Dear Ellie & Bill,
Staying at Dartmouth House (each year) is like taking a "Magic Carpet Ride." The heartfelt friendship you lavish on guests; the wonderful tips on where to go for 'shop & brag'; the cultural adventures you suggest; the supreme attention you give to detail; the fabulous cuisine and hospitality.
Dartmouth House is like a superb hand-knotted silk rug—each knot representing a guest that has stayed and been given a warm welcome plus wonderful memories... Your B&B is truly a "beautiful rug" that has welcomed so many folks over the years. Thank you for letting us be a part of it!
With love and admiration always,
Alison & Charlie, Ontario, Canada
Bill and Ellie,
You've created a magical oasis here in the heart of the city. Your thoughtful touches, along with your warmth, made our stay memorable. This really is the nicest B&B experience we have ever had.
Naomi and Marty
Dear Ellie and Bill,
Your generosity and friendliness and helpfulness to we Aussies will NEVER be forgotten! Americans like the two of you do your country proud.
Scott E. - AU
Coming here is like slipping into a cashmere sweater. Thank you! I
hope to be back a 3rd and more times to your lovely home.
-Dolly - Hackettstown, NJ
Thanks for your hospitality. We’ve stayed in B&Bs in Texas, New
Orleans, Baltimore, and throughout Ohio and never enjoyed a more
elegant – or erudite – breakfast experience!
-Pat and Allen - Berea, OH
A discriminating friend told me that it was worth a trip to
Rochester, New York just to stay at the Dartmouth House Bed and
Breakfast. Although a funeral is what brought us here, we found the
inn to fairly ooze charm from every pore. What character in both the
house and the innkeepers—vintage hats on the closet shelf—glorious
depression era glass for our breakfast—the Bathroom Trivia Book—freshly baked cookies in the hallway—a surprise in every nook and
cranny. Coming to Rochester? Stay at the Dartmouth House Bed and
-Carol and Joe – Burke, VA
As a ‘supposed’ writer I can’t think of enough superlatives to describe
our stay here. Everything was beyond great. But most of all Gabrielle and
I talked about your warmth and the love emitting from the both of you.
You treated us as family—what more can I say. We will be back—and we
look forward to many more stays here.
-Jack and Gabrielle - Las Vegas, NV
Thank you for the delightful stay. Your house is magnificent and your
hospitality remarkable. Each and every detail was perfect and each
breakfast more delicious than the last. You made my business trip
pleasurable! I am very happy to have stayed in this gem of a B&B.
-Vanessa - Eureka, CA
What a wonderful B & B. The breakfast was a treat for the eye and such
exquisite table dressing. You treated us like royalty. We will return and
recommend you to our friends.
-Elaine and Lou - Hardwick, NJ
This was our first B&B experience and you have set the bar very high.
All the details and extras are delightful. We know not all B&Bs are like
this; we’ll definitely be comparing any other experience to this. You also
are a wonderful couple to watch in action—you make quite a team.
Thanks also to Anne-Marie who greeted us so warmly.
-Janice and Tom - Vancouver, BC
The word that keeps coming to mind is charming: a charming house in a
charming neighborhood run by absolutely charming people. What I personally want to thank Bill and Ellie for, though, is being such articulate and enthusiastic ambassadors for the City of Rochester. I wish that we could have spent more of our time relaxing in this luxuriously cozy environment, but the mission for this visit was to move into a new apartment in a new city, and I couldn’t imagine a warmer or more inviting welcome to the neighborhood. Your advice and suggestions didn’t just serve to make this visit delightful, but will also have a huge impact on daily life for months and years to come. Many thanks!
-Barney and Laurel – Houston, TX
We had an enjoyable stay in your lovely home in Rochester! It was close
to all the sites that we had time to see—the Eastman House and the
Science Museum. The blueberry blintz and the garden quiche were wonderful.
And, your magic transformed our apples into such a simple delight!
P.S. I usually try to find one B&B to stay at during our vacations. This is
easily the very finest experience we’ve had at a B&B—because of the
spacious Canterbury Suite, the great breakfasts and most of all the
-Joann and Jack – Huntington Woods, MI
What a gem! We were made so welcome by Bill and Ellie and we loved all
the little special touches: the spiced cider, the coffee and tea cart, the
chocolate and of course the delicious breakfast.
-Helen and Brendan – Loire Valley, France
We had such a wonderful stay. The ambiance was superb, quiet and
restful, but the breakfast was 'beyond belief'-5 courses, all truly
exceptional. We have stayed at 50–70 B&Bs over the last two decades and
never have we had a breakfast to compare with this one!
