The Cozy Inn was born from The Food Cycle – a business put together in 2013 by a group of friends who wanted to build a food and beverage business up from scratch. Anchored by the property on 33 Camps Road, The Food Cycle would be comprised of a farm, a brewery, a distillery, and an inn.
The farm launched first, as Camps Road Farm. After that, Kent Falls Brewing Company built the first modern farm brewery in the state, and Neversink Spirits launched from Port Chester, NY. The Inn was set aside until the time was right – renovating the home would require time, energy, money, and an appreciation of the attention and creativity older buildings need.
The farmhouse dates back to approximately 1760. Legend has it that it was the largest home in the area, and hosted square dances for the local farmers. The foundation shows the original footprint and the two expansions that were added on over the years. The previous owners, Chad and Jean Hoyenski, saved the house from ruin, and lived there while running a dairy farm for over twenty years.
In 2018, we started the process of renovating the old farmhouse with Justin Planz, a Bridgewater native. The goal was to launch the B&B by the middle of 2019. The building interior was stripped out, removing rotting plaster and damaged lumber while salvaging most of the post and beam structure. We carefully reviewed everything, working with the local building department to determine how to best bring the building up to code without losing too much of its historic charm.
It took a little longer than we hoped, but it was worth the wait! The farmhouse has been beautifully rebuilt, preserving 18th century charm, but with thoroughly modern amenities. Featuring hardwood floors, including the original oak on the 2nd floor, the home now has three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms upstairs, a powder room downstairs, a completely renovated kitchen and dining room, a breakfast nook, a spacious great room for rest and relaxation, an office, and a butler’s pantry.
The two working fireplaces were preserved, and we put in a stone patio facing the pasture for enjoying breakfast or afternoon tea outside. The basement is still constructed from the original stone, but new water, electrical, and HVAC systems make the house energy-efficient and much less expensive to heat and cool.
We hope you enjoy your time in our wonderful home!