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Inn at Shelburne Farms
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Shelburne farms is a great location as is the Inn. Dining on the patio is great when the weather allows. Menu is high quality, but expensive. The issues are not always consistent quality and usually very modest service. Don't be in a hurry for your meal. There are several staff, but they don't seem to be well organized. It takes a long time to give an order and a very long time to get the food. If you need something during the meal getting the attention of staff is a challenge. Good for a special occasion when you are in no hurry.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank James M
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Let me begin by stating that there aren't too many places that can measure up to Shelburne Farms with all the marvelous trails, impressive buildings and friendly staff. And that's just if you come for a day visit. If you stay at the Inn or surrounding buildings, it's that much better. We've stayed at the Inn, White Room, in the past and loved it! But, if you really want to experience the Farm at it's most bucolic, I'd recommend the Treehouse. It is a self-contained structure with kitchen, small bathroom and wonderful living, sleeping area. It also has a deck that "hangs" over the lake shore (app. 100 ft. above) where we do a lot of grilling (grill comes with the accomodations). The Treehouse is not for everyone however. You need a certain amount of mobility to walk up a small hill of app. 150 feet. Also, the bathroom is small: so, if you're a "hefty" person, you may have some "issues" using the shower (which is not real large). But, if those are not problems for you, then DON'T pass this one up. You will have an absolutely wonderful time here (We've been booking the Treehouse for 4 years and hope to do so for many years to come). IT IS FABULOUS!!

Room Tip: if you want more social interaction, book at the Inn proper. And do frequent the restaurant: crème brulee to die for.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank tom o
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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
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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.

Room Tip: The rooms on the top floor might be hot in the summer as there is no air conditioning. I would take a room on the lower floor if possible.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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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
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Thank Ritabg5
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