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“A wonderful place for the perfect romantic Vermont experience”
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Swift House Inn
Ranked #1 of 11 Middlebury B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“A wonderful place for the perfect romantic Vermont experience”
Reviewed 11 September 2012

We stayed at the Swift House Inn for three nights. The inn is full of character. The staff was charming, knowledgeable and friendly. All parts of the hotel were tastefully decorated. Our room was spotless, and our bed extremely comfortable. Breakfast was great. We also had dinner one night in the hotel restaurant. The food was delicious! Highly recommended. Middlebury is a great little town, and was very convenient as a base to see different parts of Vermont.

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Boston, MA
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493 reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Loved our stay at the Swift House Inn! We stayed in the turret room in the gate house. It was described as the smallest room at the inn so we were surprised that it had plenty of space, storage, and room for luggage without feeling cramped. The room was lovely...nicely decorated with touches like ice bucket, glasses, flowers. The bathroom had fluffy towels & amenities. We liked the fact that the inn is "green" and does things like recycling and has dispensers in the bathroom instead of individual bottles.

The gate house was a gorgeous old building with beautiful architecture. There is a big wrap around porch with rocking chairs. Other nice touches include homemade cookies every afternoon and a coffee and water station available to guests.

Breakfast is in the main house, which was about a 2 minute walk. Umbrellas are provided in case it's raining. The breakfasts are delicious with a choice of 4 different items each morning. You can eat in the library or out on the deck. The servers were very nice. The owner was often around chatting with guests and giving recommendations for shopping, dining, etc.

The inn is about a 5 minute walk from town.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2012

I did a solo bicycle trip from Boston across the White Mountains and up through Middlebury to the Northeast Kingdom. My longest day ended at the Swift House Inn, and I arrived hot, sweaty, and no-doubt unpleasantly scented. As the well-heeled guests came and went, I slunk to the front desk, ashamed, but I was greeted warmly and offered a cold-glass of "anything you want"--I chose water (4 glasses of it).
From that first moment, throughout the rest of my time there, the staff went out of their way to make me comfortable, seating me early for dinner in a quiet sunroom, filling my water bottles with cold water, and storing my bike in a special bike shed.
My room was very comfortable, with a clawfoot tub and shower (well appreciated) and air-conditioning, as well as wifi. I would address the cleanliness, the luxury, the charm, but there is no point in using words to add to their perfect execution.
The owner, Dan Brown, told me stories of his own cross-country bike trip, which may explain their gracious welcome to sweaty bikers.
This inn is a standard to which all such establishments should be held. I doubt many would measure up.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Whitby, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We had another nice stay in a pretty Vermont town. The Inn manger gave us very warm welcome and walk around the property. We stayed in the garden room, small but nice. We had dinner in their restaurant. Food was very good and they have an excellent wine list. Staffs again were very friendly and helpful. Another spot to go back to.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 26 June 2012

Our 3-day, inn-to-inn cycling weekend came to an abrupt halt when we found a flat tire compounded by a valve issue on my husband's bike. We had no guide or van support, but innkeeper Dan Brown came to our rescue, not only trying to fix the tire himself, but taking it to a local bike store for a consultation and parts. All this when he had a scheduled doctor's appointment and an unexpected problem with the inn's hot water heater. Somehow, he handled it all, and we were off for a great afternoon of cycling. Loved our room (jacuzzi soothed sore leg muscles), dinner in Jessica's diningroom and breakfast, especially the fresh berries on my inn-made granola. We'll go out of our way to return.
Laurie & Jeff

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Smithtown, New York
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

My husband and I enjoyed our week at the Swift House Inn. The owners were very warm and welcoming. The staff was attentive and always friendly. They provided us with excellent information and recommendations for area attractions. Our room was very clean and comfortable and the grounds were lovely and peaceful. Our full breakfast was amazing each morning. I loved to be able to sit in a screened in porch or on the patio with a cup of coffee and home made cookies that were available all day. It was such a lovely week we did not want to leave and hope to return for the fall folliage.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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NJ
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2012

Did an overnight with the kids. Romms were very nice and clean. The sofabed was fine for the kids, but didn't look terribly comfortable. The staff and amenities were excellent though as was the included breakfast. Very nice grounds and common areas. The bathrooms were very nice and clean but could probably due with a regrouting. Overall experience was very positive though and I would go back anytime.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Swift House Inn
Address: 25 Stewart Ln, Middlebury, VT 05753-1248
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Region: United States > Vermont > Middlebury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Middlebury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Swift House Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This historic 20-room former governor's mansion is Middlebury's only classic full service Vermont Country Inn and offers the essence of New England warmth. Surrounded with 4 acres of lawns and gardens, inside, candlelit dinners await you. Large, comfortable rooms offer modern amenities in period decor, some with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Enjoy complimentary 24 hour coffee service, cookies, sauna, steam shower, comfortable wine bar and Middlebury's only accommodation where a full breakfast is included. ... more   less 
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