Poshbrood just spent a heavenly few days at Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont, a luxury country resort with suites and cottages. Twin Farms has been a Forbes Five Star Award winner for the past 16 years. Generally an adult (16 and up) getaway, twice a year they offer family week and we're smitten. Featherbeds, fireplaces, cocktails on the terrace, lawn games for the kids, a pub and game room, s'mores, stargazing, hiking, swimming and canoeing in the pond, bikes, tennis, spa and luxe accommodations. This is understated and pastoral luxury at its finest.
Isabelle and I flew from DC to Manchester, NH and drove the 2 hours to Twin Farms. The countryside is gorgeous and we had many impromptu stops at farm stands, antique stores and historic markers like the East Putney Brook Stone Arch Bridge. We arrived at Twin Farms after a tour around adorable nearby Woodstock, VT and a stop at the straight out of central casting Barnard General Store. We were immediately greeted at the main house entrance and whisked inside to our room, The Washington Suite.
The Washington Suite is their all-American room, from the antique quilt over the settee, to the hand-stenciled designs and vintage flags on the walls to an abundance of paintings and drawings of George Washington himself. Isabelle loved looking at every painting and George Washington reference. The room is patriotic but chic and eclectic -- no doilies here. We received a quick tour of the Main House where the meals are served, where the bar is, the terrace and one of the focal points of the property. Also a big gathering spot is the "Pub" just a short walk away over a bridge where nightly s'mores and sing-a-longs happen with a ping pong table al fresco. Inside are games, another bar, a juke box, books, puzzles and comfy couches.
We changed and got ready for dinner. In advance of guests' arrival, Twin Farms sends out surveys about dietary restrictions, likes and dislikes, allergies and what activities you would like to experience while visiting. The dining at Twin Farms is spectacular. They custom make each meal per guests' specifications. Our friend Kim-Marie (aka Luxury Travel Mom) has a gluten allergy. They made her gluten-free breads and meals our whole visit. Lunch and dinner is a set menu with modifications made for guests. The first night, I had beef instead of pork chops per my preference sheet. Breakfast you can order almost anything your heart desires but the chef always offers a special omelette and pancake. Isabelle is still talking about her peanut butter and chocolate chip pancake. All cocktails, wine and beer, meals and gratuities are included in Twin Farm's nightly rate. It is truly a relaxing vacation when you don't have to sign for every snack, drink or meal wondering what your final bill will be.
During our stay we met wonderful families (many multigenerational) and Isabelle became friends with many of the children. Parents would sit al fresco finishing their wine and chatting while a gang of 10 or more kids would run and play tag in the meadows. It is a very safe and child-friendly environment and the staff was playful and gracious. Four seasons of on-site activities are offered at Twin Farms -- with over three hundred acres of ancient forest, rolling meadows, spring fed ponds and verdant hills provide ample opportunity for hiking, biking, tractor rides, fly-fishing, canoeing, tennis, swimming, croquet and lawn sports in the warmer months. Winter brings both Nordic and Alpine skiing, (Twin Farms has its own ski and sledding mountain and ferries guests up on snowmobiles.) snowshoe hikes, sleigh rides and ice skating. Guests play while Twin Farms' minds the details...picnic baskets at the end of a hike, grilled lunches at the Cabana at the pond, after dinner bonfires under the winter stars.
Nearby activities of golf, horseback riding, foliage jaunts and exploring the galleries of nearby Woodstock are just a request away.
What I loved about Twin Farms is guests are able to do anything, everything, and absolutely nothing at all. I enjoyed reading on the Main House patio overlooking the wildflower gardens, lounged in the main house for the afternoon tea and perused the catalog of onsite artwork and talking about the history of the property. (It was owned by American writer and Nobel Prize winner Sinclair Lewis.) Isabelle and a friend would play checkers in the main house or ping pong outside the pub.
Kids did lawn games which included an obstacle course, parachute games, velcro archery and activities while I hiked some of the on property trails (so gorgeous I loved the ancient rock walls and sunny meadows) and then went to the spa.
Ah the spa...Out of the Woods Spa has its own line of 100% vegetarian bath and body products drawing inspiration from Twin Farms' rural setting. They are in each room but also used in the spa treatments. I got the Back in Action treatment which is a complete back treatment that included exfoliation, prescribed masque treatment with a scalp massage, foot massage and back massage. Bliss! There is a fitness center in the spa building if you want to work of the desserts before getting pampered. Also, there is a Japanese furo, a 104 degree stone tub to soothe tired muscles.
We spent our last day enjoying the swimming pond, making fairy houses with the Twin Farms staff, and exploring the accommodations (research, of course!). The staff was so wonderful, we left before lunch and they asked us what sandwiches we would like, and packed turkey sandwiches, juices and homebaked cookies in a pretty package for our roadtrip. Getting Isabelle in the car to leave involved much cajoling and bribery!
Twin Farms is the ultimate posh country family experience. The property has several larger cottages and suites to accommodate big groups during their two annual family weeks. We hope to return with the whole brood to experience their winter wonderland. However, Twin Farms is also the ultimate romantic adult (leave the littles with grandma!) getaway the rest of the year.
There are 20 distinctive accommodations at Twin Farms. Some are large private suites: spacious, sumptuous, and quiet rooms, each with a fireplace, full bath, sitting area, and pastoral view. The others are graceful cottages built of stone and wood, each unique set throughout the property. Every cottage has at least one fireplace as well as all of the amenities of the suites. Each cottage has a screened porch, some have terraces, and all enjoy a totally private setting.
The nightly room rates start at $1,300 off-peak and are based on double occupancy and include daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, all beverages, wine, and unlimited use of all on-site recreational facilities. Contact Twin Farms to inquire about the winter and summer family weeks.
Twin Farms is a Virtuoso property and if you book through Poshbrood/SmartFlyer, guests will receive a room upgrade, lowest rates and champagne and strawberries in the room at arrival. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!