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The Ira Allen House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 8 Arlington B&B and Inns
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Albany, New York
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“great place, great food, great service”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

if you are looking to stay at a historic, comfortable, well serviced b&b, ira allen is it. it is nestled between Arlington and Manchester, Vermont across the street from the Battenkill. lovely facilities. great set up for families with kids. we did a family reunion there and the owners were wonderful hosts. They did everything to make our stay a memorable one. They found a good balance between being there and not being over bearing. The breakfasts were incredible each day. Kevin worked to have each day a different but memorable breakfast. Lots of great coffee. They have a wine and beer license. You can drink in the "tavern" (sitting room) or take it out in the front porch. While the facilities are historic (which means old) they are well kept and have most of the amenities you would want from a good hotel. We also requested dinner at the Inn one night and it was a gastronomic event. Kevin planned the dinner with all local products (we had chicken, salad an incredible cold cucumber soup) and Tim created a "piece de resistance" dessert that was to die for. the mantra about the dessert (again made with locally grown berries) was that it was even healthy!
The hosts did everything to assure that our stay was comfortable and fun. I would highly recommend this Inn.
If there was any negative, it was the weather (over which our hosts had no control). we couldn't enjoy the out of doors as we would have liked due to the incredible heat and humidity and high water level of the Battenkill. Next year, we hope mother nature cooperates, but even if she does not, we know we will have a great experience.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Kevin M, Owner at The Ira Allen House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 14 July 2013
We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. It was truly our pleasure to help host your family reunion. We have always felt the the suite configuration of our rooms lends itself well to groups and families and it was great to see it work! It was so much fun having you all here - we hope to see you again soon.
- Kevin
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Medina, Ohio
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We were just in the area for the day and got a recommendation from an employee at the Vermont Country Store, and luckily they had a room available. It turned out to be the best room in the inn, with a sitting room and our own private porch. The whole place looks great and you can feel the history. The owners were very friendly and happily made us dinner reservations down the road. The highlight of the stay may have been the breakfast, which include a yogurt parfait flavored with maple syrup and fresh berries, from a local dairy, homemade sausage and apple cinnamon pancakes. The owner was making his own corned beef that day to be used for homemade corned beef hash later in the week. I;m sorry we were going to miss that! we would definitely stay here again if we are in the area

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chennai
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We spent two nights at this wonderful place in Vermont. We were five people in all and the accomodation was perfect. The owners were really hospitable and we had a lot of fun cooking, drinking and singing. The breakfasts were delicious and the location quite central to visiting nearby cheese farms and Hildene, the famous Loncoln property.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Shirley, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

My best friend and I have stayed there twice since the new management, and they are continually making improvements! The owners are so nice, friendly, helpful and fun, it feels like a second home. If you like good food, this is the place to be. The included breakfasts are wonderful - try the locally made maple skyr (yogurt) with homemade granola and fresh fruit plus jam to die for. The dinners (extra) are wonderful. They buy from local farms and farmers' markets, the cooking is fantastic. It is a 200 yr. old historical home, and very comfortable. Across the road is the Battenkill River with chairs and tables for a peaceful view. They are located next to Manachester, VT which has many many interesting places to visit including the fascinating Lincoln Home "Hildene", and you can get a discount ticket from the inn keepers. I'm hoping to visit them again this year.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

I would love to give the 3 guys who run the B&B a 5 star rating. They have recently taken over the business and are putting in 100% effort and passion to make this a success.

I don't want to be harsh on them but I would like future guest to be aware of a few things to avoid disappointment.

Firstly positives:
- great value. We stayed in Abigail's room, which is 1 big room with lounge area, a small 2 nd bedroom and an interconnecting bathroom.
It suited us, a couple travelling with 1 parent, perfectly. I wouldn't advice this room with 4 adults however. 2nd bedroom is tiny.
- owners: they cannot be more helpful and welcoming. We got freshly baked cookies, tea etc.
- set up: all pretty good. There is an honesty bar and it is nice to be able to make a coffee in the morning or grab a snack
- atmosphere: if you want to stay in a historic house, this is your place
-location: near are lots of nice restaurants, near the river. Despite the road in between, it is a nice location

