Bayside, New York
July 27, 2001
The Walker House has been run by Richard and Peggy Houdek for the last 20 years. Every room bears the name of a famous composer, and we got Mozart. Our room was quite spacious, with the prerequisite canopy four poster bed. There was a small bust of Mozart on the fireplace which was on sabbatical. An antique settee occupied a corner between two windows and had a small coffee table nearby. The bathroom was very large, and had an old fashioned claw-foot tub with a circular shower curtain. Extra mats were placed on the already carpeted floor for wet feet.
A lovely smell of orange blossom was in the air; next to the sink was a large window. The room was airconditioned, and the Lenox weather was hot. There was no television, however, on the main floor, there is a library in what they call the piano room which may satisfy your thirst for reading. I didn''t find the selection particularly good.
Some baskets held an assortment of magazines with a heavy emphasis on "O" and Travel & Leisure.
Breakfast was served at 8:30am and there was one other guest with us at the table. The hostess was going back and forth from the oven where she had been baking muffins. She served them in a covered basket, and I was surprised to see them numbering at exactly 2 per person. They were also quite mini, but I refrained from commenting. There was some fresh fruit and the usual tea, coffee, juice affair. We also had 2 croissants in the same basket. Having been to at least 50 or so b & b''s in the last 6 years, I would not rate this breakfast as particularly spectacular.
There is a house cat, so if you have allergies, act accordingly. My favorite part of the house is the front porch which is enclosed in glass, but can be opened to let in the fresh air. It offers cushiony rattan seats and couches with magazines, plants hanging overhead and some whimsical metal sculpture of a cat. The colors are soothing and you can look out into the wooded area which surrounds the house.
The Houdeks boast about their collection of movies and videotapes which can be seen on a large screen in yet another area of the house. Had we had more time in Lenox, we may have perused at their titles.
From journal A Berkshires Jewel: Lenox, MA