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“Magnificent lakefront property with much to see and do.”

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Inn at Shelburne Farms
Ranked #2 of 4 Shelburne B&B and Inns
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Winchester, Ma
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“Magnificent lakefront property with much to see and do.”
Reviewed October 12, 2010

We stayed at the Inn on Father's Day weekend and ate a wonderful dinner in the Inn's restaurant one evening. The Inn is on the shores of Lake Champlain with views of the
Adirondack mountains and extensive gardens. There is so much going on there that a weekend is barely enough time to see everything. We saw cheese being made, a children's camp with baby animals for the children to interact with, wagon rides around the huge property, tours of the farm buildings, bread at the bakery. We had afternoon tea and a tour of the Inn, which was built as their home by a very wealthy family. In nearby Shelburne there is an amazing museum with many buildings. The town also has excellent restaurants. We didn't stay in one of the gorgeous rooms. We stayed in the Pottery which was right on the shore of the lake. Wonderful! Sitting on the lawn overlooking the gardens and lake at sunset with the other guests was like being in the middle of an impressionist painting.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Redding, California
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

We were looking for somewhere to stay while visiting family and grandchildren. We toured the Inn as part of a farm visit and found a vacancy that coincided with our return trip and booked immediately. We were very lucky as the 24 guest rooms fill rapidly at this time of year.
This is an old Vanderbilt family summer home that has been operating as an inn since 1987. Profits from the Inn and restaurant go to the educational foundation. Guests can book various rooms and tour those that are not occupied. Many of the guest rooms (probably one third) have shared bathrooms. Robes are provided. This is very much like going for a country house weekend. Snacks and books are provided in the rooms. The beds are comfortable but make no pretense of high thread count linens.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the restaurant for both guests and the public. The food is really, really good and the bulk of the material is supplied from the farm. The lamb is to die for and I have every intention of kidnapping the cook who made the butternut squash grits. Guests may order a picnic lunch (plated or portable) which is also excellent. Tea is served in the afternoon and is coordinated with tours of the breeding barn, garden, Inn and other educational presentations given on the farm. Tours are free for guests. There is a stunning playroom but the Inn is not really for children.
There are no televisions (YES!) The sound of the waves on Lake Champlain are the only noise polution available. Fare to the Burlington Airport is just under $30. The staff is helpful and charming.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2010

Attentive, gracious welcome by all to a marvelous gilded age estate. Our "Brown" room facing the lake was lovely with elegant period furnishings and artwork. The welcome basket was abit skimpy but acceptable. Our evening in the locavore emphasized restaurant was high lighted by attentive service and delicious food. BUT, back at our deluxe room($380), luxurious amenitys were compromised. Our mattress felt like a lumpy trampoline...only fatigue put us to sleep. The towels were threadbare and aged. Even the toilet paper and tissues were local gas station vintage. Surely the Vanderbilt-Webb family would have been embarrrased. Overall the spectacular expansive lakeside setting outweighed these room negatives

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 22, 2010

Very rarely have my expectations in a hotel been exceeded so much. From the minute we pulled up to this historic house to the moment we left, I truly felt we were privileged to stay in such a fantastic place. The star of course is the unbelievably beautiful lakeside setting which I just wasn't expecting. We spent much of our three days (and every evening) watching the sky and the mountainous landscape change colour from the terrrace and lawn - breathtaking. The house itself was beautiful - we've stayed in a number of historic hotels in England and this is certainly up there. We stayed in the Grey and Violet rooms which were lovely. It felt so tranquil not to have any TV/Radio etc. We were greeted in our room by a lovely basket of cheese made at the farm and biscuits - a really nice touch and an example of the hotel's attention to detail. Only minor complaint is that the plates and gallses we used were not cleaned up by housekeeping otherwise everyting was spotless ane we loved the claw-foot bath. The house threw up a number of surprises including the Games Room (which the kids loved) and also, the most wonderful kids playroom with 2 large-scale dolls houses - I wish we discovered it earlier in our stay. The service was second to none and the Dining Room Manager was particularly helpful - we had only booked one night for dinner but she managed to find slots in the very busy schedule for us and kids on the terrace. Despite the grandness of the hotel, kids are amde to feel very welcome by both staff and guest - our 5 year old twins made lots of friends at dinner and went off exploring the grounds! A truly relaxing and special stay - we fully intend to come back here one day

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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boston
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Reviewed August 20, 2010

The grounds and house of this preserved working farm are amazing. The rooms are decorated in period furnishings. This place has so much charm and the sunset overlooking lake Champlain in amazing. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Having said that, it is a museum and does lack modern hotel amenities. There isn't an elevator,air conditioning, heat or TVs. While the bathrooms have been up dated they are still"period". Dinner was excellent but pricey. Make sure to have a reservation. There were several children staying at the property that seemed to be having a great time visiting the farm and playing on the grounds. While the Inn and Farm seem isolated, it is really only a 10 minute trip to downtown Burlington. Stop at the welcome center on the way in for provisions. The Inn serves breakfast, dinner and tea only but farm cart has lunches. The only negative is that our room wasn't made up after our first night stay. This is my hotel pet peeve. There is noting more annoying then coming back to your room after a long day and having to request that the room be serviced. I would recommend this for a romantic get a way, a trip with the kids away from technology for any one interested in architecture or history. The highlight of our stay was running the trails around the property and stopping at the welcome center for treats. i have also head that the inn is a great spot for fall foliage and apple picking. The bread baked fresh daily and sold at the welcome center is amazing and so are the cheeses produced on the property.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Las Vegas
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Enjoyed our 1-night stopover. The staff were incredibly friendly, welcoming, and helpful. They all went above and beyond to make us feel like we were at-home. Restaurant is excellent, and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner and breakfast; both meals featured the farm's offerings and seasonal choices.

Our two rooms took us back to another era.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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West Simsbury, Connecticut
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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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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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