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Old Town Farm Inn
Ranked #7 of 9 Chester B&B and Inns
Central NY State
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81 reviews
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“Off the beaten path...”
Reviewed 29 August 2012

We arrived late on a Friday afternoon to the Old Town Farm Inn. The inn is located in the country (hint: FARM Inn) and is about 10 minutes away from the town of Chester. As we pulled up in front of the inn, we didn't notice any other vehicles and wondered if anyone else was staying here (there weren't). I unloaded our luggage and went to check-in. It took a minute before our host greeted us and directed us to our room on the 2nd floor via a circular stairway.

The inn is somewhat spartan – some repair/maintenance work was in progress and the interior was in need of some fresh paint and sprucing up. Our room (#3) was on the 2nd floor at the rear of the inn as we requested based on other reviews that mentioned road noise at the front of the inn. The rooms have no locks, only a chain lock when you are in the room. Our room had a queen bed, double bed, private bath, A/C, and DVD only television service. The room was clean but besides the beds, there was nowhere to sit. The only furniture besides the beds were 2 antique night stands, a desk, quilt stand, and a dresser with the television. The bath room was large with an updated sink and full bath/shower. There are not any activities at the inn; the only outside seating was 3 Adirondack style chairs at the rear of the property facing a small pond.

The Old Town Farm Inn also offers dinner with a Japanese flair. My wife and I had dinner at the inn on a Friday evening during our stay. The dining room is spacious, bright, and airy. Dinner is prepared and served by Aleks and Michiko who own and operate the inn. Our dinner menu consisted of Japanese fare with a choice of pork, beef, and several tempura entrees. Appetizers and salads are also available.

My wife ordered the Shrimp Tempura which came with miso soup, a garden salad, 5 EXTRA large shrimp and assorted vegetables. The shrimp and vegetables were panko breaded and fried to perfection. I had what was listed as a butcher steak – a marbled hanging tenderloin. It came with the miso soup, garden salad and some Japanese vegetables on the side. My steak was the most moist and tender cut of beef I've ever had. Our dinner was absolutely excellent and the fact that many locals were also dining there that evening is proof positive that dinner at the Old Town Farm Inn is something to look forward to.

Breakfast the next morning was served in the dining room. A full pitcher each of OJ and milk awaited us at our table along with the place settings. Fresh fruit, hot water/tea, and cereal as well as fresh hot decaf and regular coffee and creamer were set up for us at a side table. Michiko greeted us and offered us our choice of eggs, bacon, and/or pancakes.

In conclusion, the inn itself offered unremarkable accommodations. However, the breakfast and dinner were excellent and our hosts Aleks and Michiko were a couple of the most gracious hosts we've ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Rating 1–5 (best):
Inn – 3.5
Dining – 5

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bayonne, New Jersey
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

My boyfriend and I got a room here for a 3 day skiing trip. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was for such a great price. Michiko was very accomodating to all of our needs and requests. She also made us a delicious breakfast every morning before we went skiing, which kept us full until lunch time! The room was very clean, roomy and nice for such an old house and the bed was very comfortable!! There is also 2 common rooms, both with tv's, along with a big selection of dvd's and videos. The pictures that are posted on their website definitely don't do justice on this bed and breakfast, this place is bright, clean and welcoming. It was less than 15 minutes from Okemo and a straight, easy drive. The only thing we would recommend is if you are a light sleeper to ask for a room in the back of the house. We had a room in the front and it was a little noisy from the cars driving by, but being so tired from spending the day on the slopes we had no problem sleeping through the noise. We would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone who wants to stay in the area and will definitely return!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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South Orange, New Jersey
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

This family-run inn is quite a find. The hosts are welcoming, the rooms immaculate and the food interesting and tasty. They go out of their way to make sure you're not hungy on the slopes after the delicious breakfast. Our family of 5 fit comfortably in a suite of two rooms upstairs. The one drawback for us is that it was a bit of a schlep to the slopes, but that is more because of the Okemo access road bottleneck than because of the distance. Otherwise, we had a great stay and would highly recommend for families. There is a great room stocked with videos and games. We didn't find the hotel to be rundown. In fact, because we have spent a decade restoring our own Victorian, we were impressed at how well they had preserved many of the farmhouse's original features. The common room is great. Friends who rent a ski house nearby joined us for dinner, and while we chatted the kids hung out in the common room. Truly a relaxing place after a day on the slopes.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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San Jose, CR
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Reviewed 23 March 2010

Service is great, hosts very pleasant and rooms were clean. Our room was huge with extra beds to spare. The shower was clean, great water pressure, good amenities (bring conditioner, though, ladies- the conditioning shampoo was pretty harsh). The hotel is a little more run-down than expected, with peeling wallpaper in the bathroom. Also, our room didn't have a key, which is pretty standard in B&B's these days. If you stay here, make sure to bring outlet converters. Our computer needed a three-prong outlet and our room didn't have any.

