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Twin Farms
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

While we enjoyed our stay at the meadow cottage and found the grounds spectacular, we came away from our Trip to Twin Farms simply underwhelmed.

While we don’t disagree with many of the accolades given to the resort as mentioned in the other reviews, we had some major points of disagreement (the food) and some moderate concerns about our room.

Accommodations:

While we found the decor of the meadow cottage to be beautiful with its custom tile work and Moroccan theme, we found the infrastructure too tired to warrant the rates and the 5 star ratings. The thermostat control was awkwardly placed behind a room divider and featured an old style slider thermostat. Controlling the room temperature was an exercise in guesswork and imprecision.

We suspect that 10 to 15 years ago the beds and the bed coverings were state of the art. They are not any longer. We found our bed and mattress to be lumpy and uneven. We wouldn’t complain if it were a 4 star hotel, but it was not up to par compared to other elite places we have stayed. We realize it’s too late from a construction standpoint, but the light switches were placed in awkward and inconsistent locations, the shower was poorly lit and the stone bathroom floor warranted radiant heat. The television and audio video systems were a little bit dated as well.

The grounds and facilities were generally terrific as mentioned by other reviewers. However, we found the tennis court setting and its stark concrete wall to be surprisingly unattractive compared to the rest of the resort.

The Food

We arrived with great expectations for the "bespoke" cuisine at Twin Farms and our hopes were repeatedly dashed. While an effort was made to accommodate or remove items we didn’t like from the evening preparations, dinner was served at a preset time each evening and we had some annoying experiences with the service. The meals are essentially preplanned and most of the guests are served in a large dining room in a process that reminds us of high end summer camp. We felt many of the preparations were whimsical and oddly flavored in a sort of country attempt to imitate some of the more adventurous cuisines from molecular cuisine restaurants like WD-50 in New York. In other courses, things like main courses of halibut or chicken were completely flavorless.

One evening there was a raw yellow tail tuna appetizer with caviar, and I had indicated on my form that the only raw fish I liked was Tuna and I neglected to mention my distaste for caviar. When mentioned to the server, the plate was removed and returned shortly afterward with the caviar scraped off and the waiter suggesting I try it since, “Yellow tail is actually tuna.” I tried a few unappealing morsels and the head waitress came back to the table and pedantically thanked me for tasting the tuna by noting she was "Glad I gave it a try.". I would have preferred a small salad as an appetizer.

At another dinner, after a long day of hiking, we weren’t sure whether to stay for dessert since we were tired, but the waiter refused to tell us about the final course only to say “it’s a surprise and you’ll have to wait and see.” We waited, only to be disappointed by an overly rendered and oddly flavored concoction (something with Pennsylvania pickled plums?) that the servers spent precious minutes describing while we waited to put our spoons down and head off to bed. Generally at dinner, there are no choices, just take it or leave it.

The daily choices for box lunches were reasonably appealing, but we were disappointed twice by the tasteless and watery chicken lobster offered. In our view, if something can’t be done well, it shouldn’t be done at all.

Breakfast offered a wide range of choices, but we were very surprised by the lack of farm fresh flavor in the eggs. While it’s possible the eggs were farm fresh and local, on all three days the eggs seemed as if they had been produced long before they were served.

There is no doubt we are demanding, but with the pricing and reputation of the resort we felt it was fair to arrive with high expectations. We departed disappointed and don’t plan to return. All in all, at least the trip made us look forward to our third return trip to a far superior resort in Morris, Connecticut.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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18  Thank RedWagonFarm
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Reviewed 21 August 2009

My boyfriend and I just returned from a three night stay at Twin Farms, and we are already planning our next stay there. The Twin Farms experience is one that would be hardpressed to be surpassed in its level of quality and service. Everything from start to finish is done with expertise and finesse, but is also unobtrusive and on a friendly, first-name basis.

We stayed in the Orchard cottage, which is a short walk from the main house. Don't feel like walking? Just call and they will send a van to pick you up. We enjoyed the walk, complete with a flashlight to get you home after dark. The road was nicely lit with path lights, and we never had an issue walking back after dinner. Our cottage had amazing views of the apple orchard and forest covered mountains. Every amenity you could imagine is provided, and if you don't find something, they will make every effort to get it for you. They also offer complimentary laundry service, which came in handy. We never saw housekeeping because they make sure you are out of the room when they come. As far as having drinks, cheese, snacks, or anything brought to the room, all you do is make a call to the guest services, and it will be brought to you.

