The owners and staff of this inn are friendly and the grounds are spacious. It is a short walk to the village. Each room will have its own personality. The Mansfield Room could be lovely for a couple. This room has a private patio with cast iron furniture and a spacious Jacuzzi. The room is advertised as accommodating 4. We were traveling with our daughters ages 20 and 24. The pullout was pretty uncomfortable and with it made up, the room was pretty cramped. The Mansfield Room is in the walk-out basement of the building and a sauna and steam room with extra shower were just down the hall. As was a separate lavatory. Overall, the place needs a bit more attention. Black finger marks on the bathroom door, the bathroom fixtures are looking old, the furniture is a bit shabby, the plantings need a lot of attention, etc. All of this could be easily overlooked, if we weren't paying as much for this room as we would for a very decent hotel room in Midtown Manhattan. The bottom line is this is not a good value for the money. If I needed to return to Middlebury, I would try the Middlebury Inn.
The restaurant in the Inn is quite good.
Also, I had emailed asking if we could bring our dog. The reply was yes we could. It would be $50 extra per day and what was his name? When we arrived we were told the dog could never be unattended in the room. This is an understandable policy as not all owners are as conscientious as we are about not allowing their dog to bark incessantly. However, it would have been nice to have been told about this policy in the reply email. I am sure it is posted on their site somewhere. I'm mentioning it here just to call it to the attention of potential guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic 20-room former governor's mansion is Middlebury's only classic full service Vermont Country Inn and offers the essence of New England warmth. Surrounded with 4 acres of lawns and gardens, inside, candlelit dinners await you. Large, comfortable rooms offer modern amenities in period decor, some with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Enjoy complimentary 24 hour coffee service, cookies, sauna, steam shower, comfortable wine bar and Middlebury's only accommodation where a full breakfast is included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swift House Hotel Middlebury