Ten Acres Lodge- Great Place to Stay in Stowe
After endless hours on the computer looking for the perfect place to stay in the Stowe area, I narrowed the lodging choices down to 11, 5, 2 and finally decided on Ten Acres Lodge. My husband & I stayed for 1 week in one of the Hill House suites and absolutely loved it. We had our own balcony and the hot tub with views of the grounds and mountains was on a deck right outside our door. Most nights we relaxed in the hot tub "under the stars", especially soothing after one of our muscle-building mountain hikes. Our suite was very pretty with mauve flowered wall paper, country decorations and a couch in front of the fireplace. Photos of the Hill House & Main Lodge rooms were on their website, so we could choose the one that most appealed to us. Innkeepers Frank and Robin were so welcoming & friendly, making us feel at home throughout our stay. Breakfast in the colonial style sunroom in the Main Lodge was something to look forward to. There was a daily choice including homemade waffles, fresh fruit (cantaloupe, kiwi, strawberries etc.) and the lightest, tastiest Vermont cheese omelet. And you could have early morning coffee or tea, sitting outside the Lodge at the table under the shade of the birch trees & enjoy the panoramic mountain & valley views whose shades of blue and green seem to change daily. For us, the location of Ten Acres was perfect. It is peacefully surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, corn fields down the road and Ben & Jerry type cows in the field opposite the Lodge. It is quiet without being remote - the Stowe biking/walking path is a minute or two down the road, Trapp Family 2 miles up the road and it is a short ride into town. As we took our daily drive around Stowe, my husband kept telling me, "You picked the best place to stay."
Ten Acres is the best
Everything at Ten Acres is top of the line. They just hosted their first wedding there, and put it on without a hitch. They made every guest feel welcome. They went above and beyond on every request we had.
fantastic weekend experience
Robin and Frank provided an excellent environment for my son's very lowkey family-oriented wedding. we all spent the weekend together and they were most accomodating. The even anticipated some of our wishes before we asked. The rooms are outstending, the food is fantastic and the ambiance is incredible.
More Like Staying With Friends Than in a B&B!
My friend and I escaped the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, then decided to worry about our soggy homes later and enjoy our planned vacation in Stowe. We drove up to Ten Acres Lodge from the Albany airport, arriving around 6.30 p.m. in time for a gorgeous sunset. Our hosts, innkeepers Frank and Robin Wilson, welcomed us cordially and showed us to a large, well-furnished room in the front of the inn--originally an early 1800s farm house that has been expanded over the years. Our room was furnished in "country rustic," with handicrafts, antiques, a comfy rocking chair, and a large, clean, modern bathroom. We were the youngest guests, as there was a reunion of World War II vets taking place up the hill at another property, and many stayed at TAL. I was touched to see the care with which Robin Wilson handled a clearly disgruntled and grumpy older gentleman who arrived after us, much later than he had planned. As the kitchen was closed she ordered food from a local establishment for him and procured him a beverage. Henceforth, whenever I saw him during the rest of our stay, he was always joking familiarly with our hosts like he was an old relative. The Wilsons personal, caring hospitality is such a great part of anyone's stay at TAL. Public rooms--and there are many--are furnished in an eclectic mixture of New England country inn and Oriental, the latter a touch from the Wilson's previous homes in Singapore and Hong Kong. Surprisingly, it all fit together perfectly and comfortably. Fireplaces abound, and adding to the inn's hominess, in the bar awaits Bandit, the official TAL pooch, who welcomes guests and soon is receiving treats from many who pass through the room where he keeps watch. Breakfasts were bountiful and included fresh fruit (including blueberries handpicked at a local farm by Robin Wilson and their 7-year-old daughter Madison, whose business card identifies her as the inn's "youth activities director"), and fresh fried beignets, an homage to Robin's Cajun Louisiana roots, yet with a special touch unlike those I've enjoyed at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. Robin's special-mix hot cocoa is also not to be missed! The inn is situated in pastoral farmland outside of town. Cows graze in the field adjacent to the barn across the street. Behind the main inn building are two cottages, one of them the Wilsons' private residence, the other available for family groups. Up on the hill behind the cottages and outdoor pool are a tennis court and Hill House. The latter is a more contemporary part of the inn, and includes a hot tub, which really felt good after a day of hiking up near Smugglers' Notch, and the cinema, a great place to unwind amid a widescreen projection system and incredible surround sound. Frank Wilson is an avid James Bond fan, so the walls of the room are lined with miniature 007 movie posters. Films include the Bond series, naturally, as well as children's films and other popular fare, and are screened at guests' request. Ten Acres Lodge, while located outside of Stowe village proper, is but a ten-minute walk to a "suburb" in which we found six or seven restaurants (we loved The Shed for our first night's dinner), shopping, and part of the village recreation trail, perfect for cyclers and hikers. We enjoyed walking up the hill to the Trapp Family complex, paid our respects at the graves of Madam and Baron von Trapp, then availed ourselves of their vast network of hiking trails, which in winter are cross-country skiing routes. Our only complaint was that our time at TAL and Stowe was far too short. Our early afternoon flight from Albany required us to check out before our last scrumptious breakfast, but again, the Wilson's hospitality shown through right to the end: we were invited to help ourselves to breakfast cereal, juice and fruit in the kitchen as the friendly, personable staff prepared the regular breakfast that was to be served after our 7.30 a.m. departure. Our late summer visit was graced with perfect weather, and it was with sadness that we had to bid goodbye to our friends, Frank, Robin, Madison and Bandit Wilson. But like they say at the end of the James Bond films Frank Wilson shares with his guests: We'll be back!
Wonderful, relaxing experience
After a fast paced convention type week, a relaxing mini vacation was in order. Our stay at "Ten Acres Lodge" fit the bill. Robin and Frank are the most accomodating host and hostess. The room was perfectly decorated and comfortable to boot. Breakfast was incredible, delicious and made to order. The view from our room was spectacular - even got to see a hot air balloon!
We look forward to bringing the rest of the troops (kids) on our next trip, hopefully in the very near future. Thanks Robin and Frank!!
My wife and I have just returned from a two nights stay in a lovely Vermont inn, where an unassuming but very friendly service made our stay a real pleasure. Our room was sizable, clean and the bathroom -- very comfortable.
Much above our expectation was the excellent dinner we had in the inn's new restaurant, which is about to be opened to guests from the outside. The refined cuisine, based on very good products, was prepared with much knowledge and attention. A small observation: the chef's remarkable creations would have profited from a larger selection of wines
We recently made a short trip to Stowe to celebrate our anniversary. We only stayed one night, but we really enjoyed our time at the 10 Acres Lodge. The innkeepers were very friendly and helpful, but not overbearing. We stayed in the "Hill House Suites" section of the inn that is located in a separate building, a short walk from the main Inn. Our room was large, comfortable, and very clean. It had a nice sitting area with 2 chairs and a loveseat. The queen sized bed was very comfortable and the cozy comforter and soft sheets made it feel like our bed at home. The room had a working, wood-burning fireplace that was perfect for the cold, rainy weather. The bathroom was a bit small, but adequate. The hot tub on the deck looked inviting, but the rainy weather kept us from trying it out. Breakfast in the morning was bountiful and delicious. We will definitely be back!
Ten Acres Lodge better than Pooh's Ten Acre Woods!
Romantic, comfortable, quiet and the best B&B breakfast I've had.
Bring your suit, the views from the pool and jacuzzi are just breathtaking!
From August 1976
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