We loved our stay. Twin Farms is magnificent..the grounds gardens, art and design. The food although beautiful and excellent is quirky- you check a list of food you are allergic to or don't want to see- they intuit what you feel like eating and your appetite level. hmmm foo for you if you are abig eater- and or does it matter if you - check off that […] you are allergic to nuts...and they 're all over the cheese board delivered to your room??? irresponsible and needs tweeks. Also, as I was there for my pre and post wedding - The hair and make up person I had confirmed with cancelled on me on my wedding day. ( because she had a bigger wedding)The cottage although gorgeous- filled with fine art... was cramped in the dressing area, lighting was very poor and made getting dressed for my wedding nearly impossible. Their staff was very sweet and helpful- the landscape one of the most beautiful on the planet. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"New England, Manhattan Style"
08/31/14 Brandt S New York
After several recommendations my wife and I finally found some time to head up to Vermont and try Twin Farms. We were not disappointed, though the visit was not without some oversights that were frustrating given the price point. Obviously the first hurdle to a visit is the cost, which is quite expensive. I think Woods was roughly $2500/night. That said, given the quality of food and wine, coupled with the fact that the farm is within driving distance of Boston and New York, the total cost compares favorably to getaways to Bermuda or Nantucket that require airfare. We booked directly with the hotel; they only had Dorothy's Room and the Woods Cottage available. We decided to stay in the Woods Cottage despite the higher price and the fact it was available for only two nights. Our arrival was smooth--we were given a tour of the property and then lunch was served, while our bags and car were being delivered to Woods. Lunch was superb. Once we finished lunch we were escorted to our cottage. Unfortunately our luggage and car had not shown up, the first of several hiccups, that while minor in nature, together created a sense that service delivery has a little room for improvement. The cottage was very spacious, with a large sitting area, fire place, screened-in porch with another fire place, large bathroom with soaking tub and shower, and another porch. There were adirondack chairs in the back lawn. It was ideally located: very private but a short walk to the main house. The bed was fine, but not great, which was one of the bigger disappointments. We had the pillow top removed the second night and did not see much improvement. We had requested several standard, foam pillows to be delivered in advance of our arrival; instead several Queen down pillows were delivered. But overall the cottage was fantastic; the photographs on the web site don't do it justice. It would be a great place to spend a fall or winter evening. Part of the allure of Twin Farms is the food, and without exception our meals were fantastic. We did not have a single course that didn't work. Moreover, the wines poured with each course were also top notch, far beyond basic house or premium wines. Service was always friendly and reasonably prompt. If sitting down to several multiple course meals with fantastic wine is not your thing, Twin Farms is probably not the right place. After dinner we would walk over the Pub to play darts or pool, have an after dinner drink or just relax. We met several nice couples during our stay and we all enjoyed visiting in the Pub. A bartender would show up with a phone call; unfortunately he would disappear just as quickly without a word, often leaving us wondering where the he had gone. One of the great benefits of Twin Farms is the ability to have a picnic lunch delivered to a variety of isolated spots on their property. We would spend the morning hiking and then arrive at a picnic table with our lunch waiting-- poached lobster, fresh salads, wine. It was perfect. We would then continue on our hike and the picnic basket would be picked up. In terms of other activities besides hiking, there is a small pond on the property that's a little murky for swimming but fine for fishing and canoeing. There were fly fishing rods and other reel rods; however, the reel rods were in tough shape and unrigged, which was a little frustrating and again a simple oversight that should have been caught. Twin Farms maintains a small strip of land by Silver Lake in Barnard, which is a beautiful lake and we enjoyed a picnic and swim one day. It is unfortunate, though, that there isn't really a great body of water on the property, and the the strip of land not is not particularly private or attractive. There is no pool on property and while there is a tennis course, there is no pro on staff nor is there an organized tennis clinic or anything of that sort. The farm did organize a bike ride into Woodstock, which was enjoyable especially since it was mainly downhill. All in all it was a very good visit and we would return. The few service hiccups are frustrating simply at the price point. If a hotel charges for perfection, it must be delivered. Twin Farms comes close, but is not quite there. Finally, there is something incongruous with Yankee restraint and Twin Farms, which is a theme in some of the other reviews. As a native New Englander, I do understand the comments-- the farm feels like a Manhattanite's view of a perfect New England getaway. Frugal yankees may not be so inspired.
