We choose to spend our anniversary at the WilloughVale Inn because we have visited their sister property, The Green Mountain Inn in Stowe, VT and loved it. What a dissapointment! Both cottages and rooms at the WilloughVale Inn are offered. Their website, w--------, and their brochure show lovely photos and describe "beautiful views, swimming, paddling, fishing, climbing, hiking" and other winter activities "just outside our door"! We rented a cottage called "The Angler" during July. Before booking, we asked if the cottage was air conditioned and were told it was. The cottages are located on a busy highway but they are on the lake. The inn rooms are located ACROSS the highway - not lake front. Our cottage had a screened porch that had insects flying around in it due to holes in the screen. The cottage next to us was occupied by a family with children and was so close we could hear every word they said. When we entered the cottage, the musty smell was overwhelming. When I booked this cottage, I was told it was occupied until the day we wanted to check in so it was apparently cleaned the same day we arrived. The cottage was also very hot. The air conditioning turned out to be a sole window unit that was located in the bedroom and emitted noise that made sleep impossible for us during an attempt at an afternoon nap. As former Floridians, we are intimately familiar with many types of air conditioners and this one was genuinely awful. We found holes in the screens inside the cottage (more insects), windows that were difficult to open and some had to be propped up to stay open. No fly swatters in the cottage - we had to walk across the road to ask for one which was finally located in the inn restaurant's kitchen (ugh!). The bedroom had an uncomfortable queen or double bed in it. A small bathroom and kitchen were provided. Access to the lake was down poorly maintained wooden stairs that were overgrown with high weeds. My husband and I are active Vermonters but these stairs presented a challenge to us. The lake itself is beautiful. No sign of any weeds in the water - no fish anywhere to be seen from the small dock either. We put the fishing rods back in the car after a couple of hours. The advertised watercraft were apparently in use by others on this particular day. It appeared that a pulley type boat launch arrangement shared by several cottages was utilized to hold the watercraft when they were available. This would have been a challenge for an older couple to deal with, too. We ate dinner at the Inn restaurant and the food was not good. When I asked if the fish was fresh, the waiter said it was shipped from Boston a couple of times a week. We settled for beef which was not very good. After spending the afternoon, we decided to depart right after dinner. The thought of staying for even one night was too depressing. We expressed our disappointment to the person at the desk when we checked out. She offered us a room at the inn. No refund or credit was offered and they charged our credit card for both nights. Lodging, taxes, "service" charge, one meal and tip totaled almost $800. Had we wanted an inn room, we would have stayed elsewhere. The attraction here was having a waterfront cottage with screened porch, a dock to fish from and a comfortably air conditioned space to nap. We elected to depart rather than settle for two nights in a small inn room. If you book one of the cottages, be aware that there is only a small general store with very limited supplies about a mile down the highway for stocking the very small dorm room type refrigerator in the kitchen. Pick up supplies at a grocery store before you check in. This resort, in our opinion, is not a good value for the accommodations or food it offers. Vermont is a beautiful state with some great resorts and inns. The Willoughvale is not one of them.
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