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Jackson House Inn
Ranked #1 of 16 Woodstock B&B and Inns
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Beverly, MA
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57 reviews
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“This is the place to stay”
Reviewed July 3, 2011

I wish I could communicate the high expectations and standards I have for vacation getaways. My husband and I rely on Trip Advisor for choosing hotels and restaurants. Thanks to other reviewers we chose the Jackson House Inn for a last minute weekend away for the 4th of July. I almost picked the Woodstock Inn because it was the easy way out but instead we opted for this B & B. My husband dreaded the thought that we were going to pull up to a New England inn and find the antique character to actually be a musty, old lodging. How wrong he was. The Jackson House Inn is immaculate and so homey and comfortable. We did stop into the Woodstock Inn and found it to have a rather stuffy hotel atmosphere. It looked nice but it was not what we wanted for a Vermont weekend.

From the moment we walked in until the time we left Kathy and Rick were the most gracious, kind hosts. We booked a suite but like others we toured open rooms and found them all to be outstanding and beautiful. The grounds are perfect too. The inn is a mile and a half west of downtown which is a great location. It was close enough for an easy drive but far enough away to sit on the porch to read and chat in peace.

Another thing I must mention in this review is a restaurant that they sent us to Saturday night. It is in Reading so it won't come up on a search under Woodstock. It is called Keeper's Cafe on Route 106 and it is a MUST to go to for dinner. The charm and menu are classic Vermont. Like the inn it is family run and so unique and special.

Before we left we promised ourselves that we will be back. If you are planning on visiting Woodstock make The Jackson House Inn you place to stay. You will love it too.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

We spent one night at the Inn and loved everything about it -- the grounds were beautiful, the room (Clara's room) was lovely and comfortable, the owners were warm and attentive, and the breakfast was absolutely incredible. We will be back!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

My husband and I had had a great stay at the lovely Jackson House Inn years ago, and always hoped to return. We finally did so last week, when the weather forecast for three straight days of beautiful weather prompted us to plan a quick and much-needed cycling getaway to the Woodstock, VT area. When making reservations, I noticed the management of the inn had changed since we last stayed there, but the new owner/innkeepers had been meriting excellent reviews on Tripadvisor, so I went ahead and reserved the Christine Jackson one-room suite for two nights.

Our stay was nothing short of perfect. Kathy and Rick Terwelp have clearly been working hard over the past year to bring the inn to an unprecedented level of excellence. Rick and son Colin, home from college for the summer, were busy updating the inn’s gorgeous and extensive gardens, in which the peonies were in full bloom, during our stay. Kathy manages the business side of things, and the care of the interior of the inn. The personable Terwelps were extremely hospitable and accommodating to special requests.

The inn is located on a carriage lane off of busy route 4, a bit west of Woodstock Village, and our room was very quiet, with the bedroom at the back of the inn. Our large room was very clean and comfortable, with a patio overlooking the gardens, which includes a swimming pond. The interior of the inn features many handsomely furnished spaces for use by inn guests. A cheerful dining room includes a cozy, fireplaced entrance nook I could imagine making good use of during colder months – with a glass of red wine in one hand and a good book in the other. On a sunny day, however, the view over the backyard gardens is surpassed only by the hearty and delicious breakfasts, in which Rick’s culinary talents take creative flight. Kathy told us that Rick experiments and tinkers with recipes, a la “America’s Test Kitchen,” in his quest to provide gustatory bliss. Dietary restrictions and preferences are cheerfully accommodated. The two-course breakfasts feature local products, and are served with plenty of excellent coffee to get your day off to a great start. And if your day starts much before breakfast, that excellent coffee will show up seemingly magically outside your room a bit earlier, upon request.

The Jackson House Inn is convenient to the restaurants, shopping and services of Woodstock. Its location outside the village center also offers easy access to the beautiful nearby countryside offering so many choices for an active outdoor vacation, and provides a quiet and welcome venue to restore body and mind at the end of the day -- and the beginning of the next.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Glen Head, New York
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

Booked two rooms for a graduation weekend for Vermont Law School. First room was on the ground floor for my elderly parents, the second room was upstairs. The feather beds provided the best sleep I've had in a long time, and the breakfasts were absolutely sublime: incredibly good food served in a beautiful setting. The furnishings of the inn were lovely, and the hosts were hospitable in every way. If traveling to this part of Vermont: would definitely staff here again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

We spent a wonderful couple of nights at the Jackson House Inn. The building is charming, with period features and lovely decoration. We stayed in 'Clara's Corner'. A spacious room with an incredibly comfortable four-poster bed, large leather arm chair and foot stool and bright and sunny en-suite. (We took a brief tour of the other unoccupied rooms - I don't think you could find one that wouldn't be a pleasure to stay in!)

The best part of our stay at the Jackson House Inn was meeting Rick and Kathy - the inn owners, they couldn't have been more helpful. They arranged restaurant bookings for us and were a wealth of information regarding local attractions. Rick is also a fine cook and his breakfasts were superb!

