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The Paw House Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 West Rutland B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 14, 2013

We went on vacation for three nights end of June beginning of July. Hubby and I had a wonderful vacation at the Paw House Inn. The suite with deck off the back was very comfy for all. I recommend this place to anyone that enjoys vacationing with your loving pups. They were able to meet new dog friends and we enjoyed meeting new Dog owners who had the same passion. Murphy and Carolyn were great hostesses. Breakfast on the porch each morning really set the mood for a fun filled day. Hiking in the back, playing in the Dog Play area, dining at the Lake House or swimming at the reservoir. We all slept in and look forward to another visit.
Some of our favorite friends - Lucic, Tomo, Onslo, Queen Katie, and Radley.

Jodi, Kevin, Teddi and Lynn :)

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We had an amazing weekend at the Paw House Inn!!! This was our first vacation with our labradoodle Tomo, and it was a trip to remember! We hiked numerous trails and swam in several lakes with Tomo! The house is charming, clean and comfortable--you feel like you are home! It is a dog owner's paradise! We will go back again and again! We awoke each morning to a 3 course, delicious breakfast on their back porch with a view of the mountain! Murphy took excellent care of us and helped to make our trip a special one to remember! We give the Paw House Inn four out of four paws!! :) Highly Recommended!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Brian D
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

My fiance and I just came back from our second stay at The Paw House. The staff is amazing, rooms are beautiful and the breakfasts are so delicious! Our pup loves the play/agility area and we love being able to travel with him. We're making this an annual thing, highly recommended!

Room Tip: Shakespeare's Retreat is great!
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Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We recently spent 2 nights at the Paw House Inn, and absolutely loved our stay. From the moment we got there, we felt welcome and at home. Prior to arriving, I called and told Mitch that we would probably be arriving early due to timing our long trip with traffic. He was more than happy to accommodate our schedule and even gave us suggestions for hiking at Lye Brook Trail on our way up. When we did arrive, Jen greeted us and gave us a tour before checking into our room. The room and Inn was what you would expect from the pictures and understanding of the age of the house - quaint, relaxing, and clean.

We brought our two tiny mini Aussies, who are FULL of energy. This Inn was perfect for them because we were able to go on hiking trails, play with them in the off leash agility park, eat breakfast on the deck with them (weather permitting). The weather did not permit us to take our dogs to eat dinner with us, but we were provided with many dog-friendly options in the area had the weather cooperated. We also were able to just relax with our dogs outside on the porch while we read, ate, or just relaxed.

The staff was SO accommodating to all of our needs. They always offered suggestions for things to do in the area, and were able to answer all questions. Our pups always felt loved and the staff gave them a lot of attention. My dogs are still puppies (one is almost 2 years old and the other is 14 months old), and we were slightly concerned with this being a new experience for them (the open land, lots of dog smells, etc.). The staff were understanding to my younger dog's initial barking and jumping around like crazy. Also another guest's dog was not fond of one of my puppies, but Mitch was very accommodating in making sure all guests needs were met.

Breakfast each morning was wonderfully cooked by Murphy, who was VERY friendly and helped us plan our day. When we did go out touring the area without our pups, Murphy took them for a walk and played with them in the off-leash area (she thoughtfully left us a note indicating their behavior, bathroom usage, activities, etc etc).

We cannot wait to go back to the Inn, we are already looking into dates to return this fall!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank daniemago
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

This was our first time traveling like this with our 2 dogs. It was a fun stay and we plan to return. This is the first truly dog oriented getaway we've heard of and was definitely a standout compared to hotels that have a few rooms that allow dogs.

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1. Personalized service: It is clear that the Inn staff wants you, and more importantly your dog, to have a great time. The staff was polite and accommodating. Upon check-in we were given a guided tour by the owner and a list of local restaurants and hiking trails with directions. The owner went the extra mile on our check-in day when we were expected around 3 and it was almost 2 hours later and we weren't there yet. We got stuck in a detour due to a severe storm closing part of Rte 4. We appreciated the phone call checking on us and seeing if there was anything we needed for our arrival. There is no front desk here but there is a phone near the entry with the owner's phone number to call if you need anything.
2. Dog oriented: Upon arrival we saw a sign that welcomed each dog by name and throughout the entire stay it was the dogs that were known by name and not us. They were the guests and we were their companions. There is a fenced in doggie playground complete with agility course. They were allowed to roam the Inn off their leash and accompany us to eat breakfast on the porch. Our room had a porch that was gated so we didn't have to worry about the dogs escaping. At the entry of the Inn there are umbrellas to borrow for dog walking and towels to dry your dog. Both came in handy during a rainy day of our stay!
3. Mario's Playhouse: Our dogs had their own dedicated kennel at the playhouse that we could leave them while we went out to eat or visit an attraction that does not welcome dogs. This was available 24/7 at no additional cost. Our dogs do get a little anxious in a new place without us so it was good that this was in a separate building away from the Inn so guests wouldn't be disturbed by barking, etc. Dog walking or feeding was available on request. We did not use these services.
4. Clean for a dog hotel: The Inn did not smell like dog and there weren't tumbleweeds of dog hair as we might have expected. However, if you're looking for Hilton clean you will be disappointed.
5. Food was best of B&Bs we have tried: We were offered 3 breakfast options each morning and could have customized if we didn't like the choices. We did not have to pay extra for juice like some B&Bs charge. The food was great and I would have even paid for it at a restaurant.