"Simply The Best - Yes Really!"
08/20/14 Peter A Wilmington, Delaware
We have been to Twin Farms several times and each time we pull up to the gate, we wonder whether it will be as magical as it was the last time. Yet again it was. Twin Farms might best be described as a home where you arrive for the weekend and the owner has left unexpectedly but has told the staff to do whatever it takes for the guests. In our times there we have never heard the word "no". But Twin Farms also excel in the accomodations, in the food and wines and in the activities. You can do everything - biking, fishing, hiking, canoeing, Stave puzzles - or absolutely nothing. It is the only place I know where a rainy day is as much or more fun than bright sunshine. Credit for the amazing Twin Farms experience belongs to Michael and the staff who work tireless to make your stay exceptional. Finally, yes, it is worth every penny too!
08/15/14 Jenny E
From start to finish, Twin Farms impressed us at every turn. The incredibly knowledgeable and helpful staff made sure our every whim was catered to... The wine and the food was superb. Our Chalet was the most amazing lodging we have ever stayed in. We have traveled extensively and find this property, under the watchful eye of the general manager Michael, to be absolutely outstanding.
07/26/14 Spacrawler St Paul, MN
Twin Farms has been on my list of places to stay for years, so when I was ready to visit Vermont, my 50th and last state, it seemed a perfect choice for celebrating that milestone. I spent four nights in the Studio Cottage on a buy three get the fourth night free special. I had booked the Treehouse Cottage, but a large wedding party (160 guests) took place the night before I arrived and the newlyweds apparently occupied it, so I was upgraded to Studio. I honestly did not know what to expect driving up from Boston, through Woodstock, to Barnard about ten miles north. I was surprised by how seemingly remote the property is, although a number of small towns are within a 20-30 minute drive. At the gate I was buzzed in and told to drive to the reception area, where I was greeted by two staff members, one of whom gave me some basic information and the other drove my car to the cottage and unloaded my luggage. There is no formal check-in/out process and there were no slips to sign at any point. (Do note that the resort is tipping optional after the mandatory service charge; I asked that $100 be added to my final bill for that purpose). Although the Studio cottage is back from the main road on the property and somewhat hidden in the trees, it is the closest cottage to the main house, making it very convenient, but utterly quiet at the same time. My description cannot do the accommodations justice, of course. The space was astounding, filled with original art, a private stone Jacuzzi, a huge copper tub, and many windows that made it both bright and airy. It was certainly more space than I needed but I appreciated it greatly. As others have noted, housekeeping seems to appear magically several times during the day to straighten things up; I never saw one of these staff members at or around any of the cottages! I ate all but three meals (I had two boxed lunches and one at Simon Pearce) in the dining room or out on the porch or patio. The weather was mostly lovely, which made outside dining a very pleasurable experience. I enjoyed all of the food immensely – beautifully prepared and presented. I might have preferred a couple of less formal dinners that didn’t involve two to three hours of canapés and drinks, an appetizer, salad, bread, main course, and dessert. Although the portions were not large, the amount of food was still a bit too much. I should note that had I asked, I'm certain they would have prepared anything I requested - a burger or grilled cheese, for example. Service ranged from very good to excellent – there were usually two to three staff members who served the food, took away plates, etc. My dietary preferences were followed exactly, and the staff remembered from day to day what I liked to drink. The dining area consists of two rooms, each with a large fireplace, and around five or so tables arranged in a way that there was a fair amount of privacy. After the first two days there was always a table set for just me – one night I had an entire room to myself. (Occupancy ranged from perhaps 10 people on Sunday to five on Tuesday and Wednesday). I spent all of one day on the property, hiking on the marked trails and relaxing by the pond. I never saw other guests except at meals. Another day I drove up to Stowe, and the final full day the guest services manager arranged a private tour of the glassblowing factory at Simon Pearce in Quechee. I also had two treatments in the spa. Twin Farms would have been happy to arrange any other activities had I asked. Be sure to visit the small gift shop on property - there are a variety of amazing 3D wood puzzles and various pieces of local pottery on offer. All things considered, the experience at Twin Farms was just about perfect for my needs and expectations. There are a couple of very minor things that bothered me personally, but I never mentioned them to the staff because they seem so inconsequential. The air conditioning system in the cottage is dated, with a moveable wall control that didn’t seem to correspond to the actual temperature in the cottage. It was always comfortable, but that might be because it wasn’t very hot outside. Also, whenever I returned to the cottage after housekeeping had been in there, every single light was turned on, even in the middle of the day. I always tried to turn off as many as I could because the space looks fantastic even without the additional illumination. I also found the bed to be too soft; were I to return I would ask to have the feather bed removed from the mattress. Finally, although I enjoyed the ambiance of the public areas with crackling fires, at times the smoke and the heat bothered me a bit. It would be lovely to return to Twin Farms in a different season from early summer. The winter activities sound quite enjoyable and both the public spaces and the accommodations would be wonderfully cozy. Whether I do return depends less on its cost (very, very high but worth every cent) and more on whether I find myself in the northeast again. Twin Farms is without a doubt the best small resort property I have ever had the pleasure to visit in the U.S. and they seem to have maintained their very high standards for more than twenty years now. It is reassuring to know that if I do return, I will have an equally incredible experience. I cannot recommend Twin Farms highly enough.
