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Inn at Sawmill Farm
Ranked #11 of 12 Dover B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

We stayed here for part of our 25th Anniversary trip. I have recently had to use a wheelchair to get around so my husband called ahead to be sure that the Inn was wheelchair accessible. It would have been okay if it were not, there are a lot of other places to stay but he was assured that it would be no problem. One of things we requested was a room with a separate shower as stepping into a tub is problematic. When we arrived, the staff offered to change the room we were originally assigned as the shower had no support bars. The room we were offered was upstairs!! As there is no elevator, it wasn't really possible. We decided to stay with our original room as it was on the ground floor and had a really beautiful wood-burning fireplace. Getting into the room was still a little difficult as there are stone steps up to the porch/deck. They were really shallow though, just about 4 inches high each so it was doable with my husband's help. The room was really very pretty. Huge open beams on the ceiling, watch your head on the support beams. Nice big television, desk.

The bathroom was oddly set up. The toilet is in a water-closet with a much smaller than usual door width. There were two sets of sinks in the washroom but they were not attached to each other. Would have been great to have one of them removed and the toilet included in that room by removing the wall, or, as I said, one of the sinks.

The first night we were given a little fire-starting "muffin" that worked great. The second night, no muffin.

We tried to push my chair up to the main inn to have dinner in the dining room but the incline was too steep and long. I'd s say a 45 degree angle up bumpy ground. It used to be a way to drive your car or carriage through to drop off your guests. They volunteered to try to carry me up or to deliver our food to our room. I didn't think carrying would work out well and since he was there ordering for us anyway, my husband just brought our food to our room himself. The first night's dinner, (both nights' dinner was included in the price), the service was wonderful. They didn't forget a single little detail. Breakfast was ready the next morning and we went out and had a wonderful time exploring the area.

That night's dinner the service seemed to just fall off. We got no plates, just had to eat out of the tinfoil containers, No butter for the rolls, no Parmesan for the pasta. The next morning, while the information says they start serving breakfast at eight, ours didn't appear until after nine. Wireless internet was free but pretty much non-existent. Staff said it's been like that since the big storm. The phone didn't work at all. The front office would call to let us know our meal was ready and it would just ring and ring and ring and we couldn't hear each other when we picked up. Even though we told them that after the first time, they kept ringing the next time.

We're really disappointed that I didn't get to experience the full New England Inn experience. It is a really lovely place if you can get around like most people. It's just not very open at this time for someone with mobility issues like mine. My husband called once we got back home to discuss these issues and someone said that someone would get back to him but, it's been a week and we've not heard a thing.

Room Tip: We had the lower cider room and if not for my wheelchair, it was just gorgeous. We also think the wo...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2011

I met 4 friends there from all over the country. We had a wonderful time.

Room Tip: All rooms are very nice at the Inn. The cabins are great...everything but a kitchen.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Princeton New Jersey
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

This is a lovely Vermont Inn--rooms are beautifully appointed, service excellent. Very good dining room.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Windham, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

We spent a weekend at Sawmill Farm at the end of September. We stayed in Room #1 in the main building. I could not believe how big this room was! It had 2 bathrooms and a living room. The bedroom had a large balcony off of it. This hotel had lots of spaces to spend time in. There were always fresh-baked cookies and coffee available. The breakfast is included and was outstanding! The staff is so welcoming and helpful. In the off-season there is not a lot to do but the area is beautiful and can be romantic. Our package included champagne and wine and was set up for us each day in a silver bucket and tray with glasses. I would definately stay here again!

Room Tip: We were in the main building and it was very quiet. Choose a room with a great balcony!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

From the minute I arrived I found the staff to be friendly and accomodating. It says alot for the establishment that many of the staff have been there for years. The room condition and climate were clean and comfortable. The restaurant staff was willing to accomodate special dietary needs and the breakfast itself was fresh and delicious. This is a lovely, accessible place to spend time for a family gathering or weekend gettaway.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Concord, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

We loved this Inn, it has a very romantic feel to it, lovely country charm, and beautiful grounds. The staff was very friendly in fact after checking in, Pam gave us a tour of the Inn. There were cookies and coffee or tea available in the reading room, a huge fireplace room, a room with a piano, Nonna's restaurant (all the breakfast you can eat) Italian dining in the evening. Fabulous. We walked a trail around the property, beautiful wild flowers, a couple of ponds with ducks, even a couple of boats if you wanted to get in. The downtown area was very quaint, little shops and restaurants. Oh yeah, before I forget, there was also a bottle of wine and a nice comfy robe to enjoy on the balcony of my room 12 at the Inn.

Room Tip: We had room !2, it would be my pick again for the next visit too. Had a view of the pool, and some...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 August 2011

We enjoyed a 2-day mid-week get-away and had a wonderful time. We attended the Inn's wine dinner which was a feature on Wednesday nights in the summer. This particular dinner featured wines from Chili. The food was superb, the wine excellent, and our dining companions were fun. While we didn't know some of our tablemates when we started dinner, we had made new friends by the end of dinner. We have stayed at the Inn before and have always enjoyed it. This was our first stay since it changed hands. We did not try the new restaurant on this visit.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Inn at Sawmill Farm
Address: 7 Crosstown Road, PO Box 2210, Dover, VT 05356
Region: United States > Vermont > Dover
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Dover
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn at Sawmill Farm 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A quintessential Country Inn located on 20 beautiful acres in Southern Vermont. Minutes from Mount Snow, Stratton and Bromley for world class skiing and snowboarding. Snowshoe and cross country ski the Inn's trails. Summer brings golfing, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. Fish or canoe our ponds, explore our walking trail, or just relax by our outdoor pool. Savor wonderful Italian cuisine at NONNA'S, our in-house restaurant, then relax in the comfort of one of our 21 unique guest rooms- all with private baths and a/c. Full country breakfast included with your stay. Come visit the Inn, and you will understand why our guests have been coming back to us for more than 40 years! ... more   less 
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