Staying at Golden Maple Tree Inn in Barneveld is Like Visiting Family
August 11, 2022
In the era of AirBnB and modern amenities, it is refreshing to find a place that brings you back to simpler times. The Golden Maple Tree Inn in Barneveld does exactly that. Owners Laura and Rob Perry embrace the history of their house and welcome guests from around the country.
Thank you to Laura & Rob Perry and Oneida County Tourism for hosting my stay at the Golden Maple Tree Inn.
The History of The Golden Maple Tree Inn
The inn was originally built in 1806 by Jonathan Sherman as a place for people of all religions to pray. Jonathan was the grandson of Roger Sherman, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He built a place that was very progressive for the time period.
Over the years, the house had many different purposes. For a while it served as a boarding school for boys; later a home of a family with ten(!) children. During its most recent history, it served as the Sugarbush Inn for a couple decades.
Meet the Owners of The Golden Maple Tree Inn
Originally from Pittsburgh, Laura met Rob Perry in England, where she was stationed for the US Air Force. Together, they raised a family and traveled the world before finally deciding to return to the states. While living in Tennessee, the couple searched online for bed and breakfasts for sale. That’s when they found the Sugarbush. The inn’s previous owner, Mary Ann Mahanna, had successfully run the inn for 20 years and had decided to retire from the business.
As soon as Laura and Rob visited the property and met with Mary, they knew it was a perfect match. Laura explains that she feels good energy at the house and the land surrounding it. Now they are the proud owners of the renamed The Golden Maple Tree Inn.
When you arrive at the inn, you’ll be warmly greeted by Laura, who will welcome into their 220+ year-old home. She explains that they wanted to open an inn to have a place that feels comfortable and where guests are taken care of. Laura relates staying at the inn to visiting your grandmother’s house. Everything is cozy and comfortable, and grandma makes you delicious food to eat!
Let Laura or Rob know your breakfast preferences in the evening. With no set menu or time, they cater to each guest individually. That means you’ll get a meal that you are bound to love at the time you want to eat it.
The right side of the hallway is their private residence, but the left side of the house is where guests are welcome to relax and explore. There you will find the living room, dining room, and library on the first floor. Make sure to plan some time to peruse the floor-to-ceiling shelves of books in the library. Enjoy a cup of tea as you relax in an armchair with the sunshine beaming through the living room windows. Appreciate the bones of the historic house.
Rob & Laura do ask that you stay out of the kitchen, but are happy to provide you with whatever you need. Fun fact: Rob films a weekly cooking show in their kitchen. You can watch along live on Twitch!
Upstairs is where you’ll find the guest rooms. Starting at just $120 per night (including breakfast), staying at the inn is very budget friendly. There are five rooms to choose from, including a family suite. Each room has a private bathroom (some detached), and is decorated in a unique style. Much of the furniture throughout the house was left by the former innkeeper. Lots of historic pieces fill each room, giving it the charm you’d expect to find in a bed & breakfast.
Note that this is an old house, so there are a few quirks that add to its charm. Enjoy a bath or shower in a footed bathtub – just make sure you know how to plug the drain! Then read a book on the bench in the window nook. And sorry, but there is no air-conditioning in the house. But each room has a fan for those hot summer days.
Lastly, if you have a big group looking for a place to stay, you can also rent out the entire house. Contact Rob & Laura for more information.
Spend some time with the owners
One of the best parts of staying at – or owning – a bed & breakfast is the people you meet. Laura & Rob love to get know their guests! So while you enjoy your stay at The Golden Maple Tree Inn, spend some time with the couple. Laura will gladly share her stories from around the world during the time she spent in the Air Force. Rob will chat with you all day and night about food. And both of them will gladly give you recommendations to things to do around town.