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This is what critics and guests have said about The Whitford House Inn:

As described by guests in America's Favorite Inns B&B's and Small Hotels,
by Sandra Soule

"Distant hills framed the evening sunset. In winter,the aurora borealis often splashes the sky with color. Two friendly dogs, a cat and a newborn lamb were in residence. My room, in the cottage, was exceptionally pleasant with luxurious touches like zoned heating, a stereo, heated floors, and towel warmers in the bathroom."
~ Joe Schmidt

"A private location, off a quiet dirt road; comfortable,immaculate farmhouse and guest house; gentle hospitality."
~ Gill Barlow

"Gracious, articulate, warm innkeepers; comfortable lodging; beautiful setting; wonderful food."
~ Sarah & Frank Vattano

"Sophisticated country decor, with lots of fresh flowers and careful attention to detail."
~ Felicia & Joshua Holtz

"A remote location with fine views, privacy, friendly staff, gracious proprietors, outstanding accommodations and service."
~ Stanley Ebner

"Located on a charming country road looking out towards Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Complete privacy; unhurried,relaxing atmosphere; generous breakfasts. The Carsons know how to make their guests feel at home yet are never invasive."
~ Peter & Ruth Burnstone

"The filled bookshelves tempt you to browse in the company of two friendly beagles, while the country lanes beckon for long walks. The student staff are efficient and courteous. After enjoying the magnificent fall foliage, I returned to find hot cider and tasty canapÈs."
~ Anna Biegun
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Recommended in Condé Nast Traveler's June 2004 edition as
the historic inn in Vermont to choose.

Listed in Forbes.com's Sept 16, 2005 article,
Great New England Inns,
by Sophia Banay.

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Other unsolicited reviews from discriminating editors:

From New England Charming Inns & Itineraries by Karen Brown, Karen Brown's Guides, San Mateo, CA 2004:

"A little-traveled two-lane road leads you to one of the most captivating country inns you'll ever stay in. Set on a knoll overlooking the Adirondack Mountains, 15 minutes from the town of Middlebury, Whitford House is surrounded by rich farmland. Inside the inn, in addition to extraordinarily delightful innkeepers, there's a heart of a home you'll never forget. You'll love its comfortable living rooms, the charming dining room, the open kitchen, and the use of old barn wood for walls, cabinets and bookcases, which adds to the country appeal. There are four bedrooms, three in the main house and one in a guest cottage, furnished with queen and king beds. In the guesthouse there is a queen sofa bed in the living room as well as a king bed in the bedroom that can be converted into twins. There's a brick patio outside the cottage, making it a perfect place for you and your friends to watch the sun set over the Adirondacks. A full breakfast is served and when the menu calls for maple syrup, you'll know it came from the maple trees near the Whitford House property. This is an inn you'll always remember and want to return to as often as possible."

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Nancy and Richard Woodworth
Inn Spots & Special Places in New England, 5th Edition

Their daughter attended Middlebury College and they fell in love with the area, so Midwesterners Bruce and Barbara Carson decided to retire here after 30 years in California. "We wanted an old house, off the beaten path, with a mountain vista," Barbara said. They got their wish in spades.

They restored a 1790s house located along a gravel road on 37 acres in the back of beyond, with a panoramic view of the Adirondack Mountains across nearby Lake Champlain. The Inn's three sheep graze under a snow geese flyway.

The prize accommodation here is a guest cottage. It harbors a large bedroom with twin beds that are usually joined as a king, a full bath with a radiant-heated floor, a comfortable sitting room, a kitchenette and big windows all around to take in the views.

The pale yellow house is no slouch. Guests enter through the rear and a great room with slate floor, fieldstone fireplace, and tall windows onto the mountains. You'd never guess it once was the buggy barn, occupied by swallows and hornets when the Carsons arrived in 1992. Next comes a pantry as big as some kitchens. Here is where the Carsons offer wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres for guests in the afternoon. The pantry adjoins an open kitchen, which obviously is the heart of the house. Orange juice and coffee are put out in the morning in the side library, which opens onto a rear deck. Another favorite spot for lounging is a front porch furnished with rockers. In the front of the house is a corner dining room, where the table is set for a candlelit breakfast for eight. Many guests find the Carsons' welcome so warm and the surroundings so relaxing that they scarcely leave the property.

