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2010
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Our guests say so many neat things to us when they say their good-byes and leave... that is really a great feeling... that somehow we have accomplished our goals... giving people a really good experience... a chance to kick back a little and enjoy being pampered a bit. As great as those nice things they verbalize are... it still truly amazes me that so many folks take the extra time to write nice things in our guest books.

Strangely enough... since we are in the hospitality business... these things oft times are about our level of hospitality... :) ... the great breakfasts they get... the great conversations... and the laughs.

I was being teased about the way I say... "would you like a cup of "Cawfee"... one guest recently wrote: "Dear Diary: I am thinking of telling Philip that he should check the spelling of Coffee in the dictionary... This came from a joke I told about being able to spell coffee for them without using any of these letters ...."c-o-f-e"... which actually is quite simple.. "Kauphi" :)

She finished up with: "thanks for the memories and the great breakfasts."

But it is one after the other like this... which blesses us out of our socks.

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PICKWICK ROOM
  • Our stay here was great. Thanks for your kind hospitality and delicious waffles. We hope to come again soon.

  • As always, it was a pleasure to stay here! Thank you for your friendly company and lovely room.

  • Thank you for your hospitality, the great room. and your patience in listening to our 3 yr old talk about her new Christmas presents.

  • Such incredibly caring hosts..... Thank you Philip for the note and waking up to let us in..... we're so grateful. A gorgeous house.... can't wait to sample the famous breakfast tomorrow morning..... Breakfast was fantastic... I wish we could stay longer.....

  • What a beautiful room this is... it makes you feel at home.... it makes my sister think of one of the rooms in Rockerfella's mansion in Woodstock with all the beautiful woodwork....

  • What meals we had.... we loved our stay here...

  • Thank you

  • What a wonderful introduction to a B&B! Felt like home - room was cozy - grounds are beautiful - breakfast was great... thank you Ellen and Phil for sharing your home.

  • An absolutely delightful oasis filled with great conversation, comfortable accommodations and a most pleasing feast each morning. You are well suited as B&B hosts and you have made our stay here in Vermont perfect!

  • ....We enjoyed our stay, loved Phillip's stories and the fantastic breakfast, You have a lovely establishment and we are sure to return.

  • Perfect!

  • We had a wonderful time with our family and friends... to include Philip and Ellen, who made our stay very pleasant. Until we meet again... thanks so much.

  • It has been a special treat....

  • "...... angels, unawares"

  • wonderful place... wonderful company

  • for your wonderful hospitality.... made me and my mother feel very welcomed. I hope we get to come back to Vermont sometime so we could stay here. I absolutely loved the home made breakfast Phil made for us all. Your home is beautiful, as well as your garden. Thank you again for making my first night at a bed and breakfast so memorable and comfortable.

  • We had a great time in Vermont this weekend! Thank you for the wonderful breakfasts and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. My only regret was that it was too short! I look forward to coming back again soon to enjoy your hospitality.

  • Excellent B&B. This is a perfect example of what makes a B&B superior to a hotel. Love it! Great Breakfast! Thanks Ellen and Phil.

  • Thank you for a wonderful stay. Your home and gardens are welcoming and obviously well loved. I couldn't have found a better introduction to Vermont. Thank you, Ellen, for all the wonderful tips of what to see. And Phil - the something sweet for breakfast - lovely!

  • This was my first experience in a b&b in the states and it was absolutely perfect. Thank you both for being so warm and welcoming.

  • Thank you so much for such a great stay and wonderful breakfast!

  • My purpose/motivation to visit the Village Victorian was to meet Phil. I was not let down in my expectations. For Phil is a man with many stories and with character. I am grateful for the hospitality of both Ellen and Phil and hope to be able to re-visit again.

  • Your home was very cozy. My daughter and I felt very much at home. We all had a wonderful time.

  • What a wonderful place you have here. Had a great time exploring your town and all the other places. Our compliments to the chefs for the great breakfasts. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • What a pleasant experience. Thanks to the efforts of Ellen and Phil, it was both friendly and delicious. God bless.