-Larry and Sue – Oxford, MD
Donna and I have stayed in a lot of B&Bs both in the USA and in Europe.
We agree that Bill and Ellie are the MOST fascinating couple that we have
met as B&B owners in all our travels! They also rate as #1 with their
classy breakfast menus. The accommodations were very comfortable,
cozy and quiet. We undoubtedly will stay again when we visit Rochester.
-Dave and Donna – Conneaut, OH
Outstanding breakfasts! Outstanding hosts!
Thank you for the recipe!
P.S. and the directions to an outstanding restaurant!
-Bob and Carol – McKean, PA
Thank you so much for yet another wonderful weekend. We love coming here and every time we do, you never fail to put us at ease and make us feel a part of the Dartmouth House family. Your breakfasts are not only delicious, they are
fascinating! We always leave having learned some curious fact about
Rochester, philosophy and life in general.
-James and Julia – Forest Hills, NY
Dartmouth House is simply the best choice for any weary traveler - and a
special delight (if not an outright relief!) for women travelers on their own
in a strange city: Charming bedrooms with thoughtful touches, a splendid
location (tree-lined historic neighborhood of turn-of-the-century homes,
all minutes away from smart cafes and shopping). Of course, Ellie and Bill
are the perfect hosts - always at the ready with advice and assistance! A
stay at the Dartmouth leaves with you the feeling that you have just
week-ended with good friends...I would put The Dartmouth House at the
top of my list of places to return for a relaxing vacation!
-Lizza – Manilla PI
It took us all of 30 seconds to feel like we had walked into an old friend's house. It's just a joy to be there, relaxing with a good book, eating cookies and drinking tea from the hall outside our bedroom. Each morning, Ellie greets us with a warm and delicious breakfast that has perfect proportions. Even more delicious is the conversation among their special guests. On a recent visit, we enjoyed trading book lists, vocabulary puzzles and technology ruminations with our breakfast companions only to find out later that they were NASA employees, violin makers (Luthiers - thanks Bill!), and concert musicians. What an amazing treat!
-Ron and Nancy - New Carrollton, MD
I just chose Dartmouth House by chance from the Internet, but I am
pretty sure there is no other place that would have treated me the way
you did. Once you've been here you will compare every other place to
this one: because this home has a heart. Thanks Ellie and Bill! You are the
-Mary - Los Angeles, CA
The day I found the Dartmouth House was indeed a fortuitous one for me. I travel to Rochester frequently and was very tired of the cookie cutter hotel
rooms I had been staying in. The moment Bill opened the front door and
welcomed me with his big friendly smile, I knew that your place would be
great—and it is. Both of you are charming and you make visitors feel
both special and pampered. Having WiFi for my laptop was like the
frosting on the cake. Thanks! Oh! I almost forgot—I have never slept as well anywhere—even at home—as I do at The Dartmouth House.
-John - Anchorage, AK
Last night we saw the largest moon of the year, and this happens every year on the 15th of August, Lunar Calendar Year. But yester night we saw the Mars, the bright Mars next to the bright Moon. But, the Mars was not the Mars we used to see, it was the closest to Earth in 60,000 years. This cosmological happening was witnessed during our stay in your uniquely beautiful house of universal conditioning par excellence.
This morning’s breakfast, written on your petite palette and the green leaves of mysterious origin, perked up our strength when we devoured them. Ellie’s touches were special. We liked very much the German entree that was baked at 500° and served with peaches and special sausages.
We Kwaak family, coming from the other side of the world, are very much
appreciative of your kindness and finesse, your smiles, stories, styles are
all profound and humane.
As the Master Planner/Architect of Seoul Olympic and the Eternal Peace
Flame in Korea, I want to say thank you. We will think of you and try to
share your kindness to others to make this world more peaceful.
-The Kwaak Family - Seoul, Korea
We have stayed in dozens of bed and breakfasts but not one has accommodated my addiction to caffeine via soda at breakfast or provided a television in the bathroom—until now! Not one of them has provided us with jackets (when we forgot ours) or an ice chest and picnic basket when we went
on a picnic! But, most of all not one of them has had an Ellie or a Bill Klein! You kept us warm (or cool), comfy, well fed, entertained, intellectually stimulated and laughing for TWO WHOLE WEEKS! What hospitality! What food! But most of all what people!
-Debbie John, and Blake - Redlands, CA