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Churchill House Inn Description:
Your country bed and breakfast retreat welcomes you to the heart of Vermont . . . our guests visit us for romantic getaways, family reunions, and our great location just across a babbling mountain stream from the Green Mountain National Forest and its award-winning trail system. You can hike, bike, and even ski Vermont right from our front door! Quiet comfort, warm hospitality, and gracious, hearty meals in an authentic century-old country inn await you here. Relax and enjoy the serenity of rural Vermont and the Green Mountains, or hop in your car for real "adventure" -- a short drive will bring you to sophisticated Middlebury College, shopping in bustling Middlebury village, vistas of Lake Champlain and historic Fort Ticonderoga, or revitalized downtown Rutland. Come experience those special Vermont qualities that make our town, Brandon, VT, so "unhurried, unspoiled, and unforgettable." The Churchill family first constructed a small dwelling and mill along the swift-flowing Neshobe River early in the 19th century. Like most New England farmers, they had poor land, and to supplement their income they dabbled in lots of fields: they manufactured wintergreen oil, sold timber, milled grain, opened Vermont's first fish hatchery, cured piano sound-boards, and finally began taking in guests who had travelled the difficult east-west route from Rochester over "Brandon Gap." This proved to be both enjoyable and profitable.
In 1872, using lumber from trees felled on the land, they constructed this 20-room house, designed as an inn. A floating floor was installed in the 3rd floor ballroom, and a 3-piece "orchestra" was hired from Rutland on certain evenings. Guests would come over from Rochester, have their grain milled, their horses stabled, and then have a hearty supper followed by a night of dancing. Early in the morning hours they would retire to bed and awaken to country breakfasts several hours later. The Churchills ran their inn for several generations. In the late '60s, the Churchills sold the inn and a small parcel of land. The inn was modernized and reconfigured in the mid-'70s and has seen four families of innkeepers come and go since the Churchills sold it 40 years ago.
The current innkeepers, Seth and Olya Hopkins have made significant improvements to the inn, installing modern heat in all guestrooms for the first time, replacing the roof, and buying new beds for several rooms. At the same time, they respect the great history of the place and of New England country innkeeping. Many vegetables used in the kitchen are grown in the new organic garden which Olya planted; Seth bakes breads and desserts from scratch using family recipes. They look forward to welcoming you to this authentic country inn with its long tradition of gracious hospitality.
At A Glance:
- 8 Rooms
- No Pets