While looking for a place to stay during a big event many hotels were taken but I felt I had stumbled upon some very good luck when I found Stone Hearth Inn. The public spaces are very rustic but beautiful, it really looks like you are stepping into someones home (Which really, you are!). I live in a Victorian House and so I understand what goes along with older houses: creaky floors, oddly shaped doorways, small rooms, poorly heated rooms, etc. To warn those travelers who aren't used to this: If you're expecting a modern, clean, spacious, hotel experience, I wouldn't stay here, you will be very disappointed. That being said, if you don't mind rustic, Victorian type charm, you'll love this place.
Cons: The doors are old and probably original to the house and didn't fit the door frames, because of this you could hear everyone talking in the house, and the owners dogs barking fairly late at night when something they saw outside go them excited. Our room was very small and really only had room for the bed, although that doesn't bother me, I could see some travelers disliking this. The front porch was cluttered and had a new tub getting ready to be installed sitting on it for the three days we were there. Someone also moved some paint cans onto the only stairs to get outside and so it became a little difficult when trying to load up the car. There was also a huge gash on the wall that cut right through the wall, as well as some very bad water stains on the ceiling, if the ceiling tiles were replaced I bet the entire room would look better. The bed was also VERY hard, I felt like I was sleeping on a floor. And what bothered me the most out of everything, the toilet kept turning water over every 10 minutes. We shut the bathroom door to sleep and that helped but you could still hear it.
PROS: The owners are FANTASTIC. They are such a sweet couple. And they are from Quebec and have lived in France for many years so if you speak French, they would be very happy to help you! I did mention their dogs (two very laid back Golden Retrievers) in the Cons, but their dogs are actually very sweet, and very quiet, they're just dogs and do get excited. This Inn is pet friendly, but if you have a dog who doesn't like other dogs, to be prepared and let the Inn Keepers know because their dogs roam freely (although I never saw them upstairs and they kept to themselves unless you showed them attention). The Inn Keepers prepared breakfast for us in the morning (fruit and juice, with toast and cereal on hand to help yourself) and offered a different selection every day. The restaurant had pretty good food, it was a bit over priced, but everything is made from scratch and made from local ingredients, so I can understand why. I had the Gluten Free Pizza and although it wasn't the best GF crust I've had, it wasn't bad. The area is also very beautiful and very quiet. The Restaurant/Pub is filled with locals and travelers alike and they serve fantastic local beer. THE BLANKETS! Warm, fluffy, down blankets. It made the hard bed worth it!
In the end, rustic charm friendly Inn Keepers, and a laid back life style is what this place is all about. Although I hate the beds and wish they would get softer mattress,and that the rooms had a little bit more care put into them, the friendly smiles of the Inn Keepers made us feel right at home and very welcome. Gluten Free Friendly! I know they're working on updating but it's at a slow pace, and that's just the type of life style you'll get in Vermont!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Inn built in 1810 features 10 accommodations (all with private bath), tavern with full bar, library, player piano, sitting room with fireplace and game room with hot tub and cable TV. On 6 acres, one mile to shopping, antiques, dining, theater and recreation. Minutes to several area ski resorts including Okemo, Bromley & Magic Mountains. Near Weston Playhouse, Grafton, Saxtons River, Ludlow, Springfield and Claremont NH. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stone Hearth Inn And Tavern Chester, Vermont