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“Lovely area,rustic cabins and motel”

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Pine Crest Motel and Cabins
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barton
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“Lovely area,rustic cabins and motel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

Accomodation is very limited in the Brownington / Barton / Orleans area with no brand names and only a few bed and breakfasts at $100+ per night. Having read previous Tripadvisor reviews I chose the Pine Crest motel and cabins to spend a week while attending a timber framing project at the Old Stone House Museum near by.

Jay, the owner / operator is very accomodating and gave me a number of options over the phone and choice between the motel and cabins. His cancellation policy impressed me, call before you arrive and there is no cancellation fee. I chose the motel end unit (#6 - Eagles Nest) hoping for a nice quiet spot with plenty of room.

On arrival I had a quick look at the "cabins" which were close together, quite small and had a number of guests booked in. I stuck with the motel room with lovely pine decor, two single and one double bed, larger TV and large propane heater (temperature in the 40s at night)

The room was very clean, quite big, had large windows, contained a fridge and microwave, sit down table with a pull out bench seat, bath with a shower and satelite TV. None of the unts or cabins are air conditioned. The room was lacking in shampoo and cleanex? They also do not have phone service in the rooms. The only lock on the door was the door nob so a security latch might be added to make guests feel a little more secure.

It is in a lovely location with lots of hills, winding roads, a stone bride, river running through the property and a swimming pool which was not open yet.

The highway (#5?) runs right in front of the motel and bends around near the cabins and is busy during the day with limited traffic at night. It is so close that most vehicles are heard and ear plugs were required to sleep. The motel was very quiet even when a number of new customers stayed on the weekend. Most were just passing through and gone early in the am.

My only major complaint to the owner was that all three large windows did not have curtains that blocked the sun, the motels large light, etc.. They were almost a see through fabrick and even when a bed sheet was put over them the light could not be blocked.

WiFi is advertised and although they have two seperate systems I spent many hours trying to make mine work (strong signal but would not connect?) I could use the internet for brief periods of time then loose it as it said the server could not recognize my computer. After working with Jay with no success he mentioned that there was a library in Orleans with free WiFi in the parking lot. After a quick five minute drive I was able to use the internet there with no problem. Orleans is the only local spot to get "diesel" fuel also.

Coming from Ontario (Canada) I did find some of the local traffic procedures a little confusing. Some roads have adequate speed signs while others rely on signs very near the towns to let you know the speed limit. In one case I asked three different residents what the speed was and got three different answers? You also have to be carefull about "pedestians" crossing whether on their own or at small signs posted on the side of the road. From what I was told "any" pedestrian has the right of way no matter where they are walking across the street and it is up to the driver to stop and give them the right of way. Of course there are no traffic lights in this area.

Any one in this area should make a point of visiting the Old Stone House museum in Brownington, the site where our Timber Framer Guild project built and held a barn raising to replace one which burned many years ago. The "museum" is actually a small town that has been kept in its original condition and was the location of the first school in the area. The large four story granit "house" is the center piece and contains a wealth of antiques ranging from the toy room, tool room, library, civil war collection, etc.. It is just across from the lookout from which you can view lake W? which looks right into Quebec and is the perfect spot to view the sunset.

Room Tip: I might try a cabin next time. A little farther from the highway and not as bright.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2012

I LOVE this place! I've stayed here twice, in the Raccoon Retreat, and have had family stay in the Lynx Lair. Cozy and clean, with your own little grill out front plus grassy area next to the stream that has a spot prepared for small bonfire. Wasn't pool time either time I stayed, but it looks in very good shape. Jay,Taryn, and the kids truly make you feel at home, right down to the kitties marching across the desk while you check in. Really laid back spot. Easy and pleasant drive to it from the highway. A really great spot run by really nice people.

Room Tip: The rooms/cabins are fully described on the website, something to match everyone's needs.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

I chose "Rustic Charming Cabins" as a title, since my sister already took "Charming Rustic Cabins"

My two teenage daughters, husband,dog and I spent four nights at the Pine Crest Motel and Cabins in the motel (in Cougar Cave), while we visited my uncle's family in Brownington, Vt. The room was cute, rustic and well- maintained. The motel faces the road, but it was still a pretty area, even though there was a car lot across the road. The cabins are further down the driveway and face the woods and river. It was surprisingly not noisy, even though it was close to the road.

There were four beds, a small tv, a dining table, toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker, sink, stove, oven, full-sized refrigerator, pots and pans, dishes, silverware and a few utensils. I wish I had brought my own cast-iron frying pan and knife, since they both were barely usable. We still managed to make good meals in the room.

The beds were ok, not bad, not great. The shower and sink in the bathroom were clean and worked fine. The Wifi worked just fine.

It rained when we had a chance to swim, but my husband and daughter swam anyway and had a good time in the clean pool. We also didn't get a chance to use the fire pit with chairs around it, but wish we had.

The cabins looked charming, lined up towards the river, with little porches and picnic tables out front, but they were full when we wanted to stay.

The owners were very nice and helped us with rainy day plans.

It was quiet, even when road workers stayed next door midweek. We would stay at Pine Crest Motel and Cabins again, and just bring our own knife and pan.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2011

On a trip to visit our realtives in Brownington, my family and I stayed in two of the motel rooms, which were fine, but I wish we had stayed in cabins! (They were full when we booked.)

Jay and his wife were very friendly and accommodating. I arrived quite early, and they cleaned my room so I could check in.

My bed was quite comfortable, and I slept well. Didn't even try the TV, but appreciated the coffee maker and the microwave.

I will stay here again when we visit the Northern Kingdom.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2011

This was our second time staying at Pine Crest and we just love it up there. We stayed in the Lynx Lair which is perfect for two people. The cabins and the grounds are always spotless, despite the cabins being entirely booked during our stay it was very quiet and we could hear the river that runs along the property at night. Really for less that $100 a night this place can't be beat. We'll be back next summer for sure!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

We stayed at the cabins while traveling to Quebec. The cabins are fairly well maintained, and clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Our particular cabin had a noticeable slope which, combined with the uncomfortable mattresses made for a difficult nights sleep. The kids enjoyed the pool and wading through the river. The price is hard to beat ($90.00 for a 2 bedroom cabin). There were some sketchy characters in one of the other cabins, but they didn't bother us.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2011

I stayed here while riding the kingdom trails. The cabin was clean, quiet and found the bed comfortable. They have a neat little waterfall out back and the river runs along the grounds. Staff was friendly. It's about a 35 minute drive or so from Kingdom. If you're looking to stay in a cabin, it's a good option to consider.

Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Pine Crest Motel and Cabins
Address: 1288 Barton-Orleans Rd. (Route 5), Barton, VT 05822
Location: United States > Vermont > Northeast Kingdom > Barton
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barton
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rustic country charm on the winding beautiful Barton river with crystal clear water and said to be some of the best trout fishing in the Northeast Kingdom. Family owned and operated with old school values and service for you pleasure. A great place for you to stay and explore the beauty of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. In the middle of the lake country we are just a couple of miles from Crystal Lake, Lake Willoughby, Lake Seymour, Salem Lake. For our winter visitors we are equally distance from Jay Peak and Burke Mountain ski resorts and minute away from the VAST trail snow mobile trail. Nearby enjoy many hiking and biking trails. ... more   less 

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