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The Pond House is nestled in the mountains just 20 minutes south of Woodstock and from Okemo. The Inn is surrounded by ten stone walled acres, and housed in an 1830's white cape. The pond is surrounded by trees and fields and is spring fed making it perfect for an afternoon swim or relaxing on a float with a good read.
The Inn is cozy with a smattering of antiques, Orientals and touches of Laura Ashley here and there. The accommodations include three guest rooms with queen sized beds, down comforters and private baths with marble and European fixtures.
The Boston Globe Says - "The Pond House is a mix of country and city that works magic."
Awaken to apple french toast or a mushroom souffle accompanied by fresh fruit, yogurt, juices, cereals and freshly ground Starbuck's coffee. You needn't worry about finding a restaurant the dinner hour will surprise and please with different offerings nightly through the months of November and March or special arrangements that were made. These might include savory pumpkin ravioli with a rosemary cream infusion or perhaps lobster risotto after a salad of greens, gorgonzola and pears. Deserts include apple tart or pears baked with Marsala and white wine to mention a few. Dinner is included in the rate and that vegetarian options are available.
Return from a days outing and relax in our patio in the stone walled flower and herb garden overlooking one of Vermont's most beautiful views. Gretel is an enthusiastic bike tourer and knows the best routes in the area, which is home to the Killington Stage Race. The Pond House specializes in bike tours for all skill levels. Ride along lakes, mountain valleys and streams, visit the first capital of Vermont the worlds longest double span covered bridge, the home of Saint Gaudens and the surrounding gardens for a Sunday afternoon picnic and concert, or the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge.
Consider yourself 'Always Welcome' The Green Mountain Horse Association, a New England horse lovers destination, is only minutes away with events throughout the year. The Inn can provide stabling and turn-out for guests' horses.
The Pond House provides the getaway we all need, to quote The Vermont Explorers Guide, "The Pond House is a very special place."
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Gretel for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Our BB is the quintessential Vermont cape with a classic Vermont setting overlooking fields and mountains. Our view is really quite spectacular yet relaxing. We have a veranda overlooking this view along with our pond. We are located on a dirt road, away from traffic and noise, great for sleeping. There is a Boston Globe review on the front page of our web site, which I think captures our charm, quite well. Our furnishings are cozy and simple with a smattering of antiques. We are deep in Vermont horse country, along the access GMHA horse trails and have a wonderful barn for guests horses with large box stalls and turn-out. Our pond is spring fed and a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
One thing we are noted for is the Northern Italian/ Southern French (Provençale) cooking – fresh paste etc. Dinners are included in our rates November through April; this along with the fact that the BB is cozy and unpretentious.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Vermont is just very special. I have traveled a lot and no place I have been has quite the simplicity of charm.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
The fact that so many guests return.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The charm along the dirt roads and the quiet. I always suggest dirt road routes to guests, rather than the paved roads. Vermont’s dirt roads are where you will see the character of VT.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
I have a whole page of things “To Do” on my website. There is more than four days of activities.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Watching deer play in the fields, the turkeys picking through the hay, in the spring listening to the frogs singing.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
When I am not offering dinner I always suggest “Keepers” just down the road in Reading VT-great menu, beautifully prepared and locally sourced.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
See # 6
How many rooms does your inn have?
three guest rooms
Do you accept pets?
We do welcome horses and polite dogs.
Horses and polite dogs are welcome. Our BB is on a ten acre farm with lots of space for dog adventures including a spring fed pond for summer swims and host dog and adventure guide, Jackson guide. Our detailed dog policy will be sent on request. Rates are $10/night.
We offer a sunny and airy horse barn with four box stalls and turnout. You can ride from our Inn on and unlimited system of dirt roads that is in the heart of Vermont horse country and minutes from the Green Mountain Horse Assoc. Rates are $25/night-rough board.