Barrows House Inn & Restaurant

PO Box 740 3156 Route 30, Dorset, VT 05251 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


Welcome to Barrows House, Dorset's own small early American treasure of an inn located in the heart of Dorset's primary historic district. The Main Inn and its cluster of buildings are centered on six acres of lovely gardens, expansive lawns and venerable trees. Known as Dorset's mini-resort, you are invited to enjoy the seasonal delights of the inn's pool and tennis courts. All rooms have private baths, A/C, cable TV, wireless internet access. Suites offer amenities such as fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, or living rooms. Most first floor rooms are pet friendly. Seasonally, we offer an outdoor pool and tennis. Dine in the new Gastropub and enjoy fine craft-brewed beer. Exceptional patio for dining, special events and weddings. Don't forget to visit our newest property here in the heart of Dorset Village...Dorset Rising! Fresh baked breads, sweet treats, specialty coffees and more!



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Beautiful Inn in Southern VT

4.2 on August 08, 2014

We came here on our honeymoon and had a wonderful visit. We stayed in the Wrens Nest, a cute little cottage removed from the rest of the rooms. The bed was very comfortable and the whirlpool tub was nice (though we couldn't get the jets to work - not sure if that was just us...). We were there in the summer so didn't take advantage of the fireplace. Breakfasts were at an inn right down the street and were very good! I personally prefer more of a small Bed and Breakfast feel, which I didn't really get at the Barrow's House Inn, but the room and food were both worth coming back for!

Cold Weekend Getaway

4.8 on February 21, 2013

The Barrows was a perfect way to hide from the cold and wind in VT. Planned on snowboarding but changed plans when the wind closed some lifts. However, the extra relaxation with my hubby was well worth it. The Barrows Inn was a great experience and lasting memory : ) I will be back!

Barrows House on Easter Weekend

4.8 on April 12, 2012

The staff at the Barrows House are warm and friendly and the food is excellent. My daughter and I have stayed there on numerous occasions over the last 6 years. Recently, we stayed over Easter weekend with our dog, Sarah. The Barrows house permits well-behaved dogs in 2 of its cottages that are separate from the room accomodations in the main inn. Our cottage had a king bed on the main floor and 2 bedrooms upstairs, each with 3 twin beds. There were 2 bathrooms - ideal for two women traveling together. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the Dorset community and the relaxing atmosphere of the Barrows House and will choose to stay there again and again..

Barrows House For Thanksgiving

4.4 on December 01, 2011

The setting is exceeded only by the warmth of the innkeepers and staff. Thanksgiving dinner was delicious as were all the other meals and the room was comfortable and cozy. All in all, it was a wonderful stay.

A delightful Vermont weekend

4.8 on September 21, 2011

The Engel family LOVED staying at the Barrows House...The three room cottage (Truffle House) served most of us, and the roomy, clean, cozy cottage was terrific...We spent a night by the fire playing Banangrams! Two of us stayed in the Inn and that was wonderful too. A strong, delicious drink by that fire was thoroughly enjoyed after a freezing afternoon at an outdoor wedding rehearsal. The only flaw in the whole weekend was our service on Saturday morning for breakfast (the only meal we ate there)...Our family sat down around 9:00 and didn't get served until 10! Many families came and went before we finally ate (we were the last to leave the dining room). Granted, it was very crowded, but really! We tried many times to get service, telling each waitress that we were waiting, but as I said, it took an hour! That said, we enjoyed a beautiful weekend and a large part of it was your lovely inn. We will return and make sure we're sitting at a different table next time!

We'll be back

4.8 on August 30, 2011

This is our second stay at Barrows House. Once again, we could not have been happier with our stay. My wife and I plan to return sometime this Fall. Barrows House is a truly great experience all year long.

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Village


Albany, NY (ALB-Albany County) 65 miles

Directions to property:

Take I 787 North to Exit 9. Take NY Route 7 East for about 30 miles to Route 279 East at a Blinking Yellow light. Go straight on Route 279. About 5 miles later take Route 7 North to exit 4 in Manchester, VT. At exit 4 make a left on VT Route 30 North for 8 miles. As you enter Dorset Village proper you will see the large Barrows House sign on the right which marks our entrance.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Hildene, the Robert Todd Lincoln estate, Southern Vermont Arts Center, American Museum of Fly Fishing, Bennington Battle Monument, Robert Frost Stone House, Grandma Moses/Norman Rockwell country, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Bath robes, Board games, Copier, DVD Player, Parking, Pool, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access , inground pool (seasonal), 2 tennis courts, Basketball Shooting Court, Gazebo

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Cross-country ski trails, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, World class shopping, Art galleries, Appalachian Trail/Long Trail, Orvis Fly Fishing Guides, Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No We provide you with a list of baby sitters
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Most First Floor Rooms
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights, weekends; 3 nights on holiday weekends.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations must be secured by a deposit equal to one night rate plus tax or 50% of the total amount for visits longer than two nights. A nightly $15 service charge will be added at the time of checkout.
  • Cancellations: Deposits will be forfeited if guests arrive after the date specified. Deposits will be refunded (less a $35 handling charge) provided notice of cancellation is received prior to 14 days of arrival date. With less notice, a deposit may be credited to a future visit.
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Colleen. Steve and Lauren Bryant

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About the innkeepers

History, gardening, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, tennis, swimming.

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Full Country Breakfast

  • Time Served: 8am-10am
  • Serving Location: Our Sister Property, The Dorset Inn

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian By advance notice

Signature Dish

Steak Frites

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