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“Our favorite place to stay, many times over!”
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Swift House Inn
Ranked #1 of 11 Middlebury B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Our favorite place to stay, many times over!”
Reviewed 18 January 2014

As a Middlebury College alumna and now parent of twin daughters there, we've stayed at the Swift House several dozen times. Each time it is like coming home. A picture perfect historic country inn, the Swift House has comfortable and inviting public rooms, a fantastic wine cellar, a solid dining room with a delicious included cooked-to-order hot breakfast, and charming, comfortable bedrooms. Michelle and Dan, the innkeepers, have a constant presence and bend over backwards to ensure their guests' comfort. Susie at the front desk is always cheerful and helpful. We have stayed in many of the rooms and are partial to the Swift Room (main house, queen bed, fireplace and jacuzzi) and most of the rooms in the deluxe Carriage House, all with fireplaces. The Gate House too is a great option for less expensive but still comfortable and charming rooms. As the rooms are all very different (part of the Inn's charm) and with varying price points, you should express your needs upon booking and will be steered to the right sort of room. The Inn has special little touches like a jar of fresh-baked cookies out in the public spaces, apples, tea and hot chocolate, etc. Having stayed at the Inn in all four seasons it is hard to pick my favorite. We wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in Middlebury.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Vermont25, Owner at Swift House Inn, responded to this review, 20 January 2014
Thank you for all the great reviews and telling our story. We are always excited to see reviews which validate what the staff work hard to achieve. As owners we try to keep the Inn fresh, and up to date and responsive to guests needs, while maintaining the feel of a contemporary Country Inn which has a great history. We don't always get it right but all of us keep working to those ends. Thank you!
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Swift House Inn was the perfect getaway for New Years Eve. Fireplaces in the rooms, super comfortable beds and incredibly helpful/accomodating owners. We visited for our anniversary and the owners surprised us with champagne in our room!-;) We had a luscious, amazing dinner at Jessica's, their restaurant ON New Years Eve. Mmmmmm! Everyone at the front desk was beyond helpful. Complimnentary coffee/tea/hot coco & cookies in the lobby. Loved it!!!!!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manassas, Virginia
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

My husband and I stayed two nights in the Main House in the Garden Room. The room was nice and had a really nice jacuzzi/shower. The bed was big and comfy. The room also has it's own private entrance right off a nice patio which I am sure would be nice during warmer weather. There is a restaurant which offers dinner on the property however, we did not go there. There is a nice deck for dinning during the warmer months. The breakfast was good but not as filling as I would have liked. Overall we had a nice stay and would go back again.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland, OH
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

This lovely Inn offers comfort and warmth amidst period decor, yet offers modern touches like free wifi and 24hour access to coffee/tea; a full breakfast is included in the room rate. I was pleased to be within a short walk of downtown Middlebury shops and restaurants. The Inn itself has an excellent restaurant, Jessica's, with a focus on local products from Vermont. A member of the Select Registry of Inns, Swift House Inn delivers high standards for hospitality and attention to detail.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We stayed three nights at the Swift Inn and would stay there again. Our room was nicely decorated but what sold us on the place was the fact that the owners were thoughful enough to have 2 luggage racks in the rooms. Breakfast was delicious and specials varied each morning. We ate dinner there one night and it was excellent. Most of the food is locally sourced and well prepared. My husband had the beef tenderloin, cooked just right, with a blue cheese sauce, and I had the venison shank, which was fork tender. The wine list is extensive and the bartender is very knowlegable and helpful. Yes, the meal was expensive, but it was very very good. The owners are welcoming and very helpful when asked for suggestions for driving routes around the area and places to eat along the way.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Groton,MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2013

We just happened upon this great place on our way back from a parent weekends. (We think we got the last of a what they had?) We thought we would stop in Middlebury and continue our drive back home the next morning. We were pleasantly surprised to see a nice restaurant in the hotel. We had a drink and dinner which was terrific. The staff was very friendly and the place was just perfect. Comfortable - wireless - clean and just a lovely find. We were thrilled. The owner served us breakfast in the morning and could not have been more welcoming and the food was delicious. So this ranks very high in my "perfect" find list. I will recommend to all my friends.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

We had a family reunion at Swift House in Middlebury recently. The rooms were above average in size and very comfortable and clean. The staff was particularly attentive and friendly. Breakfast was excellent each morning. If the weather is okay, I recommend eating outside on the patio. Dinner is available about 4 nights per week and was above average, although expensive. The location is ideal...quiet college town but convenient to many different locales in Vermont. We used Swift House as our headquarters and toured throughout the State. This place offers all the modern comforts with a lovely New England atmosphere. We were all adults. We will consider returning to Swift House in the future.

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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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