Pet friendliness was as promised. Our dog enjoyed his stay and we didn't have any complaints. He even had breakfast with us in the mornings.

Parking was never an issue. In terms of location, Chester is tiny. If your trip is ski-oriented, it'll work well. If you just want to sightsee you might consider somewhere a little more centric.

The japanese dinner is fabulous. Really, as someone who has tried a lot of japanese restaurants in a lot of cities (and eats japanese food pretty often), this place was impressive. Presentation, freshness, everything pretty great. Could've used a little more rice on the makis but that's about it. If you plan to have dinner here, bring a bottle of wine to have with your dinner.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2010

The Old Town Farm Inn is a family run B&B about 10 minutes from Okemo in between Chester and Ludlow. The owners Aleks and Michiko moved from NYC 10 years ago to run this B&B. We did not meet Aleks but Michiko is very kind and hospitable.

The inn is an old farm house converted to a B&B. As that, do expect to be in an older building without some of the modern amenities (pool, gym, etc). However, this is a charming house, clean, warm, comfortable, no frills and a great place to relax after skiing. We had the front room with a bathroom and an adjacent room for the kids. Our rooms and bathroom were clean and the beds were fairly comfortable. You do have to watch out for the low ceiling at the stairs. The one drawback with the front room is the road noise at night for those of us not used to traffic noise. If that's a problem ask for rooms in the back. There is a small dining room on site where breakfast and dinner are served. You can go through the kitchen to get to the fireplace and large TV although we couldn't figure out how to turn it on. There is a huge collection of DVD's that you can take back to your room where we watched a bunch of movies.
The hearty breakfast is a great meal to start the day before skiing. All fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. Best bacon I've had. The breakfast doesn't compare to the dinner. Michiko is Japanese whose family had been in the restaurant business in Japan since 1879 or something like that. Each meal is prepared individually with full attention to details. The appetizers were delicious. For entree, I had the signature eel dish that had been served to the emperor. It was very tasty. My wife had the tempura and she said it was one of the best. This is from someone who had spent over 6 months in Japan. Michiko made a special rice noodle dish for my daughter since she's a vegetarian. It was wonderful. My son had great sushi which Michko brings in from Boston. How ironic that we find a great Japanese restaurant in middle of nowhere Vermont. It is also BYOB.

Overall, this was a fun and interesting experience. If you are set on the modern amenities and a five star hotel, this is not for you although you may still be interested in the restaurant. If you are adventurous and open minded and looking for something a little different, you'll want to check this place out especially if you enjoy Japanese food that is more than the standard run of the mill California rolls.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 December 2008

We went up to Vermont this fall to go antiquing with our in-laws and on the recommendation of a friend we tried the Old Town Farm Inn. We're fans of Japanese food and our friend's recommended them very strongly. The inn itself is a converted farmhouse out in the countryside, about 5 miles out of town. Nearby villages are Chester, Weston, Proctorsville, and Grafton. The weekend we went there was a great juried craft fair in Weston. There really is nothing else around then inn though but fields and forest. You can't even see any houses fromthe property Inside, the rooms are not fancy, country decor, nicely appointed, very clean.
It wasn't the rooms that we stayed there for though, It was the food! Michiko is real chef from Japan, and her family has been in the restaurant business for over a hundred years. How she manages to get the quality fish she serves in Vermont of all places is one of life's great mysteries. Their dining room is very typical new England B&B, not at all resembling what we were accustomed to in a Japanese restaurant. Its onthe smallish side, informal, and there were several local couples as well as other inn guests there. It was a very friendly ambiance and very quickly became animated with people conversing with people at other tables. Everything was prepared to order. The appetizers and sushi were exquisite, the salad, with her fresh made dressing was ut of this world and the entree's, while limited really were somethign to write home about. The first night we sampled their broilled eel and broiled salmon dishes, while our in-laws ordered sushi. The second night we opted for their family style sushi special and were overwhelmed. Breakfast was more American farm style, simple, but amazing. The bacon and ham are locally smoked. The eggs are fresh form a farm/market a mile down the road. This market is a year round farmer's market feturing goods from 60 area farms.
One other thing is that they are pet friendly we brought along our dog, and we had to bring a crate for him. But they do charge an extre cleaning fee for the dog.
Its a great place for people who like good food and want to explore the "not in the brochure" Vermont. The price was nice too. If you want things like jacuzzis though, they don't have them. The owners are very friendly, very hospitable and they know their area very well and will gladly point you down those roads less travelled to craftsmen and shops that are off the beaten path and well worth the detour.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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hartford ct
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Reviewed 29 December 2007

