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“A Real Working Farm”

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Hollister Hill Farm B&B
Ranked #1 of 3 Marshfield B&B and Inns
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Bob and Lee run a big working farm and you are guests at the farm. That and the spectacular breakfasts Lee dishes up differentiate Hollister Hill Farm from other B&Bs. You have a chance to get up close and personal with their beefalo, chickens, pigs, cows, turkeys and ducks. This is rural farm and forest Vermont at its best. They have a small room in the barn where they sell their own organic raw milk and frozen pork and beefalo products, and eggs. Their bacon and milk sell quickly. We stayed four days and breakfast was different each day and was all raised or made on the farm. We'll be back.

Room Tip: We stayed in "the little house"; wonderfully spacious .
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We've really enjoyed our 2 days at Hollister Hill Farm.
Bob and Lee provided us a warm welcome. Breakfast is gorgeous and so diversified.
And the farm is just across the road, open for visits, and remains the first thing our daughter (14) talks about when she describes her holiday in the US.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank romain w
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Hollister Hill Farm B&B is a delight: a classic New England farm house with a comfortable well-equipped apartment, charming hosts, a working farm, flower gardens, vegetable gardens, magnificent views, and the very, very best breakfasts.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Marshfield, Vermont's Hollister Hill Farm is a storybook blend of local food, farm animals, bed and breakfast, authentic personalities, and comfortable Vermont lodgings. The farmland is splendid and leisurely walks through the pastures, on the road, and with the animals are highly encouraged. Take time for breakfast to discuss the innovative and hard-working Vermont agricultural business with hosts Bob and Lee Light. The sauna room was a favorite as was reading on the porch. And by all means - bring a cooler, get some ice, and stock up on their farm-raised pork, chicken, turkeys, and beef (depending on what's in stock). Staying nearby? Stop by and stock up on local meats - open 365 days a year!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Old, young, with children, without, Hollister Hill is simply the best value and location for a getaway in north/central Vermont. It's a lovely B&B on a farm a few miles north of Montpetier, the state's very small and charming state capital. Much of the rest of the state can be reached within a two-hour drive, and it's only a long stone's throw from the Canadian border.

The proprietors are Farmer Lee and Farmer Bob Light, who maintain a working farm on a gravel road near to Plainfield, Vt. They have been farming in the state for 40 years, and have jointly run their B&B for 15 years. One could search for almost ever and not find a more gracious, warm and lovely couple. Breakfast is all together at their kitchen or deck table at 8:30 am every morning.

The farm and its barn, filled with dairy cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys in the fall and cats, is open to guests, and in both morning and night you are welcome to help Bob with feeding the animals. It's a child's delight---whether 8 or 80. If a country walk is what you want, there are miles of designated pathes available to walkers, with one spot having a lovely waterfall. Or, just look out the back across the hills with the morning mist and the purple evening sunsets. Simply spectacular. And in fall, the maples change color with spectacular reds and oranges, but be aware that the best week could come anywhere between the end of September to the middle of October.

Oh, did I say it's affordable, easy to reach by car, and less than an hour from Burlington, home of the state university and a charming pedestrian mall surrounded by quaint shops. The one thing you won't find in Vermont is people with an 'attitude.' They simply do not exist. Also, nearby is the main office of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, with tours available daily and as much ice cream to go as anyone except my wife could eat. Spoil yourselves.

Also nearby is the home of Cabot Creamery, and the Mad River Valley that centers the state's glass artisans. Our favorite studio, one with a wide selection of art glass and prices, is Mad River Glass in Waitesfield, VT. David Leppla and Melanie Guernsey-Leppla are spectacular artisans/artists and warm and patient shop owners. If you like beautiful art, especially art made of glass, don't miss this wonderful experience.

Actually, we loved our several trips to Hollister Hill Farm and the Light family. For more information, They have a webpage, an email address at: lights@hollisterhillfarm.com; and a telephone: 802-454-7725. Look no further for your family getaway!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

We spent our anniversary at Hollister Hill B&B and truly had a fantastic time. The place was quaint and charming, taking rustic elements from farm life and implementing them into every aspects of the B&B. Each room featured a special element of its own, a fireplace/sauna/etc. We selected the option of fire place, and enjoyed it thoroughly, with the hosts replenishing wood daily.

The hosts themselves were fantastic - both warm people and great hosts. Offering helpful tips and interesting info when needed, and quietly working on the farm or grounds in other moments. The farm grounds, animals, and store are well kept and close to the B&B, so visiting and touring is easy to make part of your stay at Hollister Hill.

Each morning, breakfast is served. Absolutely delicious! Made from most of the items the farm produces, which is fun to get a chance to taste some of the fruits of the families labor. Conversation at breakfast was particularly interesting, learning the in's and out's of farm-life, in addition to the history behind Hollister Hill.

We'd recommend this place to anyone looking for a genuine farm experience, a quiet weekend away, or a romantic/rustic trip with close company.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

With the passing of my mother last year, and most of my family gone, I was facing my first Christmas without them. Friends opened their homes during the holidays, but I needed to get away and reboot my spirit. How lucky I was to have found Hollister Hill Farm and B&B on the internet! Not only did I find the peace and quiet I needed, but the beauty surrounding the farm, with its snow-covered hills; and the warm and accommodating nature of its owners, Lee and Bob Light, and their visiting family, turned into an incredible blessing. I was the only paying guest during the Christmas holidays, while the others were family members that had driven or flown in from other parts of the country for a reunion. Not only was I given lovely accommodations in a quiet corner of the house (with a fireplace to relax by); but the entire family took me under their wing and made me feel welcome and part of the festivities. Lee and Bob especially made sure I was a part of their family Christmas dinner, and it was WONDERFUL! Lee is a fantastic cook, to say the least! She even got me to eat brussel sprouts (made her special way) - a vegetable I've hated all my life! The breakfasts were especially delicious and plentiful. Lee also has quite a green thumb, and I was encouraged by her relatives to return in the Spring or Summer to view her beautiful gardens. Also, their farm is quite a revelation.....I've never seen a barn so clean! The cows, pigs, chickens, cats, etc. etc. etc., are well cared for and it was great fun to view their antics. I was fortunate to be there when a young calf was born, and some new piglets were wheeling around their mama. Children would love this place. Lee and Bob are no-nonsense, hard-working people and it really shows in the care of their farm and B&B. I could spend only four days at Hollister Hill because of an impending snowstorm - but those four days were magical to me and packed with special sights. A road trip to Montpelier and Burlington and Lake Champlain (along Rt. 2 per Lee's instructions) proved especially interesting. And a drive on the backroads surrounding Hollister Hill Farm (per Lee's special map) was especially picturesque. It's a photographer's paradise. My "Christmas in Vermont" with the Lights was a true gift. They made it feel like home.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hollister Hill Farm B&B

Address: 2193 Hollister Hill Rd, Marshfield, VT 05658
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Location: United States > Vermont > Marshfield
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Marshfield
Price Range: $110 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4

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