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Fan House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 4 Barnard B&B and Inns
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Edinburgh, Scotland
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“Highly recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2010

We stayed at The Fan House for 4 nights at the end of June. Situated in Barnard, a village clustered around the quaint Silver Lake, and an easy, short drive from the quintessentially American town of Woodstock, this old house has been beautifully restored and is tastefully furnished with antiques and original pieces of art. The bedrooms are very comfortable and the bathrooms are well equipped with fluffy towels, hair dryers, luxury soap, etc. The mix of old and new is a perfect combination. The garden is lovely with many little spots to sit and relax. Everything you could possibly need is provided and your comfort and enjoyment are obviously so important to Sara, your host. Hearty, homemade breakfasts give a great start to your day. Our favourite was baked apples and scones! Sara very successfully balances being around to give you information and asking if you have everything you need, whilst at the same time giving you space to enjoy your comfortable room, the welcoming living room and restful garden. The Fan House is an example of how a classy Bed & Breakfast should be run. We would have no hesitation in recommending Sara’s home to anyone travelling in Vermont who appreciates high standards in terms of interior décor designed with excellent taste, expects comfortable accommodation and who wants to stay with a gracious host who is exemplary in her hospitality.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2010

Truly a special getaway. always a place to quietly read...easily accessible for Woodstock adventures. The special beauty of Vermont enhanced by the kindness and careful care of the innkeeper. I could return time and again.............and Will!
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  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2010

We spent a delightful weekend during the cold VT winter month of February and enjoyed our welcoming host, the tastefully furnished rooms, the comfort of a woodburning fireplace in our bedroom, the luxurious linens and the gourmet breakfast. We loved every moment and made a promise to return.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cooperstown NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2010

We just love this place! THANK YOU, Sara -- the room was luxurious (cashmere blankets!), the breakfast was deliciousl, the firewarm and cozy on a damp, rainy day, and there was even a rainbow when the sun came out! I love the "new" library---i don't know of any hotel or inn or B&B where the selection of books available to us is so eclectic---wonderful! The setting is perfect: hidden away but not far from great restaurants and the beautiful lake and countryside... We can't wait to come back and see the beautiful garden in full bloom... Will see you in a few weeks... and again this summer... and again.... and again...

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2010

We recently enjoyed a stay at The Fan House while visiting the Woodstock area for a friend’s wedding. We arrived on the later side, but Sara could not have been more accommodating and left a note out for us with a little snack knowing we had arrived after the restaurants in the area had closed! We were out and about much of the time with wedding-related activities, but our time at The Fan House could not have been more enjoyable and cozy. We stayed in the Red Toile room. Breakfasts were yummy and the fireplace in the living room was so relaxing and Sara has a wonderful library of books which was fun to browse through. We had a really nice stay and we will definitely come back when we have more time to enjoy the beautiful house and Silver Lake!

Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2010

Last year I was unable to make my annual trip to my favorite get away, The Fan House in picturesque Barnard, VT. My last visit was October 2008!!! On each visit, Sara, the proprieter, always greeted me with a warm weldome! After a tour of her home, I was shown to my beautiful room, the Fireplace Suite. Over the huge comfortable bed is a skylight where one awakens to sunshine, passing clouds or falls asleep gazing at the stars. My room was always set with a vase of fresh flowers from her garden. At the end of the day I looked forward to luxurating in the huge claw footed bathtub! Breakfast is something else! In the mornings the aromas of freshly brewing coffee and apple muffins baking in the oven wafted up the stairs. Breakfast is taken in the cozy dining room starting with a "continental style" serving of granola, fruits or juices, followed by a hearty quiche, omlet, or other dish! Often other guests join in breakfast and conversation around the dining table.
One will not be bored while visiting the area! Barnard itself is a treat- one cannot pass up a trip to the quaint General Store, a swim in Silver Lake, or a hike up the road! Sara has an "inborn" intuition as to guests interests and is a resource in steering visitors to great places to eat and visit.
I always feel at home at the Fan House, know there will be excellent service, will sleep well, enjoy wonderful meals, and have a great time! Whatever my need, Sara is there to take care of it!!! Yes, I am planning a return trip to Vermont and will stay at the Fan House in Barnard!!!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2010

I was seduced by the glowing reports I read here to book this B&B for our trip around New England last autumn. The house is indeed charming and the location is very pretty, but our stay was pretty much ruined by two things.
Firstly the reception we received was quite frosty. We have no idea why - we stayed in lots of B&Bs and Inns during our trip, and met really lovely hosts, who were very welcoming. This was the solitary exception. We weren't late arriving (4.45pm) and didn't ask for anything unusual, so we have no explanation for it.
Secondly, if we thought the reception was frosty, the room was positively icy! There is absolutely no need for the room to be so cold. We piled every available blanket on the bed (including towels) and slept in our jumpers, and were still cold. I live in an 150 year old draughty house, so I know about the problems of heating older buildings, but I would have been incredibly embarrassed if I had a visitor who was so cold, let alone a paying visitor. My advice to Sara is splash out and buy a plug in heater to take to the chill off the rooms - you charge enough for the rooms to be able to afford it!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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SallyDuncan, Owner at Fan House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 20, 2010
The Fan House regrets that our guests experienced discomfort. Vermont can be VERY cold and unfortunately cold came unseasonably early in October this year for a short week, before warming up again. The Fan House was not yet "buttoned down" for the extreme cold; this is a process that normally happens in mid-late November. Had my guests told me they were uncomfortable I could have provided a plug-in heater to take off the chill in the bedroom. In fact, I had no knowledge of the issues around this visit until the posting came through. This is an 1840 lathe and plaster house with clapboard siding and an inherited one-size-fits-all heating system which I hope to replace when I have saved up $30,000.
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Additional Information about Fan House Bed and Breakfast

Property: Fan House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 6297 VT-12, Barnard, VT 05031
Location: United States > Vermont > Barnard
Amenities:
Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Barnard
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious, European style rooms and suites. Exquisite fine decorating, exceptionally comfortable beds with 300+ thread count linens & down comforters. Located just minutes from Quechee & Woodstock Vermont. ... more   less 
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Fan House Bed And Breakfast Vermont/Barnard

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