We traveled to Bellows Falls in October, a beautiful time of year there. We loved the little town as well as the little towns that surrounded it. We stayed at Halladay's Harvest Barn Inn and found the innkeepers Kathy and Phil to be great, friendly, helpful and accommodating.They do everything in their power to please their guests. Phil made his special orange stuffed French toast on our second day there by special request and we so enjoyed it, it was delicious! The only thing we could really criticize about the food service was the coffee or maybe we should say the lack of coffee. It seemed that the pot was always empty when we got to it and we had to use the Keurig and drink pod coffee. :-( Being coffee lovers, we were not too happy about this but took it in stride. We just bought ourselves a good cup of coffee at the little market in town when we headed out each day. We had envisioned staying in a beautiful old country inn with charming, beautifully decorated rooms but this was not the case at Hallaway's, at least not with our room. The inn itself is a beautiful old farmhouse with a lot of natural character. It has an incredible view of the CT River and the mountains and it has a big old front porch with rockers to enjoy the beautiful view. But, as sorry as I am to say this, we were very disappointed with our room which appeared to be an add-on to the original house. We took the "suite" on the back of the house (paying more and thinking we were getting the biggest nicest room in the inn) since it is portrayed that way on their website..a "suite". It even has a bridal gown strewn across the sofa in the photo. If I rented that room for my honeymoon, I'd be ready to kill someone! On the positive side, the room was quiet and private and pretty clean. It also had it's own deck overlooking the mountains and woods in the backyard although it was much too cool to use it when we were there, it also overlooked a small backyard pond. The room was on the second level of the house near the innkeepers quarters away from the other rooms in the house and was extremely quiet but the quality of the construction in the room was so poor, we were so very disappointed. This was NOT a charming room by any definition. Nothing could make up for the poor workmanship in the room and the lack of color on the walls. We truly felt that we could have done a lot better elsewhere. NO character! The sheetrock taper was obviously an amateur and some areas in the room were very poorly painted or not painted at all. The carpentry work also left something to be desired. Shoddy work. Who wants to lie in bed and look at a big ugly cracked tape line running down the ceiling over their head? We personally do not find that charming..that is neglect! Part of the bathroom had been added on and was a very odd lay out with a lot of wasted space, poor lighting, a shower curtain that needed to be changed out (soiled around the bottom) and very poor water pressure. It was also cold and had shoddy workmanship as well. The paper in the bathroom, both the Klenex and toilet tissue were so stiff and rough they felt a lot like sandpaper. They certainly do not pamper you! And..the toiletries that were offered were shared with past patrons, small half bottles of lotion, shampoo and conditioner left in a small basket for the next person to use. Ewwwwww! No thanks! Also, the skylight over the toilet was dirty and had debris and mildew growing in it. The original rooms in the house appeared to be better constructed and were more attractively painted judging from the couple of rooms we saw from the entry way. But, we did observe that one of the two rooms we saw appeared to have a curtain instead of a door on the bathroom door opening. I suppose this is assuming that people that are staying in a room together are married and do not want or need their privacy. Yikes! With that said, this is in no way the fault of the innkeepers who are NOT the owners of the inn, they were great, I can't say that enough. Kathy's afternoon cookies were yummy and Phil's suggestions for area attractions were both helpful as well as amusing at times. BUT...we would NOT go back to Hallaway's. We felt that we paid far too much for the quality of the room we stayed in and this most definitely took away from an otherwise enjoyable trip. The owner needs to address these issues. The inn has so much potential, so much untapped character, it could be absolutely beautiful with a little TLC and some better decorating choices. Somehow, Pottery Barn furniture just does not fit the character of the inn and does not do it justice. Sorry Kathy and Phil..I'm sure by now you have guessed who we are and like we said, this is no fault of yours..you were both lovely.
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- The Harvest Barn Inn is a charming, casual, affordable place to stay in Southern Vermont, close to New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We offer gorgeous views, clean, quiet, cozy rooms and outrageously good breakfasts, all for about the same price as a standard hotel.We offer cooking and crafting classes, room for families to re-connect, and romantic getaway packages. ... more less
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