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“Beautiful Motel in a Beautiful Town”

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The Shire Woodstock
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Woodstock
Certificate of Excellence
Glenview, Illinois, United States
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Motel in a Beautiful Town”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We have just returned from a driivng trip through Vermont, and by far the most beautiful place we stayed was at the Shire Riverview Inn. Situated a block from the shops and restaurants of this charming town, we were amazed by the furnishings in our room, including a four poster bed, comfortable lounge chairs, and an antique marble-topped desk. The charm of the entire inn was enhanced by french doors in our room which lead to our own deck overlooking a gorgeous river and greenery beyond. This is refined fine bed and breakfast quality lodging at motel prices (without the breakfast). We can't recommend it highly enough.

Room Tip: Choose a room facing the river. The view is unbeatable.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ocean View, Delaware
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We really enjoyed the Shire, despite the poor weather. Some really nice places to see and visit in this town. The Shire is a little away from the center of town but close enough to walk or drive in the bad weather.
The room was really nice, clean and equipped with a comfortable four poster bed. We would have given this an excellent if they offered a breakfast rather than coffee at the end of the porch. They also collect 1/2 in advance but not a deal breaker in my opinion.
We would recommend Woodstock for a 2-3 day trip encompassing the regional area and the old General Store in town.

Room Tip: Ask for 1st floor if you have any disability since no elevator. Second floor has a great river view...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ocean, New Jersey
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Stayed in a double-queen room on the 1st floor x3 nights. Very clean room, in good repair (including the carpet) & nicely furnished. Room smelled clean too. Most rooms (including mine) have a BEAUTIFUL view of the river and green woods & farmland beyond that. An adequate, free parking lot and the town of Woodstock is easily walkable from the Shire. A well-stocked food market is right across the street. Outdoor chairs for each room are at both the front door & back door of each room (a deck runs along the back of the motel). Wi-fi was available & a small refrigerator was in the room. I would recommend this motel to a family or friend.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Our family recently stayed again at the Shire, this time during the Quechee Balloon festival nearby. We don't visit the area often, but stayed there six years ago during the Scottish festival when our children were younger. The first time, my son left behind his favorite stuffed animal, which they mailed back, much to our relief! The second time there was a mix up in the room that had been booked six months prior, but Dave, the manager, handled the snafu very professionally ensuring our return again, hopefully before six more years! A clean, well maintained room with a great view and convenient location are certainly good reasons to stay; a courteous and people-oriented staff are reasons to return.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
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Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed at the Shire a couple times will on the motorcycle riding VT. The rooms are super clean, you are within walking distance to town and the staff is wonderful. Always our first choice while in the Woodstock area

  • Stayed July 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We chose the Shire because of its good Tripadvisor reviews - it was a good decision! We arrived a little early but check-in was immediate and quick, the staff being very friendly and helpful. Our room was very spacious (2 queen beds) and spotless with a fantastic view out across the river. The Shire's location is such that it's only a short walk to the centre of town and all the shops and eating establishments. We bought fruit from the supermarket across the street for our breakfasts, while the complimentary coffee up on the second floor deck was really good.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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CapeCod
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We were at the Shire for a family wedding weekend and both the bride and grooms' families took over most of the motel. There were lots of children and the accommodations were wonderful, the staff superb. They were so friendly and accommodating, and went out of their way to be helpful in recommending places to eat (with many children)--all suggestions were right on. There is a market across the street which was great for sandwiches, breakfast items, wine, etc.

Most rooms had river views and/or deck space; bed and bath linens were all way above what you would expect in a motel and the rooms were immaculate. They own the buildings next door (I think those rooms are for adults only) and they are beautifully appointed with 4-poster beds, fireplaces, etc.

We all had such a good time that we are thinking of going back to celebrate a 50th anniversary and 70th birthday next year. In spite of the weather being very overcast, we didn't get the predicted rain and the whole experience at the Shire was perfect.

Room Tip: Room 406 is beautiful, no deck but overlooking the river. It is in the house next door.
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Property: The Shire Woodstock
Address: 46 Pleasant St, Woodstock, VT 05091-1126 (Formerly Shire Riverview Lodging)
Location: United States > Vermont > Woodstock
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Woodstock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Shire Woodstock 3*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are an independent hotel in the Village of Woodstock, VT. Each of our 43 rooms is uniquely furnished in traditional New England style and many of them have a beautiful view of the Ottauquechee River which flows behind the property. Hospitality is our priority and we want you to feel at home here at The Shire Woodstock. Our General Manager lives on the premises and is available to help make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. We have some rooms with fireplaces, some with Jacuzzis and a limited number of "dog friendly" rooms. All of our rooms have Cable TV, wifi and a small refrigerator, as well as individual heating and air conditioning. Join us for a relaxing, quiet vacation in a place steeped in tradition-The Shire Woodstock. ... more   less 
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Shire Riverview Hotel Woodstock
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