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Twin Gables of Woodstock
Ranked #5 of 8 Woodstock B&B and Inns
Pittsfield, MA
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Homey comfort”
Reviewed 9 April 2013

We will be staying for the third time at Twin Gables this weekend. Last visit was two weeks ago. We travel from the Berkshires to Woodstock frequently for the Midnight Rambles at Levon Helm's studio (which are continuing, even though Levon has passed), and we've discovered how much more pleasant it is to spend the night in Woodstock, rather than make an hour and half drive after the concert at midnight! The Twin Gables feels like home. It's not an elegant, hip establishment, it's an older house with character, the kind with doilies on the end tables -- it's pretty and it's clean, comfortable and welcoming. We like strolling around Woodstock, and the Twin Gables is perfectly located to do so. During our last visit my husband dropped his keys and couldn't them, before I knew it, three people associated with the inn and two guests were crawling around the hall looking for it. It's that kind of place. Compared to the other places to stay around Woodstock, it's a decent value, and it's definitely a pleasant place to stay. A good vibe all around. We'll be back.

Room Tip: Rooms with bath are the best, but even though with shared bath are comfortable.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Asheville, North Carolina
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71 reviews
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

I needed to be in Woodstock for an early morning meeting and stayed at Twin Gables. Lori, who greeted us on arrival, was very friendly and welcoming. Our room was very clean and comfortable and adequately appointed. The continental breakfast the next morning was prepared timely, was fresh and complete. Overall, the inn was exactly as described and is highly recommended.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room #11. It is very conveniently located right inside the front door and off the main...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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new york city
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3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

This is my favorite place to stay in Woodstock. I love its charm & character, location is perfect and quite reasonable for the price. This home was built in the 1800's and once you've entered its doors, you feel like you've stepped back in time, from it's parlor with lace window adornments and quaint flower wallpaper, writing desk, comfy sofas, fireplace and 24hr coffee/tea area. There are two King and Queen bedrooms downstairs, as well as a single room and upstairs are bedrooms and two large communal bathrooms that are kept exceptionally clean. I love the natural hair and body products and green cleaners they use (great if you have sensitivities!).. the room itself is another experience. I've stayed in several rooms and seen them all .. they all have a particular character that you must experience yourself. I'm a writer and I started coming to Woodstock a few years ago and was inspired by this wonderful home .. it spoke of colonial history, you can just imagine guests of yore enjoying the outdoor porch that is now the majestic King room, so classic and elegant. I've had many interesting conversations with guests who come from all over the world and share stories of our travels, current events and experiences. The proprietors are knowledgeable and helpful but allow space for the guest to have their own experience of Woodstock and its many gifts and mysteries. And don't miss Laurie, who works on Sundays. She's a loving spirit you will feel very at home with. And speaking of spirits -- again, it's for you to experience .. Enjoy!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

From the antique furnishings, to the cozy fireplace in the big living room to the day round tea and coffee, this is a lovely and delightful, totally convenient Inn in the town of Woodstock. It is very tasteful and has none of the dusty shabbiness that other B&B's can have. The prices are great for what is offered, the staff is lovely and low-key. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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New Paltz, New York
Level 6 Contributor
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

There are some B&B's where you sense the proprietors are proud of their lodgings and the service and hospitality they provide. Then there are others that extract the maximum price they can, knowing that for whatever circumstances, you won't be able to easily cancel or find another place - this place is the latter.

Booked suite 12 @ $200, and in hindsight, was not worth it, left feeling a bit gouged.

It appears this room (suite) was converted from an outside porch. Tacky carpet squares for the flooring, and double inside room doors, and an outside door, porch and steps to a solid inside wall give it away. In this suite, we had a separate, comfortable couch and 2 sitting chairs. There was also had a separate wall unit heater used to heat the space, that was annoyingly loud, cycling off and on every few minutes throughout the night, which wasn't conducive to a good nights sleep. Natural guest products were provided in the bath, with ample clean towels. The king bed was very comfortable, with fresh linens, although they didn't change them during our stay. The common area on the ground is small, only 2 couches that could only seat 4, maybe 6, at one time. The decor is 50's with lots of print wallpaper.

Also, for "breakfast" they only offered a very limited cold breakfast of muffins, fruit and yogurt from 9 - 10:30 am on small plates. Individual coffee and tea was available 24 hours a day. It snowed overnight, and the outside walks were not cleaned by 1 pm making the stone walk and steps slick. The staff was unobtrusive, and scarce. Simply, just didn't get a sense anyone cared.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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henritischler, Owner at Twin Gables of Woodstock, responded to this review, 21 February 2013
Wow, I've never been personally attacked in a review before.

