From the hand-hewn beams and pot-belly stove in the common room to the nooks and crannies and comfy beds in the three guest rooms, Grist Mill House is a welcoming and entirely unusual Vermont retreat. While many B&Bs smother their guests in Victoriana and fussy breakfasts, the owners of Grist Mill House have created a historic yet extremely inviting B&B, and their informal yet warm and attentive hosting made me feel more like I was visiting old friends than staying at an inn. (And they nicely accommodated my husband and my requests for "lighter" breakfasts with egg white omelettes which were all the tastier when eaten on the handmade wooden table in the breakfast room overlooking a brook.)
The very friendly but never intrusive owners are delighted to share not only recommendations for local activities but also fascinating tidbits about their house and about the area. We made good use of their snowshoes and followed their suggested route through picturesque fields and wooded trails, and were pleased to emerge right at the South Woodstock General Store, just in time for lunch which the General Store does wonderfully! (Best grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade soups, and fresh-baked cookies in the area.)
Just a two-minute walk to the General Store and to the upscale Kedron Valley Inn (with its nice tavern-style restaurant), and a three-minute drive to the swanky Woodstock Inn fitness Center, Grist Mill House is out of the bustle of town but conveniently located in its own little South Woodstock hamlet which we love.
At first we were concerned about the shared bathroom for the three guestrooms (one of which can accommodate a family of four), but it was never a problem, in part because we also had use of the owners' bathroom in their downstairs living quarters. And the people who seem to gravitate to this slightly quirky and off the beaten path B&B are people we were delighted to share the breakfast table with! As I'd read in previous reviews, the floors are indeed creaky, which advertises night-time bathroom breaks to other guests, but creaky floorboards will not prevent us from returning to this wonderful place!