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October, 2014: TheKnot.com (posted by Delores)
There are not enough words to describe the wonderful our experience at the Olde Mill Inn. They made my dream wedding perfect. John Lietz and his staff met all our expectations past what we were expecting. My wedding was held at the Grain House. We were supposed to be having the ceremony at the gazebo but mother nature would not allow it and it was raining. They moved us to the tented area for the ceremony and it was beautiful beyond my dreamsWe have been married a month and I am still getting compliments on how beautiful the wedding was and what a terrific time everyone had. Food was wonderful and delicious.If you are thinking of getting married. This should be your first choice. You will not be disappointed.
October, 2014: TheKnot.com (posted by msb87820)
The PERFECT day! I cannot say enough good things about the Olde Mill Inn and especially our maitre’d, Marien. I have been imagining my wedding day for so many years and had held such high expectations for what I had hoped my day would be like. Marien and the Olde Mill Inn exceeded my expectations on my wedding day! Everything was absolutely perfect and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Throughout the entire day and night Marien made sure my family and I had everything we needed. The entire staff went above and beyond to make sure we were happy every moment of our special day. The food was absolutely delicious!! All of my family and friends continue to talk about how amazing the cocktail hour was! Marien did a wonderful job decorating the venue to add all my personal touches in an elegant way. Marien is so enthusiastic, organized, and such a professional person! She truly cares for each and every bride she works with! I am a very detail orientated, type A person, who has a difficult time giving up the control. However, I completely trusted Marien and her team and I turned over all my trust her, which eliminated any extra stress. This allowed me to just enjoy every aspect of the wedding day. She took charge and made sure everything ran smoothly. Thank you Marien for making my wedding dreams come true!! This is a day my husband and I will remember forever!!…
October 2014: TheKnot.com (posted by Kats6786)
The Olde Mill Inn was INCREDIBLE!! My husband and I were so utterly thankful & happy with the Olde Mill Inn!! Lindsey S. was so sweet and helpful as well as John L.! Once it was getting towards crunch time John took over and was FANTASTIC! He was so patient and beyond helpful! Any last minute issues he handled immediately. We had picked a signature drink and shortly after cocktail hour started they ran out of the main liquor that was in it and John informed us and said “don’t worry and we will get more” and he did! (fast too) And during the cocktail hour he not only made sure my husband and I were ok but also my mother – he brought her a plate of hors d’ourves. He would advise us about whats going on – anything we should know, esp any changes. He took care of EVERYTHING! The wait staff and the hospitality men & women were so kind and helpful too! My husband and I highly recommend the Olde Mill Inn not only for weddings but for any event or function! Thank you John, Lindsey and the Olde Mill Inn team!!
October 2014: WeddingWire.com (posted by Kellie)
Lindsey Smillie and John Lietz were fabulous to work with! They were very helpful throughout the planning process, and everything ran smoothly on the day of the wedding. The food and service were both excellent. I highly recommend this venue.
September 2014: (Letter to John Lietz from Tomiko and David)
Thanks much for making sure our special day was magical. Your attention to detail made everything go smoothly, all all of our guests said it was the best wedding ever! Truly appreciate all of your hard work and effort.
September 2014: TheKnot.com (posted by amygroby)
From the very first moment we met with a consultant to discuss having our wedding at the Grain House, we were impressed. Marien Barker met with us and we were so won over by her enthusiasm and personality that we signed our contract on the spot! The entire wedding planning process was smooth and organized. Our maitre d’, John Lietz, was amazing! He listened to all of our ideas and executed everything perfectly.
The wedding day was everything we hoped for. Even though it rained and we were not able to have the ceremony outside, they did a great job setting up inside and decorated the space beautifully. John checked in with us so often just to make sure we had everything we needed. The food was amazing and the staff/service was impeccable. The attention to small details was impressive and I did not have to worry about a thing during the wedding. Every item that we provided (decorations, pictures, etc) was packaged and waiting for us in our bridal suite (along with champagne!) by the end of the night.
Our guests were all impressed by the accommodations at the Olde Mill Inn and our stay was very enjoyable. Overall, I could not have asked for a better venue for the most special day of my life!
September 2014: (Letter to John Lietz from Amy & Tony)
We thank you so much for all of your help in making our dream wedding a reality! You have been so helpful and accommodating to us, and we are thrilled with how our wedding turned out! We could not have done this without you! Thank you again for all of your help!
