GREENE – An age-old cornerstone of the Greene community is scheduled to reopen next year in conjunction with its 100-year anniversary. Don Dunlap of Greene and his son DJ Dunlap, purchased the former Sherwood Inn from NBT Bank about two weeks ago. The Dunlap father and son duo have already begun to renovate the Sherwood, in order to reaffirm the building as a treasured Greene jewel.
Despite rumors of dilapidation, the Sherwood is actually in pristine condition, the Dunlaps said. In fact when NBT sold the building to the Dunlaps, the bank had send people over to pack up the silverware still laid out on the dining room tables. All of the rooms are still furnished and the beds are still made – all that’s missing are mints on the pillows.
The Sherwood’s last major renovation was completed in 1978 by the McGowan Corporation out of Binghamton, which used a Victorian style decor, leaving the building in fine shape but with dated aesthetics. If the Dunlaps were so inclined, they could have opened up the Sherwood on the day the bought it, said Don. Instead, they’ve opted to perform a cosmetic makeover, replacing the dated wallpaper and carpeting. They also intend to utilize their personal expertise as professional plumbing, heating and electrical contractors to overhaul the building’s infrastructure.
Although not all of their plans for the inn are set in stone, the Dunlaps envision a fine dining area in one section of the main floor and a tavern style bar in a separate section. Once the renovation is complete, the upper floors will reopen as guest rooms, with the major change in the Sherwood’s dynamics taking place in the basement where the Dunlaps plan to construct a sports bar in the room directly below the main dining hall. A mirror image in dimensions to the expansive first floor room, minus its high ceilings, the sports bar will have its own separate entrance and will feature a lengthy counter equipped with tall bar stools, spanning the width of the outlying wall.
The Dunlaps also plan to upgrade the kitchen and install mini-ductless heating pumps in each of the inn’s guest rooms, providing heating and cooling for future lodgers...