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
I was looking for a special place to celebrate my wife's birthday, and made the perfect choice. We had originally booked the 13th with Amy, but because of weather asked to move to the 15th. Amy was very accommodating, despite the published cancellation policy, and was able to maintain our original selection of Finch's Folly at no additional charge. It was a grand room with a great fireplace, a comfortable bed, and even a separate sitting area. We were able to even enjoy the fresh Vermont air with our open window. I was a little disappointed that we had to leave the hotel for our complementary breakfast, but the Dorset bakery was wonderful. We had already made reservations for diner, and we did not dine at the restaurant. Thank you for making our special occasion SPECIAL.
Our stay at the Barrows house exceeded our expectations. Check-out was seamless. The room was clean and well appointed and looked as though it had just been renovated. We were in Mockingbird 1. Staff was helpful and breakfast down the street at the Dorset Inn was wonderful. Would not hesitate to recommend or stay again. We will hopefully be back.
Last weekend my sister and I attended a family baby shower at the Barrow House Inn and spent the night. It was wonderful. The event itself was held in the restaurant. It was comfortable and cozy. The food was great and the staff attentive. Our room was in the neighboring building and was clean and quaint. The bathroom as spacious and there was coffee and tea in the public space. We spent a lively evening in the bar, drinking wine and catching up with family and friends. Once again, our bartender was attentive and the kitchen helped by making some adjustments to our snacks because of some dietary restrictions. Our room included a lovely made to order breakfast featuring locally sourced products at the Dorset Inn across the street. Great stay - will gladly return.
We went to this restaurant for our anniversary. Our experience was awful!! We were seated and waited forever to be acknowledged and be served water. Once our server eventually decided to wait on us, she was horrifically rude and condescending. Her attitude was that she was doing us a favor to serve us. Any questions we asked were bothersome to her.
The food was awful and the prices don’t correlate with the lousy degree of the offerings. Our meats were not cooked to our specifications, although we made our choices very clear to the server. We explained this to her & she could not have cared less. Upon leaving, we asked to speak with management. After voicing our displeasure, they didn’t seem to care either. We will not return & I suggest you go to one of the many great restaurants the area instead of this place!
We loved our stay here! The grounds and our room were very clean and quiet. The inn is also a 3 minute walk to the small downtown area of Dorset, which is also where breakfast is (at the Dorset Inn - delicious hot breakfast btw). Each night the manager on duty would knock on our door and make sure all was good - great service. They had the outdoor fire pit going too, which was a nice little perk. We also ate at the restaurant, and while it was a little pricey, the food and drinks were awesome. I would definitely recommend this inn.