The Inn at Woodstock Hill

Woodstock, Connecticut, United States

Visit Connecticut’s rural 'Quiet Corner' for an amazing garden-to-table dinner at this historic farmhouse turned B&B, with grounds that include beautiful flower beds decked out with echinacea and buddleia in summer, and an equally inspiring blanket of snow in the winter which adds the glow of a cosy fireplace.

Location

7 / 10

Located in the Connecticut’s north-eastern 'Quiet Corner', Woodstock is 70 miles southwest of Boston and mostly rural farmland. In the 19th century, Woodstock was a summer retreat for wealthy New Yorkers and Bostonians, with American businessman Henry C Bowen’s Roseland Cottage the most famous retreat. The large, ornate Gothic Victorian, now on the Historic Register, is part of the Woodstock Hill Historic District. Nearby, Putnam is known for its antiques stores, while Nipmuc State Forest is good for hiking trails.

Style & character

7 / 10

The inn was built in 1816 by one of Henry C Bowen’s ancestors as a working farm and home. Despite subsequent additions that enlarged and changed the premises, like Roseland, the inn is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Beautiful landscaping frames the white clapboard, hip-roofed house and period features include the wide Georgian front door, which leads to a grand lobby with bold wallpaper depicting exotic waterfowl, and the L-shaped living room, which has a fireplace as well as rosy pink wallpaper and upholstery.

Service & facilities

7 / 10

The garden overlooks meadowland and woods, perfect for relaxing on the flagstone patio. Events include 'Bistro Fridays', when there is entertainment and a casual menu is served. The team is small but perfectly outfitted and professional, and knowledgeable about the inn and the surrounding area.

  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

7 / 10

There are 21 rooms, each individually decorated: some of the grander ones have canopied beds and sitting areas, some have fireplaces. A standard room, such as 213, has similar reproduction 19th-century styled furniture, including a traditional lady’s writing desk. Two upholstered armchairs, plus the brass-framed bed’s big, floral patterned cushions and duvet, brighten beige walls. The baby-blue rag painted bathroom has a small, corner walk-in shower; a closet nook adds extra storage space for personal belongings.

Food & drink

8 / 10

The formal dining room, off the lobby, has beautifully laid tables topped with dusky rose leaf printed cloths that echo the pattern of the caramel-coloured wallpaper. A fireplace adds cosiness in the colder months. The inn’s own honey is for sale in the lobby and many vegetables, herbs, and even fruits used in the restaurant are grown on site. The menu includes classic meat and fish dishes, and a creamy but al dente risotto with diced, sweet ruby beetroot, rich wild mushrooms and pungent black truffle sea salt. It is topped with romano and a balsamic drizzle, and paired with grilled yellow and green squashes. The grilled artichoke bottoms topped with tomatoes and spinach finished with a dab of tangy melting goat cheese was equally tasty.

The breakfast buffet is laid out in the lobby. Choose from cereals, pastries, fruits, sliced meats and cheeses, and dine inside or out. There is no bar, but try a crisp white from nearby Sharpe Hill Winery on the patio; or a rich red in the sitting room by the fireplace.

Value for money

8 / 10

Double rooms from $135 (£112) in low season; and from $220 (£183) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

There is one ADA-compliant room and ramps allow access to the dining and sitting rooms.

Family-friendly?

There are interconnecting rooms and cots are available at $15 (£13) per night.

94 Plaine Hill Rd, Woodstock, Connecticut 06281, United States.
001 860 928 0528
Rooms from £ 112
per night