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B&B Can Mean Beautiful and Breathtaking

B&B stands for “bed and breakfast,” of course. But the combo could also stand for “beautiful and breathtaking”—especially if you’re talking about ECCE B&B in upstate New York.

Location being real estate’s prime directive, Alan Rosenblatt and Kurt Kreider acquired the ultimate spot for their artful five-bedroom B&B.

In the mid-80’s, Rosenblatt, then in human resources with a global advisory firm, and Kreider, a Wall Street veteran, began weekending in Highland Lake, a short drive from the Woodstock festival site in New York’s Sullivan County. In 2003, their frequent explorations of the area led them to a hilltop property in Barryville, directly across the Delaware River from Pennsylvania, which sprouted an idea, a plan, a lovingly created B&B: ECCE, opened in the summer of 2004.

Approached from a narrow dirt road through an arcade of tall trees, ECCE is the couple’s conversion of a private home originally built in the 1950s. Although it appears unremarkable from the back, don’t be misled: Like the curtains opening on a movie spectacular, that’s just the pause before the action begins — and what an opening scene awaits around the corner.
True to its name (“behold” in Latin), ECCE’s bluff-top perch, 300 feet above the winding river below, is “breathtaking” defined. Virtually unbroken by development, the Upper Delaware River Valley panoramas add rapture to a guest experience masterfully curated by the couple.

There is no reason to leave the property. Two outdoor decks — where the couple hold afternoon guest receptions and where Kreider, now developing his culinary craft, serves over 20 made-to-order breakfasts, such as “Eggs in the Clouds” Benedict — invite endless dreaming (full moons here are extraplanetary), as does the graceful lawn, with its sculptures, chaise lounges and artful intrigues. Hiking trails snake through ECCE’s 60 acres of encircling forest, frequented by birds ranging from bald eagles to colorful migratory songbirds.

Inside, rotating art for purchase mingles with the couple’s own collection, their keen style extended to the bedrooms. All are immaculate and tastefully decorated; the star, no surprise, is the Sunrise Room, complete with outdoor deck and panel of dawn-facing windows.

What’s the view, after ten years? “Our vision is to continue to add offerings that both engage our guests and benefit the local community,” said Rosenblatt. “We routinely host fundraising events, and with my background as a training and meeting facilitator, I support local agencies with planning and strategic assistance. Plus, we are available for small meetings, and Kurt is creating a cookbook to accompany classes to be offered in the upcoming months.”

What does the next decade hold? “ECCE is an ever-evolving concept,” said Rosenblatt. “That’s what keeps it fresh.”

 

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