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WilloughVale Inn and Cottages
Ranked #1 of 1 Westmore B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kennett Square PA
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67 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Rustic, typical for the area, inn”
Reviewed September 10, 2012 via mobile

This inn faced a beautiful vista on Lake Willoughby. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the restaurant on site was a great convenience. That said, the room we were in named the Loon room, while clean and comfortable, could have used an upgrade. No pictures on the walls, the carpet was more suitable for an office, and the furniture could only be described as utilitarian. Our son stayed at a new cabin on site that was much nicer when it came to furnishings. That said, most of the accommodations in the area seemed about the same or even a step or two down. Buffet breakfast was included for inn guests, and although I requested skim milk by email in advance, none was provided.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Weirton, West Virginia
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We could not have ask for a nicer place or nicer people to work there. We were close to many great hiking trails and the scenery around the place is beautiful. We got there late because of airline delays and Roy was waiting and helped up get our bags in. The in house restaurant had great food and was reasonably priced.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Roy C, Manager at WilloughVale Inn and Cottages, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Thank you very much. Our chef has been at the Inn for 3 years.
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We stayed at WilloughVale Inn and Cottages during a very quiet time of the year for the Northeast Kingdom. In fact, we were the only two people staying at the facility, cabins and hotel included. When we pulled up to the dark hotel on an even darker road around eleven o’clock PM we wondered if the inn was even open. An exterior light guided us to the main entrance, where Roy, the innkeeper, met us at the door and welcomed us by name. Even though we mentioned that we would be arriving late in our reservation, I’m certain Roy welcomes all of his guests (regardless of the hour) with the kind of warmth and excitement with which he welcomed us. As far as innkeepers are concerned, Roy is a rare gem of the hospitality industry. We felt welcome indeed.

We stayed in the Angler cottage, which is fantastic for two people. The living room is full of windows with a great view of the lake. Comfortable seating surrounds a fireplace, which turned out to be an excellent contingency plan for the inclement weather we experienced. We spent most of the trip reading books by the fireplace, overlooking a lake so gorgeous that even gray clouds and rain did not detract from its beauty. The queen bed is comfortable, and the bedroom has an air conditioner if needed for the warmer summers. The fireplace adequately heated the entire cabin.

If you stay in the cabins I thoroughly recommend stopping at a grocery store about 20-40 miles before you reach Westmore. There are very few places to find food and supplies in Westmore, especially during the off season. We drove up to Newport to get food and something for the grill. The cabin is well outfitted for cooking and dining. We used the grill outside and had lovely meals on the covered and screened porch.

I don’t want to belabor this next point, as it has been made so readily and prominently in a few previous reviews, but the cabins could use extra towels and maybe a few spare rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom cabinets. It is such a minor expense in relation to the possible negative experience to which a lack of it could lead. I’m sure few guests want to trek to the front desk in order to obtain toilet paper, let alone want to write about it in an online review. It was the only thing we needed from the housekeeping staff. But this is a minor concern in relation to our overall experience, which was great.

We look forward to returning to the WilloughVale Inn and Cottages, but next time with our kayaks and bicycles ready to go - rain or shine.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2012

Gorgeous views from a pristine cottage that is well designed and decorated, very comfortable, and equipped with every amenity, from a big whirlpool bath to a beautiful kitchen. The lakefront, while rocky, has canoes, kayaks and more, plus a very cool floating trampoline, and lakes just don't get any prettier than Willoughby. It could have been heaven...but it wasn't, and for the silliest reasons. For four adults, we had four bath towels, two face towels, and two washcloths. We ran out of toilet paper because we were given a single roll... each of three days! The pillows and linens weren't bad but were not up to the standards dictated by the price of the cottage. These and other factors amount to being made to feel like a customer rather than a guest.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Roy C, Manager at WilloughVale Inn and Cottages, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
We are sorry for your feeling that you were a customer rather than a guest. After this posting and one on 8/25 we am not aware of the lack of t.p.in our rooms. While this may not have been the case for you, many of our 4 Lakeview cottage guests do not find the additional 2 sets of towels, hand towels and face cloths in the vanity plus the 2 towel by the Jacuzzi.
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Indian Hills, Colorado
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

The location of the Inn is lovely, right across the street from the lake. There is a nice dock to swim from, and canoes are provided. The inn is disappointing because it feels more like a motel than an inn. The historic character of the building has been completely removed, and the whole place has been renovated to cover over any of the original features. It's comfortable enough if you are looking for more of a motel/hotel experience, but it is a shame that they couldn't have created a more Vermont country inn atmosphere, in a building that has so much history.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Roy C, Manager at WilloughVale Inn and Cottages, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Everyone is certainly is entitled to his/her own opinion. I am comfortable in saying that many of our guests feel that the Inn and our 8 cottages are extremely appealing, particularly, in this very special setting.
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East Hartford, CT
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2012

Let's be completely honest....there is not much around the Willoughvale Inn and Cottages. That can be a good/bad thing. It is kind of the big fish in a very small pond. Gas, newspapers, groceries can be found 15 min away in Glover.
That being said, the location is excellent for solitude and relaxation. Direct access to the water, a short walk to a beach area, free use of canoes, kayaks, etc. A short distance to great hiking (Mt. Pisgah, Mt Hor).
We stayed in the Gazebo Room - a large room with knockout views from the attached gazebo porch. We found this a perfect place for morning coffee and a good read. The bed is very firm (I like that) and the jacuzzi was appreciated after a long day of hiking.
Gil's, the attached restaurant and bar is satisfactory, but once again there is literally nothing comparable nearby. The breakfast every morning is standard continental fare - only hot items are scrambled eggs and pancakes. Roy Clark, the innkeeper, is an affable and attentive.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Loganville, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2012

This Inn is in a beautiful location and, with more time and better weather, we might have been able to take advantage of the lake. It is fairly isolated with few other nearby choices for eating. There are some nice hikes in the area. The breakfast was fair at best with one item cold and overcooked. Our room as fine, but one of the lake front cabins looks like the way to go, if available.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Manager at WilloughVale Inn and Cottages, responded to this review, July 2, 2012
We are very sorry for your poor experience with our continental breakfast food. I appreciate your feelings about it and will talk with our breakfast person regarding the temperature of our heated food.
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Property: WilloughVale Inn and Cottages
Address: 793 Vt Route 5a, Westmore, VT 05860-9464
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Location: United States > Vermont > Northeast Kingdom > Westmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Westmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — WilloughVale Inn and Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Warm hospitality awaits you at the WilloughVale Inn, situated in an exquisite natural setting on the shores of Lake Willoughby. Lodging at the WilloughVale is gracious and informal, providing a perfectly relaxed atmosphere for vacationing in all four seasons. Accommodations and Vermont cottage rentals at our WilloughVale Inn include eleven unique guest rooms, four cozy lakefront cottages and four lakeview cottages with all the comforts of home with none of the distractions! Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is truly a wilderness jewel, offering outstanding recreational activities year-round. ... more   less 
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