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“As a Swede, this hit the mark!” 5 of 5 stars
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115 Prospect St., Newport, VT 05855   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Newport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Branford, Connecticut
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“As a Swede, this hit the mark!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

First, the proprietor Ruth is great to talk to and is so knowledgeable about the surrounding area that you will never have a lack of things to do. She also knows a lot about Sweden and the surrounding Scandinavian countries, and about traveling in general. The B&B is beautifully yet simply furnished and breakfast is traditionally Scandinavian. I must also comment on the cleanliness of the B&B; everything in our room, bathroom, and throughout the house was spotless! Will definitely return again when we are next in the area.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Gilford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

I recently stayed here for 4 days. I loved it so much I will definitely be back. Such a beautiful home and it smells wonderful. It has everything you need, Ruth is so kind and helpful. If you're planning on skiing she can order discounted tickets if you let her know in advance. It's a great getaway and the breakfast is healthy and local. A 5-star rating is well-deserved. I also loved how eco-friendly the house was!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Margaretville, NY
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We've now stayed at Little Gnesta a few times. It's our spot when we come up to ski at Jay. And we adore Ruth. This time the weather (we were gambling on snow and got rain and ice) didn't cooperate, still we had an awesome time. The second day we were there, there was an ice storm. The ski hill closed, the roads were dreadful and there was nothing to do. Still we had fun. We read in the lounge and borrowed books, and Ruth was warm and welcoming and kind. Best of all perhaps, she was also sympathetic. She offered to let us check out a couple days early and refunded those days of our stay. We didn't have to ask but she offered. It's this sort of kindness and understanding that she gives all guests. Also to say, the beds are comfortable, the bedding luxurious, the breakfasts tasty-- she always makes sure to have local foods and cheeses available. And she was a great guide for a day of mooching around off the hill.

  • Stayed December 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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Lebanon, New Hampshire
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Our second visit was during a trip to Quebec City. Little Gnesta didn't disappoint - still Clean & Comfortable.

We stayed this time in the first floor Umea room, large and bright in the late afternoon sun.

An early arrival permitted some conversation time with Ruth, a delightful hostess.

After a breakfast of mostly local foods, including her own granola, we were on our way north.

Green Features: Ruth has taken great care to be an environmentally friendly innkeeper.
  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We stayed for two nights and check out hidden treasures in Northeast Vermont, and it turned out much much better than we expected. Ruth is an exceptionally charming host; we had wonderful conversation over tasty and healthy breakfasts--great way to start a whole day of exploration.
Quiet location in a friendly neighborhood, and just a short walk to Newport's lovely Main street shops and an amazing Vermont-style hardware store that is a tourist attraction in itself. Thanks to the introduction of Ruth, we get to know the community quickly and enjoy talking with folks here.
A short drive to way under-rated Burke Mountain nearby, and much much more.
We actually stumbled upon little Gnesta, and Newport, Vermont, purely by random web search. And now we may very well plan our next vacation using this place as a base.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I adored my stay at Little Gnesta. Ruth, the innkeeper (and her very able four-legged 'assistant,' Philip), offered a warm welcome and sparkling accommodations. I especially liked the simplicity of the Scandinavian furnishings and appointments. Each carefully selected object — a juice goblet, the comforter (and the oh so splendid bed!!), the rugs and chairs — contributed to the lovely quiet and refined setting. I enjoyed a long breakfast conversation with other guests over our delicious breads, cheeses and fruit. Could not have been better in any way.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Hamilton, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We took our 2013 Columbus Day Weekend drive through New England and landed at Little Gnesta in Newport, VT. Newport lies at the end of scenic route 100, just a few miles from the Canadian border -- don't forget your passports like we did!

It's a quiet town, and it's so far north the leaves fall early: the trees were just past their peak by the time we got up there. But the scenery is still beautiful. Ruth recommended that we hike up the "nearby" Mount Pisgah and take the bike trail along the downtown lake. We followed her advice and were glad that we did. There were some great views and the fall weather was perfect.

The house, nestled in a sleepy part of town, is a short walk from a couple nearby bars and restaurants, including the unique Tasting Center, where we ended up spending each night. From what the locals there told us, Newport is about to begin building major infrastructure in the quaint downtown to accommodate the two nearby ski mountains. If you can, go check it out now while it's still small.

Little Gnesta was a great B&B. We'd stay again if we ever went back to Newport.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Umea room and we had no complaints. Private bathroom, amazing mattress, and a 2nd...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Little Gnesta B & B

Address: 115 Prospect St., Newport, VT 05855
Location: United States > Vermont > Northeast Kingdom > Newport
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Swedish-inspired B & B on the isthmus that is downtown Newport, just steps from international Lake Memphremagog. Four simple, yet elegant rooms, combine Gustavian and Swedish-country design elements where you'll sleep "Scandinavian" with fluffy comforters atop queen-size Carpe Diem beds imported from Sweden. A simple buffet breakfast of crusty breads, granola, yogurt, meats and cheeses. Walk to dining and shopping. Free Wifi. Private baths. Bike trail along the lake to Quebec, Canada (6 miles) only two blocks away. Some French spoken. ... more   less 

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