  • Lovely home, lovely people and delicious food. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

  • We were so blessed by staying in your B&B. It really was a refuge for us as we arrived late - 9:00 pm - and I got sick and needed to go to the ER. We rested and relaxed. The breakfasts were delicious! Thank you.

MAY-APPLE
  • Wonderful stay - may all be touched by Jesus' love that you've shared with us and may God's bountiful presence and love be with Ellen and Phil and all who stay here!

  • It was so quiet last night I could hardly believe we were in the middle of town. Had a great surprise when we checked in to find out other friends were already here. Had dinner at the Foxfire last evening, then a quiet night in a comfortable bed and room. Back to the races today. We would like to come back and stay here next time we need to stay in the Craftsbury or Stowe area.

  • Back in Vermont - yay!!!!! So glad to be here for the Christmas season!

  • For our first experience at a B&B this was great. Beautiful house, great food, great atmosphere, friendly people. Thank you for your hospitality. God bless!

  • Thank you. We could not have enjoyed our stay more. Blessings to you and Ellen. You make travel such a great experience for all who stop here.

  • Thank you for your gracious hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. You both are truly gracious hosts.

  • Thank you so much for your hospitality. The pancakes were delicious! :)

  • We had a wonderful stay these past 2 days enjoying your lovely home, hospitality and delicious breakfasts. What a treat. It made our family's wedding weekend even more special!!

  • You two are the quintessential hosts! Thank you so much for you gracious hospitality... most comfortable room.. and wonderful breakfasts. I so appreciated your information and experience at the "Manor". I'll be back to see my Aunt Carrie and will look forward to staying with you again.

  • Thanks for providing me with a warm and inviting home away from home. I may never want to stay at a hotel again. Coffee on the porch... homemade waffles.. and French Toast... no comparison... If I am ever in Vermont again.. I know where I want to stay.

  • We had a great time attending the British Invasion Car Show and expect us to be back again next year. Thank you for your hospitality and great breakfasts. You made our weekend memorable.

  • So enjoyed our stay in your beautiful place. Your Christian hospitality was evident throughout and we felt extremely pampered and welcomed. You have a wonderful ministry doing this. May God continue to bless it and you abundantly.

  • You have a lovely home and are so cordial. This was our first time at your B&B and you made it very special. Thank you.

  • Our stay here was perfect and breakfast was always amazing! Thank you for your generosity and hospitality. We look forward to coming back in the future.

PRIMROSE
  • Thanks so much for the wonderful stay. We were not disappointed! You both lived up to your reputations as superlative hosts. Looking forward to returning to experience your wonderful hospitality again. You've got a charming, great property!

  • Again thank you for another wonderful stay. Like in the past, the breakfasts are wonderful and delicious. The humor keeps us all thinking ahead for the next conversation. Ellen your gardens and flowers are lovely. I always enjoy your gift shop too! Naturally we'll be back.

  • Our first trip to Vermont - beautiful! Ellen you set an elegant table to compliment Phil's great breakfasts. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home - your gorgeous gardens are a wonderful treat too.

  • Thank you for such a restful place. We truly enjoyed our stay. The room is charming and the breakfast was delicious (especially the fruit bread!) May the Lord richly bless you.

  • We truly enjoyed our stay, celebrating our 1st anniversary. Wonderful food, wonderful room, wonderful company.

  • We had a wonderful time during our stay! Breakfast was fabulous and we were very thankful for Philip's advice on local restaurants and such. Thanks again.

  • Beautiful, warm home! Thanks for sharing with us and the world.

  • This was our first experience in a B&B. It was wonderful. You have a beautiful home and thanks for the bountiful breakfast. We shall return some day.

  • What a lovely charming B&B! We had a great night, only to be awakened by the delicious aroma of bacon in the morning., with pancakes and the tasty homemade banana bread, it was the perfect weekend getaway. Our very best for many more years of welcoming guests!

  • Thank you for everything. We had a lovely time... a good night's sleep... very quiet and comfortable. Breakfast was wonderful! You made us feel very welcome and relaxing. Phil, your bread was excellent. We would definitely come back again in the near future.

