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“Charming, historic with a very friendly host.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Butternut Farm Bed and Breakfast

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Butternut Farm Bed and Breakfast
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1654 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Glastonbury B&B and Inns
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“Charming, historic with a very friendly host.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2009

We stayed at the Butternut Farm B&B recently when in town for a family wedding. You turn from the road into the fenced property and are immediately greeted by chickens and goats. We were lucky enough to arrive shortly after the birth of the newest member of the Butternut Farm goat family - an adorable little lady named Chloe.

We stayed in the barn apartment and were pleasantly suprised at the privacy and the size. The bedroom has a small table with chairs, a canopied full-sized bed and a TV with VCR and DVD capabilities. WARNING: There is no cable - just rabbit ears. The kitchen is a nice size and the bathroom is nothing glamourous, but has plenty of hot water and elbow room. (If you are a fan of larger towels, bring along your own...)

Outside the bedroom sliding doors there is a lovely patio with seating for four. I spent part of my morning there reading and enjoying the dozens of birds in the yard. (As well as the goats and chickens!)

Breakfast was delicious both mornings. Served family style we enjoyed wheat toast with homemade balckberry and peach jams, goat cheeses and sausage omlettes made with Don's Butternut Farm Herb Mixture (DELICIOUS!), homemade goat cheese and fresh (as in that morning) eggs. Delicious coffee, juice and great conversation with our host and fellow guests topped off the meal.

Commenting on some remarks made in other reviews...
The B&B is a farm and there is some clutter, cats and animals. Is it dirty? NO. Just a little dusty and while I was initially put off by this, the charm of the Inn, the friendliness of your host, Don Ried and the wonderful history of the property make a little dust worth overlooking.

Overall, this was a very fun experience and I would recomend staying at the Butternut Farm. (And if you do, say hello to Chloe for me!)

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2007

Based on reviews on both Trip Advisor and B&B websites, I was somewhat hesitant on staying here. I am happy to report that any apprehension I had was unfounded. My wife and I had a delightful getaway stay at the Butternut, albeit too short, as we could only stay for one night. We stayed in the barn apartment, which is much nicer than it sounds. The barn apartment consists of a cozy bedroom (canopied full-size bed), a kitchenette, and bathroom. It is away from the main house and thus is very private and quiet (except for the rooster in the morning!). The wall separating the apartment from the rest of the barn is reportedly one foot thick. The weather was cold the night we stayed; however, the baseboard electric heat was very effective in keeping the room warm. The bathroom is adequately clean; shower has ample hot water. The kitchen, notably the refrigerator, could have been cleaner. I didn't use the kitchen, and I would guess that most guests don't use the kitchen. The owner, Don Reid, is a very friendly host. He is a local legend; you can read all about him on the Butternut Farm website. The circa 1720 house is very well decorated in authentic period antiques. Don has collected well over the years and has lovingly maintained the character of this historic dwelling. Very historic! Breakfast, family style (us and another couple) was served at 8:30 am. Don cooked scrambled eggs with his own herbs and spices, served his homemade goat cheese, and homemade preserves with hearty toast. Yogurt was also available. Don mixes a little bit of cranberry juice in the OJ for a delicious drink. His coffee is very well brewed. The eggs and goat cheese are fresh (that morning fresh) from the chickens and the goats in the barn. Some of the negative reviews centered on the presence of cats and musty/dirty rooms. Yes, we saw one cat in the house; did it jump on the table during breakfast? No. Is the place sterile? No. Is it clean and livable? Yes. Would we would stay again in the barn apartment? Definitely! I recommend this B&B for those who appreciate history and uniqueness, and an overall fun and interesting place to be.

  • Liked — Romantic, unique, fun, historic
  • Disliked — Family-style breakfast with other guests, no choice in breakfast
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2004

This 1720 house on 2 acre farm was a trip! Host Don Reid has run this for 20+ years. The house is loaded with lots of cool stuff. He is most genial host. Only warnings: If you can't deal with house cats, this is not the place. Same for smokers. Light sleepers would do best in the 3rd floor suite. (TRaffic noise in front of house.). Also, may not be for FIRST TIME B&Bers. But the history is there and we had lots of fun and Don is a real gem. Breakfast is made with eggss so fresh cause they come from the chickens in the barn. And Glastonbury is a nice small historic village.

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Address: 1654 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033
Location: United States > Connecticut > Glastonbury
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Glastonbury
Number of rooms: 5

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