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Inn at Shelburne Farms
Ranked #2 of 4 Shelburne B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
West Simsbury, Connecticut
1 review
“Manor Home with a Great Situation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2010

Like most travelers we have stayed at elegant, utilitarian, or festively funky properties but the Inn at Shelburne Farms was was our first experience staying at a Gilded Age manor home where you were able to sleep in or explore rooms that would typically be viewed from a cordoned off doorway.
The Inn and its grounds speak of another time and the absence of televisions, computers, phones, crowds, or noise meant that experiences like watching the sun set over Lake Champlain (from the comfort of an Adirondack chair situated on a stunning expanse of lawn) became a special event itself.
The billiard room, hiking trails, library with turn of the century family photos, grand staircases, our bathroom with its clawfoot tub and great views, porches where one could catch an afternoon breeze while reading or waiting for afternoon tea all contributed to an extremely pleasant time. I can't wait to return and the only dlimma will be do we ask for our same room or try a different one?

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2010

Of all the places I've ever been to de-stress and get away from it all, the Shelburne Farm Inn takes the cake. Gaze at the fields, meander through the library, stick out your pinkie finger in the tea room, sup on the veranda, ponder your next move in the game room, be at one with the chickens at the Farm Barn. Float on Lake Champlain in a canoe or kayak. The pace just slows waaaaay down here. Pricey? Oh yes, but it's the kind of place everyone should be so lucky to experience at least once in life, so save up your pennies.
The service was fine, and we found the inn itself to be very clean, I don't know why some reviewers thought it was dusty unless they just assume antiques are always dusty. We didn't see a speck. We stayed in the yellow room - great pastoral views. My only complaint is the wall paper there seemed jarringly out of place, some kind of rattan weave. Historically (I read) Mrs. Webb had dressed the walls with yellow striped paper. Eh? OK, we could live with it. Also needed in the Yellow Room were a couple of night lights to navigate the lower level bathroom in the middle of the night. They brought us one, but really two night lights could have been used. Service was a little slow in the restaurant, but the food was good and it was worth the wait. I love how they leave the doors open on rooms that are unoccupied. We also explored the playroom upstairs, and if I had little girls, they'd be in heaven - two gigantic dollhouses there!
My mother and sister accompanied me on this trip, but I'll be coming back on a crisp autumn weekend to cozy up with my husband. After I save up my pennies again.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2010

On a trip to Vermont with my husband and two teenage sons to look at colleges in the Burlington area, we chose to stay off the beaten path and are very happy we did - staying at the Inn at Shelburne Farms was a wonderful experience and we will be back again for a longer stay. This is an incredible experience - a step back in time from the days of the great "country estates" that belonged to the wealthy few at the turn of the century.A long winding road through fields and pastures leads to a well-preserved sprawling family estate home in the shingle style, set on 1000+ acres of Fredrick Law Olmstead designed grounds on Lake Champlain. On the way you pass a magnificent barn that houses cows, chickens, sheep etc and holds programs throughout the day for families with cheese making demonstrations etc. There are trails throughout the grounds for hiking and picnicking with breathtaking views. We arrived at the end of the day and were told that we were being upgraded to a better room since our room would be too hot (no AC). We were given an incredible room overlooking the lake and gardens and were very happy with the staff who switched our rooms! Adirondack chairs on the lawn scattered about were a great spot for a predinner cocktail. Dinner at the inn's gourmet restaurant was delicious, very much farm-to-table, everything grown in their own garden or sourced locally etc. and would be a very romantic spot minus the 2 teenage boys. There was an old "billiards room" complete with the stuffed animals heads on the walls for the boys to entertain themselves in at night - no TV entertainment was a welcome relief. We were sorry to have to leave, and it was an experience that even the 2 teenagers were able to appreciate!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2010

I've stayed here many times over the years since discovering the Inn at Shelburne Farms in 1994. I've been here during every season (Fall, Spring, & Summer) and have never been disappointed. This place is a wonderful old hope (former summer Vanderbilt-Webb family member home). Each time I go, I stay in a different room (every room is unique & different). The place is wonderfully relaxing, food is great if you choose to eat in the dining room, and there's a lot to do in the area starting with a tour of the Inn's Farms & grounds. Be sure to spend a day at the Shelburne Museum (fantastic collectins of buildings and items), visit Burlington, and even the VT Wildflower Farm isn't too far away.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2010

We had a great stay at The Inn at Shelburne Farms. The Inn is a unique place because of its history as a country home for one of the Vanderbilt heirs. It provides a taste of how the aristocracy lived 100 years ago.

The grounds are beautiful, with huge green lawns sloping down to the shore of Lake Champlain, a beautiful formal garden, miles of hiking trails, roads winding through meadows and woods. The Inn has a prime location on a hill, with one side looking out toward the lake and the other side looking toward the meadows, woods, and mountains. They have preserved the old-time feel of the mansion. I liked the feeling of history around the place. A lot of the furnishings are antiques and are still in everyday use. I had the feeling of being a guest in Lila Vanderbilt Webb's home. The doors of unoccupied rooms were left open, and we had fun checking out the rooms, all of which are different. We enjoyed taking our afternoon tea into the library or out on the south porch, where we could relax and enjoy the view. Our room was very large, with a superb view of the lake. The beds were quite comfortable. We found the service to be excellent. The staff was helpful.

We had a couple of dinners and a couple of breakfasts at the Inn's restaurant. The food was uniformly very good, with lots of local ingredients featured. The tables out on the restaurant's terrace have a terrific view across the lawn and out to the lake. Some people took their cocktails out on the lawn before dinner, where they relaxed in Adirondack chairs or walked through the gardens.

We took a tour of the farm's grounds and enjoyed learning about the history and the operation of the farm. We sampled a number of the local products; the aged cheddar and blueberry jam in particular are delicious. The Inn's staff set us up with a guided early morning birdwatching walk on the farm's grounds, which was fun and different.

All in all, we had a great time staying at the Inn. It exceeded my expectations. If you're looking for a beautiful, unique, historic place in a great location, this is an excellent choice.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2009

Highly recommended to all who seek a getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life to an elegant mansion and estate from a bygone era. The mansion still has about 70% of its original furnishings and is well decorated, clean, and comfortable. The estate's 1,400 acres are perfect for long walks, watching nature and the autumn foiliage, and picnics. Be sure to take the estate tour, visit the farm and coach barns, and stop at the gift shop for the best cheddar cheese and ham you will ever taste.

With all that being said, if you are accustomed to 5 star hotels with all the modern amenities such as whirlpool spas, flat screen TVs, wireless internet, and nightclubs, this is not the spot for you.

If you want a small taste of a 19th century country squire lifestyle, then you will not be disappointed!

I look forward to visiting again next year!!!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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san francisco CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2009

We visited Shelburne Farm with our three kids (all under 6) and had an amazing time! WThis is a truly beautiful and magical place. We ran around on a huge lawn overlooking the lake, swung in a discovered hammock, rowed a canoe out to a deserted beach, visited the organic farm, milked cows, caught chickens, nibbled on a picnic at the lake shore and even found a real message in a bottle washed up on the pristine sands. The rooms are period pieces and my kids loved it. The food is superb and they accommodated our family by setting our dinner for us out on a beautiful covered porch where the kids could be kids and we did not have to worry about disturbing the other guests who were enjoying the more formal dining room. The staff is top top top drawer. We travel a ton and usually stay at Four Seasons-quality places - this one takes the cake.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Inn at Shelburne Farms
Address: 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482-7697
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 #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Shelburne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 27
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