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Windham Hill Inn
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Reviewed September 1, 2008

We had a family reunion of 13 of us from around the world, from Malawi to San Francisco. Our ages were from 13 to 85. This was a perfect place to be. Our rooms were lovely, the food excellent, and the service outstanding. We hiked the mountains, played lots of tennis, visited by the beautiful warm pool. Every effort was made by the staff to make our weekend special, and all went home very happy with their visit to Vermont

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2008

I booked a room at the Windham Hill Inn for one night this July. Every year my husband and I had gone up to a 5 star Inn in North Hatley Quebec, but this year because of time constraints we wanted to find something closer to home, so we gave it a try.

The pros....We stayed in the General Fletcher room in the Barn Annex, it was lovely, very clean, and has a nice little deck off the back. They provided us with a small bottle of champagne as it was our anniversary. That was a nice touch. The barn annex was a very cool building, we loved the ambience of it. The gardens were lovely, the pool and tennis court were nice as well. The pool definitely needs more shade umbrellas. This is one quiet place! It really is off the beaten track

The cons....the food was awful. We ate there on a Tuesday night, and not sure if the chef was off that night, but oh my!! We ordered the $60 prix fixe meal and were extremely dissapointed. My panzanella salad had bread in it that was more like a crouton and so salty it was inedible, Appetizer and main dish were of average quality, the dessert was also abysmal, sponge cake turned out to be a dense unflavorful brick of flour! The breakfast was very ordinary.

It's too bad the food was so sub par. It is such a nice place, It is my understanding this Inn has been through several owners.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2008

After seeing the photos and reviewing the Inn online, my wife and I were eagerly looking forward to getting some much needed R&R in the country -- and overall, the Windham Hill delivered.

Pros:
Our Room: We stayed in the Barn Annex in the Taft Room, which was big, bright, and inviting. The big bay window seat provided magnificent views of the green mountains, the property, and a majestic willow tree. The soaking tub and gas fireplace added even more ambiance. And the memory foam bed was surprisingly comfortable!
The Property: The Inn is situated on 160 acres of lush greenery within the Green Mountains. There are meandering, lawn mowed trails with beautiful trees and flowers right outside your door and more extensive hiking trails into the forest and down to a brook and small waterfall. Note: Apply insect repellent—we got eaten alive!
Pool and Tennis Courts: There is a clean, well-maintained kidney shape pool and tennis court on the property. The Inn could definitely purchase more pool umbrellas to keep out the sun. We didn’t play tennis, but you could sign up to reserve the court an hour at a time.

Cons:
Dining: The Inn features a prix fix dinner menu for $60 and tasting menu at $80. While the food was very good, my wife tried to order a la carte and paid $10 for a salad which consisted of 5 pieces of lettuce (no joke). And while one heads to the country for a slower pace, a New York City urbanite may have a hard time with THIS slow of a pace for service. The slow pace and absent-minded service returned the next morning (and every morning) at breakfast. The well-intentioned, friendly staff would forget orders or refill my wife’s coffee without offering me a refill (if they even remembered that you ordered coffee). And worse yet, you may leave the table hungry after scooping up your “micro cubes” of fruit salad and wolfing down your 1-egg scramble. On the plus side, we did appreciate the Green Mountain Company coffee and the freshly baked, warm pastries each morning.

As an alternative to dining at the Inn, we strongly recommend getting some local flavor down the road at the Townshend Dam Diner where you’ll eat like a “king” for under $20 (cash only) and enjoy the “kitchiness” which surrounds you. We also enjoyed the Out Back (like the Outback Steakhouse, but better) in nearby Winhall.

Overall, if you are looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors and find some peace and quiet and don’t mind the challenges of finding a reasonably priced meal outside the property, the Windham Hill will fit the bill.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2008

Really I think we'd like to give 3.5 stars. We found Windham Hill Inn to be a really beautiful B&B in it's setting. We really enjoyed how quiet it was-no busy noisy roads to bother us-just lots and lots of chatty birds. We definitely enjoyed some of the amenities the B&B had to offer such as the pool, walks on the property, the gardens, and the tennis court.

We stayed in the North Loft room which was very spacious-we were greeted with a nice plate of fresh fruit, bottles of Saratoga water and a bowl of candy which was a lovely welcome. We found the room to be very clean and tidy-but we also found it to be very dated in decor. Our major beef with the room was the linens-the sheets felt like sand paper and the towels had been around the block-I guess when paying $400 a night this is a detail that should be paid attention to.

