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“Comfortable room and excellent dining” 4 of 5 stars
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The Copper Beech Inn
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT 06442   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Ivoryton B&B and Inns
Brattleboro, Vermont
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“Comfortable room and excellent dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2008

My wife and I stayed at the Copper Beech Inn last night. We stayed in the Carriage House. While I was concerned by what I have read here in regard to the service, we were treated well upon arrival. The front desk person, while not professionally dressed, did offer to take us to our room and help with our things.

Our room had an impressive King-sized sleigh bed with an abundance of pillows and thick cotton sheets (which were in perfect shape) making the experience quite luxurious. The room has decent furnishings, but the high ceilings and exposed beams provide the most interesting characteristics of the room. The bathroom had a double whirpool tub which is certainly not new, but was in good working order. The showerhead was the highlight, however, as it was as big as an oversized sunflower.

The Inn has a new building being built next to the Carriage House and while we were not directly disturbed by the construction, you could see evidence of the work all around. I can imagine this might bother some guests, but they said the new rooms will be completed in a few days(?). We were allowed to see the new building and the rooms are beautiful. We hope to stay in one on our next visit.

Dinner was really the highlight of the stay. The Copper Beech Inn has always had a great reputation for fine food and wines, but the new chef exceeded our expectations. I won't go into any more detail, but suffice it to say we would recommend the Copper Beech Inn to anyone looking for a great getaway and a spectacular dining experience.

  • Liked — The Dining
  • Disliked — Could use more attention to detail in the rooms
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Baltimore
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2008

We checked in to the inn on Thanksgiving, when the restaurant was (of course) full, and were treated like an annoying distraction, although the desk clerk did help us find another restaurant where we didn't have to eat Thanksgiving dinner (ours was to be at a family reunion the next day). We were told we couldn't get a drink at the bar because we weren't dining there; but when I ignored that and went in to the bar the bartender very politely gave me a drink to take up to our room.

In the morning, our room was 52 degrees (we learned later they had run out of oil). We not only got no apology, but were dressed down by the acting manager for for daring to complain. We were told we couldn't talk to the manager ("innkeeper") because he was off for the weekend. This in itself seems strange -- to take off from your restaurant/inn on the busiest day of the year?

After we complained some more, the acting manager finally called the manager, who still refused to talk to us but offered a discount.

The heat came back on after the oil truck left.

Service standards are tested when things go wrong. In this case, the service was very, very unprofessional, given the standards to which the Copper Beech Inn aspires -- and its prices.l

Stayed November 2008
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2008

Nice, clean rooms. Excellent restaurant. Great Breakfast.

  • Stayed November 2008, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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gainesville, fl
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2008

My husband and I have a wide range of experience in staying at B&B's/Inns in the U.S. and Europe. We felt like the Copper Beech Inn was overrated and over priced. The rooms were worn and in great need of updating, including towels and sheets. Towels were thin and had an odor of gas, sheets were pulled and worn. Copper Beech is a great location but don't rely on employees to help guide you on nearby attractions or things to do. When we checked in key was handed to us and nothing else was said, with our experience of previous inns especially select registry inns,help is always offered with bags, a brief summary on when and where you can get goodies, tea, coffee etc. not a word was mentioned about any of these important little extras that make it worth the stay. This inn allows pets the walls are thin and the people next to us had a dog with them and each time they left the room without the dog you could hear constant whining. The innkeeper was most helpful in trying to help us but the owners allow pets so that is a problem for those of us that don't travel with our pets and have to stay in a room next to a barking dog or stay in a room where an animal has been. Breakfast was good but the exact same all 3 nights we were there, even the omelet of the day never changed. The rooms were clean but other than that I would find another place to stay for the price, this inn is way over priced.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — value for price and service from staff
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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lichfield, staffs
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2008

The Inn is a lovely building, but our stay was very disappointing. Reception was businesslike and not particularly friendly.
We were given a very dark room in the annex behind the hotel.
A sunless deck area was provided which had no view, except the building works behind a few shrubs, and artificial light was required all day, which created a depressing atmosphere.
The bathroom was large and well equipped, however the toilet was left un-cleaned for two days, and the basket of fresh towels positioned next to it, which seemed unhygienic.
My wife found the bed difficult to access ( it was 33 inches high). and there was no dressing table/make-up mirror in the room.
The breakfast menu was OK and juice was freshly squeezed, but breakfast was served in the bisto which was dark and chilly, and service was slow and off-hand. On our last morning (Monday) it was served in an efficient and friendly manner in the sun lounge - what a difference!

  • Liked — Large bright bathroom
  • Disliked — Dark room
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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North Carolina
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2008

Given the price tag--high prices usually mean high quality--and the photos on the website, we had high expectations for the Copper Beech Inn. To be fair, the room was spacious and beautifully decorated. However, it was necessary to keep the shades drawn in order to avoid burning up from the heat reflecting off the black roof outside our window. Even with the shades drawn, the window air conditioner could not keep ther room cool and the noise of it constantly running made it difficult to sleep. You would not have this problem in the winter, but the view from the windows when the curtains are open has its own problems. Also, the restaurant is very popular--with good reason. But, no preference is given to guests. So if you dedice to stay here, be sure to book your restaurant reservations well in advance. The bottom line is, this would be an excellent place for $198 per night but at the current rates it was disappointing.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Windham, New Hampshire
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2008

We reserved the Copper Beech Suite in this bed/breakfast (in Main building) from July 21 to 23. Cost per night including tax: $420, which included breakfast.