Cons:
1. Room left a little to be desired: We stayed in the room titled "Spot" and it was much more spacious than we expected. It had not only a comfortable bed for humans but also a couch and a deluxe dog bed. We also had a private porch which was a great addition. The porch furniture was somewhat dirty and the swing squeaked every time it moved. The tv in the room was so old that it had a VCR in it. My laptop has a larger screen than the tv. For the low cost of a small flatscreen, we were surprised not to see one. We were also surprised that the front door of our room had a different key than the back door off the porch. All things considered, the room met our needs and after all we didn't visit based on the aesthetics of the room.
2. Please remove your shoes: Before you even get into the Inn there is a mudroom style entry where you are greeted with a sign to remove your shoes. While we appreciate the gesture to improve cleanliness, this was inconvenient to us. Had we known this would be the case, we would have been more likely to bring slippers to avoid wandering the inn barefoot. Also since we had a porch, it was inconvenient when the dogs wanted to go out because although the back door was easier for this, our shoes were at the front door of the Inn.
3. Cost is prohibitive: We stayed here with a Living Social voucher and feel that it was a decent value. We would be unlikely to pay the going rate for a stay here.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

I traveled to the Paw House in early May with my husband and our baby Dolce. We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. Dolce felt at home right away and loved her tour of the property by Mitch. My husband and I enjoyed the peace and quiet of the Inn and the lovely grounds. We went hiking, played in the obstacle course, and enjoyed all the dog friendly recommended spots around town. Even though Dolce was not skilled on the agility course she enjoyed playing fetch and jumping in the kiddie pool to cool off. Breakfast each morning was wonderful. The staff is amazing and so friendly! Dolce loved her scrambled eggs prepared just for her. We experienced some car trouble before we had to drive home and the staff at the inn was kind enough to drive my husband to pick up our rental car.
The rooms were spotless and the staff was always cleaning or doing something around the Inn to ensure that all guests were comfy and accommodated.
We will definitely return to the Inn. Thank you for a wonderful trip!

Room Tip: We stayed in Shakespeare's retreat. The room location was great. Very private down the hall and...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Put simply, this place is great and we can't wait to come back. The inn is super nice, and more on that later, but what really sets this place apart is the people who run it. We were met at the door with a huge smile, a welcome basket, and a handsome little terrier. Mitch gave us great suggestions of things to do each day and sent us off with homemade maps for the journey. You can tell that everyone here really loves what they do, and cares a lot about helping guests have a great time. The place has an infectious, positive energy about it, and that really makes all the difference. And now down to brass tacks:
1. Canine accommodations: first of all, it's a B&B that caters to dogs, what more could you ask for? I don't know if some people were expecting an AKC Four Seasons dog spa, but for me and my pooches needs, The Paw House may as well be the promised land. A huge yard! A fenced in dog park! No fragile knick-knacks everywhere for my dog to eat/break! Hitches for your leashed dog in the mudroom so you can get your shoes on (they really have thought of everything)! And a really nice little kennel (Mario's playhouse) where the dogs can stretch out while we go have supper! I used to work in a really nice, small dog daycare and boarding facility, and Mario's playhouse is even nicer than what we had. The kennels are really spacious, beds are up off the floor, there's extra beds and bowls to be had, and classical music playing to help mellow the dogs out. The Rutland area is also great for taking the dog(s) with you - lots of off-leash hiking, dog-friendly outdoor restaurants, and even dog friendly book stores.
2. Human accommodations: the rooms are charming, spacious, and really nicely decorated, and the beds are incredibly comfortable. It's actually one of the nicest B&Bs I've been too - simple, tasteful, and cozy in a way that makes it feel like home.
3. Breakfast: heck yes. worth getting out of bed for. Mitch cooked up 3-course breakfasts, kept the coffee coming, and still managed to hang out with us and shoot the breeze. Make sure to try his apple cheddar omelet - who knew?
4. The X Factor: I have to say it again, the people who run the inn really made this trip what it was. They went out of their way on multiple occasions to go above and beyond for us, and it certainly seemed like they were genuinely psyched to do it, because they just love this place and what they do and sharing the awesomeness of the Green Mountain area with visitors. They were amazingly generous and kind to us - you can just tell they're good people, and it makes you feel good about the whole visit.
We have 2 very different dogs with very different needs - one is a spring-loaded puppy who needs a ton of exercise, the other is an 11-yr-old grumpy old man who needs lots of space. I was a little worried that we'd get some disapproving looks for having these two "imperfect" dogs, but they are realists and just want to make sure that every dog is safe and accommodated. I am incredibly over-protective of the old-man-dog, but I would definitely feel totally comfortable leaving him here for the day in the Playhouse if we couldn't bring him out and about.
My only complaint is that we were not allowed to steal Stanley (the handsome terrier). Not cool.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1376 Clarendon Ave, West Rutland, VT 05777-9481
Location: United States > Vermont > West Rutland
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in West Rutland
Price Range: $135 - $255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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