Our king suite is a new guest room which I converted about two years ago from being the owner's quarters into the king suite that you and your partner stayed. At $184 per night - our most expensive room - with a king poster bed, couch, chairs, private bathroom, free wifi, coffee/tea 24x7, complimentary breakfast, free parking, in an 18th century home in the heart of Woodstock, it is a bargain anywhere in Woodstock and pretty much anywhere else in NY one would want to stay. Twin Gables is the most affordable and most conveniently located guest house in Woodstock.

Two local designers were hired for the design and decor of the suite. The "tacky squares" you describe for the carpet are Flor carpet tiles, specifically chosen by the designers, both to go along with the decor and to allow for easy green cleaning, as we strive to be as environmentally green as possible.

What you present as negatives in your review, is actually precisely what we strive to achieve and what makes for the charm of Twin Gables and keeps bringing our guests back time after time. Twin Gables was established as a guest house in 1926; the house itself is from the 1800's. We love this house and whenever renovations or modifications are called for, we take great care to maintain as much as possible of the original. There are glass doors off the parlor that used to lead into the tea room. A door from another bedroom, leads nowhere, because that used to be Mr and Mrs Deibler's room in the 1920's and that door used to lead into the old kitchen, which is now our linen room. Stairs on the second floor lead to nowhere. A fern sits by the same window it has looked out into the street for the past century.

We like our guests to be able to relax and come and go as they please, without having someone watching their every move or, heavens forbid, by having a curfew, which we are told another local B&B does (!). Our guests have keys to their room and the front door and can go in and out as they do their activities in town throughout the day and night. Staff is readily available to help during the day by a simple knock at the kitchen door if needed.

Our breakfast is a continental breakfast consisting of fresh muffins, fruit, Brown Cow yogurt, juice, and coffee/tea. It is designed for our guests to grab a bite before they head off to their activities or to have a lavish brunch at one of the several restaurants a block or two away that Woodstock is known for.

Finally, thanks for letting me know that the heater - designed so that guests in the king suite have control of the room temperature - is making noise. Apologies that the noise kept you up. For that, i am sorry. Please remind me next time you and your partner stay with us, and I will give you a discount from your stay.
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Mold, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2013

Very disappointe, especially after reading some glowing reports. Payed $140 +tax via Booking.Com for room 5 but saw the rate at $119+tax on brochure and their own web site after we arrived. In my opinion this is not a typical bed and breakfast. The Twin Gables "mantra" on their brochure states "Our home is your home" yet this is not a home. All the rooms appear to be bedrooms with just a small entrance hall and front room available to visitors. The lady who welcomed us left during the evening and came back just before 9.am i.e. very late and inconvenient for people touring. The small sitting room has 2 couches and three chairs and no tables or dining chairs, so the very limited cold breakfast was placed on a side table and we had to eat, either standing up or sat on a low couch! The only facility was a coffee maker (not in the room) and a fridge containing three cartons of milk only. Our room (5) was tiny, approx 10'x10', probably the smallest room we have ever stayed in and that includes notoriously small Parisian hotel rooms, with very modest furniture. The decor was tired, with damp patches on our ceiling. No facilities in our room, the nearest bathroom was down a corridor past three bedrooms. Over many years we have travelled widely throughout the US. We have often chosen bed and breakfasts, because in our opinion US b&bs are amongst the best in the world, along with South Africa. This trip has included the wonderful Amerscott Inn Stow ma and Captain Grants near Mystic ct. Here we were welcomed by the owners, with cookies and muffins along with wine, beer and soft drinks always available and we were provide with superb cooked breakfasts. Other similar service was provide in all the other b&bs we have visited such as The Hounds Tooth Inn Oakwood ca and Captain Ezra Nye in Sandwich ma. In our opinion Twin Gables is really a lodging house and very expensive, although it may be that some of the even more expensive rooms are more comfortable than Room5 Ps it was also very cold downstairs because they had run out of oil! Maybe we were just unlucky but for the price offered, this was poor value. The following night we stayed at The Victoria Inn, a superb Old style quality Hotel in the centre of a Saratoga with an entrance area to our bedroom bigger than room 5 at Twin gables and at only $90 per night including a substantial hot breakfast in a comfortable dining room.
The positive side is the excellent location

Room Tip: Dont choose Room 5
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Summit, New Jersey
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Reviewed 13 December 2012

When we walked in the door, we could smell Murphys Oil soap and see a roaring fire. We rented almost all of the rooms for a celebration. We loved the cozy decor and the friendly staff. The suite was immaculate (I even liked the soaps and shampoo). The location is right in the middle of the village. We were able to park our cars and walk everywhere. My friends and I are already planning our next visit. Oh and try the almond muffins in the morning. We are still dreaming about those!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Twin Gables of Woodstock
Address: 73 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY 12498-1238
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Region: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Woodstock
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Woodstock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
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Located in the center of Woodstock; reasonably priced, charming rooms; free complimentary continental breakfast; 24X7 coffee/tea station; wifi ... more   less 

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