Not so nice:
- the cats: I love cats but my husband is allergic and my father in law hates them.
There are 2 of them and they are very sweet but they do follow you up the stairs and miauw.
Also one at was licking the milk for our tea. I was laughing but my husband was not happy.
They do not come into the rooms but even I was sniffling and sneezing.
- the road: it is quite busy and at night cars drive fast. If you are a bad sleeper, sleep at back of house
-the furniture: everything is old and there is just too much stuff in the house. It is stuffy and overfilled. They should get rid of half of their junk and de -clutter the place. It is oppressive.
- breakfast: they try so hard and I think some guests will love the special dishes but we just like cereal and egg on toast. We got a very tasty soufflé and special granola and special yoghurt from local farms and it was all delicious but when we asked for toast, the bread was just plain and sweet. The owners are new to the hospitality business and it is tiring running a B&B but they could make their lives much easier by offering a simpler breakfast.

All in all, we had a good stay and I would advice this place with a few pointers. Mainly it is great value in a beautiful area and the owners are lovely.

Room Tip: I think they are all very different. We had a peak in Bakers room and it was much nicer than Abigail...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Kevin M, Owner at The Ira Allen House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 22 June 2013
Thank you for your kind words and constructive feedback.

It has been challenging integrating three households into one space. We are constantly reviewing and editing to make our guests feel comfortable. We have integrated new lounge furniture with the antiques to make the space more usable and all the beds are new.

Our cats are only allowed in public areas with guest approval - and never at meal times. They are still kittens and we apologize for their behavior at tea time.

While many of our guests enjoy the breakfast fare please know that we always have oatmeal, cereals and eggs (prepared your way) should you care for something different. We use local and homemade products whenever possible. We also accommodate any special dietary restrictions.

We truly hope that you enjoyed your visit to Vermont, and onward to Montreal.
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Canton, Georgia
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

This was our first time staying at a B&B. We were definately not dissapointed. The inn keepers are the nicest people you could meet. We were always welcomed upon our return every evening. The food is out of this world! Cookies every day. Breakfast with local fresh ingriedients! Don't miss breakfast! The inn is very comfortable and the rooms are very clean. If you are looking for a place to stay with that extra something, this is the place.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

My partner and I had the pleasure of staying in the 'Remember Baker' suite for two nights in late May. We had an exceptionally warm welcome from Kevin, Michael and Tracey upon our arrival and, after a glass of delicious local cider at the cozy fireside bar, we were shown to our room. We loved the original exposed cross beams on the ceiling, combined with a wood burning fireplace and private deck - it made the room a place you wanted to hurry back to (not always the case in a B&B.) The sheets were fresh and crisp, the bed super comfortable and everything was spotlessly clean.

Fantastic home cooked breakfasts and dinners, charming and helpful hosts, an extraordinarily beautiful and historic building and a breathtaking setting with mountain views. But, it's the attention to detail we'll remember - the eclectic furnishings in our room and throughout the entire house were always turning up new surprises, including 'a moose in every room' (ours was perched on the windowsill). This isn't a generic and impersonal place - it reflects the warmth of the personalities who maintain and cherish it and it has heaps of character that make it exceptionally memorable.

It may be called the Ira Allen House - but when you stay here you're really made to feel that this is your home too.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Ira Allen House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 6311 Vt Route 7a, Arlington, VT 05250-8433
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Region: United States > Vermont > Green Mountains > Arlington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Arlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Ira Allen House Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ira Allen House is one of the oldest inns in Vermont, and is the historical home of Ethan and Ira Allen, surveyors of Vermont and leaders of the Green Mountain Boys. Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains, with direct frontage on the Battenkill River, the inn is a perfect home base for skiing, biking, canoeing, golfing, fly-fishing, and a host of other outdoor activities. Manchester, with its fantastic assortment boutiques, outlets and restaurants, is 5 miles to the north. All the rooms are suites and are ideal for families and groups. Two suites have private fireplaces.A full country breakfast is included in the room rate. Family-style dinner available with advanced notice for a reasonable charge.We invite you to enjoy the beauty of Vermont, the charm of our historic home, and warm hospitality. ... more   less 
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