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“Vermont Barn - Hipster style”

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Mad River Barn Inn, Restaurant & Pub
Ranked #6 of 15 Waitsfield B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Recently renovated, this iconic ski lodge/restaurant that has served the Mad River ski slopes for years has made all the right moves to update itself and yet maintain a clear connection to its roots - skiing and Vermont lifestyle. Summer midweek rates were great and the room had the clean spare minimalism so popular now, with just the right amount of recycled barn siding to keep it honest - and WHITE towels. Nothing says dated more than forest green towels and floral bedding. White sheets and towels, crisp and fresh. Great reading light by the bed; plenty of pillows and blankets and this, after a very good bar dinner on the outside patio facing into the woods and a big screen tv in front of the couch to watch some tennis while other guests did a round at the pool table. A fireplace I could step into next to the bar spoke to a winter season that must be picture perfect. A great room and a great stay - thanks Heather and Andrew.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Heather L, Owner at Mad River Barn Inn, Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2014

It means a lot to hear that you were impressed with our "hip" updates, Barbara! We put a lot of time and effort into crafting our style, and I'm thrilled that you dug it. Hope to see you again soon -- maybe next time to enjoy the fireplace?

Take care,
Heather L., Owner

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Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

We had the pleasure of staying here for a friend's wedding and I'm so glad we did. Newly renovated with the most glorious details and decor that I've ever seen. Run by a super nice family, you can tell they put a ton of care and love into this inn. The also have a great pub open til 11pm and serve a yum breakfast. Rooms are quaint and comfortable and nice quality. Entire staff is great and offer ideas of places to see. Fire pit in the back, and they do weddings. If you're looking for a TV too, you're in the wrong spot because Vermont is for exploration and this spot will make your trip a true pleasure.

Stayed: August 2014
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Heather L, Owner at Mad River Barn Inn, Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2014

I'm so glad you had an incredible stay here. We do put a lot of care and love into our inn and receiving a lovely review like this means more than you know. Even if you don't stay with us, please swing by and say "hi" next time you're in the area!

Safe travels,
Heather L., Owner

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Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

Originally we were only going to stay one night as a stop over, but the new owners Andrew and Heather made us feel so welcome, and their newly refinished inn was so nice, we ended up staying for three. The restaurant had great food and there was plenty of games to keep our teenagers happy ( air hockey, shuffle board.....), Andrew even let us build a fire in his fire pit one night. Will definitely be returning as this is now one of our favorite spots.

Stayed: August 2014
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Heather L, Owner at Mad River Barn Inn, Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

We're so happy that our Barn is now one of your favorite spots! Thanks so much for this amazing review. It means a lot to hear how welcomed you felt when you stayed here.

Can't wait to see you again!
Heather L., Owner

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

MRB is a family-owned and operated business run by Andrew and Heather. Approximately 45-50 family and friends stayed here for my daughter's destination wedding over a 4-5 day period, so we really got a chance to know how the Inn operates and treats its guests. There are too many superlatives to mention. Everything from wonderful breakfasts cooked to order (including with the room charge) in the Breakfast Room on the lower level, to accommodating various dietary restrictions, to locating a babysitter, to setting up, catering, and taking down the wedding essentials, to having the most accommodating staff ready to respond to the smallest request. They brought bowls of milk to my granddaughter's room because they knew that she would need to have her cereal first thing in the morning before the restaurant opened. The pub is full nightly with guests and regulars and the lively atmosphere in the pub and large game room spreads to the outside deck and the lower rainproof patio when the weather is not the best. The food is excellent and inventive. There are numerous excellent restaurants in the area. Even if the Inn wasn't beautifully appointed, I would recommend it without reservation just because of Heather and Andrew's talents as innkeepers. Everyone in our party expressed the same feelings and plan to return. Five of five stars is well-earned and richly-deserved.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Heather L, Owner at Mad River Barn Inn, Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2014

This review inspires too many superlatives to mention. Thank you so much for letting us know how wonderful you found everything here. We look forward to you and your family's return -- I cannot express enough how much we enjoyed you.

