The Paw House Inn

Address: 1376 Clarendon Ave., West Rutland, Vermont, 05777, United States | B&B
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This B&B, located on 1376 Clarendon Ave., West Rutland, is near Wilson Castle, Paramount Theater, Pico Peak, and Hubbardton Battlefield.
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      Historical Traveler Reviews The Paw House Inn West Rutland

      Loved the Paw House!


      We stayed at the Paw House for 3 nights and it was wonderful! Our room (the Chase) was cozy and comfortable, and our dog loved the bed. The service is very perosnal, which was nice. At check-in we only had 2 towels but they immeasiately gave us more when they realized it. Upon arrival, the owners gave us a tour of the property which was very well kept (no dog poop or anyhting on grounds, a nice forest to walk your dog towards the back of the property.)

      Here are some pros:

      1. The breakfasts are absolutely delicious!!! The ingredients are very fresh and wonderfully prepared.

      2. There is a nice fenced in dog park to play eith other dogs or play fetch with your dog.

      3. You can leave your dog at Mario's playhouse anf from 10 to 4 the staff will watch and play with the dogs.

      4. The owners are so nice and courteous to everyone and really make you feel weldome and sugest retaurants/hiking trails/skiing if you need some.

      5. Everyone else staying there when we were there was very nice, unlike around Boston where I live.

      6. Every day they made cookies for the guests at the inn. Also there is a refrigerator for guests to use to store leftovers etc.


      1. Mario's playhouse is more of a kennel with dog runs in it. They only care for your dog between the hours of 10Am and 4PM.

      Overall this was a fabulous stay and we will definitely be coming again!

      A BIG Disappointment!


      The Paw House Inn is fine if you have low expectations and deep pockets. We really thought this was a place that catered to dogs, yet everything seemed to be a hassle and an obstacle. See points below:

      1. Mario's Payhouse is just a kennel, nothing more,nothing less. Although they claim they have dog services by request, they are short staffed and don't have the manpower to provide it.

      2. NO POOP BAGS! Seems like a basic service that a dog catering inn would provide, but they don't. Instead, the leftover grocery bags and plastic bags they've collected over the last week are shoved into this box at the back door of the inn. Once the grocery bags are gone, they're gone! Seems like for the price they charge per night, they would get a REAL dog poop bag receptacle and place it in the fenced in area out back where the dogs poop.

      3. The fenced in dog area (the one without the poop bags) has a flimsy run-down gate with bungie cords holding it together. Since they now have three bungie cords holding it shut, it takes a brain surgeoin to figure out how they are all tied together. Why wouldn't the innkeepers just go buy and put on a REAL door lock??

      4. NO Lights in the fenced in area....or at least they weren't working when we were there. Try finding poop in the dark...without a poop bag, to boot!

      5. The inn itself is OK, although everything looks like it has been done very cheaply. A quick fix there, a shortcut here. For the price they charge per night, I would like to feel like this is a special place, not a cheap imitation that didn't quite cut it.

      A great time, never disappointed!


      We have stayed at the Paw House on numerous occasions and have loved every visit! This place is charming! The innkeepers are welcoming and warm, the Inn itself cozy, clean and beautiful. More important, it's a place to bring our dogs where they welcomed. They love the play area where they meet and romp with their new found friends. Vermont is dog friendly so we sometimes take the dogs with us but on the occasions when we have left them in "Mario's playhouse", they have been taken for walks and very well cared for, with notes left by their caretakers. We have always felt at ease knowing we can leave them there and they are very safe and loved. It's awesome being able to have the dogs stay with us in the room!

      Can we also tell you about the breakfasts? They are to die for, served in a lovely bright dining room. We totally enjoyed sharing information about things to do, where to go and the inkeepers are also quick to offer suggestions. The guests are friendly, as are the staff: it's a very comfortable place!

      The Inn and the proprietors are a Vermont treasure!

      We Loved It !


      The Paw House Inn is a great place to bring your dog, and yourselves. Mitch (the owner) always seems to have a big smile and plates of delicious food in his hands. The other guests were all dog-lovers, of course, and were relaxed and friendly. Our Aussie, Sasha, is a bit shy, but she was made to feel as welcome as we were. We stayed in "Shakespeare's retreat", which was cozy and "homey"-feeling, and just right for our Mom, Dad, boy and dog family.



      I was almost dissuaded from going to this inn because of a comment I read previously on this site. Other than taking a three day trip to Vermont with our son Charlie (read, beagle) my wife and I did not know what to expect and we "hoped for the best". What we got exceeded our expectations in every way. The inn is not extravagant in the way you might want a B&B to be but the place CATERS TO DOGS. Extravagance would be wasted. The inn IS beautiful, well maintained, comfortable, and appropriate. Who needs the knick-knacks and fancy antiques? The key was that we could take our dog with us and be comfortable. The owners are warm and engaging, the breakfasts excellent, and the locatioin was ideal. Another great aspect of the place was the fact that we enjoyed the company of other guests and nobody sneered at us because we had our dog. That is what we usually get with "pet friendly" places. But most important The Paw House provided us with a tremendous amount of peace of mind. If you are a dog owner you should not miss this place.

      What to expect at The Paw House Inn


      We just came back from staying at The Paw House Inn (Aug 12-14). We expected something a little more plush but still managed to have a great time, we will defnitely be back. Here are some things you should know about the Paw House Inn:

      The Cons

      1. No locks on doors

      2. No outdoor movies, the website should take this off, or add that this will be offered during certain times.

      3. Mario's Playhouse is basically a kennel that is best suited for large dogs. It is only supervised during the hours of 10AM - 4 PM. So if you plan on going to breakfast or dinner, plan on either taking your dog with you, unless you are OK leaving your dog in an unattended and unlocked kennel. The Inn does supply a list of dog friendly dinner establishments, we highly recommend the Lake House and Cafe Provence, their owners, waiters and even cooks went out of their way to make us and our pooches feel welcomed.

