As others have noted, this inn is off the beaten track and one of the most peaceful places I've stayed at. As a dedicated Trip Advisor user, I read through the reviews -- the mostly great ones and few bad ones -- and while I can't comment on the situation two+ years ago, I can say we had an excellent stay in all respects, and I have to admit to being fairly fussy.
The room (Taft) was lovely, comfortable and immaculate. And the bed was really comfortable. The staff came in to make up the room while we were at breakfast and did a turndown while we were out for the evening, so it was always a pleasure to come back in to a tidied space. The soaking tub was delightful after a day of snowshoeing and x-country skiing, and I loved the round-the-clock coffee and tea -- a great bonus for early risers (good cookies, too). Some mentioned dated decor, but I found the opposite -- it's like a wonderful old country house in England, with soothing colors and comfy chairs, but if one is looking for high gloss or laura-ashley like chintz, this isn't it (thankfully!) The linens were fine and if I had one nit, it was the towels, which were a bit scratchy and rough. (Oddly, this was only the bath towels; hand towels were 100% cotton and much softer, so maybe they're using up an old supply of larger towels.)
The property was lovely and heavenly for snowshoeing; we brought our own, but they have a great supply. It's very challenging terrain as they're at the top of the hill and the trails go down to a stream, but beautiful and great exercise. One could probably spend an entire weekend there and almost never leave, except for lunch, given the great hiking and cozy spaces to read, nap, play a game, have a glass of wine, etc. Massages are also available and the one I had was terrific. As others noted, cell phone service isn't really available -- but my BB worked (not Verizon?) and we had no trouble with wireless internet access in our room.
Katje is wonderful as almost everyone noted, as are Bonnie and Peggy and virtually everyone we met -- friendly, helpful and warm -- and good suggestions for other dining spots, places to visit and so on.
Regarding dining, our meal was expensive but mostly because we splurged on a good bottle of wine; $60 for a three-course meal (with dessert) seems more than reasonable to a New Yorker, but may not to someone else. The food was quite good, but a bit uneven. My main dish (pheasant) was a bit dry, but my husband's (pork chop) good. We had two good breakfasts and one less so, and while the portions aren't huge (the scramble does seem to be one egg), it was more than adequate, and they're happy to bring extra toast or anything else you want.
Mostly, though, it was just so relaxing and we've already booked for next winter (one of their three loft suites which are quite spectacular in space and views). Can't wait to return.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Windham Hill Hotel West Townshend