September 2014: TheKnot.com (posted by Knottie66583166)
My wife and I got married (ceremony and reception) at omi last August. The service, expertise, and overall experience were spot on. We had the opportunity to work with Amanda V. and she was nothing but exceptional. She worked with us the entire time and really cared about making sure our vision came to fruition. I highly recommend omi not just for the elegance of the venue, but for the professionalism of the staff. Definitely take a tour of the venue and see if omi meets your style and your needs!
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The Olde Mill Inn and the Grain House Celebrate 20 Years of Service to the Somerset Hills
The Olde Mill Inn and the Grain House Celebrate an Important Milestone
(Basking Ridge, New Jersey – May 21, 2014) In June of 2014, the Bocina Group will celebrate twenty years of serving the Somerset Hills at the Olde Mill Inn and the Grain House Restaurant (1994 – 2014).
Although the property has a 20-year history of ownership by the Bocina Group, it has a very long and interesting history in the Somerset Hills. The original Olde Mill Inn was in the Grain House, which was first constructed as a barn 1768 by miller Sam Lewis to store grain for his wooden water-powered grist mill in Basking Ridge. The mill was later enlarged and then passed through several owners. Legend states that the Grain House barn was used to store the grain that fed George Washington’s Revolutionary Army during the winter of 1779 – 1780 at their encampment in Jockey Hollow, Morristown.
In 1929, well-known restaurateur William Childs purchased the Grain House “barn” and moved it away from the mill to the opposite side of Route 202 with the objective of turning it into an inn. The Childs family started a national chain of restaurants and ultimately owned 107 establishments up and down the East Coast.
To convert the Grain House “barn” into an inn, William Childs made the following changes: the wagon room was renovated for dining, the horse stable was turned into the grill room (now called the Coppertop Pub), the grain storage room was turned into the current Grain Room, and the haymow upstairs became seven small bedrooms and baths that were used into the 1970s as hotel rooms. These sleeping rooms originally featured historic “rope” mattresses. The Olde Mill Inn began serving food in the 1930s, and the Childs family owned the property until 1952.
There were other subsequent owners of the property, and a separate building was added in 1977 to be used as a hotel, as a venue for large social events, and as a full-service conference facility.
The Olde Mill Inn’s mortgage was sold by Carteret Savings after then-owner William Graulich & Associates went bankrupt. Carteret was absorbed by the Resolution Trust Company in December of 1992, and in March of 1993, the RTC sold the Olde Mill Inn property to the Bocina Group. At that time, the Inn was a total eyesore and had dilapidated to a point of complete disrepair and mismanagement.
After renovations, the restaurant of the Olde Mill Inn was renamed “The Grain House” and officially re-opened in February of 1994.
The Bocina Group restored the Olde Mill Inn as a unique country inn boutique hotel and as an area landmark. The hotel was redecorated in an upscale federalist colonial style. The Washington Ballroom at the Inn was decorated in English Country style with English gardens in the courtyard. The grand re-opening of the Inn was in June 2014.
Over the years since its beginnings, the Olde Mill Inn has been the site for many joyful gatherings and family celebrations including weddings, showers, christenings, anniversaries, graduation parties, birthday parties, holiday parties, sweet-16 parties, and numerous other types of events. These gatherings have continued through several generations of some area families. In addition, many special events are hosted at the Grain House throughout the holiday season, as well as for Easter and Mother’s Day.
The Coppertop Pub in the Grain House has become a meeting place for locals and hotel guests, and has twice been named as one of New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s “Coziest Spots for a Drink.” The Grain House has established a reputation for excellent casual American cuisine. During the winter, the various dining areas have fireside dining, and when the weather is warmer, outdoor dining is available on the Grain Room patio.
The Olde Mill Inn definitely has a place in the history of the Somerset Hills, but has also been ahead of its time under the ownership of the Bocina Group. The Inn and the Grain House have pioneered new ideas and practices regarding healthy natural cuisine in the Grain House Restaurant and the Olde Mill Inn banquet kitchen. They have also been very early adopters of many innovations to create environmentally friendly buildings and sustainable practices for the preservation of the environment.May 2014 - Olde Mill Inn and Grain House Celebrate 20 Years Somerset Hills