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“LaReau Farm Inn is a great place to stay in the Mad River Valley.” 5 of 5 stars
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Rte. 100, Waitsfield, VT 05673   |  
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Ranked #5 of 15 Waitsfield B&B and Inns
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“LaReau Farm Inn is a great place to stay in the Mad River Valley.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Farm recently to attend a wedding for our Niece (at another location).

We had a room with a queen size bed and its own bathroom with shower. It was a cherry yellow. The farm itself is set off from the Waitsfield by about a ten minute ride. Close enough to enjoy the down town area and surrounding site seeing and far enough away to feel like you are in the country.

This quaint Vermont Inn is located in the Mad River Valley. The Inn Keeper, LisaBeth and her assistant Sam were welcoming and helpful. The breakfasts that were served were delicious. We enjoyed cottage cheese pancakes with warm maple syrup and bacon one morning and poached eggs with country ham and a cheese sauce over toast the next morning. All of our fellow guests were as comfortable and happy as we were with everyone sharing stories and laughs.

LaReau Farm is a middle of the road cost for an Inn with top notch service, location, and warmth. Many thanks to LisaBeth and Sam!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2009

This was my wife and my first trip to Lareau Farm Inn. We were traveling with a group, who had booked together, for a three day / two night stay. When we first arrived, the entry room was welcoming, with personalized notes addressing us by name, and giving us the directions to our room. As we passed through the kitchen, with "help yourself" sign by a home made cake and cookies, we passed by the coffee/tea / soft drink service, also help yourself encouraged. The upstairs room was cozy, with a tidy sense and sturdy practicality. Nothing ornate or contrived; furnished with solid oak antique bed and dresser. The view through our windows was that of the hill and woods to the back, with the massive wood piles that support the adjacent Flatbread Bakery wood-fired ovens. We did not make it to the Flatbread Restaurant, since we were there midweek, and they are open only on weekends, it seems. The rooms were not stocked with the hotel expected hair dryers, shampoo and conditioner and bath salts and other toiletries; but a well stocked closet in the hallway had all these items, if you left home without them.

Our "light" dinner that evening was a mix of hors d'oeuvres, local cheeses and breads, and home made soups that were spectacular. A vegetarian option was offered, to my delight.
Breakfast the next morning was fabulous, with home made pancakes and raspberries, juices, oatmeal, granola and other cereals, fresh fruits, coffee cakes, and more. Perfect energy loading for a day of skiing. The local X-C ski area we went to was Ole's which we found delightful and a short ride away. We would caution that the best way there is through Warren Village, not the direct route that seems to be the straight way on the local "tourist map". The shortest route is on roads not acceptable for winter driving (the map did not make this clear). We did not go downhill, but those in our group that did had nothing but wonderful things to say.
Dinner that night was a melange of different pizzas, assorted to fit any and all dietary predilections, and all had their fill. There was accompanying salad, appetizers, and a fine selection of wine and beer to accompany. The beverage service is simplicity itself: all wines are the same price per bottle ($15) and all beers are $3. The service is self serve and honor system; you sign the paper on the counter saying what you had.
Breakfast our final morning was omelets to your preference, with the same accompaniments to your liking.
All in all, we loved the ambiance, the coziness, the enthusiasm of the innkeeper, Lizabeth, and her culinary skills. The other staff present were more like friends than service staff; pleasant, accommodating, full of advice for local attractions, and efficient in their assistance.

  • Liked — solid, home like feel, no phone or TV in the room!
  • Disliked — the temperature in our room varied: cold at first when going to bed, the overly hot; I think another guest was "adjusting" the thermostat in the hallway
  • Stayed January 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2008

Located in the Mad River Valley of Vermont, the Lareau Farm Inn offers a nice place to stay for a decent price. The rooms in my opinion were adequate, but the communal facilities were not all that cozy. But if you and your family are visiting to go hiking, skiing or biking, it is indeed a nice place to come back to. The breakfasts cooked by the innkeeper and just incredible, and she never fails to keep us well fed with pies or American Flatbreads in the evening.

*DO go to the adjoining American Flatbreads restaurant everynight they are open (Friday and Saturday nights). Incredible pizza and great atmosphere!

  • Liked — Location, Breakfasts
  • Disliked — Communal Space
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2008

Our hiking and biking group occupied the whole Inn during the last weekend in May and had a truyly memorable time. The Inn is charming and full of local history.

