The Blue Room has a beautiful view of the meadows east of the Inn and is furnished with two twin beds. The Blue Room and adjoining Tower Room originally formed a suite for William Seward and Lila’s eldest son, James Watson. The Blue Room was his sitting area and the Tower Room was his bedroom. Early household inventories indicate a handsome blue and white scheme for this room, which also features original J.L. Mott porcelain fixtures and marble wainscoting. The room has a private bathroom with a claw-foot tub and shower. It can be reserved with the Tower Room as a two-bedroom suite.
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The Inn & Restaurant - COVID 19 Update
Thank you for your interest in staying and dining with us this season. In response to the Covid pandemic we have made the difficult decision to not open the Inn and Restaurant as usual for the remainder of the 2020 season. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we are deeply sorry for the impact it has on our friends and guests. However, with heightened cleaning protocols, we are still operating all of our guest houses for extended single-family stays. Please add yourself to the waitlist for a cottage stay below.
Future Stay and Dining Information
- Add your name to the single-family cottage stay waitlist for our 2020 season.
- Add your name to the waitlist to stay with us during our 2021 season (May 7-October 19)
- The restaurant is closed in 2020 and we are not running a waitlist for 2021 dining reservations. We will open reservation books 30 days in advance of any given meal in 2021.
For additional COVID-related updates, see our COVID-19 page.
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Stay, learn, and experience the Farm
We look forward to welcoming you to Shelburne Farms! Your stay is a chance to get away, unwind, explore the Farm, participate in our programs, and experience the beauty here.
The Inn at Shelburne Farms was originally the 19th-century country home of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb. Rehabilitated in 1987, today it serves as the guest house for the nonprofit. The house still has most of its original furnishings and fixtures. The Inn features: 24 guest rooms in the main house, 4 guest cottages, a public farm to table restaurant, and a 1,400 acre working landscape to explore and enjoy.
Important information about guest rooms at the Inn
- Climate Control: The Inn is an historic building that does not have central heating or air conditioning. While we do everything we can to provide a comfortable guest experience, it is important for you to be aware that with Vermont’s variable weather it can be quite hot in the summer and chilly in the spring and fall.
- Elevators: All guest bedrooms in the main house are on the second and third floors and there are no elevators. Our staff will be delighted to assist with your baggage.
- Television, Radios, and Wi-fi: Guest bedrooms do not have televisions or radios. Wi-fi is available in the common rooms on the ground floor.
- Original fixtures and furnishings: Every room is unique and some have historic bathtubs that can be difficult to get in and out of.
- Please no pets.
Please call if you have any questions or concerns!
If you are traveling with a group of 8 or more people, please contact our Group Reservations Coordinator for availability - Abby Draper. [email protected] | 802-985-0406.
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All room photos courtesy of Orchard Cove Photography. Click on photos to see multiple images of each room.
The spacious Brown Room, with a splendid view of the Formal Gardens, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondacks in the distance, was the bedroom used by Vanderbilt Webb, the youngest son of William Seward and Lila Webb. The room has two twin beds and a private bathroom with tub and shower. It is furnished with a suite of marquetry furniture that features sycamore and holly inlaid in mahogany.
The comfortable Cherry Room was often used by visiting families and bachelor guests. It is close to the north stairway leading down to the Game Room, where friends often gathered in the evenings to play billiards, smoke cigars, and drink brandy. The room has two twin beds and shares two bathrooms in the hallway with the Gable Room and the Red Room. When all three rooms are booked together, it creates a great family suite right next to the playroom.
The Colonial Room overlooks the north end of the Formal Gardens and the wooded pathways of the Enchanted Forest. It features Colonial Revival style architecture and furniture that was very popular at the turn of the 20th century. This style is apparent in the wing chair, spiral-turned bed posts, and the colored prints above the bed and fireplace mantle, which are original to the room. The room has a full bed and private bathroom with a tub and shower.
The Dutch Room is a wonderful, light, and airy room that has two twin beds and lovely views of the Formal Gardens and Lake Champlain. The former fireplace is adorned with original Dutch tin-glazed earthenware tiles that also used to form a wide border around the floor. The Dutch Room shares a bathroom in the hall with the Oak Room that has a claw-foot tub and shower.
The East Room, with its delightful easterly meadow view looking toward Lone Tree Hill, was originally a nursery for the Webb children and then became the bedroom of the Webbs’ middle son, W. Seward Webb, Jr. During the rehabilitation of the Inn in 1987, an adjacent hallway was enclosed to connect the room to a private bathroom. The room has a queen bed and private bathroom with a deep soaking tub and shower.
Like the adjoining Louis XVI Room, the Empire Room looks out across the Formal Gardens to the lake and was often used by visiting family members. It has a full bed and private bathroom with shower only. The Empire style is characterized by imperial colors and motifs and all of the furnishings are original to the room. It may be reserved with Louis XVI Room to form a two-bedroom suite.
