7803 Route 81
Oak Hill, NY 12460  |  (1) 518-239-6953

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The Hudson Valley is seeing a steady stream of NYC creatives migrating north for a lower cost of living and a higher quality of life. One such Renaissance woman is Liverpudlian Diane Ormrod, who moved to America in 1981 and went on to forge a successful publishing and advertising career in New York. (...) 

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As a child growing up in Liverpool, England, Diane Ormrod recalled her mother talking about a tea shop in Wales that had divine flavors of tea, sweet scones, enchanting decor and something extra special: Hundreds of antiques for sale. (...)

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The four-room inn is loaded with antiques, collected by owners Dorothee Walliser and Diane Ormrod—and they’re all for sale. (Well, almost all.) The constant flow of items coming and going result in an ever-evolving interior at the inn, where friends and designers are sometimes brought in to help decorate the rooms. (...) 

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For good friends Diane Ormrod and Dorothée Walliser, home is more of a feeling than
a place. It is achieved through the presence of good company, the leisurely consumption of a stiff drink, perhaps the dulcet song of a piano and, more often than not, a lapful of dogs.(...)

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Opened by two friends who worked in NYC publishing in their former lives, this pet-friendly Catskills retreat boasts gourmet farm-to-table breakfasts and vintage furnishings for sale (should you want to take a piece of the charm home with you). 

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Dorothée Walliser took exactly 10 minutes to decide that she wanted to buy the DeWitt Oak Hill. The two-floor inn, built in 1865, sits on the banks of the Catskills Creek in Oak Hill, a hamlet of less than 300 people within the town of Durham in rural Greene County. At first, Walliser’s business partner, Diane Ormrod, thought it was a crazy idea. What was one woman going to do with a 4,500-square-foot building with 16 rooms? (...)

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It's easy to fall in love with The DeWitt Oak Hill. Step through its regal red front door to find a room painted deep blue and decorated with gilded brass mirrors, brightly upholstered winged armchairs, and a collection of vintage wooden shoe forms lining a set of red built-in bookshelves. The eclectic antiques throughout the inn are available for purchase via French & Scouser, a source for unique vintage pieces run by the DeWitt's warm and friendly proprietors, Dorothée Walliser and Diane Ormrod. (...)

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The bright red door of the DeWitt Oak Hill beams brightly from the Upstate roadside, beckoning you in. Upon entry, you’ll immediately be greeted with warm, friendly smiles from the proprietors, Diane and Dorothée. If you’re lucky a handful of pups will smother you in smooches while the ladies fetch you freshly baked scones and present you with the most proper cocktail you’ve ever come across. (...)

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