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A Victorian of Our Own


 Built in 1875 By Dr James MacChesney, this Queen Anne style Victorian is a true masterpiece of its time. When we came across it, it had been empty for about 5 years, and was in dire need of repairs and some TLC. The first story of the house was overgrown with shrubbery and covered in vines and the porch was rotting and inhabited by a battalion of squirrels and some carpenter ants. But nonetheless, the first time I walked in the front door, I could feel the history, and fell in love with the amazing craftsmanship. I saw right away the potential for warmth and elegance that called out from every room. What I wasn't fully aware of was the huge amount of blood, sweat and tears (not to mention money) that it would really require over the next 12 months to become our home and ultimately the Eastside Inn Victorian Bed & Breakfast. 
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This incredible home, built in the late 1800's was a testament to the wealth and social standing of the Dr who owned it. We've since discovered that he had his office in the front parlor where the fireplace is, just to the left of the entrance door. The home was originally heated with coal and we found the evidence in a still half-full coal bin in the basement. Dr. MacChesney's family remained on the property for almost 100 years. During this time daughters, widow's and grandchildren ate and slept and upheld the traditions of this family. Along the way there was a marriage to the Cluett family, who ran the Collar City Collar company, another very wealthy and historically important name in the area. We've been told by descendants of the doctor, that Louise, the last in a long line of MacChesney's to live here, was a breeder of Afghan Hounds and was the ultimate matriarch. Right through the 50's and 60's, she served Sunday dinners for the family, requested time on the porch in the afternoons and was always in charge of her household.
 We were lucky enough to purchase this gem with many furnishings still intact. Rooms full of treasures, covered in dust and just waiting to be shined and displayed once again. Things like a Cluett family travel trunk in the attic (with the bats) and one of Dr. MacChesney's medical books from college in the smoky library. Though it was finally sold outside the family in 1971, for only $24,000 to Donald Hall, and later left to Roland "Duke" Kimlin, each owner added to the Victorian collection. Things were well taken care of and these pieces of history were respected and preserved.
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Restoration of the Inn

Beginning in December of 2017, we worked almost nonstop to bring our vision for this home to life. It became my full time job. And with Rich's investment, support, elbow grease, and nearly every night and weekend of our life, ten months later we were able to move in. Living in an almost complete construction zone for the past four months has been a challenge but there's nothing like coming downstairs into this amazing kitchen we've designed, or sitting in front of a evening fire in the front parlor all adorned in red and gold. We've put a lot of thought into keeping this house as authentic as we could, while still making it work for us.
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The layout remains original with the only real change being a brighter, more functional and spacious kitchen. All the floors have been refinished, the roof replaced, all the storm windows re glazed and broken panes fixed, plumbing replaced, wallpaper patched (& some new added) and the list goes on and on.....The decor remains Victorian and we love it!  We can't wait to start renting rooms to visitors coming for events and colleges in Albany NY and the surrounding area. Our location is conveniently close to Albany airport, and perfect for those looking for  a romantic getaway in upstate NY.  
I look forward to this spring with excitement when the gardens and landscape can be redone, and the original forged iron fence we had restored will be reset along the front of the property. Soon people will see as much beauty and interest on the outside as they do on the inside. I hope you will come back soon and see the chronological renovation I'm compiling in pictures And please, stop for a visit when you're in the area!
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our amenities

Enjoy the warmth and comfort of our Victorian style home, with the convenience of modern amenities.
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gracious hosts

We do all we can to ensure your stay with us exceeds your expectations.
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free wifi

WiFi in all guest rooms
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spacious rooms

All of our guest rooms retain their historical beauty and include use of dining room, living room and parlor.
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breakfast

Wake up and enjoy a delicious breakfast, homemade daily. With the freshest ingredients from local sources when in season.
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coffee & Tea

Tea, coffee and water available day and night.
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We're always happy to help with suggestions for eating and recreation in the area.