Lizbeth, the Innkeeper and cook, is so welcoming and friendly and a fabulous cook. She baked homemade coffee cakes and breads each morning along with homemade oatmeal, cottage cheese/blueberry pancakes ( made with organic home grown blueberries), fruit, cereal and granola, juice and more. On Sunday, she offered made-to-order omlettes. It was a wonderful spread which fortified us for our day's activities.

On Saturday night, Lizbeth catered our group's dinner at the Inn, serving about 8-10 kinds of American Flatbread pizza, a wonderful salad, with the salad bowl constantly replenished. And homemade brownie sundes for dessert - mmmm! The Inn is the home of Flatbread Pizza and there are extensive gardens on the farm where many of the ingredients are grown - all organically. The resulting pizza is superb. Families waiting to be seated at the adjacent restaurant romp and play in the large back yard behind the Inn.

The rooms are typical of an old B & B, some with private baths and some with a shared bath. There are two public areas inside, one with a TV, the other with beautiful antique furniture Lizbeth found in the valley. There is a front and back porch as well and we ate breakfast on the back porch both mornings. The surrounding hills and mountains provide a wonderful setting for this great Inn.

  • Liked — Warm welcome, great food and friendly atmosphere.
  • Disliked — I would not want a bathroom down the hall.
  • Stayed May 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2008

I was really busy but we had a trip planned with the family to stay in the Inn. The real draw was the American Flatbread Restaurant which is connected to the Inn literally and the only way to get a guaranteed reservation is to be a guest at the Inn.
When we pulled up to the Inn, it honestly did not look like like anything special. Guests are invited to kick off their boots and shoes at the door to help save the floors, and there are two baskets full of slippers to well, slip into. Our room was on the outside, so I wasn't enthused about braving the cold to get to my room, but it was a dry cold and it wasn't uncomfortable. The rooms themselves have no TVs and phones, but that led to the air of relaxation. The decor was homey and comfortable and whimisical. I instantly felt calm and relaxed .The baked goods on the counter and the carafes of coffee and hot water for tea or hot chocolate in the main parlorwere very welcoming. Then we went to the Flatbread restaurant. Even with the reservations, there was a wait and no place really to stand out of the way of the hard working staff, but when all was said and done, the wait was worth it! The food was just as wonderful as promised and sitting near the clay oven was a treat. The local beer was a nice touch too. I didn't have dessert, but the dessert was less than spectacular. I was just entranced by the flatbread! We spent an evening playing games by the fire. The next morning, the breakfast part of the B & B was outstanding. I never tasted such great food and ate quite a bit to fuel a day of cross country skiing. That evening, we sat around the fire and talked with other guests. The inn provides games, well played with, and tons of books are scattered about the house to be perused by the guests. They invite you to take and/or leave one at your desire. All and all, I would love to go back!

  • Liked — the genuine feel of hospitality
  • Disliked — the board games could be more updated.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2008

We stay at B&Bs fairly often and the Lareau Farm was, for us, a stand-out. Where to begin?

I'll start with the rooms since that's the first "B" in "B&B". Our room was wonderful. It was cozy and interesting. There was no fluffy, frilly, over-cutified, over-studiedness to them. They were simple and comfortable and colorful and eclectic. I'm not much of an interior decor person (my wife is though), but i know what i DON'T like. The rooms at the Lareau farm were decorated in a fashion that appeals to me. But at the Lareau Farm (unlike many B&Bs) there was no reason to stay in your room. The "public" areas were vast and open and wonderful. We went to our rooms to sleep; the rest of the time (when we were around the Inn) we spent in those great and large open rooms or around the fire.

So that's the "B". The other "B" -- Breakfast -- was outstanding. I'm not even hungry right now and i'm still hankering for the food. Fresh ingredients, non-standard taste combinations, and plenty of it. No skimping on the portions at all. It was served in a big OPEN room surrounded by windows with views to wide-open fields. Too often, a bed and breakfast feels closed-in. Just the opposite here. That big room was a wonderful place to eat a meal. And the service wasn't so much "service" because the people were friendly and non-pretentious and non-standoffish -- they didn't take a service attitude, but provided excellent service.