"Most Amazing Resort Ever."
06/23/14 John L Moorestown
Twin Farms is an incredible place. They deliver on their mission to provide a unique and exceptional guest experience in every way. The resort food is incredible. They are not like any other resort with regard to the creativity and quality of the food. The Aviary cottage we stayed in was the most unique room I have ever experienced. The service by the staff is exceptional. They deliver high end luxury experience in a low key and friendly way. While the resort is expensive, I felt I got a great deal because of what Twin Farms delivers with regard to guest experience.
"OMG: An "11" on a Scale of "10""
06/20/14 bfromlosangeles Los Angeles, California
Twin Farms will spoil you so much, you won't want to stay anywhere else. The lodgings are incredibly plush: main house rooms (4) or cottages (16), very private and large, with luxury linens, a free stocked refrigerator, huge fireplace (pre-loaded with wood and kindling), etc. The food: equally incredible: five-course dinners, three-course lunches and two-course breakfasts, with an incredible selection of wines and spirits, whenever and wherever you'd like. The food is so artfully prepared that each course takes the server about 15 seconds to describe, but the portions are sized right so you don't feel like you've over-indulged (though you will--did I mention doing s'mores on the patio at night, with homemade marshmallows?).Activities: plenty. Wonderful scenic hiking trails (they'll drop off a lobster lunch for you so you don't have to trek with it), a beautiful pond with kayaks and a canoe, and stocked with trout (caught some every day I tried), bike rides to nearby Quechee and Woodstock (mostly downhill/flat and the Twin Farms staff will come pick up you and the bikes so you don't have to suffer the injustice of pedaling up hill). Plus...darts, pool, yoga, croquet, Stave-branded puzzles to solve, books to read, tennis...you can stay busy morning til night, or hold up in your cottage and order room service. Everything is at your beckon call, part of what TF terms "the total guest experience." Final noteworthy point: the staff. Kudos to: Michael, Sean, Kyle, Brenda, Rebecca, Leah, Kate, Betsy, Stephanie, etc. for making the experience truly a six-star one. We met folks on this trip (our first) who have been coming to Twin Farms twice a year for 20 years; I can now see why. Twin Farms is truly the best place we've ever stayed, and we can't wait to go back!
05/20/14 Janice212 New York City
My husband and I visited Twin Farms at the end of September '13. Truly excellent in every way. The room (we stayed in Dorothy's room), food, wine, cocktails, scenery were all amazing. And the service was top notch, to say the least. We also enjoyed the Stave jigsaw puzzles and immediately ordered several on our arrival home. We need to book another visit for September '14!
04/27/14 Quentin H Stephenville, Texas
My and I stayed at Twin Farms in late September 2011 and we can't wait to go back! We had very high expectations going in, and everything about the place (service, food, amenities, overall atmosphere, the Staff, and the area in Vermont itself) were all even better than we expected. We hope to make it back to Twin Farms around the Christmas Holidays either this year or in 2015, and possibly ring in the New Year at the resort.