Warm wishes,
Andrew L., Owner

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Spent a weekend at the end with a group of friends on our way to the Vermont Cheese festival. Owners Heather and Andy were always present tending to guests and so very helpful to us providing directions and recommendations for restaurants (though we enjoyed the restaurant at the barn most). They recently bought the Inn and created a cool hip but unpretentious place that is welcoming to people of all ages. Comfy beds, great food ( - especially the cook to order breakfast), wonderful vibe. Thank you!

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Heather L, Owner at Mad River Barn Inn, Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2014

I'm happy that you had a wonderful stay here. It means a lot that you felt our pub was the best, too. Thanks for all the kind words and hope to see you again soon!

Take care,
Heather L., Owner

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

I'm not generally a 5-star reviewer, but new owners Andrew and Heather got everything right in their renovation of this inn. The rooms are inviting, clean and beautifully decorated with a modern flair. Recycled materials have been re-purposed throughout the inn (loved the recycled pipe joints as toilet paper holders, the old doors and flooring planks refashioned as tables, and the brightly colored sprockets in the wall art). We had dinner in the pub, and I appreciated the range of menu choices, from light fare or half-sized plates to carnivore delights like burgers and steak. The breakfast, included in the very-reasonable room rate, was delicious, filling and healthy. They have a fully wheelchair-accessible room on the first floor, and the entire first floor is accessible - this is good for the folks using Vermont Adaptive Sports summer and ski programs. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Joanne M
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Heather L, Owner at Mad River Barn Inn, Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2014

It means so much to hear that you can't wait to return, Joanne. Thanks for letting us know that you found the inn beautiful and inviting. Hope to see you soon for more carnivore delights!

Take care
Heather L., Owner

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Two friends and I stayed here this past weekend when we were in town for a wedding. Having never been to Vermont, we weren't really sure what to expect, and my expectations were blown out of the water!

The rooms were very comfortable, we had a suite with one queen bed and 4 twin beds. The decor was very modern, hip, and rustic. One other commenter mentioned their desire for an overhead light in their room, and that is the only critique I'd offer of the room. Temperature control was great, bathroom was large, beds were comfortable.

The staff was great: very friendly and helpful. They were also able to offer great suggestions on things to do and places to eat in town.

Can't say enough about the breakfast, it was delicious. Best home fries I've ever had. The bar was also comfortable, well-stocked, and gorgeously decorated.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Heather L, Owner at Mad River Barn Inn, Restaurant & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2014

I'm over the moon that your expectations we're blown out of the water, James! I just can't say enough about how great it is that you enjoyed everything from the rooms to the breakfast. Can't wait to see you again soon!

All the best,
Heather L., Owner

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Additional Information about Mad River Barn Inn, Restaurant & Pub

Address: 2849 Millbrook Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673-7372 (Formerly Inn at the Mad River Barn)
Region: United States > Vermont > Waitsfield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Waitsfield
Price Range: £125 - £179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mad River Barn Inn, Restaurant & Pub 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mad River Barn Inn, Restaurant & Pub has been a fixture in the Mad River Valley for many years. Located at the base of the Appalachian Gap in the heart of the Mad River Valley, we're just a mile and half from Mad River Glen, and about five miles from Sugarbush's Lincoln Peak. We offer 18 guest rooms, each with a private bath. In addition, we have an onsite restaurant, a pub with a floor to ceiling fieldstone fireplace, and a game room where guests can play a game of shuffleboard on the newly refurbished antique shuffleboard table, or a game of foosball. Board games, cribbage, and cards are also available.In 2013, the property underwent a significant renovation project, including enhancements to the Barn and to the Farmhouse. From shopping and dining, to outdoor recreation, the arts, and events, Mad River Barn serves as your retreat and gateway to a fantastic Vermont experience. ... more   less 
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