Secret Garden in Lambertville

House - Entire home/apt · Canal St, Lambertville, NJ 08530, United States

The Space

This 1800s hideaway in the heart of artsy Lambertville NJ has a knock-out kitchen (complete with marble countertops and authentic cabinets from Jim Morrison's last US residence out in West Hollywood), that opens up onto your secluded courtyard and garden.

You'll have 1 Queen bed and 1 twin sleeper sofa, made up with Egyptian linens,
and a full modern bath (tub and shower and even dressing table), with Juliette balcony that opens out over Secret Garden.
For your convenience, there are 2 TVs (one of which includes premium channels and HBO OnDemand), an ipod with everything from Billie Holiday to Rockpile, and wireless internet.

It's all just 1.5 hours from NYC and 1 hour from Philly (see below for public transport) But why would you want to leave?
You'll be surrounded by art galleries, antique shops, more than 2 dozen cool restaurants -- and you'll be right on the historic Canal path which is treasured for biking, kayaking, paddleboarding -- "toys included in stay!

Can there be more? A short stroll over the bridge'll take you to New Hope PA for Friday fireworks all (email hidden)-opened Bucks County Playhouse ((website hidden)), fun global music at St Johns Church, and an active historic society ((website hidden)).

These 2 river towns host special festivals throughout the year -- Shad Fest, Winterfest, Autumn House Tour, Spring Garden Tour! To get an idea, go here: (website hidden)

Plus, you're only 3 miles downriver from the incredible Stockton Farmer's Market (F/S/S, throughout the year)
and 6 miles upriver from Washington Crossing State Park, where George Washington made his famous crossing during our Revolution.

It's easy to reach Lambertville by car, and Secret Garden comes with a parking spot (this is a BIG DEAL in Lambertville)
but you can also get here from NYC via the TransBridge Bus ($40 one way, 1.5 hour trip from Port Authority, free wi-fi on board) and get dropped off 2 blocks from the Secret Garden!

Check out my photos and feel free to message me, Melanie, with any questions.
Welcome to Lambertville!

Other Things to Note

A note about kids:
I raised 4 sons, so I know firsthand the enjoyment of traveling with kids. However, Secret Garden is a small enclave of 3 homes, all adult-owned and occupied. The bedroom has no door, so is open to the stairway, and the home is not childproof.
It is not recommended for any children under 10, and older kids by special request only please. Thank you!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $35
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  • I never wanted to leave... What a gem you have found when even a torrential downpour is beautiful to watch from the comfort of a day bed, listening to Ella Fitzgerald and sipping cold white wine as the rain keeps time. A beautiful, quirky, warm space to call 'home' for a few days. And Melanie was a bubbly, helpful host. I can't wait to get back some day.

    April 2014
  • The house was adorable and we were very comfortable. Great location!

    March 2014
  • We stayed at Melanie's home for one night and her home is lovely in a beautiful location. It is right in the town and you have the tow path right there to go on relaxing walks. The house is perfect for two people...a little too small for more than two. Her kitchen is the most beautiful area in the home. It truly is the heart of this home. The upstairs has a small TV area with a love seat and chair. She has DVDs available to watch and premium TV channels. The bedroom is cozy with a comfortable bed made up with quality linens.
    Unfortunately, we had to cut our stay short due to a mix up in work being done on the house. I have to say Melanie handled this situation as well as could be expected. I appreciate her understanding and how she handled the problem. She is an excellent host and I would recommend staying at her home.

    March 2014
  • Melanie's house is well situated in Lambertville. It's location enables you to walk everywhere in the twin towns. The house is quirky and interesting. The kitchen is really nice and warm, especially when filled with sunshine. The bathroom is roomy and light-filled as well. It was very quiet and we slept well. Waking up to the ducks and geese was a nice addition to a lovely weekend.

    March 2014
  • Another great stay at the secret garden. Melanie is always accommodating & communicative. Will return!

    March 2014
  • We really enjoyed our stay at Secret Garden. Even without being able to take advantage of the outdoor spaces and access (having stayed in February) that this place offers, we thoroughly appreciated its location: right in the middle of town while very quiet and tucked away. The house itself is charming and full of character; it and its contents really tell you who Melanie is! She was a gracious and helpful host, full of recommendations when we wanted them. Also nice that we share her interests, based on what was evident in the house- sailing, travel, food, reading- so we especially enjoyed being surrounded by artifacts of those interests. The kitchen and sunroom can't be beat! We visit lambertville for the weekend once every year or two and will be back to Secret Garden.

    March 2014
  • very cute place!

    February 2014
  • Beautiful home, an absolutely wonderful getaway. Walking distance to shops, galleries, restaurants and a five minute scenic walk over the bridge to New Hope.

    February 2014
  • Location, location location! We have never stayed in Lambertville we have always stayed on the New Hope, PA side but what a treat it was to park the car and just walk to everything, restaurants and the shops. The house is super cozy, the bed is a tad bit too firm for us (our home bed is a tempurpedic mattress) but we enjoyed our stay and definitely look forward to returning in warmer weather to enjoy the garden.

    February 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 37 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    February 2014
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I'm a 50 year old solopreneur of a travel design service called Tough Love Travel. I plan unique trips for adventurous travelers -- think treehouses and 5* cave hotels, truffle hunting and swimming with 25' mantas and you've got the right idea. I have 4 grown sons, living from Nepal to Santa Barbara, and I currently live in an historic home on the canal in Lambertville NJ with my K9 Patrick. I love the outdoors and all things on or near the water! I am a huge Foodie - if it doesn't walk off my plate, I eat it! And I love to read - especially memoirs, travel stories, and history. I enjoy hosting. It feels great to welcome folks into my town and point them in the direction of my favorite hikes, introduce them to my restauranteur friends. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to my rivertown, Lambertville!
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