We originally booked a 2 night stay (we were travelling with our toddler and small dog) in the Mockingbird cabin, and wound up extending for an extra night because we just were not ready to leave such an idyllic place...
From the moment we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised with the aesthetic of the Inn-every detail was executed (but not overdone), from the clusters of mums/pumpkins to the very jolly scarecrow on the front porch. It seemed there were beautiful touches almost everywhere we looked, but it was done with restraint--this was not where Autumn came and exploded--you could tell they wanted to bring notes of nature in and around, and let the Vermont foliage speak for itself (which it did).
Upon check-in, Danielle gave us a tour, explaining that breakfast was included at the Dorset Inn (just up the street) and that lunch and dinner were served here. While this may seem a drawback to some (to have to go down the street a bit), PLEASE know, it's not! it's perhaps the prettiest street around, and it's about 2 blocks down--definitely within walking distance! Also, breakfast was DELICIOUS. (For what it's worth, we also ventured into Paulett to the Station for breakfast one morning and it was amazing as well.) We ate dinner all 3 nights at the Barrows restaurant for several reasons-1, it was delicious...2, service was excellent...3, we have a toddler with an early bedtime. As I mentioned somewhere else, our baby monitor reached from the patio to the room, so we could still stay outside after we put our daughter to bed. This was great because they light a fire in the fire pit around which guests can sit with wine, cheese, anything, really. Amazing!
Our room was great--the set up is more of a cluster of small cottages. Our room, Mockingbird 1, looked a bit small online but was quite ample for us (plus a pack n play and a dog crate) with plenty of space to move around...I will say that the pictures definitely did not do it justice and we were pleasantly surprised. They just redecorated the entire place (with a few minor touches to go), and have really done this place proud...even for snobs like us. It has a sophisticated air to it, without feeling stuffy and uncomfortable. It is incredibly clean. (this is my one hurdle with travelling and has become worse with time--I travel with cleaning supplies...I have to say that this place passes with flying colors).
While the inn (and heck, the entire area/surrounding towns/stores/restaurants) were amazingly dog-friendly, we would have liked to see a dog-waste garbage somewhere (anywhere)...anything beats having to trek all the way to the dumpster (open the gate, lift the dumpster lid, etc) every time our little dog went #2, we certainly didn't want it right out in the open (eww) but somewhere that didn't make us want to shower after each time would have been great. **only flaw?? we'll take it**
Um, all this and I still haven't raved about the amazing town, friendly locals, a zillion things to do, places to eat, etc?
Things not to miss:
*Drive around Upper/Lower Hollow Road (scenic views)
*Pawlet (sp?) Station restaurant
*The Perfect Wife restaurant (we did not eat there-we couldn't bring the dog but we were told it was good)
*Dorset itself (by Dorset Inn)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barrows House offers 27 guest rooms and suites located in the Main Inn and separate cottages throughout our 6 acre property. Guests can enjoy use of our pool, tennis courts, and outdoor patio dining -- complete with a firepit! Barrows House was recently purchased and the guest rooms and grounds have all been completely updated and renovated. We have transformed the Inn into a quintessential New England Bed & Breakfast. Barrows House maintains the charm of an old Inn while providing guests with modern amenities. Our newly renovated Gastropub boasts an expansive bar, craft beers on draft, an outdoor patio for dining, and nightly specials! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barrows House Hotel Dorset