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“Paradise on Lake Champlain” 5 of 5 stars
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1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT 05482   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Shelburne B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
New York, NY
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“Paradise on Lake Champlain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Plan to stay at your rich aunt's gilded era estate. I have stayed at Shelburne Farms at least 20 times over the last 25 years and I can say without hesitation it is my favorite place on earth. Each room is unique, many with stunning views of the lake and all including historic antiques. Complimentary high tea with scones, finger sandwiches and cookies are served at 3:30 and will be your first introduction to the Inn's exceptional cuisine -- nearly all products (from beef to tomatoes) are grown on the property using sustainable and organic farming practices. Breakfast and dinner can be taken either in the opulent marble dining room or the stunning terrace overlooking the lake. On my most recent visit the staff expertly put together a special birthday dinner for me a 16 friends in their private dining room. Not only was a food terrific, the special attention that each staff member paid to my event was indicative of the overall thoughtfulness of the Inn's team.

What you won't find here can be looked at as a luxury as much as some might look at it a detriment. You will not find internet in the room, nor air conditioning, nor flat-screen TVs (or any TVs for that matter) or Ipod docks. Instead, Shelburne Farms allows your to disconnect from our modern world and step back into the graciousness of another era and enjoy a book in the sprawling library, billiards in the game room or a classic cocktail on the Adirondack chairs dotting the rolling lawns. Shelburne Farms has managed to find the sweet spot so elusive to many of this country's turn-of-the-century estates: it has not become a mausoleum-like tribute to some long forgotten industrialist nor a stuffy $1,200 a night paean to over the top extravagance. Instead, in its unassuming way, the Inn has encapsulated the hospitality of a bygone era while tweaking it ever so slightly for today's modern sensibilities. The Inn at Shelburne Farms is nothing short of extraordinary.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Woodstock, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Our son recently got married at The Coach Barn this past Labor Day Week-end. We stayed in the beautiful Overlook Room at The Shelburne Inn during that week-end and had a wonderful experience. Staying there really made the whole experience more special. Our room was large and beautiful, the restaurant was lovely for breakfast and the entire property is so special. So peaceful and quiet. All the rooms are uniquely furnished and the downstairs library and lounge are beautifully appointed. It hearkened back to a simpler, and elegant time. Highly recommended both for staying at The Inn and holding a wedding at The Coach Barn overlooking the beautiful lake.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Lovely setting, fantastic walking, water access and tours. Restaurant meal was quite good, but service was below average given that it wasn't peak, busy time. Breathtaking wedding was held at the property's Brick House -- stumbling across was a treat.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Staying at the Inn at Shelburne Farms is like getting a glimpse of the Gilded Age. The old mansion of the Webb/Vanderbilt family is beautiful and the setting could not be more gorgeous: the views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks are phenomenal. The staff at the Inn is very friendly and attentive and the restaurant top notch. The rooms have been slightly updated for modern conveniences but retain the charm of a bygone era.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

A prior reviewer said it well, this is a remarkable property. I didn't know what to expect when I made reservations for three nights after seeing it on Trip Advisor. It is really like no where I have ever visited. I highly recommend the Inn at Shelburne Farms if you want to take advantage of all it has to offer: hiking, biking, kayaking, walking trails, farm tours, etc. I stayed in the Blue Room at the Inn. This is a historic, authentic property. It isn't a historic property that has been completely renovated with modern conveniences (except Wi-Fi). There is no air conditioning, central heat or televisions. It does, however, have years and years of history that is apparent in every aspect of this property, including the furniture and decorations. There is a lot to do on the property if you are active and like to be outside. The staff were friendly and accommodating. This property has kayaks, a rowboat and a canoe for guests' complimentary use. We brought our own bikes and used them a lot to explore the property. I had debated whether to stay at the Inn or in one of the houses they rent on the property. I am glad that I stayed at the Inn. If you don't like historic properties that aren't completely renovated inside, this is not the place for you.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Burlington, Vermont
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We celebrated my birthday at Shelburne Farms late July and it was heavenly. We walked and walked in the afternoon and enjoyed seeing the draw-horses demonstration. High tea and the evening meal were fabulous on the lawn and terrace respectfully. The view of the Lake and Adirondacks was spectacular even though we've seen it countless times before. The wait staff are so gracious and helpful - we sat there for hours savoring our meal. We loved every moment. Thanks to the staff for our wonderful stay.

Room Tip: The East Room where we stayed is located above the entry to the Inn, but we never heard any noise fr...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Concord, Massachusetts
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Exceptional comfort; exceptional beauty. The staff was friendly and helpful. The view of Lake Champlain seen from most rooms calms your soul. The breeze means that you will not miss air conditioning. They do a great job balancing the history of the place with its present day mission to educate people regarding sustainable farming. The cheese is not bad either.
Shelburne Farms Inn is the perfect inn for Gilded Age robber barons. You can enjoy it too. Sit back, relax and imagine you are disgracefully wealthy. Guilt free.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT 05482
Location: United States > Vermont > Shelburne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Shelburne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 27
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