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
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.
"Will DEFINITELY come back"
12/05/13 summer0807 Trumbull, Connecticut
Tonight is our last evening here, after a 3 day stay, and I must say THERE IS NOT ONE THING to complain about…If it's not here, than you are on the opposite side of Heaven. The staff, Rebecca, Josh, Stephanie et al heralded by mgr. Mike Beardsley know what they're doing. There isn't anything they won't do for you……All of the cottages are unique, depending on your taste. We stayed in THE STUDIO, and I would definitely choose this one again. Even though it's a two level layout it really feels like a 'home'. If it had a kitchen I would move in!!!!! The food is amazingly good, and if there's something you want special, they will do their utmost to accommodate. Having gone just before the Christmas holidays, it was not overly crowded, but nonetheless…they pulled out all the stops, fresh flowers on each dining table, wondrous fires, great presentations. If you like a quiet get away…..this is the place for you.
12/03/13 19662014 Boston, Massachusetts
We had been to Twin Farms many years ago but this was the first time we took our 13 year old daughter for Thanksgiving. We were very happy to see that Michael is still the manager there and even though there is a new chef now, the food was just as excellent as we always remembered. The service is always with a smile and the friendliness of everyone who works there very genuine. Brian is a very PATIENT and great hiking guide. Sarah has an easy friendliness about her that is unique. Everyone seems to do all it takes for the guests to be comfortable and happy! One morning as I was not feeling up to putting away the piles of clothes accumulated for the few days we were there, I had found as we got back from breakfast that housekeeping had actually folded and put away our clothes! We did go at a 'child busy' weekend (Thanksgiving is one of the times Twin Farms allows kids), but we very much enjoyed the varied and exquisite Thanksgiving meal.. and breakfast of course! Its a time that is sort of in between seasons (no leaves, little snow) so I would like to go back and stay at the Farm House overlooking the pond in the summer time. And let me not forget to mention the bountiful caring lunch box they left with us as we left. One truly feels taken care of at Twin Farms in a very quiet way. Will go back this summer.
"So very unearthly finest kind!"
10/13/13 CatalinaW Menlo Park
I'm a nobody and Twin Farms treated me as if I were a Somebody but in the best possible way. So much so that husband and I extended our four-night stay by three nights and were delighted all the while. We stayed in three cottages (Log Cabin, Orchard and Woods) and one of the suites overlooking the pond; cottages best. Reviewers justifiably rave over the cuisine but I have to say my favorite meal was breakfast. Never have I eaten such exquisitely luscious scrambled eggs; and, the scones! Irish bacon! All adds up to heaven in my book. I realize Twin Farms can't take credit for the weather but it was, I'm told, a rare week at the height of leaf season with day-time temperatures in the 70s! And the leaves, oh my. Twin Farms is perfectly situated as a base from which to drive in any direction for full immersion in Autumn foliage. The service here is not only above and beyond but spooky. As we were reluctantly preparing to leave, the general manager told us one of the tires on the rental car was too low and could he arrange to have it fixed? The generous attitude and smiles accompanying the smallest request or offering had us entirely charmed all week long. I won't name anyone on staff because everyone we interacted with was a gem -- they all deserve medals for genuine, unstinting enhancement of our long stay. I don't expect to cherish the art at a resort but I did fall in love with three painters hitherto unknown to me whilst at Twin Farms: Milton Avery ("Early Spring"), Dudley Morris (think that name is correct, can't find my notes; "Self-Portrait with Skis") and David Bates (one magnolia painting, three bird paintings and that wonderfully, slightly menacing, superior pooch which, management had the good sense to NOT feature in Log Cabin which would have weakened its impact). I'm currently scheming to return with best friends in tow.
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