My grown daughter and I stayed at the Inn the 2nd week of August 2011.
The Inn itself is like stepping back into time and enjoying the wonderful, easy elegance of 1899...It is truly An American Castle in Vermont!! 3 Huge Floors that twist and turn - wonderful play room, game room....the sleeping accomodations are pretty much all different in size, layout, amenities, some with shared bath, some private. The appointments in each room are rather unique and lovingly prepared. We stayed in the "Cherry Room" and shared a couple bathrooms in the hall with a couple of other rooms. This was never a problem and the rooms all had wonderful robes for everyone! :) Upon entering our room we were also met with a plate of organic apples and Shelburne Farm Cheddar!! Wonderful!!
The Inn was once a private residence--look it up, it's worth the long read. If you have small children they will love the aspect of being on the farm - visiting the 'barns', petting the animals, hiking in the woods - the Inn is located inside Shelburne Farm's 1400 acres!! The trails are extensive and well marked for family and youth hiking....Hills and vistas of the lake are stunning - it would be a wonderful Honeymoon stay--in one of the top rooms - WOW!! Romantic!
We signed up for the 'Fresh Vermont" dinner - a once a month outdoor gourmet dinner - We've been all around the world and this was one of the best dinners EVER! The chef had everything tasty and VERY beautiful in colors and textures! It was fun to mix and mingle with local residents! We had a great time!
We also hit the right time to sign up for the once a month offered 'Cheese Making Tour'....it's a tour of the farm with their head cheese maker explaining the full process starting with pasture lands, incredible 'barns' and calves!! His knowledge is evident in a nice way! :) We learned how the farm values it's niche with good farm management. (It has awards for green management.) Great to watch the actual process in action--wonderful opportunity to taste all the varieties of cheese they make! Definitely worth trying to coordinate your visit with this tour - however, there are other tours available at the farm, as well!!
The Inn is a jewel and they are constantly working to improve the grounds and restoring the formal gardens. That doesn't mean it is in the state of restoration! It's wonderful NOW!
This was the first time we had ever heard of the Inn & Shelburne Farms but we will be singing their praises! And hoping to return again as soon as possible.
- Also Known As:
- Inn At Shelburne Farms Hotel Shelburne