My husband and I set out on our 4 1/2 hour trip to the Inn with great expectations. Driving down the mountain road we were anxious to see the lovely farmhouse promised on the brochure. Unfortunately, upon arrival we were met with a beat up old farmhouse. Needless to say, we were very apprehensive upon opening the front door. There was a bell so I rung it and when no one appeared I opened the door and went in. I started calling "hello, hello" when a women (Innkeeper) appeared, looking annoyed and said "didn't you see your note?" It was about that time that I had glanced down to see a note addressed to me telling me where my room was, what the rules were (ie, no eating in your room,etc) what time breakfast was served (8-9:30am) and that although tips are not required they would be appreciated.
We found our room and ended up having to ask to stay in a different room because the room was upstairs and I was having problems with my knee. The Innkeeper Lisabeth offered a downstairs room although she did seem annoyed she said there was no shower in that room just a hot tub but my husband could use the shower upstairs as no one was in that end of the Inn at the time. I was happy about the hot tub because I thought it would help my sore knee. When I ran the water for the hot tub, the cold water just kept going and I had to keep turning back and forth to get it to semi shut off. I get in the tub and look down and there was this black stuff floating all over the top of the water swirling around me. I immediately got up and out of there. The sitting area with the TV had couches that felt like you were going to end up on the floor you felt wood on the back of your legs. These sofa's felt and looked like they came from the local landfill!
Although the brochure promised baked goods in the afternoon, I never saw any nor did I see the Innkeeper very much except for breakfast.
Oh, and breakfast, the first breakfast we sat with the three other people staying at the Inn.
We went and got ourselves the self-service coffee and it was barely warm and surprisingly not Green Mountain coffee. We were served berries and yogurt, orange juice was on the table, then we were served french toast with melted sharp cheddar cheese, cooked apples piled on top with cranberries(I think) sprinkled over with syrup. It just looked like a plate piled with I don't know what, it didn't look appealing I will tell you that and the Innkeeper keeps telling you about her abilities as a Chef. If she is a great Chef, I must be Emeril because as far as I'm concerned she is no Chef.
The only nice thing was getting to go to the American Flatbread Company. The whole dining experience there was fun and the staff was really very nice. If you go to the green mountains of Vermont stay far away from the Lareau Farm Inn but make sure you do go to the American Flatbread Company!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lareau Farm is a 13 room B & B in the heart of the Mad River Valley. Serving fabulous farmhouse breakfasts featuring local farm to table cuisine. We have plenty of room for you and your pals to romp and play.Four rooms are designated pet friendly with their own exits to the outside areas. We host many events that are open to the public as well as family reunions, board meetings, and country elegant weddings. We are also the home of American Flatbread - a wood fired all natural pizza company restaurant. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Country Inn Waitsfield
- Waitsfield Country Inn