Inn at Sawmill Farms
Inn at Sawmill Farms
Address: Crosstown Road
Web Address: http://www.theinnatsawmillfarm.com
West Dover, Vermont
THE INN: Right across Rt. 100 from the Deerhill Inn, the Inn at Sawmill Farm, has long enjoyed a well deserved reputation as a wonderfully romantic country inn with an outstanding restaurant. Purchased by the Williams family in 1967, the rolling 20 acres were meant to be the family’s personal residence, but as things often do, they decided to turn the property into a luxury inn. The plan was to keep the feel of the original property by retaining the hand hewn post and beams, barn boards and doors, old bricks and field stones from the farm and adding the touches that would create an outstanding country lodge. Over the years, the family has carefully expanded the facilities and kept the décor current and fresh. This is a fantastic retreat and so comfortable you may not want to leave the property.
The Inn was sold in December 2010 to another family with strong roots in the hospitality field and there have been some significant changes....all it seems for the better. The Inn is now family and pet friendly, rates have been dropped from 1/3 to 1/2, breakfast is still included in the rate, flat screen TV's and phones have been added to the rooms, there is a new Italian restaurant and the Inn is also hosting some new events like wine dinners beside the pond.
THE ROOMS: The Inn has ten guest rooms in the main house, three in the Cider House, four in the Farm House, and one in both the Spring House and the Wood Shed, both private cottages with privacy decks overlooking the trout ponds. The Carriage House is the property’s premier suite. All the rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated in florals and prints. Rooms 1 and 3 in the Main House are particularly large at 500 and 600 sq. feet. Rooms 1, 3 and 4 are the choices in the Farm House as each has a fireplace. In the Cider House, rooms 1-3 all have fireplaces. The real treat, however, are the magnificent private cottages, each set on a pond, fabulously decorated and huge. My stay in the Carriage House was one of the most pleasant I have experienced. There were two rooms, a sitting room with preserved beams from the old farm, comfortable chairs and couches, a big stone fireplace and views out onto the pond. The bedroom, decorated in soothing shades of beige, had Cathedral ceilings, a huge carved antique headboard and footboard and an antique dresser with marble top. Outside the sliding doors was a deck and chairs with a massive old pine tree and wonderful pond views. The oversized marble bath had a soaking Jacuzzi tub and separate glass shower. Pillow top beds, luxury linens, fluffy towels and robes and upscale toiletries round out the amenities.
THE RESTAURANT: The cozy dining rooms are a wonderful blend of rustic farmhouse and casual elegance. Beamed ceilings and barnwood floors are mixed with antique sideboards, vintage oil paintings and formal furniture. Crisp linens and gleeming tableware conspire with flickering candles and live piano music to create the perfect ambiance.
Nonna is the new restaurant with an Italian theme served family style. While we have not had an opportunity to eat there since the ownership change, early reviews are very positive and the food looks delicious. Here's a sampling: Appetizers: Ninna's signature meatballs; two-ounce double signature meatballs, San Marzano plum tomato ragu, shaved reggiano and grilled olive oil toast points, lobster crispy thin; garlic butter, plum tomato, basil, parmesan, Maplebrook VT mozzarella and fresh hard shell lobster. Entrees: Grilled 14oz pork chop with grilled peaches, aged balsamic vinegar, grilled asparagus and warm pancetta potato salad, swordfish, risotto Milanese, Sicilian style heirloom tomato salad, toasted pine nuts, currants and fresh mint. Desserts: blackberry peach Napolean, lemon mascarpone, cinnamon wafers, vanilla bean creme anglaise, blackberry drizzle and chantilly cream, lemon goat cheese cake, fresh lemon glaze and fresh raspberries. Appetizers: $8.95-$15.95, entrees: $23.95-$27.95, desserts: $7.50.
RATES: From $175 to $430 including breakfast.
WHILE YOU ARE THERE: On the property there is a swimming pool and ponds in which to swim, canoes on the pond, fly fishing and a fitness room and now a new hiking trail through the woods. In the area, Mt. Snow Valley offers the full spectrum of winter activities including downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and more. In nice weather there’s biking, hiking, fishing, boating, golf, tennis and horseback riding. The area is also well known for antiques.
DRIVING DISTANCE FROM: Boston; 2 hours 50 minutes, NYC: 4 hours.