The beautiful and historic Skinner Cottage (1802), home to Richard Skinner, the 9th Governor of Vermont, is very close to - just two doors from - the famous Equinox Hotel and Resort in the picturesque village of Manchester, Vermont.
The entire third floor 1,200 sq feet of the Cottage has its own entrance and is a lovely, characteristically-VT (greens, reds and wood), clean, comfortable and private two-bedroom suite (recently renovated) with a private bathroom, eat-in kitchen, family room with a cozy gas fire, and lovely window seat with views over Vermont's most quintesential Main Street.
The Carriage House is a separate 800 sq foot 2nd floor clean, comfortable, private, more updated (yet still Vermont in character) 1-bedroom apartment with a private bathroom, eat-in kitchen, family room with a cozy stove, and looks over a newly landscaped garden with mountain views.
The Cottage Apartment-Suite and Carriage-House Apartment-Suite are equipped with all linens, tableware, air conditioning, standard cable TV and free internet.
Stroll along the historic marble walkway and visit the numerous shops, restaurants and various points of interest in this wonderful four season resort community.
I recommend you take a 'Google' at the house: ...: You can quickly take a look at this beautiful house ... by entering Google Maps (in your search), entering '3505 Main St, Manchester, VT 05254', clicking on 'more' and 'street view' ... this way you can see the fantastic, quintesential Vermont village location near the Equinox Resort Hotel ... the beauty of the property and the street ... even 'walk up and down the street' on the site ... there are also some lovely high resolution photographs all within 100 yards of, or right outside, the house.
Brief history of the house - Skinner family:: Richard and Mary Skinner originally built the Skinner Cottage in 1802. Richard was a probate judge in Manchester, Vermont. The courthouse where he served is within walking distance of the house opposite the Equinox Hotel and Resort. Richard Skinner was later elected to the US Congress, was the 9th governor of Vermont and subsequently served as the State’s Chief Justice.
The Skinner family included a son Mark who became famous in his own right as an eminent citizen and public servant in Chicago and in whose name a public school is named to this day in recognition of his leadership setting up the Chicago public school and library system. It is Mark’s daughter who funded, in Mark’s honor, Manchester town’s public library to the left of the house, shortly past the Equinox Hotel and Resort, on the street junction.
Brief history of the house - Pew through Taylors: More recently (since the early 1900’s) the Pew family were decades long owners of the “Skinner Cottage”. Mary Ethel Pew was one of four children of the founder of Sunoco. She and her siblings founded the nationally and internationally influential Pew Charitable Trusts, a NGO founded in 1948 and now a multi-billion dollar philanthropic foundation whose mission is to serve the public interest, improve public policy and civic life.
The house has since had few owners. Ms Newhouse who did much to renovate this historic mansion (and others on Main Street), a caterer who enlarged the rear of the house, and a headmaster and his wife, who previously owned the Ethan Allen Inn nearby Arlington.
The house is designated historic by the Manchester Historical Society, within the Manchester Village Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
The current owners of Skinner Cottage, the Taylor family, have a decades long relationship with Manchester.
We were pleasantly surprised by our rental in Manchester. The unit was very clean and decorated very nicely. It was fully equipped with a full kitchen. The wifi worked well and the TV offered a variety of channels. The bedrooms were comfortable and we could not have been more pleased. The unit was on Main Street and convenient to all restaurants.
The rental was exactly as described. Centrally located in Manchester. About 20 minutes away from Stratton mountain. Within walking distance from the Equinox and the outlets are a short drive down the street. Property was well-maintained, clean and recently updated. I would definitely go back!
We loved our stay at the Skinner Cottage. The accommodations were perfect: clean, comfortable and cozy! We were provided excellent service and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice getaway. We enjoyed the area and had plenty to do and see. Nice shopping, nice hikes, nice atmosphere, very regenerating. Loved it, thanks!
Second year that we rented the Skinner Cottage for Thanksgiving, it was beautiful and clean and everything we expected. A great value in a beautiful setting. Thank You and we will see you soon.
The 2 bedroom rental unit in the back of the house was an overpriced dump. Virtually no hot water, a trickle of a shower, and limited cable. It was so dusty it triggered both my husband's and son's allergies. It appears as though nothing - including the sheets and towels - have been updated for 30 years. A disgrace!
Since this is a prime four-season resort community, the recreational activities are abundant, particularly in the summer, fall, and winter. Our guests also access the facilities of the Equinox Resort which include an indoor swimming pool, spa, golf, year-round tennis, and a fitness center for a charge through the concierge, golf or health club. Museums, art centers and historic points of interest are minutes away. The renowned Manchester outlets and antique shopping are in walking distance to the Cottage. Golf is available at Gleneagles Country Club (Equinox), Manchester Golf Club and Stratton Country Club. Skiing is available at Stratton and Bromley (quite close), Killington, Okemo, Pico and Mount Snow driveable, longer away.
Other Activities: Shopping - arguably the best outlet shopping scene in the country - diverse, small shops in a pretty, well done style, very well laid out all within strolling distance, with high quality items (Ralph Lauren, Bose, Orvis, Gap, Brooks Brothers, Yankee Candle, Tumi, etc.; furniture, clothing).
Outstanding book store - one of the best, most diverse private bookstores in the country (even worldwide) that I have seen.
Fly fishing, skeet shooting (through Orvis or the Equinox Hotel).
Falconry, Landrover driving school (through Equinox Hotel).
Canoeing and tubing (on famous Battenkill River) - multiple top flight and reasonably priced outfitters providing equipment.
Extensive hiking trails throughout Equinox Preserve and in White Mountain reserve (all within walking or short driving distance).
Historical Hildene House (descendants of President Lincoln's Summer home).
Golf: Gleneagles course - reasonably priced, run by Equinoc Hotel - beautiful world class course ... walking distance from our rentals.
Ekwanok - private course at end of Main Street (within 3 minutes drive) - very exclusive - top, top world class with a long history.
Dorset Country Club - I believe, the oldest golf course in the country - very, scenic, old stone bridges over streams, etc.
Manchester Municipal course - public - nice location.
Ski: Bromley mountain (within 10 minutes) - family mountain; sunny; pleasant because not too busy; has a very fun amusement park in Summer too.
Stratton mountain (within 20 minutes). Gondolas, 6-seat hi-speed chairs - big investment mountain; village scene (similar to Tremblant - same owner).
Okemo mountain (within 35 minutes); nice town (Ludlow) and mountain.
Mount Snow (around 50 minutes). Two 'mountains'; more of party scene.
Killington (an hour away) - huge multi-mountain facility.
Pico (about 50 minutes) - smaller, tougher mountain.
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