Bailey's Mills Bed & Breakfast
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Bailey's Mills Bed and Breakfast is located in Reading, Vermont, a quiet neighborhood 10 miles south of Woodstock.
The inn is a historic home, built circa 1820, and embodies the history of its architecture through interesting features and solemn curiousity. Enjoy the firplace in the library and its 3,000 books, as well as board games and puzzles. Sit in the garden room amongst the hanging plants, a perfect setting for afternoon tea or evening libations.
The porch is furnished with rocking chairs, a hammock and a sofa that facilitate halcyonic pastimes, such as naps, absorbing the ambient noise of the stream, and late night star gazing.
Don't forget the explore our expansive grounds and the rural Reading neighborhood. Take long walks along the backroads, where the country remain unspoiled.
For our more adventurous guests, Okemo, Ascutney and Killington are closeby for skiing, cross country, or snowshoeing during the wintertime.
We are proud to be a Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State.
Breakfast and Refreshments
Breakfast is available from 8:30 to 9:30 and is served buffet/family style. Please inquire about other times.
We serve a full breakfast. Quiche, French toast or omelets made-to-order (usually from local "free-range" hens) accompanied by bacon, turkey sausage or ham may be on offer as hot entrees. Select from large bowls of fresh fruit, Baba Louis Oatmeal Bread, homemade pie, hot muffins, plus granolas, juices, yogurts and Vermont cheddar cheese. Help yourself to freshly-brewed coffee or tea. Our Sunday Waffles are made to order and served with local maple syrup.
Summertime breakfasts may be enjoyed on the front porch adorned with flowers in window boxes and hanging baskets. From May 10 to early September "our" hummingbirds provide lively entertainment.
Informal refreshments are provided for afternoon or evening snacks. A large assortment of regular and herbal teas is available.
What Guests Say About Bailey's Mills
From the Vermont Explorer's Guide by Christina Tree and Peter Jennison (Countryman Press)
"As happens so often in Vermont, surprises lurk at the end of a back road, especially in the case of this venerable but recently opened guest house... [with] several comfortable rooms...romantically furnished with antiques."
"We've had a magical time here. The atmosphere is perfect for a couple on their first anniversary. Lovely location, gracious hosts, adorable bedroom and a delicious breakfast. Thank you!"
Heather & David, PA
"Thank you for your kind hospitality over these last six days. It has been just the right formula - tranquility, beautiful setting, perfect location, great company, not to mention those fantastic breakfasts!!"
Marc & Kate, England
If you are a dreamer...and you dream of the perfect country house, here you are in the right place."
Elena & Giovanna, Italy
Fruit Cake TV Show
As some of you already know, the Food Network filmed a segment in the Bailey's Mills kitchen the summer of 2004. This is the Secret Life of Food, a Christmas special series, and we made fruitcake for this episode.
The Fruit Cake was created from my experience with Don receiving fruitcake for several years from his sister Jean at Christmas. As with many recipes, it is a work in progress.
The Grounds & The Neighborhood
Venture out for a drive in the countryside. A two mile ride brings you to the Jenne Farm which draws photographers at dawn's early light. You might want to join them and return for breakfast. The address of the Jenne Farm is 1264 Jenne Road.
Another excursion is based on the Wood's Apple Cider Jelly we set out at breakfast. We'll gladly sell you a jar but it's best to visit the farm where it is made, about 25 minutes from Bailey's Mills. The hill country is very rural with great views. Nearby the Wood's Farm you can pick summer strawberries or autumn apples at Wellwood Orchard. Then drop into Springfield for a bite at the Morningstar Cafe. So: Cider Jelly + Wood's Farm + great views + Wellwood Orchard + Morningstar = win, win, win, win,win! Pick up directions in the parlor.
Ask for more ideas you won't find in any guidebook - we have quite a few.
Bailey's Mills Road threads through a narrow valley settled in the late 18th century. A strong sense of history intensifies as you pass the quaint town cemetery and then the driveway curves gently past the long, long sleep of area residents. Bailey's Mills looks very southern with a two-story porch and fluted columns. But this patrician facade belies its commercial origins that were tied to the economic fortunes of the community that blossomed here 200 years ago.
In 1794, Levi Bailey (1766-1850) purchased a dam and a mill here. The following years brought some prosperity and expansions. By 1808, he required the good will of David Hapgood, his next door neighbor, so he could buy more land. But, in fact, Levi had so irritated Hapgood that he instead donated the coveted acre to Reading for use as a town cemetery, ensuring that Bailey could never control it. Thus was created "Spite Cemetery."
Between 1800 and 1850 an industrial and commercial complex surrounded the house. A woolen factory, 3 stories tall, plus other mills and a blacksmith shop bustled with activity. Owners and employees lived in the brick house. They shopped at the general store within. The "Store" is very rustic with huge doorway, exposed beams and old stencilled drawers with (now) exotic labels such as "Gum Myrrh" and "Snuff". An eclectic collection of tools and household items fills the shelves.
The penny-pinching nature of old Levi Bailey survives in several stories. One tells of a boy given a penny to spend in the store. He carefully surveyed his possible choices and at last decided on the largest fig in a box. Mr. Bailey took the cent and carefully regarded the fig. Then he announced it was too large a fig for a cent and after taking a good-sized bite from the fig, gave it to the astonished boy.