The Gable Room has two twin beds and views of the Formal Gardens below. It was used by guests of the Webbs and is close to the north stairway leading down to the Game Room, where friends often gathered in the evenings to play billiards, smoke cigars, and drink brandy. The Gable Room shares two bathrooms in the hall with the Red Room and the Cherry Room. When all three of these rooms are booked together, it creates a great suite for a family right next to the playroom.
Located on a bluff with a spectacular view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, the Glass House was once the summer residence of Aileen Osborn Webb, the wife of Vanderbilt Webb, the youngest son of Lila and Seward. Built in the 1960s, this delightful house features a master bedroom with a queen bed and private bath, two additional bedrooms with twin beds and a shared bath in the hall, a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, two light-filled living rooms, patio with a gas grill, and a deck overlooking the lake. The house is located behind the Inn and Formal Gardens, just a five-minute walk from the Inn’s front door.
The Gray Room is simply delightful. The Webbs used it to house the many guests that visited Shelburne Farms, often for weeks at a time. The view to the east features the Farm’s meadows and woodlands surrounding Lone Tree Hill. It has a queen bed and private bathroom with an original claw-foot tub and shower. It can be reserved with the Violet Room to form a two-bedroom suite.
The Green Room, located on the third floor on the south side of the Inn, has sitting areas with views of Lake Champlain and the Coach Barn, as well as a writing desk and a king-size bed. The large bathroom features an original claw-foot bathtub and shower. The Art Nouveau inspired wallpaper was recreated from a textile used by Lila Webb when she redecorated the room in 1915. The Green Room can be reserved with the White Room to create a two-bedroom suite.
The lovely Lilac Room has a comfortable sitting area that offers a wonderful vantage point from which you can see many of the Adirondack Mountains and enjoy some truly marvelous sunsets across the lake. The room has a queen bed and an attached private bathroom with a newly installed glass-shower enclosure. The reproduction lilac print wallpaper with striped border is reminiscent of the original pattern.
The Louis XVI Room has a beautiful view of the Formal Gardens and Lake Champlain, and with its original furnishings, looks much as it did at the turn of the 20th century. It has a full bed and attached private bathroom with a deep soaking tub and shower. Like the adjoining Empire Room, it was often used for visiting family members like Lila Webb’s mother, Maria Vanderbilt. The style of the room, popular during the 20th century, is characterized by elaborate applied decoration, pastel colors and floral patterns. The Louis Room may be reserved with the adjoining Empire Room as a two-bedroom suite.
This charming room is furnished with simple oak furniture, much like the pieces used to furnish Ne-Ha-Sa-Ne, the Webbs’ lodge in the Adirondack Mountains across the lake. The Oak Room offers delightful views of the lake and Formal Gardens with comfortable accommodations for two in a full bed. It shares a bathroom in the hall (with the Dutch Room), that has a claw-foot tub and shower.
Formerly Lila Webb’s expansive bedroom, the Overlook Room is on the second floor of the Inn with a commanding view of some of her favorite places on the Farm - the Formal Gardens, the Coach Barn, and Lake Champlain. The room has a king size bed, writing desk and sitting area for you to enjoy the incredible view. The private bathroom, added during the 1980s restoration, includes a modern tub and shower. The Overlook Room may be reserved with the South Room and/or the Webb Room to create a two or three-bedroom suite.
Located on the third floor, the quiet and comfortable Pink Room has a cozy sitting area that overlooks the Formal Gardens and Lake Champlain. It has a queen bed and a private bathroom with a claw-foot tub and shower. The wallpaper, modeled after the original, was recreated as part of the renovation in the 1980s.
In 1992, the Pottery was renovated as a guest cottage. The cottage has a queen bed, living area, kitchenette, private bath with a shower only, and a shaded patio. Located just north of the Inn, the small building was converted circa 1945 for use as a pottery shed by Aileen Webb, wife of William Seward and Lila’s youngest son, Vanderbilt. An accomplished painter, wood sculptor, and potter, Aileen strongly supported contemporary artists and craftspeople throughout her life.
Located in the northeast corner of the house, the cozy Red Room has unforgettable views to the south and west of the lawns, the Formal Gardens, Lake Champlain and Adirondack Mountains. It is furnished with a queen bed and shares two bathrooms in the hall with the Gable Room and the Cherry Room. Originally decorated with bold red on red stripe wallpaper, recent renovations have emphasized a lighter, airy feel. When all three rooms are booked together, it creates a great suite for a family right next to the playroom.
