My husband and I needed accommodations in Castleton so we could attend my step-daughter's graduation from Castleton State College. I did some research on the Internet and finally stumbled on the Applewood Manor. I've discovered that a website communicates a great deal about a property. If it is attractively designed, then usually the b&b is also appealing. I fell for Applewood's website, the descriptions of the rooms and house making me eager to book in there. We weren't disappointed.
Nancy and Ralph have transformed this residence, dating back to the 1700s (they're only the fourth owner), incorporating the original feel of the place into their renovations. I've never experienced so much attention to detail. The whole house is a treasure. Antiques fill each room, contributing to the beauty of the place. I wanted to linger and look at each piece, from the lovely guest parlor on the main floor and the dining room where breakfast is served, to the guest rooms. Each one has a distinctive color theme and charm.
We chose Hannah's room because of the Kingsize bed, the most comfortable one I've ever slept in. We stayed two nights, and we've never slept so well. Not only was the room a generous size, but the bathroom was as big as most bedrooms. What an experience! I felt we should be paying more than the rate they're currently charging just for the honor of staying there.
We've never been treated so graciously by hosts. It felt like we were truly guests in their house and not strangers seeking a bed for the night. Breakfasts were delicious, and Nancy and Ralph were eager to help us in any way they could.
Our only regret is that we live in California, too far away to make this b&b a regular destination. But if we're ever in the area again, we wouldn't stay anywhere else, and we can highly recommend it to others. Castleton and the Applewood Manor provide a great home base for exploring all the beauty that Vermont offers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Applewood Manor is a national award-winning B&B. Situated in picturesque Castleton and convenient to Killington and other Central Vermont attractions, Applewood Manor is renowned for its comfortable elegance, excellent hospitality, and rich history dating back to the 1780's. Original brick and marble fireplaces grace the public rooms, and each of the five guest bedrooms has a private bathroom, deluxe mattresses, and nicely-appointed furnishings. In summer, the porch, patio & swimming pool are pleasant places to relax The 33-acre property offers woodland walks, snowshoe trail, and a river for trout-fishing. The area presents spectacular scenery; a wealth of activities including hiking, fishing, golfing, skiing, snowmobiling; fabulous shopping; and unique historical places of interest. Applewood Manor makes a great home base for exploring Vermont or just enjoying a getaway. You can get there by car, Cape Air from Boston, or Amtrak’s Ethan Allen express from NYC which stops at the beautifully-renovated Castleton station. ... more less