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The Black Sheep Inn celebrates 150 years

Immaculately restored is not the phrase that came to mind the first time Marc Rotman and Deb Meritsky saw what was then known as the Timothy M. Younglove House – a rare stone masonry Octagon shaped dwelling. Eight years later, countless hours of work, and with an attention to every detail, the fully renovated Black Sheep Inn, As it is now known, is welcoming guests daily. To celebrate the transformation, and the official opening of the Inn this year, the Black Sheep Inn is hosting a Dedication and Open House on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, to take place in the courtyard and grounds of the National Register of Historic Places listed property.“The highlight of the event will be the installation and unveiling of the (Historic Register) plaque on the house. Its the final detail of the renovation,” says Ms. Meritsky. Other parts of the celebration include the opportunity for past tenants and owners to see the home as it is today, an open house, and of course a few surprises.Surprises in fact are par for the course at the Inn. Guests are continually treated to an understated and casual, yet always consummate service that is beyond the expectations of most inn goers. “A quick look through the photo album of the renovation shocks most guests” says Mr. Rotman. “To see what it was, in a striking contrast to what it has become.”The lengths further engage guests the Innkeepers have gone to be environmentally sensitive. The Inn uses only organic and natural cleaners, (made on the premises) laundry detergents, and bath soaps, as well as reclaimed furnishings formerly destined for the landfill. Marc, an Interior Designer who designed the Inn, with Deb’s assistance, personally sourced discarded and damaged furnishings that were later restored and reupholstered for use in the Inn. “The quality of the older materials cannot be matched,” he says simply as for the reason. “Plus, what better way to decorate a period inn, than to use period furnishings”While the Inn may have the look and feel of a period building its restoration and renovation incorporated the best of modern technology. Guests are treated to modern and functional baths, comfortable climate controlled rooms, wireless Internet and all the other features contemporary travelers have come to expect. “I’ve known Marc and Deb since just before they bought the house” says Michael Christie, an American expatriate living in Nova Scotia and frequent Inn guest “while not in public view, the bones of the house are state of the art and will allow the Inn to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner for years to come”“According to historical documents, there was always something going on and guests were always filling the house” says Marc, and so a return to those roots and a continuation of that legacy brings the 1859 octagon house into the modern era. The Initial “Octagon movement” began in 1849 in Fishkill, NY with Orson Fowler, who describes, in his book A Home For All, Why the Octagon mode of building is perfect for bringing “comfortable dwelling” not just to the wealthy, but to everyone, a premise the Innkeepers emulate today.These events will take place September 16th, 2009. Additional information will be posted on the Web site www.stayblacksheepinn.com as they become available.Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the completely restored house contains five stately guest rooms with private baths. The Inn is located within the cradle of aviation and is in close proximity to Glenn H. Curtiss Museum (GlennHCurtissMuseum.org), to world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG.org), and to a number of award-winning wineries, as well as great outdoor activities, and seasonal events.

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