What We Love
- A luxurious Select Registry inn dating back to the 19th century, with breakfast includedExploring Vermont's famous natural scenery with a skiing excursion
- The property’s artistic history and all its area’s museums, galleries and concerts
- Sampling your daily breakfast, plus afternoon refreshments, from an inn that takes cooking very seriously
What To Know
- Complimentary breakfast is served at the the inn's sister property, the Dorset Inn, which is a short walk away
- Free WiFi is strong
- Pets are welcome for an additional $40 per night and a refundable $250 deposit
At the turn of the 20th century, Barrows House was a haven for passers-through and artists in need of seasonal lodgings. Now, this centuries-old property is an elegant retreat in the center of Dorset’s primary historic district, with impressive renovations for the modern era and all its artistic charm still intact. Paintings and drawings hang on this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner’s walls, the restaurant serves colorful, seasonal gastropub fare, and landscaped gardens dot its six acres. If you’re looking for a quiet place to get in touch with your own inner artist, you’ll find one here.
The scenic winter season brings fantastic skiing conditions nearby, or you can always simply stay on the artists’ trail. Dorset houses its own playhouse, and neighboring Manchester is host to two acclaimed fine arts institutions, as well as an annual music festival. Every artists needs a muse, though, so do take advantage of this New England region’s exquisite scenery. Point your skis to the Bromley slopes, and let yourself get carried away.
Set within the main house and a cluster of surrounding buildings, the climate-controlled accommodations at Barrows House are comfortable and spacious, with flat-screen cable TVs, windows looking out across the property and modern bathroom fixtures. Each has a pleasant air about it, with an artful blend of pastoral and contemporary elements.
The restaurant at Barrows House is a modern gastropub. Here, elevated New England-tavern fare showcases seasonal Vermont ingredients, sourced from nearby farms. The building in which it sits dates back to about 1803, and you’ll find the history remains an active part of the atmosphere, as black-and-white photographs still dot the space. If you’d like to dine outdoors, you can choose to take your meal on the large terrace, among the inn’s landscaped gardens.
Barrows House sits in the heart of Dorset’s historic district, so there’s plenty to do and see in the surrounding area. In the way of summer recreation, you’ll find golf courses, equestrian trails, canoe rentals and much more nearby; winter brings fabulous skiing at nearby mountains, as well as tubing. In the region are also live entertainment and lots of art, including theater and music festivals, as well as galleries and museums.
How to Get There
On February 14 2019, I got reservation confirmation emails from the Barrows House for the Cardinals Retreat suites, numbers 1 and 3, for October 10 thru 14. This was our treat for our daughter, who turns 40 towards the end of this month, and her husband. We left Vermont on October 14 having had a delightful vacation. We had a great discovery tour, had a spa morning, had a horseback trail ride, and we ate well.
But we left with a nasty taste in our mouths. On arrival, the manager said our rooms had been double-booked and were now occupied by others. (Why hadn't she notified us before we arrived? And when exactly did these other people make their reservations?) She offered "comparable" rooms, but none of their rooms were comparable to the Cardinals Retreat suites. She did comp a dinner and a bar tab and only charged us for 3 nights. But Saturday October 12 we learned why she had deceived us. There was a wedding party reception late into the night. Clearly, she had taken our reserved rooms and given them to members of the wedding party. Fortunately, we came upon the Dorset Inn, which is under the same ownership as the Barrows House. We had very enjoyable breakfasts and a dinner there and we decided to reserve two rooms there for the peak foliage weekend next year. Amy, the manager, assured us we would not suffer a bait and switch like at the Barrows House. We're relying on that and looking forward to next year.
Stayed here as part of a block for a wedding. It was quaint, our room was nice and the hotel was in a nice location, walkable distance to shops. We went to the bar/restaurant for the wedding “after party” and the staff did a great job of feeding us all pizza and fries!
Fabulous September wedding at Barrows House. Everything fantastic
Outside tent. Dinner, drinks, dancing.
Could of used extra bathrooms - or porta potties for event. Rooms well equipped
Stairs. So if disabled not suitable
Bussed to ceremony up the road at beautiful outdoor vista and modern chalet. This endroit available to rent as a separate get away.