The Rose Room is one of the most spacious rooms in the Inn, with a sitting area overlooking the back lawn, Formal Gardens and Lake Champlain. It is has a full bed and private bathroom with an original deep soaking tub and shower. The Rose Room was the bedroom of William Seward and Lila’s only daughter and eldest child, Frederica. Today, the room retains its original chaise, large painted bookcase, and a bed similar in size and style to Frederica’s original. The bathroom, with its newly re-chromed fittings and enormous closet, retains its original fixtures. The Rose Room may be reserved with the West Room to form a two-bedroom suite.
The South Room has a lovely view of the Coach Barn and Lake Champlain. The room has two twin beds and a private bathroom with tub and shower. It was originally part of Lila and William Seward Webb’s master bedroom suite. When Dr. Webb moved into his own suite of rooms, the South Room became Lila’s sitting room. As was the case in many other rooms in the house, the tiles of the fireplace inspired the colors used in the upholstery and draperies. The South Room may be reserved with the adjoining Overlook Room to form a two-bedroom suite. The Webb Room also may be added to the reservation to form a three-bedroom suite.
The Tower Room has a beautiful view of the meadows east of the Inn and is furnished with a queen bed. The room was originally the bedroom of William Seward and Lila’s eldest son, James Watson Webb, while the adjoining Blue Room served as his sitting room. The private bathroom attached to the room features an original claw-foot tub and shower. The selection of the blue and white floral patterned wallpaper from Clarence House was based on documentation of the room included in an early inventory that identifies a floral patterned wallpaper on the walls. The Tower Room may be reserved with the Blue Room to form a two-bedroom suite.
This charming bungalow is nestled among the trees overlooking Lake Champlain just a short walk up a grassy hill from its private parking spot. It has a bedroom and living area with a queen bed, small kitchenette, three-season porch dining area, porch overlooking the lake with a gas grill, and tiny bath with a very low ceiling and glass shower enclosure. Originally known as the “Tea House”, this small building was designed by Robert Henderson Robertson and constructed around 1890. Historically, Lila would gather here with friends in the afternoon to drink tea and enjoy the scenery from the Treehouse’s perch above the lake. During the 1950s, the building was called “Waveledge” and was used as a painting and sculpting studio by Aileen Webb, wife of Vanderbilt Webb, Lila and William Seward’s youngest son.
This quaint Robertson-designed cottage is situated on a knoll overlooking the amazing Breeding Barn. It is open year-round, and has a wonderful view of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains in the distance. The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen and two sitting rooms on the first floor. The second floor is comprised of a master bedroom with a king bed, a second bedroom with two twins, and a smaller bedroom with one twin bed. All share one full bathroom with a tub and shower on the second floor. The cottage is located on the southern part of property approximately three miles from the Inn. (Click on image for more views of cottage interior.)
From the Violet Room, you can enjoy spectacular sunrises over the the Farm’s meadows and Lone Tree Hill to the east. The Webbs used this room to house their many guests, with some staying for weeks at a time. The Violet Room has two twin beds and a private bathroom with a large shower, located just across the hall. The Violet Room may be reserved with the Gray Room to form a two-bedroom suite.
The Webb Room is on the second floor and has a queen bed, lake and mountain view and a private bathroom with tub and shower. First used as a nursery, this room became Dr. Webb’s bedroom after his children reached adolescence. The spiral staircase was added to connect his quarters with a dressing room and valet’s bedroom above, now the White Room. The Renaissance Revival-style bedroom suite originally belonged to Lila’s father, William Henry Vanderbilt. The Webb Room may be reserved with the White Room and/or the Overlook Room to form a two or three-bedroom suite.
The West Room has a lovely view over the Formal Gardens, the lake, and the Adirondack Mountains. It is furnished with a queen bed and has a private bathroom with shower only. When the Webb children were young, their nurse slept in the West Room. Its location provided easy access to her charges, as her room adjoined both the Rose Room (Frederica’s bedroom), and the Brown Room (a nursery and then Vanderbilt’s bedroom). As the Webb children grew, the West Room became Frederica’s sitting room, then her first husband Ralph Pulitzer’s bedroom, then a bedroom for their two sons. It can be reserved with the Rose Room to form a two-bedroom suite.
Located on the third floor, the White Room has a king bed, writing desk, and sitting area with beautiful views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains and the Formal Gardens. The private bathroom has an original claw-foot tub and shower combination. A second room between the bedroom and bathroom has a large, full-length mirror for guest use. In this additional room there is a locked door connecting the White Room to the Webb Room via a small staircase. The White Room was originally two separate rooms: Dr. Webb’s dressing room and a guest room used by Dr. Webb’s valet during the 1910s and 1920s. The White Room may be reserved with the Green Room and/or the Webb Room to form a two or three-bedroom suite.
The recently renovated Yellow Room served as a guest room at the turn of the 20th century. It has a small adjoining room that is furnished with a twin bed. The main room has two twin beds, a writing desk, and a spacious sitting area. Several steps lead down from the main room to the bathroom, which was designed so that chambermaids could enter without disturbing the room’s occupants.