One of the first things you will notice upon entering the Inn is the living room or lounge which was very inviting, cozy, and tastefully decorated. It permeated gemütlichkeit. The seating was comfortable and rustic. The fireplace was beautiful. We were there in early October and the decor already reflected the colors of the season and the promise of Halloween and Thanksgiving. (I could only imagine what they did with the room during Christmas)! The music was restful and only added to the atmosphere.
We proceeded through a hallway that had an assortment of teas, cocoa mix, and very large cookies for guests to indulge themselves during non-dining hours. The dining area followed with tables large enough to handle plates, beverages and elbow room. They were close enough to engage other guests in conversation which is one thing that makes B & B's so charming in the first place.
Our room was upstairs, room 4, which had a fireplace with a Duroflame ready to ignite at the first moment of a perceived chill or spark of romance. More firewood was available for those who wanted to keep the firelight beyond intimate moments. The room boasted color TV with remote, and the closets and dresser drawers easily handled our clothes and purchases. These all added to our positive experience.
That said there were some notable distractions starting with the bathroom. The shower was one of those cubicles that are understandable when trying to renovate an old house to a hotel. However, the only thing we could get out of the nozzle was a weak stream that offered little refreshment one expects from a shower. I noticed a half roll of toilet paper in the rack, but no extra. It remained that way during our two-day stay. Without our own ration we carry on long trips, it would not have been enough. Complimentary shampoo and conditioner came in packets the size of the duck sauce you get with your order of Chinese take-out.
Breakfast was a better experience but when one guest asked if he could have sausage instead of bacon, he was simply told no. Breakfast “appetizers” consisted of a small yogurt or small crumb cake. An order of pancakes meant one oversized one. Bacon and eggs came with three half-slices of toast. This was enough to sustain us, but as Americans we don't just break our fast, we tend to demolish it. A larger appetite would have been disappointed. There was no accommodation other than what was available that morning. The cookies in the hallway were down to four by our second day, which was also surprising. We were spoiled by past experiences where the hostess had pies freshly baked from the oven, an assortment of fruit, nuts and cookies. Here were the bare essentials.
Rosemary is a kindly lady with a soft voice but seemed reserved without the effervescence or warmth one expects from hospitality professionals. I was also surprised to find her and her partner watching TV in the living room, a discouragement to any guest who might feel intrusive if he or she were inclined to pick up the remote. Opening and closing the inner and outer doors abruptly would set bells a-jingling like a trip flare for anyone trying to enter or exit quietly in consideration of others.
The Deerfield Inn is right off the highway and will be missed by anyone driving too fast. A beautiful golf course is less than a mile away for those who prefer golf clubs to skis.
We decided on three stars because our experience anywhere comes down to one question, if we would want to return there. Although we met a couple from Ohio who say they go there every year, we cannot share that sentiment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Antique-filled 9 guest room country inn with woodburning fireplaces, private baths, TV/DVDs, luxury linens and many amenities. Full cooked to order breakfast and afternoon refreshments served daily. Located in a 4 season resort area in Southern Vermont with spectacular scenery, golf, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, antiquing, music festivals, arts and crafts, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and sleigh rides all nearby. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Deerfield Valley Inn Vermont/Dover