Meals are events at Twin Farms. We thought that we would prefer private dining most of the time in our cottage, but after experiencing the lunch and dinner service in the dining room, we didn't want to miss it! You fill out a food preference form before your stay so that they can plan a menu tailored to your likes and dislikes. The wine pairings are amazing and plentiful and the food is truly beautiful in presentation and taste. There are options for private dining, if you choose to do so. They will also prepare a box lunch if you want to take it on a picnic or have it in your cottage. They prepared one for our transfer back to the airport, and we were able to enjoy it in the van. Breakfasts can be delivered to your room, although they tend to like to limit that to continental style, but you can request eggs and bacon as well. The breakfast offerings in the dining room were amazing, and we again found ourselves wanting to go there instead of our room.

We took it easy and walked around the property a bit and did a short hike, but they offer water activities at the pond, biking, hiking, and options to go into the nearby towns. The activity directors are there to provide anything you need for your experience. We tended to spend a lot of time in the pub where there is a pool table and dart board.

I really can't say enough about how wonderful the service is and how your every need is anticipated. Everything is paid for upfront, so you never need your wallet or sign a bill your entire stay, including tipping. We found a nice variety of people there, some in larger groups, and some couples of all ages. You can be very sociable, or keep to yourselves, and there is no dress code, although most people dressed smart casual for dinner. Most were regular visitors to Twin Farms, as we plan to be! For those who feel the price is extravagant, it may seem that way, but when you consider the all-inclusive nature, gourmet meals and fabulous wines, and the exceptional service, it makes it worth it!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank LadyJulie
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Reviewed 20 March 2009

This place is pricey, no doubt about it, however, it is beautiful, has wonderful, discreet service, and has excellent food and wine. There are no "cookie cutter" meals or a set menu. Everything is made to your likes and dislikes.

The property itself offers activities in all seasons. The cottages are thoughtfully organized and large! Massages were excellent. Breakfast was offered both in our cottage, in the dinig room, or BOTH! Great start to every single day.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank MommiAnna
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Reviewed 22 October 2007

This is a late entry, but years later, I still have wonderful memories of my stay at Twin Farms.

This place is the ultimate in understated luxury. The service is top notch, although it is laid back and unobtrusive.

Meals were wonderful--very creative options. It is a set meal, although one afternoon there was a beautiful barbeque/grilled lunch buffet set outside. One evening there was a dessert buffet. They will pack you a wonderful picnic basket for lunch if you desire. The pancakes for breakfast were souffle-like. Yummy!

The public rooms/areas are wonderfully done. The Furo (a large hot tube) and the pub (complete with a stocked bar and a juke box) were two of our favorite places to relax. We also loved smores by the bonfire at night.

Although Twin Farms is extremely expensive and was a splurge for us, I do think it is a great value, given the fact that it is pretty much all inclusive. For a wonderfully comfortable and beautifully decorated room or cottage, plus wine, Champagne, cocktails and fabulous food, plus fantastic service (the housekeeping was stellar), you do get your money's worth.

  • Stayed: May 2003, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Dreamsofvacations
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Reviewed 4 July 2007

Have resisted friends who had stayed at this place pushing us to give it a try. I had felt that the price was out of control-offensive.
Finally when I got a gift certificate for Twin Farms for my 40th birthday (it was a generous $1000 but it did not even cover 1/2 of 1 night of 2night minimum) felt that I might as well give it a try.
All the raves are indeed deserved. This place is not pretentious, service is not stuffy, everyone is on first name basis but basically there was no such thing as saying "no" to any request.
The food is outstanding, choices are very wide. The bed is the most comfortable I have ever slept in. At night we had a bonfire on the lakefront which was set up for us with everything from long wood sticks to hershey's chocolate, marshmallows and the two liqueurs we requested ( a specific Port and Bailey's).
It was unforgettable two days, and I can see why people come again and again.
If you can afford it you will find it worth the expense.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank ilasik
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