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Inn at Shelburne Farms
Ranked #2 of 4 Shelburne B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 October 2012

We love the Shelburne Farms Inn and have been there many times. Each room is unique and furnished mostly in original decor of the wealthy family that called this incredible farm "home" well over a century ago. This is a not for profit inn and farm and preserves a long gone way of life for the nineteenth century "very rich" of our Northeast.

This is not a place for fast paced activity, but a gentle reminder of a very different time and place. History buffs and architectural buffs will find this heaven. Those that can't "push in the clutch" and enjoy a slower pace of life will probably fine it less appealing. No heat makes this a seasonal place to enjoy and also makes you appreciate modern comforts.

Most restored and preserved examples of this type are strictly "hands off" and the experience here is absolutely the opposite. It is quiet and respectful of others and we have always met very interesting fellow travelers from around the world when we visit. Not stuffy, but subdued: a characteristic sadly lacking in our time.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

This is only a review of the restaurant and grounds. We did not stay here as a guest. But we loved our experience. We came here for dinner on a Saturday night and then came back the next morning to walk around the grounds.

The dinner experience was fabulous. I should warn you that I made reservations about a month in advance, and they only had a few reservations left - the earliest I could get was 8:45 p.m. on a Saturday in October. But it was worth the late dinner! The inside was amazingly beautiful. They had fireplaces going in every room, and a pianist in the library. You can wait in any of the common rooms if you arrive early for your reservation.

The staff were lovely and very genuine in giving you good service. The food was amazing. I'm not a foodie so I won't get into descriptions and such, but everything we had was worth every penny. They also have a fireplace in the dining room for ambience.

The only downside is that my husband is vegetarian and I only eat seafood, so options were very limited. I did confirm before making a reservation that there is always one vegetarian option on the menu, and when we were there, there was a scallop option as well. But everything else is meat-based. Luckily, we're not picky when it comes to our veggies, but if you're a picky eater with restrictions, you might find it tough to dine here. They didn't seem willing to create other options for vegetarians (we never asked but they also never offered).

Exploring the grounds the next day was just as awesome. We spend about 2.5 walking around and visiting the petting area, the cheese making viewing area, the bread bakery and many of the walking trails. The grounds seem endless. You could probably walk all day there. We had some stunning views of Lake Champlain and walked through some lovely woods covered in fall leaves. It was just amazing and we were in heaven the whole time. You do have to pay to get in (even to walk, it's $8 per person) and they also have guided tours in truck-pulled wagon. I have no issue with the fee because it's going toward maintaining the property.

The visitor's center also has a really nice little store where you can pick up some coffee or hot apple cider (during foliage season) for your walk, and you can also sample their own cheeses. They also have a lot of other cute things to buy at very reasonable prices.

Overall, we adored our experience here. It's most definitely worth a visit, even if you don't stay here.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We stayed in one of the "little" rooms on the 3rd floor with a shared bath. There were no issues with sharing - there were actually 1 1/2 baths available (an old-house plumbing issue with one of the showers turned one into a half-bath). The views from the property are stunning, and it is a great place for running, walking and swimming in the lake. Dinner was exceptional. I would caution those who care about such things that the inn does not have A/C or heating. That's not a criticism, just a fact. I would definitely stay here again. If you are looking for beauty and quiet, and don't mind the quirks of an old house, this is the place for you. Staff was very helpful as well.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

I am glad to see so many other visitors like our farm. No, it's not really OUR farm (although we are members of the nonprofit that runs Shelburne Farms) but we like to imagine that it is ours whenever we visit! This place has so much beauty, history, and heart that there is plenty for all to share.

We've stayed at the Inn maybe a dozen times since 2001, and before that I used to go to the farm to buy their delicious cheddar cheese made on the farm from their Brown Swiss herd. Unlike other properties of this kind, there's a very broad range of lodging options fitting different needs and budgets, from very fancy suites furnished with magnificent antiques to small rooms with shared bathrooms to private modestly-furnished cottages away from the Inn. We prefer the cottages because they are quieter and more private, sometimes the rooms in the Inn can be noisy due to the restaurant or people coming in and out (or, in once case, playing billiards directly below us!). The pricing in the Inn depends on the view, size of the room, and private versus shared bathroom. All the rooms are really cool; take the house tour if you can. On the occasions where we've had rooms with shared bathrooms there has never been a problem. The little rooms on the third floor are a great value for someone who wants to enjoy the property but doesn't need a fancy room. We certainly don't - we spend 90% of our time outdoors whenever we're up visiting, either sitting on the lawn reading, taking walks, watching the sunset, visiting the cows, or whatever else it is we do when we're there. We don't use Shelburne Farms as a base for visiting the area - when we visit we spend our whole time on the property.

As others have noted, the Inn is on the national register and lacks some of the amenities some people may find are important to them, like heat or elevators (the Inn is closed in the winters, but on chilly days they do have fires going in the fireplaces downstairs). No TV or radio. Breakfast does not come with the room, although the Inn does serve complimentary tea and refreshments in the morning and afternoon, and there is a magnificent restaurant in the Inn. None of this matters to us. For us, it is all about being able to enjoy that spectacular location, those gorgeous sunsets, and seeing all the wonderful things that the Webbs and the many people who work for, volunteer, and contribute to Shelburne Farms have helped to create and continue to maintain and improve. it is truly a restorative experience to visit Shelburne Farms, and the opportunity to stay over at the Inn should not be missed.

Room Tip: The rooms in the Inn can be noisy; the cottages are quieter. Rooms with shared baths are perfectly...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

This was probably my 15th visit to the Inn and the farm and it's still a lovely place to visit for a few days. Nothing ever changes, which is either very good or very bad, depending on your point of view, but I enjoy the constancy. I participated in the "Farmer's Dinner" sponsored by the Vermonth Fresh Network and enjoyed the outdoor meal on the sheep's knoll, which was prepared with all local ingredients. The view across Lake Champlain to the Adirondacks is still lovely to look at. Hope to return many times in the future.

Room Tip: There are several third floor rooms with shared baths that are very affordable.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 August 2012

We spent three glorious days at the farm celebrating our thirtieth wedding anniversary. We stayed at the Inn and ate food grown, processed and cooked at the farm. Everything was beyond compare. We learned the history of the farm; we marveled at the design and vision of its creators and benefactors. What an in credible gift. The staff to a person was gracious, enthusiastic , and proud of every aspect of their work there. This is a great place for people of all ages to experience the grandeur of the Champlain Valley, an era gone by and yet now preserved on a sustainable farm that all can experience and enjoy. This is an example of what we can do to care for what we have and live well in a way that benefits all. We loved it!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

Worth every penny to step back in time as well as to help preserve an agrarian heritage site. Although expensive, the capacity to relax (doing puzzles on a covered veranda overlooking a Vermont Lake, pastures and the NY Adirondeck Mountains) and hike throughout 600 acres of
pristine pasture land are memorable, and incomparable. An ode to a family's vision to preserve their 'inheritance' for the benefit of land conservation, agricultural education and artisan baking, cheesemaking, fine dining and the art of slipping into another era. The food is divine although
one must adjust to the lack of audio privacy if one's 'neighbor' is less than considerate.

Room Tip: The White Room offers a honeymoon indulgence.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482-7697
Region: United States > Vermont > Shelburne
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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: £112 - £346 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 27
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