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South Shire Inn
Ranked #4 of 9 Bennington B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 27, 2011

We were a bit put off by the warning not to check in before 15.00 but when we arrived we were given a warm welcome and our room was vast and very comfortable. It's full of antiques which were a bit intimidating but there were tea and cookies on arrival and and sherry supplied before dinner where there are many local restaurants (menus supplied in sitting room) within walking distance. Breakfast was excellent and served with a smile. It's not cheap but we found it a very different place to stay which we enjoyed.

Room Tip: You get what you pay for - the better rooms cost more but it's easy to chose online
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 11, 2011

We stayed at the South Shire Inn in the Jim Dandy room for only one night. It was just perfect in every way! Lovely decor, comfortable bed, linens and lounge chairs and even a little private garden patio. The hosts were friendly and efficient. We would definitely recommend this spot and will check in again when we find ourselves looking for a spot to stay in Bennington. Breakfast was hearty, delicious and graciously served. Great location - close to downtown yet quiet.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

This past week was our 11th trip to The South Shire Inn. We have 2 granddaughters who attended and have now graduated from Bennington College, and during their respective years there we came up from New Jersey many times to visit them. We found the South Shire to be a lovely, quiet, and beautiful respite from the hubbub of campus life. The private rooms are comfortable and well equipped, and the spacious living room and dining room are impressively grand, yet give the feeling of being at home and well cared for. Breakfast was always served beautifully and with a variety of options. The South Shire is A+ in our book!

Room Tip: All the rooms are equally lovely.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank lynnandrich130
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Reviewed December 14, 2010

We were subjected to an hour-long screaming match between the husband and wife owners, complete with swearing and name-calling that made us squirm and confined us to our room. Needless to say, breakfast the next morning was awkward.

Also, a very cold reception in general. And, although the web site quotes low season rates for November, we were charged PEAK ($155/night). Definitely NOT worth it. There are plenty of inns in the area that MUST be more professional and worth the money than this one. This was our anniversary trip, and NOT a good experience.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Stayer57
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Reviewed October 18, 2010

We arrived in Bennington in mid afternoon, looking for a B$B to stay the night. We are traveling through new England to see the Fall Foliage, so we did not make reservations anywhere along the way - wanted to keep the whole trip spontaneous.
We rang the door bell to the South Shire Inn, and after what seemed a long time a lady opened the door and just gave us a very cold stare up and down - when we inquired about room availability she said very hesitantly yes and showed us to a room. Both my husband and I just got this very unpleasant and cold vibe from her - we are both senior citizens in our 60's, clean and appropriately dressed, not hobos - yet she made us feel like we were not the kind of guests she wanted. So we left - and found instead an absolute gem of a B$B a few miles outside of Bennington. I cannot comment on the quality of the Inn, since we did not stay there - but my advice to the owner would be to study up on customer relations and hospitality if she wants people to stay at her inn.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2010

a fine room, but the staff is a bit, well, odd and distant

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank dnymrc
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

The South Shire Inn is beautiful. Our room (Jim Dandy) was so comfortable and I particularly enjoyed the jacuzzi bath. The full hot breakfasts were delicious and service was both elegant and friendly. The location is great; the downtown area is just a few blocks away. Joyce Goeke, the innkeeper, was friendly and very helpful. The inn is very well maintained and immaculate.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank shajac40
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Address: 124 Elm St, Bennington, VT 05201-2232
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Location: United States > Vermont > Green Mountains > Bennington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Bennington
Price Range: $105 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lovely Victorian manor and Carriage House within an easy walk of downtown shops and restaurants. Nine spacious rooms all with private bath, many with fireplaces. Full breakfast served in beautiful dining room with original ornate plaster work. Afternoon tea provided in the mahogany paneled library. Close local attractions including the Bennington Museum, Bennington Monument, Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA), Oldcastle Theatre, Mount Anthony golf course and weekly Farmer's Market. ... more   less 
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