  • Thank you so much for your hospitality. What a lovely B&B. It was so quiet and peaceful. We had a wonderful stay and the breakfast was wonderful too!

LILAC
  • Thank you for your wonderful hospitality this week! Your home is so beautiful and comfortable -we appreciate the obvious effort you put into making this a restful haven. Many thanks for the terrific breakfasts! I think it will be a rude awakening tomorrow morning when we have to cook for ourselve! The celebrity appearance by Mr. Connery was a thrill! Happy New Year.

  • Once again an agreeable room and delicious food by Philip. Good conversation too -

  • Mercie Philip et Ellen pour l'agreable sejour, pour le dejeuners delicieux, pour l'agreable compagnie et pour les precieux conseils et recommdations d'activites et de restaurants! .......which....according to Babelfish .... means: "Thank you Philip and Ellen for the pleasant stay, for the delicious lunches, the pleasant company and for the invaluable councils and recommendations of activities and of restaurants."

  • Thanks so much for your hospitality and comfy accommodations these 2 days. My Daughter particularly enjoyed having a night away from the dorm and your delicious breakfast both of which fueled a wonderful day of touring for us.

  • I have really enjoyed staying in this room with private deck to have dinner and read... the owners are really wonderful too.

  • Thank you for a wonderful and comfortable vacation.

  • What a delightful place. I thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast and the company.

  • This was my first experience in a B&B. Simply divine! The breakfast was fabulous! Thank you for being such wonderful hosts. may God's blessings be upon you both.

  • This was my first time at a B&B and very enjoyable. A beautiful place here and you made it feel "just like home and family". The breakfast was SO GOOD! A great start to a new day. Thank you.

  • We had three good days at this very beautiful place. Thank you so much for all your hospitality!

  • After staying in the hotels for a week, it has been a wonderful change. Everything was so beautiful. Our only regret is not to be able to stay longer. We will remember your warm hospitality, along with the beautiful Vermont foliage color.... by the way... your breakfast was GREAT!!

  • Thanks for the wonderful hospitality! Absolutely love your "old girl" (the Victorian!)... and the extraordinary home cooked breakfast, and the cheerful company you keep.... thanks again....

ASTER SUITE
  • We stayed at the Village Victorian for three relaxing and wonderful days. The rooms were immaculate and well decorated but it was Philip and Ellen who made the experience just perfect. Philip and Ellen spent time with all the guests, as did we, making the visit feel like visiting with family. The gift shop has treasures for those who are four years to ninety-four years. It is fun to just browse and hear the stories about how the gifts are selected - thank you, Ellen. As for the "chef" - couldn't be better. Thank you Philip and Ellen. We just thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely return if we travel to Vermont again.

  • "Our second anniversary... Magnificent!! Oh what a pleasure to stay with such gentle caring people! The Suit as our anniversary delight. Everything - the little alcoves, the shelf above the bathroom door, the glorious big bathroom - delightful. It is all so detailed and lovely. Clearly our love was fostered by the love of creating this place. Bravo to Phil &Ellen. The breakfast - wholesome, full of small delights, the jams & perfect crisp bacon. YUM! Thanks again Ellen and Phil. We hope our place can be what you have here."

  • We loved our experience here - birthday celebration! You both were very friendly and caring. We were very satisfied with our stay here. You guys have a beautiful place here and we hope to come back, we do live here in town but this was a perfect getaway and hope to come back for a a longer stay next time. thank you so very much. Merry Christmas and thanks.

  • We loved our stay here! Your two were very kind & funny & caring. Your place is beautiful and charming, with lots of cute interesting thing. Thank you for providing us with a delicious breakfast, every morning, and letting us borrow your wonderful books and DVDs. We will try to come back and visit sometime. :) Have a happy healthy New Year and many thanks.

  • Thanks 4 your courtesy... LOLOLOL

  • Thank you for a wonderful stay - we appreciated your hospitality (especially for our 10 month old son!) and we had a wonderfully relaxing start to the New Year!

