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“A treasure in southern Vermont” 5 of 5 stars
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3395 Dorset West Road, Dorset, VT 05251   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Dorset B&B and Inns
Santa Rosa, California
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“A treasure in southern Vermont”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

In what was meant to be a bucket list 2 weeks in upper New England during fall foliage, we discovered a perfect B&B in a perfect village and are planning a return visit next year. Squire House is a lovely large country home in an idyllic woodsy setting a mile from charming Dorset village with its country stores, gift shops, performing arts playhouse and historic inn for a special dinner, all postcard worthy but not one bit too cute. This is the real-deal New England of your dreams. Squire House has only four large and nicely appointed guests rooms and three appealing public rooms: one for reading, one for TV (if you must) and another for afternoon tea and visiting with other guests. Roger and Gay are delightful and gracious hosts, Roger with his suggestions on making the most of your stay and Gay with her delicious regionally-inspired breakfasts. Try to stay three nights, as we will next time.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

We have now stayed 3 times at Squire House and each time I fall in love with it all over again. The hosts Roger and Gay cannot be beaten for personal attention to guests and for grace, humour and warmth. We are relative newcomers compared to the other guests we have met there and I completely understand why they all keep coming back. Afternoon tea is a treat and breakfast is fantastic as Gay is an exceptional cook. The house is filled with beautiful furniture and artifacts, many of which are mellowed with age, and with lovely paintings. Fires are lit when the weather requires it and dear Roger was kind enough to light a fire in our bedroom this year when I had to stay in bed with a fit of the shivers and a bad cough. If I could have such a comfortable day in bed whenever I am unwell I would develop a Victorian fit of the vapours regularly! Roger has a wealth of knowledge and suggestions as to how to spend each day and spending time in his company is a real pleasure. Everything about squire house is pleasing and creates complete relaxation for the guests, as does the beautiful village of Dorset of which I never tire. If you are visiting Vermont Dorset is a must and, if you can, stay at Squire House, you will not regret it.
Thank you Roger and Gay for another lovely visit.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Westfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Having heard such positive things about Dorset, I thought I would start out there on Friday and Saturday and then make my way to the purpose of my trip to the antiquarian book fair in Brattleboro, Vt. on Sunday morning. I called and reserved a room by phone for two nights at the Squire House. What a wonderful place. Roger and Gay are charming hosts and it was like staying in an exclusive private residence setback a few blocks from the center of town on 11 acres. They were very accommodating and recommended and made our restaurant reservations (AT&T is the only cell service which works in Dorset), and provided several insider suggestions of things to see and places to go. Breakfast was great and very carefully prepared after inquiring about preferences; their WiFi worked fine and was very useful for an occasional connection to the world. Dorset has an interesting history and is idyllic in its beauty.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

My husband and I took a 12 night cruise to Italy for our 40th anniversary. We came back to the states via Boston then to Vermont to see our son in a play at the Dorset Playhouse. We are Texans and this was our first trip to Vermont, but it won't be our last. We stayed 2 nights at Squire House and what a treat it was. Roger and Gay have turned thier labor of love into a true, peaceful paradise. They welcomed us as if we had known them all our lives. We cannot say enough about our fabulous stay! Our room was spacious, bed was heavenly, and breakfast was delicious! What a great town to just get away from it all and relax. Stay at the Squire House, you will not regret it!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

My husband and I have stayed at Squire House more times than anywhere outside of our own home. It has that home-away-from-home quality, if your mother was an immaculate housekeeper with impeccable taste. Easy, comfortable elegance. Lots of welcoming public rooms. Want a quiet read? Flop into a comfy chair in the music room, with a lovely fireplace in winter and a view through French doors to a perfectly groomed garden. For music, there's also a baby grand and lots of great cds. Haven't given up on the Red Sox? Then toddle next door to the good-looking den, now with a huge smart tv. There's also a formal living room, but it seems designed for fancier occasions, perhaps for weddings, so we haven't done more than peek inside.

The breakfast is good, the innkeepers funny and warm, and the setting is lovely, with a view of red-bellied woodpeckers at their feeder while you are having breakfast in the dining room.
What more could you want? Oh, a beautiful bedroom and a large ensuite bathroom? Done and done.

Dorset has a small theater, a great country store, and is close but not too close to the music, art, antiques, and shopping of Manchester. This makes for the best of all Vermont worlds. Enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Huahine, French Polynesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Roger and Gay were the most fantastic host of any BB that we have ever stayed in.
Their place is the most lovely place we have ever stayed at. and the surroundings are the most beautiful part of the US we have seen.
Their BB is in a restored 2 story mansion on 10 acre's up against the forest in a charming setting it just doesn't get much better in fact the whole area is like this incredible........
Gay cooks a very very good breakfast and made us pancakes with local maple syrup on our request.....talk about wanting to make people happy these folks know how to do it and make you feel at home.........
Roger gave us all of the local address to enjoy and he really knew what we would enjoy after asking what we would enjoy doing eating ect....
This is a place I would return to with my wife if we ever get the chance.........

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Squire House is a tastefully furnished spacious home with warm and welcoming hosts. The grounds are spectacular and well maintained. Breakfast was tasty and graciously served, but not too much to eat. It was far and away the best place we stayed in Vermont.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 3395 Dorset West Road, Dorset, VT 05251
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Location: United States > Vermont > Green Mountains > Dorset
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Dorset
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Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegant but informal, built in 1918 and carefully restored, Squire House is a luxurious B&B on eleven private acres in a classic Vermont village. With only three guest rooms, Squire House is never crowded or commercial. Each guest room has a modern private bathroom, nine-foot ceilings, large windows and central air conditioning. There are five wood-burning fireplaces. Full three-course breakfasts are served on English china in our paneled dining room. ... more   less 

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