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Northern Vermont Hotels

The Inn at Shelburne Farms

  • 1611 Harbor Rd. Map It
  • $$$
  • Grande Dame
  • Fodor's Choice
  • The Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne

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  • The Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne

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  • The Inn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne

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Pros

  • Stately lakefront setting in a fantastic historic mansion
  • Great service
  • Wonderful value
  • Great restaurant

Cons

  • Some may miss not having a TV in the room
  • Closed in winter
  • Must book far in advance

Updated 12/23/2013

Fodor's Review

It's hard not to feel a little bit like an aristocrat at this exquisite turn-of-the-20th-century Tudor-style inn, one of the most memorable properties in the country. What could easily be a museum with Do Not Touch signs posted everywhere is instead largely your private mansion. Perched at the edge of Lake Champlain, the grounds are vast. Kayak in the lake, laze on the many elegant porches, read the books in the library, or stroll through the elegantly manicured gardens.

Views include the distant Adirondacks, as well as the sea of pastures and woods that make up the 1,400-acre working farm on which the mansion is situated. Each room is different, featuring various period wallpapers, high-end antiques, and other decorative touches without making you feel like a player in a costume drama. Teddy Roosevelt slept in the bed in Empire Room, which maintains the original furnishings. The dining room is open for three meals and is romance itself in the evening.

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Hotel Award Winner | 2012

Hotel Information

Address:

1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, Vermont, 05482, USA

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Phone:

802-985–8498

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed mid-Oct.–mid-May
  • 24 rooms, 17 with bath; 2 cottages; 1 house
  • No meals

Updated 12/23/2013

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Oct 21, 2009

Inn at Shelburne Farms Review

An excellent inn with all the charm, hospitality, and service of an bygone era. The inn is very much like it was when it was a glided age mansion--original furnishings, room layout, and decoration. Service was excellent. The staff is very attentive to your needs--they wre to assist when needed, but they also respected your privacy. Dinner was excellent--all fresh products from their own farm. I had a smoked ham dinner which was delicious.

As a solo traveller, I asked to eat in one of the other rooms and was cheerfully accomodated. Spend time and walk the trails, take the tour of the place, and visit the gift shop for the best cheese, ham, and maple syrup in the world--all produced right on Shelburne Farm. I look forward to next year's visit!

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Oct 16, 2002

Live like a (cold) aristocrat

This is one of the best inns we've stayed in, beautifully restored rooms and meticulously maintained grounds, very elegant public spaces. Like staying in a grand estate. The food is all grown on the premises, organic, with sound animal husbandry. The only problem is in the Fall, with cold Vermont nights, there is no heat in the rooms! When we stayed, an early frost hit, and our room was around 40 degrees for the night. It is part of the design

-- they have not added a modern heating system -- but neither are there servants to stoke the fires! Don't let it dissuade you, this is truly a place apart, and timeless.

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Jun 9, 2002

Embarrassment of Riches?

The Inn building is beautiful, the rooms fantastic and the location sublime. My only problem with the place is you get the feeling that the owners regard the Inn as the ugly stepsister to the "Real" mission of the business which is to give politically correct educational tours to schoolkids.It seemed to me that the current management feels rather ambiguous about the mansion on the property, and are pretty uncomfortable with the whole robber baron

notion. THis is reflected in the fact that the Inn itself is left just a tad shabby compaired to the rest of the estate. There is a lot of psuedobabble about "stewardship" of things for future generations. Too bad the owners are not open minded enough to realize that historic buildings, even if they were the homes of "evil capitalists" are just as worthy of preservation as cheesemaking methods. PS: Having grown up in Vermont I can also assure you that most of the schoolchildren there already know what to do with Bag Balm.

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