All ten of the guest rooms at the Inn at West View Farm are furnished with country antiques and overlook the Vermont countryside: lush green in spring and summer, crimson in fall and peacefully sleeping under a blanket of snow in winter. Each guest room is air conditioned, has a full private bath and a comfortable sitting area. With fine toiletries and large soft towels, you can wrap yourself in the luxury of an unhurried morning
Two twin size beds and private bath with shower
Suite with Queen size bed, private bath and sitting room with TV
Queen size bed and private bath
King size bed, TV and private bath
Queen size bed, TV and private bath
Soups and Salads
pork, spinach & soy-sesame broth
with vermont goat cheese, walnuts & aged balsamic
with shrimp and shiitake
mesclun, tomato & citrus-soy vinaigrette
Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura
Red Thai Curry Shrimp
tamarind dipping sauce
tempura fish, wonton taco and asian slaw
shrimp, bacon, sprouts & lettuce
Roasted Scottish Salmon
brown butter ponzu and asparagus
Chicken & Mushroom Dumplings
fried or steamed
Pork Belly Sliders
steamed chinese bun
Red Wine & Coriander Braised Short Ribs
Crispy Sesame Chicken
green thai curry
Roasted Organic Chicken
Smoked Baby Back Ribs
hickory hoisin bbq sauce
Pork & Cabbage Springrolls
Grilled Hanger Steak
Crispy Tofu and Vegetables
Pink Peppercorn Edamame
bacon, peas and eggs
by Ruth M. rasey Simpson - As a young girl in the 1920's, Ruth Rasey Simpson was employed by Henry and Vina Harwood as the hired-girl at West View Farm. Now a noted Vermont author, here she shares with you a behind the scenes glimpse of what went into keeping the Farm's frequent visitors content and comfortable.
Dorset in the 1920's, West View was a highly regarded dairy farm, owned and operated by Henry J. Harwood, a descendant of the earliest Dorset settlers in the 1760's.
His wife, Vina conducted a summer guest home in the spacious white farmhouse, set well back from the road, on the tree-shaded grounds. Guests were mainly professional people, some retired, from New York or New Jersey. Most stayed two weeks, some only one, during July and August. A few others made reservations during September and October. Weekly rates were about $25 per person.
Usually eight or ten women and/or men comprised the West View maximum.
Some arrived and left in their own cars, dusty from the unpaved road that passed the house. Others came by railroad to Manchester Depot, six miles away, and were transported to the house by a taxi or by Henry, if his busy farm schedule permitted.
Accommodations consisted of four bedrooms and one bathroom on the second floor, plus one with a shared bath, opening off the lower front hall.
The owners bedroom was directly behind this, opening from the sitting room. A room for the "hired girl" was at the head of the back stairs. Farm helpers lived in nearby homes of their own. Vina did all of the cooking, but she was assisted in the rest of the work by one "hired girl". This also included the daily washing of over 100 glass quart-size milk bottles and numerous half pint cream bottles in the set tubs of the laundry. Her wages were $7 a week, plus tips, which were usually about $8 weekly.
The Inn at West View Farm is a double destination. Many guests come to spend a night, or a quiet weekend, in the country-luxe village of Dorset. But almost everyone—tourists and locals alike—comes for the food.