We moved to Orwell and purchased our home in 1985. The move to Vermont meant lots of family and friends coming for a weekend visit. One day a friend said “You should open a bed and breakfast”; well, that got the wheels turning. So about twenty years ago we did. During those years, we have met many wonderful and interesting people ~ some we can call our friends today.
Several years ago we spent an afternoon in the Orwell town clerk’s office tracing the house back to 1814. After that, things got a little sketchy – like the notation stating that 500 feet from the big maple stands a dwelling. Not really reliable but 1814 is certainly old enough for us.
Of course, a house being that old has many interesting little features and quirks making up its personality. The upstairs doors and frames are painted in a medium called graining. This is done with a comb and is made to look like wood grain. You will find faces and figures incorporated in the graining. One door is signed and dated April 16, 1875. Living rooms have wide board floors and the original hand-hewn beams.
We offer two guest rooms, one with queen bed and private bath and one with king bed (can be made into two twins) and private half bath. There is a formal living room and a television room, a sunny spot in the dining room for reading or relaxing and a deck for enjoying the outdoors. There are flower gardens that I try to make do what I want them to do, not always successful I will admit, and Bob’s vegetable gardens that seems to yield more than we can handle. Close by are country dirt roads that are very enjoyable for a quiet walk or a bike ride.
Most guests just seem to fit in like family and that’s the way we like it and from comments and cards we receive, that’s the way they like it also. Although we are small in the number of guest rooms, we like to believe we are large in hospitality.
Your morning will start with a complete breakfast and hot coffee. Dinner can be arranged by advance reservation.
We do accept pets who can keep their owners under control. We have an Airedale named Abby who loves to have company.
We look forward to your visit with us
Bob & Linda Martin - Owners