      The Pros

      1. An extremely nice group of people attending the Paw House Inn. You and your dogs are made to feel welcomed.

      2. Nice clean rooms.

      3. An incredible breakfast is served every morning. All ingredients are fresh and tasty.

      4. If you feel uneasy leaving your pet in the Playhouse (kennel), there are plenty of dog friendly snack bars and a few dog-friendly restaurants that are excellent for lunch and dinner. We were lucky enough to meet a couple that felt the same way and so we took turns watching each others pooches while the other couple ate breakfast. This worked out quite well and we highly recommend having a plan on hand when visiting The Paw House. Either try to hook up with someone when you arrive or go with friends that are just as concerned as you are. Don't let this keep you from having a good time.

      5. A really nice playground with agility equipment is on the premises, this is fenced in and there is always a bowl of water outside for your pooch. Our doggies had a wonderful time in this playground!

      6. The grounds are very well maintained

      7. Plan on leaving your shoes off when walking through the Inn, this keeps their floors well maintained and no chance of getting doggy doo throughout the house (although, I never even saw any on the grounds).

      8. Plenty of fun to be had with your pooch. The owner has a great list of lakes, beaches and hiking trails that you can enjoy with your doggy! Plan on staying a minimum of three days, there is so much to do in the area. Although everything is so spread out, you have a beautiful view of the coutryside to enjoy during your drives around the towns.

      I have to admit we were expecting something a little more plush for our doggies, but our doggies still had an incredible time and so did we! We know now what to expect and will definitely go back. We have been to other B&B's, quite a few, but we were always made to feel uncomfortable because either we were the only ones with dogs or our dogs were very limited as to where they could walk through. This is definitely not the case at The Paw House Inn, they were very accomodating and friendly. As you can see there are definitely more pros than cons.

      Not At All What You Might Hope For


      The location is excellent; the breakfast is very good. Those two comments sum up the only positives about the Paw House Inn. I had had a previous experience at another dog-catering inn and so was anticipating an enjoyable trip once again. I couldn't have been more wrong or disappointed.

      1. Although pet safety should be number #1, the copies of the vet innoculations I had been asked to bring for my dog were never even requested, leaving one to wonder if other dogs on premises were, in fact, healthy.

      2. The fenced in enclosed area for dogs to run had a gate which was difficult to close with a makeshift connector. But the real problem there was that it also did not even closely reach the ground, had makeshift chicken wire attached in an attempt to lengthen the gate, but that had bent and wasn't effective. Result: two small dogs got loose from the area; fortunately both ran to their owner and did not run off.

      3. Despite hefty fees ($201. with taxes for a single night), the bathroom door did not even close -- privacy was impossible. When advised of this difficulty the management offered "swelling from weather", but it was never personally checked out although there was certainly time for them to do so when we left for dinner.

      4. No rooms have external locks so valuables need to be carried with you at all times or left unlocked in the room.

      5. The glass door to the outside of our first floor room, which connected to a porch and view of the backyard, had no curtain or shade and was open view day and night.

      6. The dog bed, advertised online with a cute picture and a bedspread over it, really was a disaster -- clops of filling lying loose on top everywhere, and general disrepair. No one would want their pet sleeping on that if they cared enough about their animal to want to bring him or her on vacation.

      I would strongly suggest that other dog loving travelers look elsewhere for their lodging when in New England. This place lacks the upkeep, concern and warmth people come to expect from a B&B.

      Paw House Inn - Pathetic


      Prior to my experience with the Paw House Inn, I have never had a bad experience with a "dog-friendly" Inn. These people should never have been licensed in the first place, if indeed they are. They have lousy service, no phones, no locks on doors, the mangers are rude and have a list of rules a mile long. They say "Mario's Playhouse" is where dogs are kept when the dog owners leave the premises. It is actually just a kennel. We went there with the dogs to avoid a kennel. It is a mess.

      The rooms are far from first class, in fact it is quite the opposite. I was a guest there with a friend, and we both had dogs. He has also always found great places that are dog-friendly as well. I wish that someone would investigate these people.

      I am sure that "management" will deny these claims; but all that needs to be done is someone from your organization, or Triple AAA or whoever rates these places to have a look. They are an insult to the industry.

      I tried to deal with them on a personal level and they simply lie. No one who was there during my stay had anything nice to say about this Inn.

      Thank you for the opportunity to post this review.

      If you are reading this review to learn more about us, our pride in ownership, and our love for our guests, we encourage you to read other reviews on TripAdvisor, visit our website, or call us. Thank you for your interest in our special inn and we hope to have the privilege of meeting you and your dog(s) soon.

      Paws truly,

      Mitch Frankenberg

      Co-Owner of The Paw House Inn

      Applause for the Paws


      Not only are the innkeepers genuinely sweet and personable, the inn is very comfortable and clean. The peace of mind that you have while leaving your dogs in their care....priceless. Breakfast was over the moon delicious, and I'm not really a breakfast fan. I would highly recommend this warm and cozy retreat to anyone who travels with their beloved animals. You won't be disappointed. The Careys

      Four Paws Up


      Great place to stay with your dog. The inn keepers are very low key and friendly. Delicious breakfast, comfortable rooms with a special dog bed for your pup. We love traveling with our dog and although some places let you bring your dog, you can't leave them in the room. Although you don't leave your dog in the room here, there is an on site kennel, dog run and caregivers for your dog when you go out skiing for the day or just out for dinner. Fun hiking trails on the property. Loved it.

      TripAdvisor Reviews The Paw House Inn West Rutland

      4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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