The Shire Woodstock
What We Love
- A cozy riverfront stay in one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Most Beautiful Small Towns in AmericaBeing within walking distance of the first national park in Vermont
- Wandering around one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Most Beautiful Small Towns in America in 2016
- Taking in the local art on display, as well as the river view from your room
What To Know
- Family rooms come with bunk beds for the kids (or kids at heart)
- There's plenty to see and do in the area, including the Woodstock Farmers' Market, Quechee Gorge State Park, and the Killington Gondola
- Free WiFi
Escape to the hills and woods of Woodstock, one of Vermont’s most iconic towns. Regardless of when you visit, there’s no denying that this is a spectacular part of the country and that it pairs gorgeously with the traditional New England aesthetic. Built in 1963, The Shire Woodstock is part of the fabric of local culture, and also reflects the majestic, rustic setting. You’ll find works by local artists, as well as rooms with river vistas – and it all comes with a commitment to sustainability that’s been approved by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, in a gesture of respect to surrounding nature.
Pay tribute to nature yourself, by setting out from this Migis Hotel Group getaway and exploring it. Discover the aforementioned Ottauquechee, whether to see the leaves changing in fall, the snow falling in winter or the flowers blooming on the riverbanks in spring and summer. Mount Ascutney is less than an hour away, for prime hiking, with the Suicide Six ski trails less than 15 minutes – and if you’d like a stroll around the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Farm Museum, the first national park in Vermont, it’s so close that you can view it from The Shire’s grounds.
Your room is comfortable and modern. It offers a Wi-Fi connection, coffee and tea facilities and a convenient refrigerator – not to mention, a beautiful river view.
The quintessential Vermont village, one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Most Beautiful Small Towns in America in 2016, Woodstock is postcard-perfect as they come, with covered bridges, a river and gorge, a “farm museum” national park and a perfect countryside. Local boutiques, general stores, art galleries and bookstores line the streets, making for lovely scenic strolls. There are also breweries, farms and the Dartmouth College campus nearby, plus the glass-blowing facilities of renowned Simon Pearce.
How to Get There
This looked a lot better on paper than it did in reality.
First off it's a bit scattered. There are multiple buildings that have been put up on the property and I suspect they're all a bit different. The main building looks like a traditional motel where you drive up and your headlights are facing the rooms. There's a second floor there as well.
We stayed in one of the out buildings. Our room faced the river. It was an OK room. It was completely carpeted with rather thick pile carpet of a residential type. I try to avoid that stuff because of my allergies. You simply can't get all the dust and mites out of carpet like that.
The furniture was pretty beat - the posts on the bed were loose and wobbling.
The air conditioner didn't work. It ran and ran but never cooled.
When we arrived there was nobody at the front desk. It was 1pm and there was a note that they would return at 3pm. Off we went in the rain to kill a couple of hours.
The floors were very squeaky - we were fortunately on the top floor and tried to be conscious of our movements and how they would impact the people below.
Coffee was provided - but not in the room. Instead there was a coffee maker inside the entry door of the building. At the price point they charge I shouldn't have to shuffle downstairs fresh out of bed to use the coffee machine.
WiFi worked well and there was adequate hot water/pressure. The bed and linens were good.
Housekeeping was below average. We stayed 2 nights and the toilet wasn't cleaned after the first night. Garbage was left. All that was done was towels replaced, the bed made, and (maybe) the room was vacuumed.
All in all this was a disappointing stay.
My wife and I spent this past weekend at the Shire. The hotel sits right on the river, what a spectacular view! We had a great room and they had a great staff. We felt so welcomed by everyone who worked there. Very relaxing, and we will be returning!
This was a glorified motel that is walking distance to town. Although the room was large and clean, the walls were so thin and the room was so close to the main road that it was impossible to sleep. We spent 2 sleepless nights at this hotel. Plus at 8:30 one night, someone was vacuuming the room above ours, which made lots of noise given the wood floors and lack of carpets. And because there was a window air conditioning unit in one window, we could not close the shutters to prevent people from looking into our room. Would not stay here again.
I stayed at the Shire this past weekend and my husband and I loved it. Our room overlooked the river, what a beautiful view.
So much to do in town and just a short walk from the hotel. The staff was so friendly and our room was very clean and comfortable. Can't wait to go back!
This is motel style lodging which is very overpriced for what you get. The river view was nothing to write home about. Our room was musty and the bathroom was not very clean. There was hair around the toilet and in the bathtub. The furniture was dated and the outdoor patio furniture needed replacing. The beds were very comfortable but there was noise from the road. Woodstock is a lovely town and the one perk is that this motel is within walking distance to all the stores and restaurants. The staff were incredibly nice. Unfortunately we would not stay here again, we would definitely book a B and B instead. There are some lovely ones in the area.