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Barrows House
Ranked #1 of 7 Dorset B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
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“Would not go back...”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

I would not go back here again. I've stayed at the Dorset Inn on many occasions and since they are both owned by the same people, I wanted to give The Barrows a try. The rooms were renovated but we had a MAJOR ant problem in our room. Also, the dinner menu had just changed and what was advertised, was not what was on the actual menu. The bed was extremely uncomfortable.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Dorsetinnkeeper, Owner at Barrows House, responded to this review, 27 June 2014
We are terribly sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at Barrows House. Just as we did at The Dorset Inn, we have renovated our guest rooms with new beds & bedding, bathrooms and furniture. We can assure you that having comfortable beds that meet everybody's needs is the highest priority. We will check that particular room very carefully and give it any additional attention it may need. In terms of our restaurant menus, we do indeed make minor seasonal changes several times a year. Once they are in service, the new menu also appears on our web site without delay. We do hope that you sampled some of the new summer items.
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Belmar, New Jersey
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

The staff here were really wonderful, incredibly friendly and eager to make you feel comfortable. I was upgraded, at no extra charge to a beautiful room with a gas fireplace and sitting area at the front of the Inn after not feeling comfortable with my first room due to a noise and exhaust issue from the restaurant. The inn is really lovely, with a common room on the main floor offering books to read and hot beverages day and night. There are other rooms to rent in out buildings on the property that may be a little more private and quiet in the evening as the rooms in the main inn are subject to some noise from the restaurant and guests coming and going. But when things close down at night, everything becomes very quiet and peaceful. The on-site restaurant was terrific with your choice of dining at the bar or at tables in the dining room. Outside tables surround a fire pit which is lit at night along with heat lamps for cooler weather. Do not miss breakfast. Every morning, it was just delicious with a terrific menu selection and service. And for bacon lovers, be sure to order it. My mouth waters every time I think of it. I was told it's from The Wallingford Locker, a butcher in Wallington, Vermont. Best bacon I've ever had. Barrows House is less than a 15 minute easy ride to the town of Manchester. I do look forward to returning to the area this year and will not hesitate to stay here again. I may however, look into one of the rooms outside of the main inn.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Manchester, Vermont
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Seriously, do not miss this restaurant if your visiting Manchester area. Comfortable, modern, and food is fantastic. I live here and just got back from another great meal. Everything cooked to perfection. Thanks to everyone at Barrows House.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Long Island, New York
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

We used a Living Social voucher and Caitlyn, who checked us in, could not have been nicer or more welcoming. We stayed in the wonderful Blue Jay Way Room 4, which was light and spacious and came with a small outside deck which we were able to use thanks to spectacular weather when we arrived.

There are several outbuildings plus the tennis court and pool. We did not go into the other buildings, but BJW had a TV room with a coffee machine, library, and fireplace. The main part of Barrows House also had a common room which we didn't utilize. But the restaurant was wonderful and we really enjoyed our dinner there.

The breakfast at the Dorset House property two blocks down the road gave us a chance to look over the tiny town. We were glad we chose Barrows over Dorset, though the Dorset has a computer room and more amenities. We ate dinner here one night, but thought the Dorset menu and atmosphere was better.

Would have given a 5 star rating except that I thought the sheets on the bed were a little scratchy, the amenities were eh, and the property was noisy due to traffic on the main road. However, once it gets dark and the windows are closed and the blinds drawn, it was quiet.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dorsetinnkeeper, Owner at Barrows House, responded to this review, 27 June 2014
Thank you for the kind and very descriptive review of Barrows House. We always strive to improve and reviews like this help us do just that. We love Blue Jay Way and think the deck addition is great when we have beautiful summer days. Breakfast at The Dorset Inn has been well received by all of our guests. It does allow our guests to get a bird's eye view of each property and to see which inn is their favorite! Sorry to hear about the scratchy sheets. We will certainly bring this up with our laundry operator. Please come back soon and see Barrows House is another season!
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Chittenden, Vermont
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

We enjoyed a delightful dinner and overnight at the Barrows House to celebrate our anniversary. the swordfish and scallops were both outstanding. Half price house wines on Wednesdays was an added bonus. Highly recommend this property.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

We loved staying at the Barrows House for a long getaway. We have two small children (20 months and 6 months). Thankfully they put us in a room that wouldn't bother other guests! It was wonderful. My only compliant was that the bathroom could use updating.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

My stay here was exactly what the dr ordered and I'm the dr! It was secluded when I needed it to be and enough of a local watering hole if I wanted to mingle, which I didn't. My room contained a jacuzzi which I absolutely want in my own home now and the food in the inside restaraunt was good just slightly over priced.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Property: Barrows House
Address: Vermont Route 30, Dorset, VT 05251-0740
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Region: United States > Vermont > Green Mountains > Dorset
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Dorset
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Barrows House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Barrows House offers 27 guest rooms and suites located in the Main Inn and separate cottages throughout our 6 acre property. Guests can enjoy use of our pool, tennis courts, and outdoor patio dining -- complete with a firepit! Barrows House was recently purchased and the guest rooms and grounds have all been completely updated and renovated. We have transformed the Inn into a quintessential New England Bed & Breakfast. Barrows House maintains the charm of an old Inn while providing guests with modern amenities. Our newly renovated Gastropub boasts an expansive bar, craft beers on draft, an outdoor patio for dining, and nightly specials! ... more   less 
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