I visited The Woodstocker just before Thanksgiving last year roughly two months after Dora Foschi and David Livesley had taken over ownership. On arrival, and after a warm welcome, guests are invited to choose a pair of slippers from a large wooden box to use during their stay. A very homely, and rather sensible, amenity especially as access to all bedrooms (bar the first three on the ground floor) require guests to walk over carpet - and Vermont winter mud and snow spread across the carpets is less homely.
All the rooms are decorated in different shades and styles, some have wooden beds others have brass beds but whichever you choose, they are all comfortable. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and there is WiFi access throughout. The bathrooms (scrupulously clean - you should see Dora in action cleaning them!) have a range of organic toiletries, shower gel included. Bathroom amenity upgrades include new guest towels and, for the first time at The Woodstocker, guest bathrobes. I can report that there was a great deal of debate over the type of bathrobe to be employed and this reviewer advised on which were the best - based on years of travel and experience of a variety of such garments! The bed-linen was in the throes of a revamp in the shape of fluffy European feather duvets. If you haven't yet snuggled under a duvet on a cold winter's eve then you'll be in for a treat. You may not even want to get out for breakfast - but you should as there are treats in store in the dining room.
Unlike other B&B's breakfast at The Woodstocker is served between 08.30 and 10am allowing guests to choose how long they wish to stay snuggled under the duvet. All the food at the inn is carefully sourced and local produce used wherever possible. Emphasis in the kitchen, as in the bathrooms, is on organic produce. There is a range of cereals (the granola is home made) and breads which are fantastic - and I'm not a fan of bread! In addition to the breakfast breads, cereals and fruit there is always one hot dish of the morning. This is cooked to order by David - so there is nothing left congealing on the sideboard! Each day sees a different hot dish so breakfast boredom does not exist at The Woodstocker. If you are a fan of British sausages then David is you man - he's so keen on them he's a member of the Sausage Appreciation Society.
One thing in the planning during my visit and now in operation is the guests' library on the ground floor. Exactly that, a nice hideaway where you can catch up on your reading or browse the collection of illustrated books. Just off the library is a small kitchen where guests can help themselves to coffee - a treat for those who like an early morning cup - or for that matter, a midnight cup..
And on top of all this you will receive a very warm welcome from Dora and David, a great deal of fun, and the feeling that you are 'at home' in a lovely house in Woodstock. Go on, check it out for yourselves.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The original village 'green eco' Inn - 15 AWARDS more than all the other Woodstock B & B/inns combined! Including - Telegraph UK - Worlds Best British owned inn. Innkeepers of the Year, Top 12 in World, Top 10 in USA all on Bed & Breakfast com, D3 - European owners provide adult indulgence, eclectic mix of relaxation, cakes & chocolate using organic sources. We operate a 'warts & all' policy. Motto 'only as good as our guests say we are!' ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Woodstocker Hotel Woodstock
- Woodstocker Inn Woodstock, Vermont