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
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- Old Town Farm Inn Chester, Vermont