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Christina Tree and Kimberly Grant
Best Places to Stay, New England, 7th Edition

It's difficult to describe these views without using superlatives that could sound exaggerated. Trust us: if you appreciate uninterrupted rolling meadows, cornfields, and mountains, you won't want to leave.

When you first come upon the Whitford House, located a few miles off scenic Route 22A and down a country dirt road, you'll feel like you stumbled onto a little secret. The guest cottage, coupled with the common space in the main house, catapults the sophisticated Whitford House onto the short list of great New England hideaways. In the days when so many bed-and-breakfasts feel commercial, the Whitford House falls into the category of a welcoming country home.

The cottage is separated from the main house by a trellis and brick walkway. Like the common rooms in the farmhouse, the cottage is elegantly furnished with a stylish mix of country antiques and contemporary pieces. Kilims and hand-woven wool carpets cover pine floors, while the bathroom boasts radiant heat beneath the slate floor.

The master suite features a separate sitting room, peaked ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows that face the mountains. French doors lead from the king-bedded room to the sitting room. It's all quite dramatic.

The "slate room" is as dramatic a living room as we've seen in a long time. It's rustically elegant, with wrought-iron chandeliers, multi-paned glass windows, a floor-to-ceiling stone hearth, and an open stairway leading up to the second floor. Many of the fine modern paintings around the house were created by the Carsons' daughter, Amy. And since Barbara hails from Arizona, you'll notice some great southwestern accents.

The Carsons make a great breakfast, which might consist of granola, zucchini bread, scalloped apples, and frittatas. It's served at one long harvest table in the simple Colonial-style dining room. Guests often gather in the library room for morning coffee, where unobstructed picture windows let in plenty of light and mountain views. Shelves are lined with books, the mission chairs are comfy, and in cool weather, the fire is lit.

The pantry is always open for guests. Barbara is known for her spicy ginger cookies and for working hard to please guests. On our last visit the Carsons offered lunch to us and to guests who were checking in early. We get the distinct impression that's just the way they are.

Just beyond the cornfields is Dead Creek, along a north-south flyaway for blue heron and geese, among other birds you'll see. Sheep and beagles and a cat also make their home here. This is prime bicycling country, and the Carsons have undercover bicycle storage available.

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Sandra W. Soule
America's Favorite Inns, B&B's and Small Hotels, New England, Sixteenth Edition

Dating back to the 1790's, Barbara and Bruce Carson bought this nearly abandoned farmhouse, and have done a beautiful job of renovating and restoring it. Guests come to enjoy the Adirondack mountain vistas, relax on the shady porch, borrow a bike to pedal down country lanes, or paddle the Carsons' canoe in the creek. Whitford House also makes a perfect base for area explorations, from lively Burlington to the Shelburne Museum, to nearby Middlebury and its college, and of course, beautiful Lake Champlain. The book-filled library has comfortableMission-style chairs and good reading lights for a quiet evening, and the original attached carriage house has been renovated as the light and airy living room, with mountain views, a handsome slate floor, and twelve-foot ceilings with hand-hewn beams, Oriental rugs, and a majestic stone fireplace. The inn's decor includes Colonial and Victorian antiques, hand-wrought iron railins, chandeliers, and sconces, plus the Carsons' handsome modern art collection.

Jules Older
"The Lake Country in Autumn," Vermont Magazine. October 1999

Whitford House is an inn set in the sloping farmlands of the Champlain Valley in Addison. Whitford House mixes modern art with family antiques; working fireplaces with French bathroom fixtures; sweeping views with an old-fashioned front porch. The innkeepers, Bruce and Barbara Carson, are as inviting as the 1790 building they restored.

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Whitford House Inn - Bed and Breakfast
912 Grandey Road
Addison, Vermont (VT) 05491-8851
(20 minutes from Middlebury,
45 minutes from Burlington)
fax 802-329-2154

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To extend your Whitford House experience, click here for the website of Bitters Co. showing unique gifts and home furnishings created by Amy and Katie Carson, the owners' daughters, and purchased on trips around the world.