Dinners for two will usually cost you about $180-$200, if you take a bottle of wine.

PLUSSES
Location about 5 miles from I95 and also near many liitle old Connecticut towns. There is plenty to do in the direct area for about 3 days (Ignore some locations mentioned in the inn's web site as they are too far).

Responsive staff (but not proactively asking if they could help)..

Plenty of parking space (it was very quiet when we went there, with few guests).

Spacious suite and very light. when curtains were open and cozy when left closed.

Has two good restaurants.

Great house made baguettes, if provided fresh in the morning (avoid them in the evening when they are not fresh)

Pretty well maintained garden.


MINUSSES
Entrance hall is non-receptive, sombre, depressing, dark. Needs light.

Copper Beech Suite had a window AC unit which did not work properly as it woudl randomly switch on and off. It looked rather dated and was not maintained (I cleaned it myself from at least 1 year of dirt in the filter). Unfortunately the irregular cooling and being hot meant that we could not sleep a continuous night without waking up a few times in between. I would not advise to rent any room in the main building. They do not have central AC and not every space (even the halls) in the building have AC at all (so avoid in summer time altogether).

Mattress was very hard. Needs updating. Nowadays hotels have superconfortable mattresses and pillow tops. This is essential to fulfill primary function of providing sleep facility.

The Pip Brasserie Restaurant has either no AC at all or it was switched off so guests had to sweat while enjoying the food there.

The menu listed for Pip Brasserie on the web site was outdated, so it did not have two dishes listed there and no replacement dishes where offered either. The waiter said it was just a change in menu due that week, but that does not explain the 'reduction' in items available.

Another item on the menu of the main restaurant (Venison) was also not available. They said that it was not delivered that day.

Some lamps in the breakfast restaurant seemed to be out of order.

The breakfast waitress had no clue how to serve. She had not brought any salt nor pepper for any of the tables. Also, some essential silverware was absent. When discovered she still first went her way with other things while the dish without pepper or salt was getting cold. A matter of reprioritizing correctly. Her colleague of thr next day was better.

The famed baguette of the house was available on the first day of breakfast, but when we asked for it on the second day it was not available. Waitress said that the production of baguettes was postponed till the afternoon that day. A disappointment, as the baguettes are great when they are fresh.

Breakfast dishes were certainly not sumptuous nor was there a lot of choice. It was all 'menu ordered'.

I am not sure why the cook of this restaurant is so highly acclaimed. Although the food had some creative ideas, the execution was less than perfect. In general this cook tends to 'overspice' most dishes, starting with breakfast. We were therefore not surprised that we had to ask the innkeeper for extra
toiletpaper, which he gladly provided (I advise to stock up bathrooms with more than the one small roll they place there now, so at least two full rolls).

The whole atmosphere of the hotel is exactly like one of the reviewers remarked here. It makes you feel older than one should. The interior decoration of the main building spaces is much too outdated and dark. The additions are modern. It would be wise to match that style allover the old house to breath some youth in the place.

Conclusion, not full value for money paid. Altogether not to be qualified as 'romantic' unless you are close to retiring and qualitywise a bit overpriced (probably one star too many). I certainly have no idea why triple AAA would qualify the restaurant 4 diamonds. That is way overrated. In Europe this woudl be a middle class restaurant. We have stayed in much better Inns and restaurants in the USA , one of which, Windham Hill Inn in Vermont, really deserves 4 diamonds.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Copper Beech Inn

Address: 46 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT 06442
Location: United States > Connecticut > Ivoryton
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Ivoryton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Copper Beech Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Copper Beech Inn portrays subtle and refined elegance in traditional New England style. The intimate country hotel is situated in the hamlet of Ivoryton, Connecticut, one of three small villages within the historic town of Essex on the Connecticut River.Rediscover the art of relaxation and experience luxurious comfort in one of the inn's 22 guest rooms and suites in the Main House, the Carriage House or the most recent addition, the Comstock House. Period antiques, oriental rugs, and richly textured fabrics and upholstery are abundant, combined with thoughtful amenities.The quaint villages of the Lower Connecticut River Valley are just minutes away, each one evoking the essence of the New England village of long ago. The history and culture, the pristine Connecticut River, the seaside landscape of Long Island Sound and the abundance of recreational opportunities are endless in this very special area of the Connecticut River Valley, all just a two-hour drive from New York or Boston.Begin with the discovery of the riverside village of Essex, with boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and the Connecticut River Museum. Just a few miles up the river is the picture perfect town of Chester, offering the visitor art galleries, gift shops, unique clothing stores, and antique shops. ... more   less 
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