This is a classic old Victorian house smack in the middle of Shelburne Village, within walking distance of three excellent restaurants and across the street from the Shelburne Museum, the huge and wonderful museum of American folk art and life.
The Inn itself is not for you if you are looking for all the modern amenities and luxury. It is for you if you want a cozy, warm, old fashioned Victorian feel. The beds and linens were excellent. The breakfast also excellent and the service friendly. They leave cookies and teas out in the evening, and it was cool to sit in the living room and look out at the snow.
The new owners (2007) are veterans of the hotel industry, and I bet they fix some of the concerns of previous reviews.
This is a great location, especially in the spring, summer, and fall, to sample the joys and activities of the Champlain Valley, from biking to Lake Champlain to Burlington, hiking in the Green Mountain, apple and berry picking nearby, and the Vermont countryside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historic village of Shelburne, the Heart of the Village Inn is the perfect place to stay in the Burlington area. We are conveniently located across the road from the Shelburne Museum, and surrounded by several great restaurants and art galleries, along with a quintessential Vermont country store and a local wine & coffee shop. We are a short-bike-ride away from Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Vineyards, Vermont Teddy Bear, and the beaches of Lake Champlain. A ten-minute drive will get you to downtown Burlington, and within sight of some of the best ski mountains in New England. The freshly-redecorated Heart of the Village Inn features nine guest rooms, all with private baths, phones, WiFi, and A/C. Innkeepers Shona Mossey and Zoe Bishop look forward to showering you with their hospitality. ... more less