We have just returned from our semi-annual trip to Vermont and the Pond House Inn.
We have been staying with Gretel on and off for the last 15 years and always enjoy the old and the new. When we read some of the reviews on the Trip Advisor site we were taken aback. This isn’t the bed and breakfast that we know and love. Gretel runs her BB as a cozy country Bed and Breakfast not a city hotel and it is a breath of fresh air; without pretense.
She has added just the right amount of pampering with feather beds, douvets and 600 thread count Italian linens, which some people, not in the know, might mistake as “too soft for Holiday Inn crisp”. I can actually say that the best nights sleep I have ever had were at the Pond House. All of the bathrooms are provided with expansive and thirsty bath sheets and towels and bath accompaniments from the divine organic French Provançal L’Occitane line, which somehow one of the reviewers seems to have missed. Gretel also offers a DVD library \with an international selection of about 30 films, each room is provided with a list and brief summary of each film and guests only need to ask to check one out. There is also wireless and IPod docks.
If her guests would read the review from the “Boston Globe” which is posted on The Pond House site, they would understand what the Pond House aim is: “a mix of city and country that works magic”.
While we visited this year we did have breakfast on our own, a Gretel work day. I couldn’t have asked for a better breakfast with a selection of chocolate, coffee or tea-prosciutto/melon, brie, French bread, homemade apple cranberry walnut pie with cheddar cheese-granola, organic yogurt and juice. It is even posted on her web site that a hot breakfast isn’t offered during the week and $5 is deducted from the rate. I actually enjoyed the weekday breakfast as much as the weekend. It was an interesting and scrumptious alternative.
When we were there one year for a mountain bike race held in Brownsville, all of us had to be out of the house by 5:30. Gretel was up with coffee, yogurt, juice, bananas and Hammer product for us. Gretel, a triathlete, is a true Hammer race products advocate and always willing to spread the word and goodies. Not many hostesses lend this sort of support.
This bed and breakfast is not a Holiday Inn in drag and shouldn’t be mistaken for one.
No, there aren’t TV’s , saunas or polyester. Those who think there should be should think twice about The Pond House. For those who say: “just not quite enough” I ask, what is enough, we love the Pond House and hope that it retains its’ unique mix of city and country charm,
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.