Then and Now” is a series of photographs and stories we have created in our blog to allow guests to see the progress we have made here at the Inn since we took over in May of 1998.
Our first two installments in this series focused on the French Thyme Suite and our Dining Porch at the Hartstone Inn. This, our third entry in the series shows the Garden Suite, located in the back of the Hartstone Inn with a private entrance. When we purchased the Inn, the Garden Suite was named “Apartment 2” and actually had a small kitchenette installed with a refrigerator, small stove and kitchen sink. The previous owners used to rent it by the day during the summer and by the month in the off season. One of my first memorable check in’s at the Inn was a couple who had reserved the Garden Suite and upon opening the door (full kitchen in sight) they said “but we don’t need all this.” Of course, they were looking for a comfortable and pretty room for a romantic getaway, and within the first couple of months Mary Jo had me removing appliances, refinishing floors and walls and creating her vision for the space. Now, upon check in, we get a much nicer first response!