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Monday, June 8, 2009

Heaven On A Hill

Upon returning from Montreal, we spent our last 2 nights in Vermont's "busiest" town - Burlington, which is perched on the edge of Lake Champlain. On The Hill Bed & Breakfast was perfect for us. The owner, Kay, had been really prompt in replying my email enquiries about availability and rates earlier on. We had a problem making payment in advance over PayPal but Kay just told us not to worry about it. Most other places would have asked for a cash deposit or our credit card details to hold the reservation - but she didn't, and we really appreciated the trust. So it was really nice to have finally met her in person. She took a real interest in getting to know everyone in the family and about life in Singapore, and also shared stories about growing up in Vermont. What I absolutely loved most was the delicious Vermont-grown produce Kay served up for breakfast every day, including her own family's MacKenzie bacon and sausages!

I posted a review on TripAdvisor. On The Hill B&B had yet to be listed, but TripAdvisor accepted my suggestion to have info on this great little place published online. I hope the review will help more travellers from around the world plan their visit to Vermont and get to experience true Vermont hospitality at One The Hill B&B. Do stay here if you're planning to visit Vermont!

You can read my review (I've included photos for the blog) below:

"Wonderful B&B"

This small 3-bedroom B&B tucked away o
ff a small quiet lane was perfect for my family of 6 adults.

A simple, charming house on the lane

The rooms were cosy and of adequate size, the beds comfortable and each room was peppered with small interesting curios.

A really heavy pure silver hairdressing set. Classic.

Vermont cows are a cut above the rest

Cute dragon-guarding-treasure-box ornament


Visitors from another country

The Maple and Oak rooms share a bathroom (with a small jacuzzi) and guests in the Elm room have access to the shared bathroom. Most of the furniture is pre-loved and antique, giving the home a lovely cosy feel throughout. The owner was in the midst of installing WiFi during the week of our departure.

Antique sleigh bed in the Maple Room

The Oak Room which I stayed in

A lovely drinking flask for thirsty travellers

Pretty snowdrop lamp in the Elm Room

Ornaments parading atop the chest of drawers in the Elm Room

Sweet pink bathroom for the Maple and Oak room guests

A sky-blue bathroom along the corridor for the Elm Room guests

Vermont products are used throughout the B&B. Organic bathroom products add a fragrant and soothing touch. Local Vermont-grown produce is served at breakfast. We had fresh fruit, coffee, yogurt, Nutty Steph's granola, jams, croissants, scones, bacon and sausages. The owner, Kay, is a lovely friendly lady who takes a real interest in her guests and chatted with us over breakfast. She also offered brochures and suggestions on what to do in Burlington and even where to park for free downtown.

(Note on blog: sorry, I totally forgot to take photos of the breakfast! So... more pictures of the house instead!)

Teddy Bear school

An ornate swan lamp lights up the hallway

Lighting up the bathroom is Mr Frog's job

Downtown is a short drive away. The University of Vermont and the Burlington Country Club are located within walking distance. Do note that the B&B is located on the one-way portion of South Prospect Street, so you will have to make a turn off S.Prospect as you are coming in, onto Hillcrest and again on Crescent, before coming back to S.Prospect where the B&B is.

Drive carefully and keep your eyes peeled for the B&B!

We would definitely recommend On The Hill B&B to friends visiting Vermont.

Come sit on the charming sunny stoop

Bucket of blooms

In the pink of health

My ratings for this hotel:

Value: 5/5
Rooms: 5/5

Cleanliness: 5/5

Location: 5/5
Service: 5/5

695 South Prospect Street, Burlington, Vermont


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