, Munson William Proctor Institute). Learn the history of early settlers, baseball, or lose yourself in a great artist's work. See world class opera in an unforgettable facility at Glimmerglass Opera. Watch how beer is made in New York's oldest brewery. Enjoy all that TurningStoneCasino has to offer. There are many golf courses nearby; just check our area attractions page for these and more activities and events.
About the Barstow House
The Barstow House was built in 1888 for Helen G. Bonfoy directly on Route 20, previously known as the Cherry Valley Turnpike, a major byway for the central New York State area in the days of "westward" settlement. The black and white photo to the right was taken just after the house was built.
Marye and Gerald Barstow were well known residents of this community. Although the Barstows were not the first owners of this house, they enjoyed their life together here for a very long time. When we first moved here in 1979, people would ask us where we lived. When we explained, the response was always the same: "Oh, yes--the Barstow house!" So it has remained The Barstow House for as long as we have lived here.
We have attempted to keep the basic design and decoration of this house as close to its original condition as possible. It is our hope that Marye and Gerald would have been pleased.