In our 3 night stay-we had the 4 course dinner included in our stay. I'm very glad that we were not paying out of pocket for the dinner. We felt some of it was very good but some of it was really not so good. In the dining room-we also noticed that there was an attempt to have a very fancy air-when we were in Vermont-in an old farm house! I would rather had attention paid attention to really excellent and clean food rather than-would I like a silly bottle of European sparkling water!

The breakfast was hit and miss too. We did enjoy the homemade granola, yogurt and fresh fruit bar. Also, there is an option for simple hearty oatmeal instead of 2 other rich options. Some of the breakfast were very good-others were dogged with trying to look fancy while not executing good taste-case in point my gray hashbrown cake that was extremely undercooked and inedible.

There were really some nice things about this B&B-but there were really some marks not being made-and for the money it just didn't seem quite right.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank thomer84
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Reviewed June 18, 2008

The Windham Hill is so beautiful, it is quintessential Vermont, the flowers and trees all over the property were so beautiful.

Tennis was fun, rackets and balls were provided for us.

The four course dinner was delicious. I had a 1 hour in room massage which was so relaxing.

We stayed in Matildas room, which had a fantastic whirlpool tub and a deck and amazing views of the mountains. also a wonderful vermont fireplace

Breakfast every morning was delicious! eggs benedict, brioche french toast, crepes, granola everything was great

The bathroom amenities were so nice also. Housekeeping provided evening turndown service.

My only criticisms are that:
1) there are very few restaurants nearby, as in within 20 miles of the inn.

2) We were not provided with a good map of the area, and we kept getting lost.

3) It was verry cool out at night but the AC was still turned on...i called the innkeeper 3 nights in a row to turn it off because it had to be done from outside the building. they did turn it off and once they did i was happy


overall the property was beautiful and if you are looking for a romantic relaxing luxurious getaway i highly recommend it.

Here are some things i recommend doing in the area:
Visit the town of Grafton and taste cheese at the Grafton cheese company

Walk around Brattleboro, there are 2 really good antique stores on main street. We had a delicious lunch at the Backside Cafe. Recommend the turkey reuben highly.

Visit the town of Walpole, New Hampshire and eat gourmet food at Burdicks or have their homeades teas \chocolate.
Walpole is extremely pretty with lots of steeples and historic buildings to take pictures of.

Here are 2 really good restaurants under 20 miles from the Inn
Astas : great swiss food- reservations are essential
Out Back (not part of the chain) for nice lodge ambiance and good salads and burgers and american food

Most of the restaurants are located in Brattleboro but that is at least 30 minutes from the inn and sometimes we didn't want to go so far

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed February 29, 2008

It was okay....it was nice, but not amazing. We stayed in a smaller less expensive room, and there wasn't anything special about it. The inn itself is nice, with afternoon cookies and tea, cheese before dinner, etc, but the room itself was average. The bathroom was old and very plain, definitely needs an update. I'm sure the property is amazing in summer, but it was very cold and icy when we were there.

  • Stayed: February 2008
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Reviewed February 11, 2008

My husband and I with another couple stayed there for a weekend getaway and had a wonderful experience. The staff goes out of its way to help you and ensure yoru needs are met. The rooms are lovely. The property is beautiful. We used their complimentary snowshoes and enjoyed a morning hike around the property. The breakfast and dinner were both excellent! We hope to go back soon.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank mmrnct
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Additional Information about Windham Hill Inn

Address: 311 Lawrence Dr, West Townshend, VT 05359-9715
Location: United States > Vermont > West Townshend
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in West Townshend
Price Range: $226 - $352 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Windham Hill Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Twenty-one guest rooms individually designed and decorated, furnished with antiques and locally crafted furniture. All rooms have luxury baths, some with jetted spa tubs. Most rooms are fitted with queen or king size bed, amenities including luxurious bath towels and thick terry robes, hair dryers and fine bath toiletries. Several rooms with private porch or window seats and 15 of the rooms feature fireplaces. Unique style lifts each room above the extraordinary, with stunning views across the gardens. Rates include full three-course gourmet breakfast and afternoon sweets with complimentary beverages. ... more   less 
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