We had never stayed at any B&B before our recent pre-Valentine's/ski weekend. While my main criteria were that a room with a fireplace be found within reasonable driving distance from the area ski slopes, I had no idea that our first experience at a B&B would be so warm, welcoming, and relaxing.
As many others have mentioned, the grounds and house are gorgeous. We benefited from a fresh blanket of snow covering everything upon our arrival, but Roger had the long driveway cleared and he greeted us warmly at the door. Upon our return from a late dinner, our bed had been turned down and the bed warmers were turned up, ensuring us a comfortable and cozy night of sleep.
To say the three-course breakfast is fantastic would be an understatement, and if you are a fan of granola I would definitely recommend trying their homemade offering if you aren't too full. After chatting with Roger and Gay for a bit, we set off for Stratton with new directions and a borrowed atlas in hand, provided by Roger) to circumvent the morning traffic in Manchester. When we returned, we had intended to unwind from a hard day of skiing by napping, but Gay's offer of tea by a roaring fire in one of the common rooms was even more enticing. While the nap might have been nice, settling in with a book, tea, and classical music by the fireplace was even more relaxing and rejuvenating. From time to time Roger or Gay would stop in and make sure everything was going well and also to chat for a bit. The fire was so enjoyable, that after returning from dinner we took advantage of the fireplace in our room (pre-stocked and only needing to be lit) and enjoyed a few more twilight hours by the fire before retiring.
By the end of our two night stay, we felt more like we had been family guests at their home, instead of just random strangers who booked a room for the weekend. I will definitely be going back next time we plan weekend of skiing, or even if we just want some time to relax.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant but informal, built in 1918 and carefully restored, Squire House is a luxurious B&B on eleven private acres in a classic Vermont village. With only three guest rooms, Squire House is never crowded or commercial. Each guest room has a modern private bathroom, nine-foot ceilings, large windows and central air conditioning. There are five wood-burning fireplaces. Full three-course breakfasts are served on English china in our paneled dining room. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Squire House Dorset, Vermont