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The Inn at Shelburne Farms

At a Glance

    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

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The Inn at Shelburne Farms 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.

    Hotel Details

  • 24 rooms, 17 with bath; 2 cottages; 1 house
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed mid-Oct.–mid-May.
Updated: 12-23-2013

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    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!

    by medpilot12, 10/21/09

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