Frequently Asked Questions

Do you serve a a full breakfast or merely a continental breakfast, and when is it served?

We offer a full breakfast, served daily from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM to give your a great start to you day. We will attempt to accommodate special dietary needs if given advanced notice. A continental breakfast is also offered in Ski Season at 7:30 a.m.

Are there nice restaurants in the area?

Yes, there are restaurants just across the Village Green from the Inn, several others in town and quite a few others within a 9 to 12 mile drive. We have the local restaurants’ menus in our Menu Book here at the Inn for your perusal and restaurant selection, so that you can select the restaurant that best suits your dining expectations. We would be happy make suggestions to you based on our and our prior guests’ experiences.

If you desire, we will gladly make dining reservations for you. Reservations are recommended during holiday and peak travel times. If you will be arriving in Chester after 8:30 PM, we suggest you stop for dinner during your trip, since most restaurants in this area stop seating at this time.

I understand that certain cell phones do not get sufficient signal strength in some of Vermont’s mountainous areas. Is there a way for me to make calls and for friends and family to be able to call me and/or leave me messages at the Inn?

There is a phone is every guest room and we offer our guests free local and long distance calling (to anywhere in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam and Saipan).

All our guest room telephones also have voice mail for incoming calls. The phone number for incoming calls for guests is (802) 875-6532. Your extension number is the same as your room number, which you will receive with your room confirmation.

If someone calls you via the guest line while your are out, the caller will be transferred to your voice mail. So, please give the guest incoming phone number (802) 875-6532 and your room number to anyone who may need to reach you while you are at the Inn.

If I bring my laptop, will I be able to connect to the Internet and retrieve my e-mail?

Yes. We have both free wireless (WiFi) connectivity and dial-up computer ports in every guest room.

Do you tack on a “gratuity charge” to your stated prices, as some businesses do?

We would not do that to our potential guests. The word ‘gratuity’ comes from the Latin word ‘gratuitus’ which means “voluntary,” something “given freely, voluntarily or beyond obligation, usually for a service for which the giver is particularly pleased or satisfied.” So, by definition, a ‘gratuity’ can not be forced on anyone for anything. Paying a gratuity to the provider of a service should always be the choice of the giver, based on the quality of the service received.

A forced additional charge is, in reality, a ‘surcharge’ and should be called such. A business that charges a gratuity might be trying to distract an unsuspecting potential customer or guest from realizing that the cost of the service is actually higher than stated. Our price for accommodations are stated as a single number, the actual cost.

Do we accept a gratuity if given freely by a guest who is pleased with the service we have rendered?

Yes, but our delight comes from knowing that our careful and attentive service has caused a guest to feel that we have gone “above and beyond” what was expected.

Do any of your rooms accommodate more than two people?

Yes. There is a small additional nightly charge for the third and/or fourth persons. See our Rooms and Rates page.

  • The Prince Augustus Room can accommodate 3 people
  • The King George III Suite can accommodate 4 persons.

Do you allow children to stay at the Inn?

The Chester House is an inn where mostly adults come for a peaceful and relaxing getaway. People come to our B&B to get away from noise and distractions. We do, however, allow children 10 years pf age or older to stay with observant parents at the Inn, as long as they do not cause any disruption for our other guests.

If your children are rambunctious or noisy, we ask that you consider another place for your lodging. The walls at the Chester House are not made of cinderblock. The floors are not concrete. A other guest could be taking a nap at almost any time. Some guests go to bed early; some like to sleep late in the morning. So children must be made aware before they arrive here that other guests will not appreciate yelling, running indoors, or bounding down the stairs.

Parents who bring children to the Chester House must carefully monitor their children’s behavior. We have many valuable and fragile antiques throughout the Inn, and parents will be held responsible for any breakage or damage caused by their children.

If a child causes a disruption at the Inn, his/her family will be asked to depart. The innkeepers will assist the family in finding alternative lodging.

Are the guest rooms air-conditioned?

Yes all our guest rooms are air-conditioned in the warmer weather.

May I smoke at the Inn?

Vermont law prohibits smoking in a building used for public accommodations. Guests may, however, smoke on the front porch, on the side deck or anywhere outside.

Can I bring my dog to the Inn?

The Inn is a special place of relaxation for our guests, and some guests might be afraid of dogs, allergic to them or awakened by a barking dog. Keeping in mind the other guests who might be staying here, we feel it is better to exclude animals from the Inn.

May I bring candles to the Inn for “atmosphere”?

Due to fire regulations and to protect the Inn and all its guests, we ask that you not bring candles into the guest rooms.

