We drove up to see the Wilburton Inn after a weekend in Williamstown at the Theatre Festival because we'd heard a lot about it from some of our friends who had stayed there while going to see some plays in Dorset. I'm so glad we did! I don't know what I was expecting, but never did I imagine the gorgeous old mansion atop a hillside with stunning views in every direction.
We missed the family-style breakfast, but the innkeepers still took good care of us, bringing us the BEST FRIED EGGS I've ever had in my life... buttery wonderful eggs that come only from frying slowly over low heat in a cast iron skillet. (Note: The chef had finished the breakfast service and wasn't in the kitchen, so the kid helping out in the kitchen made the eggs... if the HELPER can make eggs that good, I can only imagine what the chef can do!) These were served alongside a variety of homemade breads made by the innkeeper's son who bakes 5,000 loaves a week for the town of Manchester. (I went a little crazy eating one that had a mix of nuts and seeds and dried cranberries in it.) The man who owns the inn was very gracious and also brought us out a little stack of pancakes, which were very yummy with fresh butter and Vermont maple syrup. Top this off with great tea and coffee and the fact that we were seated out on the flagstones overlooking the valley and it was simply wonderful.
When we arrived, a family with two kids was swimming in the pool, which looked really cheerful and fun. The grounds were gorgeous and very well-kept. A nice mix of natural and manicured.
We toured some of the available rooms (including the bridal suite, which was lovely) in the main inn (we didn't go in any of the outbuildings), and they were really nice... very pretty decor and well-situated to provide a knock-out view in the morning when you wake up. The bathrooms looked newly updated and had jacuzzis in them (in the rooms we saw).
The inn is eclectic, filled with antiques and a mix of arts from different periods, and the effect is that you feel like you are peeking back through layers of time. You see how the people of today use the building, but the great thing is that they haven't covered up the history of the place and you're able to imagine the dining room as the old billiard room (which it was!) and picture what it might have been like when the mansion was first built. The mix of original and more modern accoutrements lends a relaxed feel to what could have been a pristinely stuffy mansion. Instead, you feel welcome and like you don't have to worry about being too dressed up. (Big bonus, in my book.)
We walked around the grounds and saw some of the art. I'm torn between wanting to promote sculpture and simply wanting the natural beauty of a setting to speak for itself, but the inn does a nice job of balancing both. Art and sculptures are off the back side of the inn. The front side is reserved for the splendor of the views of the valley. Art is subjective, of course, but it's kind of fun to walk over a hill and see a series of golden Pharaohs nestled against a tree-covered hillside or to turn around and spot a replica of an Easter Island head framed by a gazebo. I also really liked the leaping fish near the door to the inn - just my personal favorite.
My boyfriend was over the moon touring the Wilburton Inn. He kept saying, "This is my kind of place! I love this place! Let's come stay here!" And he's pretty hard to please!
We're looking forward to spending a week or a weekend in Manchester at the Inn... although I would love to stay a full month, if I could, just writing and looking at the views, eating that fantastic bread and those heavenly eggs and breathing the best air in town. I think they've done a lot of work on the inn and it really shows! The innkeeper's (adult) daughter Melissa was there and was incredibly gracious and helpful. She's committed to bringing the Wilburton Inn to a new level of service and from what I could tell from our day there, she and her family are well on their way! We'll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wilburton Inn is a majestic hilltop estate for families, romantics, artists, foodies and leaders who transform the world. The 30-acre private estate features a historic inn, seven vacation homes and the most breathtaking views in Vermont. The grounds include an outdoor pool, tennis court and the sculpture gardens of the Museum of the Creative Process. The Wilburton Inn has been owned and run by the Levis family for almost 30 years. We serve a full country breakfast every morning which includes Vermont Maple Syrup and hearth baked breads from our organic farm and bakery. Join us for our farm to table dinners every Wednesday in summer and theme dinner party weekends throughout the year including our Murder Mystery Weekend and New Year Eve Dinner Dance. We are more than pet friendly - we are pet celebrating! Dogs are welcome for an additional fee in all our vacation homes and inn rooms with the exception of the Wilburton mansion. From romantic bed and breakfast guest rooms to extravagant private mansions, our lodging offers something for all travelers: corporate solo travelers, couples, families, family reunions, destination weddings, and wellness and academic retreats. Our hilltop campus offers tranquility, serenity and beauty - yet we are but a mile from the Equinox Resort Hildene, golf, hikes and Manchester Designer Outlets. Every guest room has a private bathroom, complimentary WiFi, A/C, free parking, and cable TV. We look forward to welcoming you to our magnificent property. The Levis Family and Wilburton Staff ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wilburton Hotel Manchester