The Mustard Seed Inn Bed & Breakfast Andover, New York

We know the meaning of hospitality...

About Us

 

 Anthony & Mary Lipnicki, Innkeepers

We always wanted to restore an old house. The idea of bringing something back to its original glory and character appealed to us. After retirement in 2003, we bought an old 1870 brick home and moved to Andover, New York in the Southern Tier of Western New York from Ramsey, New Jersey. Our home had an adjoining house that was originally used as an office by Doctor Brainard, one of the original residents of our home. We decided to restore the old doctor’s office into a place our family could use when they visited us, and eventually we made the decision to open it as the Mustard Seed Inn and B&B in April 2006. It was all about giving people a glimpse of life that had been forgotten. A life based upon relationship and service and hope in something better that people could be all a part of.

We chose the name the Mustard Seed because of its connotations to growth and hope in something bigger than ourselves, and this idea of serving others and the mystery inherent in the relationships that cross our paths and where this may lead. It seems to us that when you serve others, you build something that has enduring worth. The name represented this kingdom idea that somehow evades us, but seems worth striving for in what we do and that which comes our way during life. Nothing we do in life is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom idea is always beyond us, but worth striving for nevertheless. We also try to support the local economy in purchases of food and other supplies needed for the Inn. This is about what we are about.

We feel we cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in that, but we can try to do a little. This enables us to do something and to do it very well – providing hospitality to people who come on vacation to see relatives or visit their son or daughter at one of the colleges in nearby Alfred, New York and to leave them with something worthwhile – a memorable experience. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for grace to enter and do the rest.

We recently joined the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce and are also affiliated with the Allegany County Tourism Bureau! 

 

 "He said therefore, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches."  ~ Luke 13: 18-19 NRSV