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed June 6, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Jackson House Inn for our one year anniversary in May and have already booked our return for September. Rick and Kathy made our trip truly magical. They are extraordinary individuals who have created such an extraordinary place.

They welcomed us, gauged who we are and from there helped us to plan local activities (boating, hiking, arts, scenic drives, eating) unique to our interests, and wonderful adventures that we would not have found on our own. We explored and adventured, taking their recommendations, and quickly fell in love with the area.

We began each day walking up through the hills and trees, along the brooks and roads behind the house. We were there as the leaves emerged from the buds of the trees covering the mountains. When we returned to the house for breakfast we sat in the beautiful dining room and looked through the walls of windows at the mountains and beauty surrounding the house.

And as we sat, we enjoyed and luxuriated in the BEST food we have ever eaten in a b and b, and indeed some of the best food we have ever eaten at all. It was so nourishing, full of flavor and texture, an experience of food that was so unique. Rick kept telling us that one of the things that is so special about Vermont is the love that people bring to their work. This was the case again and again at the Jackson House Inn. I was reminded of one of my favorite books, "Like Water for Chocolate" in which the food magically takes on the emotions and intention of the chef. It was as though we could taste the care within the food.

We came as guests and left as friends. We are so looking forward to our return as the leaves again transform on the trees.

Thank you thank you thank you, Kathy and Rick!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

My husband I have been fortunate enough to stay in a number of luxury inns along the East Coast in the last several years--including two others in Woodstock. The Jackson House Inn surpasses anything we've experienced, and, I cannot emphasize this enough--every aspect of our stay was utter perfection.

The house itself is immaculate with a seamless blend of historical features and contemporary offerings. The rooms--we stayed in Malena's Tango, and peeked in at others--are warm, soothing, elegantly decorated and immediately inviting. They also contain what might be described as the world's most sumptuous bedding--feather-topped mattresses and down duvets. You might want to consider building extra time in to your itinerary to allow for extended lounging in these miraculous beds. Our room featured a therapeutic massage tub as well as a gas fireplace, and both were welcome sights for weary travelers.

As for the key to any successful B&B, Rick and Kathy are the most gracious hosts one could imagine: accommodating to our varying daily schedule (offering breakfast at earlier-than-usual times as we traveled to a graduation ceremony and departed for a late-morning flight), engaging as we chatted about local attractions and dining options, and as welcoming as two people could possibly be.

In the tradition of saving the best for last, I have to say that the breakfasts designed by Rick (and designed truly is the appropriate word--they were not merely "cooked" or "presented") are indicative of some kind of culinary gift from the gods! Passionate about "thinking globally and acting locally," Rick incorporates offerings from local farms and dairies into his dishes, and the result is nothing short of phenomenal. The first-course treats often included decadent yogurt and fruit dishes while the entrees ranged from apple-cheddar pancakes to what my husband and I now refer to as THE BEST FOOD EVER: Rick's version of Charleston grits and sausage. I can only hope that all guests are fortunate enough to experience that dish during their stay. Also--as another note on how accommodating Rick and Kathy are--I have both a shellfish and egg allergy, and Rick went out of his way to ensure that I had the most delectable dishes possible without those particular ingredients. Much appreciated.

Clearly, I could go on interminably, but I will close by encouraging you to seek your quintessential Vermont vacation at The Jackson House Inn....perfect in every way.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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kterwelp1, Owner at Jackson House Inn, responded to this review, May 27, 2011
Thank you for your kind words. It was a true pleasure to have you and Jason with us last weekend. I'm delighted that you found the bedding to be so memorable. As RIck and I planned for the inn's upgrades, we wanted that aspect of the guest experience to shine. In addition, Rick was honored by your comments about breakfast as his goal is to exceed expectations. Again, many thanks and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Property: Jackson House Inn
Address: 43 Senior Ln, Woodstock, VT 05091-3404
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Location: United States > Vermont > Woodstock
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Woodstock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Jackson House Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jackson House Inn offers refined relaxation surrounded by the beauty of Vermont. Just outside the village of Woodstock, our property is perfect for a private romantic getaway or a chance to reconnect with friends. 6 one-room suites with fireplaces and 5 classic bedrooms blend history with modern conveniences - all with an en-suite private bathroom with shower (some with massage tubs), WIFI, in-room controlled air conditioning/heating, most with HD television service. Locally-sourced, organic products are featured in a memorable multi-course full breakfast served at individual tables in our dining room, and non-alcoholic hot and cold beverages are available at all times. Wines, beers and spirits are available in the late afternoon/early evening. Stroll three acres of grounds including a freshwater pond and perennial gardens or gaze at the landscape from patios, balconies and chairs on the lawn. In colder months, a floor-to-ceiling woodburning fireplace burns during breakfast and the evening hours. ... more   less 
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