  • We loved your beautiful B&B & breakfast (Phil - amazing waffles!) & great conversation

  • Thanks for a very nice stay in your Aster Suite. We had a great time in Stowe & Morrisville.

  • Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We had a great time and will return to stay in your fine B&B. Great memories (a proposal) and a beautiful place to celebrate my birthday.

  • Thanks for a very relaxing stay at your beautiful B&B. I absolutely love this room. Wish I could transport it to L.I. ! Your hospitality makes the long trip back a breeze. Thanks!

  • Thank you for a comfortable, warm and clean space to relax in. Since this was an emotional visit to Vermont for us I felt like I found a safe haven to regroup. It was very peaceful. Hopefully we will see you again. Thanks also for a delicious breakfast as well. Your kindness was greatly appreciated.

  • An excellent weeklong vacation. Enjoyed staying in a spacious, comfortable, clean room. Loved delicious daily breakfast, knowledgeable conversation and friendly environment. Thank you so much.

  • We so enjoyed being here! Thanks so much for all your recommendations on sightseeing, hiking and dining. Your hospitality was over the top!

  • We had a nice time, though too short. Breakfast was great! Thank you! Room is beautiful.

  • Thank you so much for you wonderful hospitality in this beautiful house! We look forward to our next visit.

Additional quote from early 2010:
"Your home is so warm and welcoming - if we could - we would move in permanently !!! Until next time
"I'm not sure what we enjoyed most... the delicious breakfasts... the whirlpool tub... the huge suite... thanks so much for your hospitality...see you again on future vacations."
"So comfortable and cozy... breakfast was incredible! Amazing job... both of you."
"Thanks for your hospitality...thoroughly enjoyed the delicious breakfasts... hope we can come back soon!"
"Great place to stay... wonderful breakfast and entertainment.."
"This is my third trip and second stay at you fine, hospitable home... thank you for being such gracious host/hostess... see you next visit."
"Thank you for your hospitality and great breakfast."
"..a perfect 7th anniversary... thank you Philip and Ellen for a wonderful stay, beautiful room and warm hospitality. We could not have asked for a better trip."
"thank you for a wonderful stay... the conversation, the comfy beds, the decor and of course the AWESOME breakfasts... Yummy! Thank you for sharing your home."
"thank you for the piano, breakfast and the games, but mostly the fun and conversation...THANK YOU!"
"Felt like staying at 'Grandma's house' ! Comfortable and delicious."
"Wonderful and comfortable.. the best part is you two in the morning for conversation.."
"Delicious breakfast! very snazzy and beautiful.. hope to be back when I am hopefully admitted to Vermont Studio Center..."
"Thank you for a wonderful stay ... breakfast was delicious and the bed was so comfy..."
"Wonderful hospitality... it was so great to have our personal "GPS" guide....
"Thank you for making our one year anniversary so special. Your home is so cozy and the breakfasts were magically delicious."
"My... we had so much fun... we really hope our son comes back to attend Johnson State... we will be staying with you for sure.. breakfasts were fantastic.. incredible... awesome... we felt so welcome... it was a blast!!"
"Back for another stay... what can we say that we haven't said before? Great food, good company, comfortable beds...etc... the two of you are very gracious and welcoming. Thank you."
"The room was so comfy we didn't want to go. Ellen and Phil were so very kind and breakfast was GREAT!!
"Wonderful... thank you for your hospitality... we look forward to spending more time here."
"Many thanks to both of you, Ellen and Philip, for a delightful week at your comfortable and welcoming B&B. The company was fun, breakfasts delicious - we look forward to another visit."
"We've had a very comfortable stay and hope to be back soon....scrumptious breakfast! Philip... keep the breakfasts coming for all your lucky visitors."
Thank you for a great first stay with our daughter, just finishing freshman year at Johnson State College. You can be certain we will be back again."
"We really enjoyed our stay here and our chance to chat with you at breakfast... what a great breakfast!"
Thanks so much Ellen and Phil for your kind hospitality. We enjoyed our stay in your lovely home, especially the delicious breakfasts.
 

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