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What We Love

  • All-inclusive rates include daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner and in-room service; daily wine, cocktails and afternoon tea; an extensive DVD library; and daily activities, including equipment and instruction
  • Cozy themed cottages that offer sumptuous privacy, plus fireplaces and porches
  • A full-service spa and a traditional Japanese furo, a coed soaking tub set inside the forest
  • Your wish is the staff’s command, from warm chocolate chip cookies and milk at midnight to a champagne picnic delivered in the middle of a hiking trail
  • Outstanding cuisine; Twin Farms was among the first resorts to embrace the farm-to-table movement

What To Know

  • No children 17 and under allowed, except during bi-annual family weeks; no pets either
  • No menus, except at breakfast — you’ll fill out a food preference questionnaire before arrival, but the chef prepares a full unique dinner nightly
  • Any type of diet can be catered to, from kosher to gluten-free
  • The front gate is unmarked, and though guests are sent detailed directions, the small dirt entrance road often beguiles GPS
  • Every room has a handmade wooden puzzle from local manufacturer Stave; nicknamed “torture in a box,” the addictively difficult puzzles have been known to cause sleepless nights
  • Choose a cottage for the most luxurious stay

Overview

The Review

Visiting Twin Farms is like escaping to camp after the torturous school year is finally over. But instead of bunk beds and shared secrets, you’ll find an upscale, all-inclusive playground for adults, complete with gourmet meals, a luxurious spa and well-planned activities on the resort’s 300 acres.

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But the defining charm of Twin Farms might be the freedom you’ll feel — how you spend your days is up to you. Get some of that fresh Vermont air by hitting the nearby trails (bikes, snowshoes, skis — they’re all available and included in the rate). Or head to the lake and ask for canoe or fly-fishing instruction.

The other standout of Twin Farms is its accommodations. The free-standing cottages have woodburning fireplaces and screened porches. The entire property, including the main house’s guestrooms and common areas, is decorated with an extensive collection of museum-quality artwork, so much so that the catalog describing the pieces occupies two large albums. Twin Farms also features the works of top local artisans, like the in-room wooden jigsaw puzzles by local company Stave, custom furniture from Charles Shackleton and plates and glassware by renowned glass-blower Simon Pearce.

In all, Twin Farms has an unrivaled combination of rustic charm and five-star service. Speaking of which, it’s often difficult for first-time guests to wrap their heads around how ready-to-serve the staff is. But follow this simple rule: If you want or need it, the staff will take care of it. Bet you never said that about camp.

How to Get There

Twin Farms
P.O. Box 115
Barnard, VT 05031 United States

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 155 Reviews
Even better this time!
Reviewed 3 months ago

I almost never return to a property but someone's mail marketing efforts paid off and I decided to get some friends up for the Stave Murder Mystery Weekend. The service at the hotel was as I remembered--friendly, laid-back and at-your-service. The food is quite good tho we had a couple of ho-hum meals, or maybe we were just too full from our previous meal still. You will not go hungry. Even on our last day, they packed a lunchbox for us even after we stuffed ourselves at brunch. If the weather is bearable, the main house is very walkable from all the cabins.
As for the Murder Mystery portion co-hosted by Stave Puzzles, there is a puzzling and games room set up where guests can do puzzles all day and they throw in a few games and challenges to earn chits for the prize drawings. Hired actors play out scenes over a day and a half and guests can interact with them and ask questions. We thought it was not commensurate that guests who guessed the correct murderer were only awarded one chit into the grand prize drawings, cause the murder mystery is kind of the point of the weekend and it actually takes some sort of skill to figure it out (about 10% of the guests had the correct murderer). Regardless, it was fun and everyone received plenty of schwag.
Mobile service is very spotty. There is wifi throughout. Spa is great. And they have Alchemist beer.

Magical Hideaway in the Woods
Reviewed 8 months ago

We spent four days and three nights and it was heavenly. The food is spectacular and true farm to table. The food is indescribable especially desserts. The breakfast soufflé pancakes are a work of art-light and fluffy and each day is a different flavor- the pumpkin were so tasty. The staff is just lovey and everyone was friendly and eager to help guests that a great stay. Every day there are activities posted- we did mixology and made the best hot toddy which was a wonderful treat as we sat by the fire. Hiking is incredible and you can go it alone or with guides. Our room had a beautiful view of the mountain and we enjoyed building fires. This is such a very special inn- it is pricey but worth every cent- you will enjoy your stay.

