The Barstow House 1888




It is bittersweet that we must report that we will be closing our doors on September 1, 2014.
It has been an amazing 8 seasons. We thank all of our visitors who choose to stay with us;
we have enjoyed meeting each and every one of you.
We're hoping to find new owners, so please keep visiting our website for updates! Feel free to peruse this website. You could be the next host of The Barstow House 1888!



The Barstow House 1888
A Bed and Breakfast on US Route 20 in West Winfield, New York
in the Heart of the Central Leatherstocking Region
and bordering The Mohawk Valley.  
The Barstow House 1888 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

"What a delightful couple of days! Great food (accommodation for a vegitarian was wonderful) and great hosts. Thank you! 

Howe Island, Ontario
"Sorry you had to be in Paris (!!), but Laura was lovely and her customer service was A+. Lovely home and surroundings. You're on our recommend list."
Selinsgrove, PA
"Great care was taken of us--great food, lovely room, lovely hosts!"

 Amherst, MA

"Wonderful to explore a new part of New York State. Thank you so much for amazing hospitality and absolutely, absolutely, TASTY food!" 

Kingston, Ontario



"Very comfortable stay! Breakfasts were 5 star! Mauren and Andy are like old friends already."

Rochester, NY

 "What a delight! Breakfast was yummy. Our room was peaceful and the backyard is special. Many thanks!"

White Plains, NY



You'll find a warm welcome when you arrive at the The Barstow House 1888 in West Winfield, New York. Comfort along your journey, kind words, good food: these should always be a part of your bed and breakfast experience. We will assist you in any way we can as you travel through the serene beauty of the Scenic Byway of US Route 20 (once known as The Cherry Valley Turnpike) across New York State from Albany to Buffalo and beyond. We welcome the business traveler or those searching for history entertainment, or simply peace and quiet. Whatever your reason for visiting our area, our central location makes staying with us a great choice.

485 E.Main Street~US Route 20
PO Box 146
West Winfield, New York 13491

315.822.5162 or

Your Hosts: Andy and Maureen Christensen
(French speakers welcome. Andy parle français.)

We are easy to find and convenient. From The Barstow House 1888, you can travel 30 minutes or less to Cooperstown, Madison-Bouckville, Hamiliton, Clinton, or Utica. In just 90 minutes, you can be in Syracuse or Albany. 

Shop for antiques and treasures along the famous Madison~Bouckville antique row of Route 20. Have the experience of a life time in a hot air balloon. Visit  any number of museums (Fenimore House, Farmer's Museum, Munson William Proctor Institute). Learn the history of early settlers, baseball, or lose yourself in a great artist's work. See world class opera in an unforgettable facility at Glimmerglass Opera. Watch how beer is made in  New York's oldest brewery.  Enjoy all that TurningStoneCasino has to offer. There are many golf courses nearby; just check our area attractions page for these and more activities and events.

This is a lovely area during peak fall foliage as well as during the summer. This is maple syrup and apple country, so there is much to enjoy.
Be sure to visit us soon!


About the Barstow House


The Barstow House was built in 1888 for Helen G. Bonfoy directly on Route 20, previously known as the Cherry Valley Turnpike, a major byway for the central New York State area in the days of  "westward" settlement. The black and white photo to the right was taken just after the house was built.
However, The Barstow House is named for Gerald (1906-2000) and Marye (1907-1978) Barstow, who made this their home for fifty years until 1979. Gerald continued his family's tradition, owning and operating a store that originally stood on the four corners of West Winfield.
Marye and Gerald Barstow were well known residents of this community. Although the Barstows were not the first owners of this house, they enjoyed their life together here for a very long time. When we first moved here in 1979, people would ask us where we lived. When we explained, the response was always the same: "Oh, yes--the Barstow house!"   So it has remained The Barstow House for as long as we have lived here.

We have attempted to keep the basic design and decoration of this house as close to its original condition as possible.  It is our hope that Marye and Gerald would have been pleased.