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“Perfect snowy retreat”
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Squire House
Ranked #3 of 7 Dorset B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Northwestern CT
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18 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect snowy retreat”
Reviewed 11 February 2008

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.

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  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 3 January 2008

I just spent a few nights at the Squire House in Dorset, Vermont. I was blown away by the post card setting, the long driveway to the grand house, and the evening lights glowing over the snowy landscape. Inside it was absolutely first class with library, cozy living rooms, two wood-burning fireplaces, high ceilings, antique furnishings, paintings and most of all, warmth.

The bedrooms were similarly impressive...huge, comfortable, New Englandy rooms (with WiFi & cable TV), and windows galore. I won't mention the perfect breakfasts that are served on the massive dining room table because words cannot describe them very well.

With the gracious welcome from the owners Roger and Gay, I have to say that the Squire House is the finest lodging I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. John Woodruff residing in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 17 December 2007

From the time I booked our long weekend to the moment it ended I never stressed for a minute. My girlfriend and I were on a tight budget, we wanted to be on the outskirts of a town with a feeling of seclusion, and we didn't want to worry about anything the entire weekend. Gay and Roger Squire made our first B&B experience one to reflect on for years to come. We got a great deal, we ate exceptionally well begging Gay for the recipes each morning (she happily agreed), and the property was peacefully located on 11 acres only 6 miles from the bustle of Manchester Village and several miles from the pristine Merck Forest. Great all around experience! Ask for the Squire House Pancakes and the homemade granola and the David Ayer's Pancake and the...I could go on and on!

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  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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weston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2007

Ten years ago, Gay and Roger Squire purchased and renovated their beautiful, large, center hall colonial with 3 bedrooms with double beds and a carriage house that sleeps four. The house is furninshed with well maintained antiques and orientals, and some furniture that Roger has built such as a black walnut dining room table, a pine wall unit and a culry maple round table in the family room. Five fireplaces add warmth to the home and Roger and Gay are knowledgeable, personable innkeepers. The breakfasts are creative thoughtfully planned, and full. The couple alternates cooking and serving. The grounds are spacious and very well maintained with an occasional birdhouse and humming bird feeder. On special occasion there's usually a celebratory balloon awaiting you in your room. It's perfect for a birthday or anniversary celebration, or for leaf peeping, or any excuse to "get away from it all."

Arthur & Tina Papas

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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CT
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2007

We have stayed at the squire house 3 times. Each experience has been unbelievable. The inn is absolutly wonderful. The owners are great. It feels like your going to visit your friends when you stay. The rooms are all wonderfully appointed and beautiful. During all of our stays the breakfasts are such a treat. They make some of the most delicous meals we have ever had. you feel very pampered while staying with them. We enjoy the beautiful grounds the home sits on. Great for just relaxing with a book or walking around the property looking at the mountains that surround it. We also enjoy taking a nice walk from the inn to town. You walk down some great scenic roads past some beautiful homes on the way.
As I said in the heading it truly is the only choice.
Keith & Rochelle Schwartz Burlington, CT.

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  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Studio City, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 September 2007

We just returned from a three night stay at the Squire House B & B in Dorset , Vermont . Situated on 11 green, manicured acres, there are three private bedrooms in this B & B with other common rooms downstairs filled with antiques. Two of the bedrooms have fireplaces. A cottage is also available for longer stays. One room is a suite that beats any hotel suite. The furnishings are all beautiful and done with impeccable taste. The rooms are spacious with attention given to every detail. Hosts Roger and Gay Squire are affable, friendly and concerned about your every need. They serve a scrumptious three course breakfast on china with silver place settings in a lovely formal dining room. Everything they serve has an extra special touch, from homemade granola, grapefruit topped with toasted coconut, peaches with toasted oats, egg whites with herbs and carmelized scallions and peppers. The pancakes were the best we've ever eaten! They pay attention to special dietary requests. Coffee beans are freshly ground. Dorset itself is an idyllic town. Minutes away is Manchester for all your shopping needs.
The Squire House is a unique B & B and the perfect home away from home. Highly recommended!!

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  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Karen062
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Lynn, MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2007

We have just returned from the Squire House and have fallen in love with it! Initially I had looked at staying at the Equinox in Manchester, but was drawn to Squire House for several reasons - this turned out to be a great decision.

Everything about Squire House is refined and elegant without any pretense. Roger and Gay are lovely hosts who, by the end of our (all too short) one night visit, seemed like old friends.

The property is superbly maintained and very beautiful. The accommodations are very spacious, tastefully decorated, very comfortable and impeccably clean - amazingly so!

Breakfast was an event, and a wonderful one at that - china, silver and perhaps the best pancakes I've ever had.

This establishment is one of those places where the pictures on their website do not do it justice.... it is wondrous and we hope to return to VERY soon!

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  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Squire House
Address: 3395 Dorset West Road, Dorset, VT 05251
Region: United States > Vermont > Green Mountains > Dorset
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Dorset
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
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 
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Squire House Dorset, Vermont

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