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Lilac Inn

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53 Park St., Brandon, VT 05733
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Norwich, Vermont
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The inn is lovely: a large gracious house from the early 1900s beautifully redone, situated on a gracious street in Brandon. The innkeeper Doug regaled us with tales of the house, as if we were his most special guests. The furnishings are stunning, yet totally comfortable. The grounds beautiful. The complete breakfast cooked to order, then served by a gracious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our daughter got married at the Lilac Inn on the 4th of July. Wow, what a great experience. The facility is beautiful, the gardens and grounds are spectacular and the food was to die for. Shelly and and Doug were so accomadating and the entire staff could not have been nicer. We had a tent put up in the courtyard... More 

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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review

What a grand event this wedding was! Complete with a parade and fireworks! Well, in the spirit of full disclosure, we did not organize the parade or fireworks. It was the annual Brandon 4th of July extravaganza. We loved hosting this wedding for such a special couple. Every detail was so well planned and their selections for food and beverage... More 

Brandon, VT
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We wanted to pick a local place to have the wedding and reception. We could not have picked a better place !! Shelly, Doug, and staff were amazing. The hotel is fabulous and the gardens were in full bloom for our wedding in the gazebo (weather cooperated too, wondering if Shelly put in a good word for us ?). We... More 

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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review

Thanks again for having your wedding with us! It was wonderful to get to know your friends and families. While we do many destination weddings, we love it when we have Vermonters choose us for their special celebration. We are so glad the weather cooperated and that you were able to enjoy the gardens. While summer is far too short,... More 

Charlotte, Vermont
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We have stayed at the Lilac Inn several times now & never want to leave when it is time to go! We get a room with a real fire place, snuggle inside the beautiful room, walk the snowy street into Brandon and are served the perfect breakfast in they Inn's sunroom where we can watch the sun coming through the... More 

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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful words and for being our guests on so many occasions. One of the great benefits of inn keeping is getting to know our guests, especially those that return. We feel fortunate to have found the right inn for us. Although frankly we feel more like custodians than owners, but what we really love is our... More 

Saratoga Springs, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Middlebury College hosted men's NESCAC swim meet this past weekend and we were looking for an Inn to stay for two nights. We travel often for college athletic events and were looking for an Inn that had style and class, where we could relax and completely enjoy the beauty of Vermont. Lilac Inn was perfect. Our room was spectacular with... More 

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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review

We are so glad you stayed with us for this event at Middlebury College. Although we are the next town south of Middlebury, there is great access to the College from Brandon via a route that is both scenic and a short cut to bypass all of the traffic congestion in the Town of Middlebury. This past year we remodeled... More 

NYC, NY
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I just returned from my third XC ski trip, staying at the Lilac Inn. I live in New York City, which is a long drive away. I would only return year after year to a place that I loved. The Inn is a beautiful one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast. I know each room is unique, because our group took up the... More 

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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for returning for the third year of our AMC XC ski weekends. Each year there are a few new faces and many familiar ones that we love to welcome. While the winter is not our busiest season and even though the Lilac Inn, started life as “Summer Cottage” in the Newport RI style, it was constructed with six... More 

Deep River, Connecticut
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Shelly and Doug were wonderful hosts. Their inn is beautifully decorated with very comfortable and spacious rooms. The breakfast was top notch, scones to die for and delicious coffee!! We were there as part of a cold AMC skiing weekend, and had a wonderful time!

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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for our third AMC group. You all were great guests and we enjoyed having a roaring fire to warm you up after braving our extra frigid Vermont winter weather. We really appreciate your comments on our photos being accurate. We had a terrific photographer, who happened to have his wedding with us, do them. All... More 

NY,NY
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lovely inn with great innkeepers who have thought of everything to make your stay more comfortable and pleasant. The living room is so cozy with comfortable chairs and a warm fire in the winter, and the rooms are beautiful with great bedding and deep bathtubs. This was my second visit there and I will keep coming back.

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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review

It was so wonderful to have your return as our guest. We are so glad you enjoyed having a fireplace in your room. We are fortunate to have six working fireplaces in the Inn, including three guest rooms and we are one of the few inns to still use real firewood. We hope that you can return again next year! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We stumbled upon this place when we were planning a last minute weekend escape and it turned out to be the perfect choice. The inn itself is charming - the building and grounds (although snow covered) are beautiful. The decor is an eclectic mix of antiques and contemporary which is quirky but charming. It is walking distance from the very... More 

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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review. We try to make every guest’s stay here memorable and we really appreciate it when they take the time to leave us a Trip Advisor review. We are fortunate that the inn has six wood burning fireplaces, including three in guest rooms, and we have resisted the trend to convert them to gas. In... More 

Tolland, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Finding a room for one night near Middlebury College last minute was not easy but Lilac Inn proved to be a great find. On cold snowy night in January we were happy to find a warm welcome from Doug and Shelly and their friendly black lab. Breakfast was great with fresh omelettes and chocolate croissants. Love the coffee mugs and... More 

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Lilacinn, Owner at Lilac Inn, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your comments and for venturing from Middlebury to the next town just down the road. While winter is not our busy season, we love guests who can enjoy our romantic “summer cottage’, even in the winter. Brady, our labrinard, is always so happy to welcome new guests and we hope to see you on a future... More 

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