The resturant at this inn has great reviews! We made the assumption that the Inn would be just as nice. We were so disappointed. The room was small, the bathroom tiny without even a towel rod. No attention to minor details. Old and worn out. Would not recommend. We paid first night and check out. Owners were pleasant but must be putting all their effort into resturant. Also, tripped going in, driveway all ice and path to back door not shoveled.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Chowhound, Owner at Old Town Farm Inn, responded to this review, 25 February 2008
Its really true, no matter what you do, there are some people you just won't be able to please. We've never paid much attention to this site beyond signing up several years ago. But a regular guest told us this weekend about this really unjustified review so we had to respond.

We''ve been here since 1999, and take what we do seriously. The vast majority of our business is repeat visitors. Our guest book is filled with praise about our food, our place, our service, and the entire experience. If you;re in the area, stop in take a peek. Our misson here is to provide guests a whole vermont experience, not just a place to lay their head at night. We enjoy our job immensely when our guests are having a great time! We have had people come up here on a getaway, return to get engaged, and return again for us to host their families and their wedding. There are many independant reviews by professional journalists and travel writers. We've been featured and endorsed by national magazines, and were a date location for an ABC family TV reality show. So this review really baffled us. It just ain't so, as they say up here.

We looked in the booking notes to jog our memories and things became a bit clearer. Its pretty rare that someone checks out early, unless its weather or emergency related, more about that later. But it does happen, and of course it is a concern to us being a seasonal business we really want to minimize this so we do keep notes. This person requested a less expensive available room and upon arrival asked if they could look at other rooms. This is not unusual, many people are curious about the place when they come up. So, as usual we accommodated and showed them whatever rooms that were at that time vacant. We don't show rooms that have a checked in guest, even if the guest is out, that just isnt right.

The room they saw was much bigger, and they asked for a free "upgrade' to it. They were disappointed when we told the the larger room they wanted was already booked and would not be available. At breakfast he told us they had to check out due to a friend who was scheduled to join them skiing later that next day would not be joining them due to a medical emergency and they had to go back home right away.

There was a indeed a friend who had booked to arrive the following day. they did cancel their trip up, but he cancelled before the reviewer arrived, and cancelled due to the bad weather and hazardous road conditions that day. A quick check of the history page at weather underground weather site proves that on that day, December 29 there was a freezing rain, a half inch of it recorded for our town which did give us a not so nice half inch glazing of pure ice over everything. Over the years, history has taught that bad weather can account for things like friend's medical emergency that requires urgent return home. Its an unfortunate part of outdoor recreation related lodging business.

The fact that Michiko is from Japan says all we need to about housekeeping. The towel bar comment has us baffled though. there have been times when guests (generally kids) have managed to either pull or knock a towel rod off the wall, but we do clean the rooms every day and repair what needs to be repaired, so they are there.

We, like all other licensed lodging in Vermont are subject to random, unannounced inspections by the state health department. We score very very well every time and are happy to provide copies of inspections by the official state sanitarian to anyone who requests.

As much as we try sometimes it is just not possible to stay on top of freezing rain here in Vermont. That was one of those days. Some days it falls and freezes on the cold ground faster than the sanding contractors can make their rounds re-sanding.
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Property: Old Town Farm Inn
Address: 665 Vt Route 10, Chester, VT 05143-9656
Region: United States > Vermont > Chester
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Ranked #7 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Chester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
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