"This is the place"
02/27/14 jack r Cundy's Harbor
We just returned from our first (but not last) trip to Twin Farms. While the experience is still fresh, some quick observations. -as other reviewers have noted, the physical setting and accommodations are very special, but certainly not the star of the show. Somehow, the staff (all of whom I think we met, including the one stoic on the payroll, the Vermonter who tended the firewood), more than any group of employees we have ever come across, was perfect at setting the right tone. Gracious without being cloying, willing to provide any accomodation while somehow creating the thought bubble over their heads saying "I've been so waiting for you to ask me that...".. Seriously, these folks make you feel at once special and while not part of the family, certainly cared for in a very genuine New England manner. We've stayed at many properties that have a great physical setting, and wonderful accommodations, but none of them have a staff to compare with TF.. Whatever you folks are doing, keep doing it because you've got it nailed. -Since my wife and I run a very busy and challenging family business, and we rarely unplug, we had high hopes of crawling into a comfy hole somewhere and just hanging out.. We certainly achieved that goal, if we hadn't left when we did, they would have had to pick us up with a sponge.. Fireplaces and jigsaw puzzles (we finished ours!!) don't sound like a great way to spend a long weekend, but it was really perfect. Ordering up a cheese and smoked fish plate with a nice bottle of Hungarian wine (David, the Som, introduced it us at dinner) was a real treat. -The food was inventive, beautifully prepared and well served. On a couple of dishes we thought the Chef may have been trying a bit too hard on the "inventive" scale, but each meal hung together well, was well balanced, and was chock full of nuance and great taste. -We stayed in the Aviary-it reminded us of a California beach house (although we've never actually been in a California beach house). I was totally bummed this morning to wake up at home in Maine to realize we don't have a hot tub AND a fireplace in our bedroom.. The price is a bit of a shock, but it truly is all inclusive (unless you go bonkers over special wines), and we don't feel we overspent for the experience. Kudos to all. I keep dialing 125 on my cell phone to order breakfast, alas I guess we have to return before anyone will answer. Thanks for a great weekend.
"What you expect and more"
12/21/13 BryanGrimes Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When deciding to stay at a place with the reputation that Twin Farms has, you walk in with certain expectations. You expect attentive service, top notch food, and amenities that make the price and trip work it. Twin Farms nailed everything. We drove up from Philadelphia and his a massive snow storm that delayed us about 3 hours from our targeted arrival time. Brian from Twin Farms called us at least once to make sure we were good, and upon arrival, greeted us and allowed us to stretch a bit with a tour of the main house. We stayed in a suite in the Farmhouse which has two large fireplaces, and was impeccably well appointed. The art in the building was possibly some of our favorite we've encountered in our travels, and made the stay that much better. The facilities are what all of the guests want to talk about it seems which is a greta compliment to the staff at Twin Farms. Service is what most people judge a place such as this for, and Twin Farms was serious about top flight service. Brian, Amanda, Rebecca, David, Michael....everyone.... we're amazing and made even the most random request a reality. A few times my wife and I were allowed to raid the imported and craft beer stores, and David went out of his way to purchase a whisky that we both like, and I know that wasn't easy for him. Dinner in the main dining area with other people might not seem intimate, but the mood created int he room, plus the arrangement of the seats really created a great atmosphere for not only quite conversation, but relaxed everyone. The food really was the star of our trip for us. My wife and I dine out weekly and really wanted to stay somewhere with the best food, and this was it. From a breakfast menu that had everything for everyone, to lunches that rival dinner in many places, to the multi-course dinners that left you satisfied and talking about that meal hours after. A great combination of service and food is that ordering something for your room, or dining in another building is not a problem. Boxed meals to order were convenient and delicious as were the requests for any of last night's diner leftovers to be delivered to the pub for lunch and billiards. It was all there, and great. Since we stayed at Twin Farms in the snow, we were able to snow shoe and hike parts of the grounds, but we can really see how amazing the place would be in the summer and fall. As far as our time, the downhill skiing wasn't quite ready, but sledding, cross country skiing and the snow shoeing were all available. With the weather we had it made it a great time to just have a fire in the pub, work on a Stave puzzle, and enjoy some wine. We think we'll be heading back this summer to really take advantage of the biking, hiking, fly fishing, and canoeing, but for us hibernating in the snow was awesome. So yeah, that's what's fresh on my mind right now. Twin Farms is what you expect for the price point, but there are so many times that the staff go above and beyond, it's easy to see why Twin Farms ranks among the best in the country. Kudos everyone, and see you this summer. Oh and credit to Brian for indulging me on my friendly sloth photo when we arrived.
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