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
Thank you to the Barrows Inn for a perfect family weekend. Our family of 5 stayed in the Ravens Loft at Barrows Inn for an extended weekend. The Inn itself is adorable. The accommodations were great, the food at the Inn was superb but the staff is the heart and soul of this Inn and made our visit extra special. Amy who checked us in and also works in the restaurant was absolutely lovely. She made us feel so welcome and genuinely cared that we had a nice time. We saw her throughout the weekend and she always asked where we were off to and made great suggestions each time. Her love for Southern Vermont and the Barrows Inn shines through her bright smile. Steve behind the bar mapped out an itinerary for us each day and checked in as to what we liked each evening. The Barrows Inn and Dorset Vermont are beautiful but people like Amy and Steve are what set it apart from other vacations we have experienced. We will definitely be back.
Loved staying at the inn. Room was comfortable, clean and quiet. The breakfasts at the Dorset inn were off the charts! I’m still dreaming of the blueberry pancakes. Dorset was close to Manchester for shopping, farms for cheese and maple syrup tastings and the green mountains for day hikes.
We stayed at Barrows House August 2nd to 4th,it was our first time.The place was really well maintained ant the staff was awesome.They went out of their way to make sure our stay exceeded our expectations.Bar an restaurant were also very nice.All in all a great weekend.