 

Client Testimonials

Interested in staying with us? Read some comments our guest's have left for us:

Thank you for being a big part in making our first visit to Vermont a memorable and beautiful one for us. Your Bed & Breakfast is so charming and your love for detail is obvious.  We felt very comfortable in Room #1 and I loved hearing about the history of various pieces of furniture throughout the inn. And your delicious breakfasts were a perfect start for a day of exploring.  Thank you! Your warm and welcoming personalities make us want to come back soon.


Anke R.

Hyde Park, New York

Just wanted to thank you again for the great stay at the Chester House, loved breakfast… we are now thawing out back
in Maui, if you ever get our way, come stay with us. Aloha!

Janna and Richard H.

Maui, Hawaii

As always, we had a great time!  Thank you for everything.   See you both again soon!

Lynne and Danny O.

Fairfield, Connecticut

We see that you finally received the much needed snowfall and we hope the skiers are all packing up their cars and heading your way. We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay in your beautiful, comfy Inn. The room (#7) was perfect for our 3-person family, and the morning breakfast sent us to the slopes every morning smiling, happy and quite full. We looked forward to coming back every night and sitting in front of the fire in the Keeping Room while we got our evening fix of Olympics.

Lillie, Mark, and Evan O.

Tenefly, New Jersey

Thanks so much for your hospitality this weekend. My Mom and I had a great birthday weekend and enjoyed the cozy room.
We hope to see you again soon!

Libby F. & Ottile

Astoria, New York

This is an open recommendation to all first time visitors:

These innkeepers take your visit personally.  They talk with you, not to you and really want to make your stay special.  If our room is indicative of the others, it shouldn’t matter which one you select.  Warm, tastefully adorned and most comfortable.  The gathering room is inviting with a gently stoked, meticulously maintained fire.  Breakfasts are a hand-crafted, culinary delight.  This B&B is a value, period.

Bob and Jeri C.

Marlborough, Connecticut

Kathy and I just wanted to say thank you for your hospitality.  We loved our stay and had a great time checking out the area.  We even had fun finding the Hamilton Falls.   🙂  We look forward to staying at your B&B next year for our 31st Anniversary and really look forward to dining at Bella Luna again.

Ray & Kathy J.

Watervliet, New York

Thank you very much for making our stay in Chester so special.  We had a wonderful time at the Chester House Inn and we plan on coming back for another visit real soon.

Danielle & Joey

Lindenhurst, New Jersey

Thanks a million for everything, for all that you both did to make our stay in your inn an extra special time.  We appreciate so much the warmth and comfort we experienced.  Your gourmet breakfasts and attention to our needs was so much appreciated. as were your dining recommendations. God’s blessings on you both.  Hope to see you again soon.

Mary & Mario T.

Cortlandt Manor, New York

Just a note to thank you for our wonderful stay at the Chester House.  We all agreed it was one of the highlights of our vacation,  We love Vermont, your Inn, and your comfortable hospitality!

Deb, Freddie, & Chris L.

Ogden, Utah

The Chester House has been a delightful home during my stay. Especially memorable are your culinary presentations and care shown to every guest.

You have both obviously devoted years on the decor, ambiance and historical presentations. Thank you for your T.L.C.

Pat E.

Concord, CA

I want to thank you or a wonderful weekend.  We had a very enjoyable, relaxing time the Chester House.  You made us feel like we never left home. You were fantastic hosts. We were a little sad to leave. Vermont is beautiful and we hope to see it in the winter time.  I will definitely spread the word about the Chester House to everyone I know.  The work and dedication you both put in to making everyone “feel at home” shows.  So we thank you again for a very enjoyable weekend.

Christine & Ralph

Deer Park, New York

All your recommendations — from restaurants to ski rental to maple syrup — were so helpful… Finally, we were deeply touched by how welcome you made or 10-year-old son, Evan, feel. You made him feel special, smart and grown-up. This was an unexpected gift you so generously gave us. We wish you nothing but great success and hope to see you back on our next trip north to ski.

Lillie, Mark and Evan O.

Tenefly, New Jersey

Sometimes when my mind is wandering I will find myself back at the inn.  I immediately get a warm and comforting feeling mainly because you both made two complete strangers feel so welcomed by your wonderful hospitality. 

Our best wishes.

Ken and Janis V.

West Haven, Connecticut

On behalf of the Monitoring Team, I would like to thank you for your hospitality this week.  My team was very pleased with your establishment and the reports back to me during the week were glowing.  You were very gracious and flexible.  We will certainly recommend you to our co-workers and friends!

Judy C.

Vermont Department of Education

As always, we had a great time!  Thank you for everything. See you both again soon!

Lynne and Danny O.

Fairfield, Connecticut