My wife and i like our privacy and some B&B owners sit down and try to be pals in what i consider to be a forced way. Other B&B owners do just the opposite: they interact with you like hotel staff, completely non-personal. Lisbeth and the staff at the Lareau Farm struck -- for us -- the perfect balance of genuine friendliness and respect for our privacy. After three nights, both my wife and i felt very warmly toward Lisbeth and the staff. We felt like we were part of the place.

Lisbeth is very generous and runs the Inn like it was her home and we were her guests. She creates an environment of unspoken trust, much like a household, where we could help ourselves when appropriate and get help when needed. The big, open environment of that wonderful old house became, after a day or so of being there, as comfortable to us as any place i can recall ever staying. We went in and out of the kitchen area, helped ourselves to suprising and tasty things, and felt like the house was ours to explore and occupy. And even though the Inn was fairly full, we still felt like we had our place there. We never felt crowded.

I should mention that the Lareau Farm has a very cool and unique aspect to it that added a LOT of fun to the stay. Namely, it's literally attached to a restaurant called Flatbread (or something like that). It's a pizza restaurant and the PIZZA IS INCREDIBLY GOOD. It's the sort of place that is so good and so non-standard (woodfired oven; all organic and local ingredients; has a bonfire out back) that a line of 30 people on the nights it is open (fri and sat, i think) is not unusual. As Inn guests, we got a nifty privilege of being able to scoot to the front of the line. Lisbeth took care of all the details for us. And as a pizza snob, i can say without exaggeration that the pizza was top tier.

The restaurant added another aspect to the Inn experience that i liked: there was stuff going on around the Inn. It wasn't intrusive at all, but there were people coming and going on occasion carrying pies or whatever and it was fun for our kids as well as just fun to have a buzz of stuff happening. But i definitely don't want to give the impression that it was *busy* in any sense. There was just an occasional clack as a door opened and someone came in to talk with Lisbeth or to use the oven in the kitchen (wonderful baking smells!) and we'd go in with our kids to see what was up. There was a vibe of dynamicness (that's probably not a word, but...) which made it just plain more fun.

What else? Did i mention that the Farm is an old beautiful New England house in a huge meadow with a forested hill rising sharply behind it? One day we went for a long hike up the hill on a clear path. The kids loved it.

This is the first review i've ever done on this site and i don't tend to take the time to review stuff. But as we were driving away after a long weekend at the Lareau Farm, my wife and I decided that we should give something back to the place and to Lisbeth. We wanted to return the favor for the wonderful time we had had. We will be staying at the Lareau Farm again. We'll go out of our way to stay there. It's a place that, for us, will be a yearly migration.

  • Stayed January 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2007

We were traveling through New England for 8 days in August 2007 and needed a base spot for two nights in Vermont. The room we stayed in had a full bed and three twins that accommodated our family with two sons nicely. The rooms were someone country and the bathrooms were alittle dated but suited us well. The problem we had was the surprise we found after we came in from dinner about 10:00 pm the first night. The air conditioner had dripped inside all over the carpet right by our bed...maybe for days. You could not get in or out of the bed without stepping in it. It was too late to call the innkeeper and you could hardly do anything that late at night anyway. We reported it at breakfast the next morning and when we came back after a day in Burlington, it appeared to be fixed and there was a fan blowing to dry it out. The carpet was dry when we returned, but woe to someone who may stay after us that may be allergic to mold. Since we stayed mid-week, the American Flatbread was not open for buisness, so nighttime noise was not an issue. We did eat at the American Flatbread in Burlington and enjoyed outdoor service. Breakfasts were good with self-service cereal/bread and fruits plus a made-to-order entre. I think if we were to return to the area, I would stay somewhere else....it was not so good that I feel like I would stay here again. (We stayed at 4 different inns on this NE trip and this was our least favorite.) Maybe it would be different in the snowy season? At least the AC would not be running!

  • Disliked — Soggy carpet.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rte. 100, Waitsfield, VT 05673
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Location: United States > Vermont > Waitsfield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Waitsfield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lareau Farm is a 13 room B & B in the heart of the Mad River Valley. Serving fabulous farmhouse breakfasts featuring local farm to table cuisine. We have plenty of room for you and your pals to romp and play. We host many events that are open to the public as well as family reunions, board meetings, and country elegant weddings. We are also the home of American Flatbread - a wood fired all natural pizza company. ... more   less 
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