Perfect Stay during Peak Leaf Season
Reviewed 8 months ago

I have read about Twin Farms for years but finally decided to try it out. As it is very pricey, my expectations were very high and Twin Farms did not disappoint. It is a very special place. The food and service here are out of this world. All of the staff go out of their way to make you feel special without being stuffy. We stayed in Orchard which was so beautiful and every detail was accounted for. I highly recommend this beautiful spot in the Vermont woods.

Heaven in VT
Reviewed 8 months ago

My husband and I joined my parents at Twin Farms to celebrate my fathers 84th birthday. This is our second time here and it is even more perfect than the first time. The attention to detail is exquisite, the food is outstanding, but the staff is what makes this place tick. Brenda, the activities director is a fascinating hiking guide and overall lovey person, Noah the bartender makes a mean Manhattan and is a great conversationalist, we loved Claire, Kyle....honestly every single person that assisted, served and chatted with us. The rooms are comfortable, spacious, and breath taking. We loved our cottage (Woods). We loved the barbecue on the lake and kayaking in it. Even my father, who is difficult to please, was drunk with happiness at all the perfect nuances this slice of heaven has to offer. I will be returning for years to come.

Spectacular second stay
Reviewed 11 months ago

Just returned from our magnificent second Twin Farms stay in less than one year. (See our January 10th 2018 winter review at https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g57174-d265474-r552944716-Twin_Farms-Barnard_Vermont.html). We have stayed at almost all of the Relais and Chateaux properties in Eastern USA and Canada and our standards are quite high, but once again Twin Farms managed to exceed expectations. We cannot wait to return to what is truly a four season destination. You will love it whatever time of year you choose.

With some new additions to the menu, the meals which were excellent in the past, are now even more so. Truly outstanding. They are always looking to find new ways to amaze you and take the guest experience to a new level be it meals or activities.

Perfect guest to staff ratio -- you will never wait or want for anything, be it privacy, attention, relaxation or imaginative or strenuous activities.

We stayed in Aviary which is even more beautiful than pictured on the web if you can imagine that. We felt as though we were living in a Tree House. The hot tub in front of the perfectly staged gorgeous fireplace was lovely to come home to each night, greeted by chocolate covered strawberries and beautiful candles. But no matter what accommodation you choose you will be wowed, as they are all magnificent with unique touches, comfort, and beautiful art.

The drive from New York was quite fine (4.5 hours straight up 91 from NYC), so even if you leave from NY in the morning you can get there by lunch and have the whole afternoon to play. We spent most of our time hiking and swimming. The hike up to the top of ski hill is not to be missed and doable for all ages. I cannot imagine a more beautiful place to have a picnic, and no need to carry the basket up, because you will find it magically set up for you when you reach the top.

Our favourite thing to do was hang out at their private Copper Pond, which was exquisite and pristine with a sandy beach bottom and no muck. We brought our snorkels and spent hours snorkeling all around the warm large pond, and as the other guests were hiking, biking, spa-ing or partaking in the various daily activities offered, we had it for the most part all to ourselves, with the only interruption a welcome one at lunch time when someone discreetly dropped off and set up an amazing lunch for us at the cabana. We also enjoyed kayaking and canoeing on the pond as well as relaxing on comfy floats available to place in the pond.

When we were not swimming, hiking or enjoying meals and snacks, we were playing bocce, ping pong, darts, and the well curated Wurlitzer juke box (with a particularly great range of songs to choose from), or soaking in the perfect Furo bathouse (which you can have all to yourself if you wish) or enjoying great cocktails by one of the variously staged bonfires. The gardens and wildflowers are really quite spectacular.

We are not big drinkers but their new Bloody Mary station was a particular hit, with three incredible different types of inventive farm to table purees to choose from and and trimmings that were delicious and imaginative. Our favourite dinner menu items included the spicy crab and watermelon curry, and the house made pasta with clams and a delicate basil sauce. Also loved the great house made chicken apple pepper sausage, banana muffins and the various type of morning scones and the interesting cheeses they served at cocktail time. Lunch and breakfast were served outside while dinner was in front of the large fireplaces in the lovely dinning room, and you will fit in however you dress.

Our sincere thanks to all of the staff who made our stay incredibly special, especially Brenda who is amazing and whose suggestions are not to be missed.
Her love for Twin Farms and the outdoors is infectious and makes everything so much fun. We were particularly impressed by how engaged Twin Farms' extraordinary general manager Michael Beardsley was in ensuring everything was just so and in being always available to all guests. His quiet individual attention and devotion to each guest’s experience makes all the difference.