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HUGE Mansion - Great for groups - retreats - yoga - weddings - sleeps 34!!!

Melissa Levis

Member since: 2007
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 14
Half Baths2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Melissa Levis

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 7, 2015
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HUGE Mansion - Great for groups - retreats - yoga - weddings - sleeps 34!!!

Bedrooms 14
Half Baths2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Manchester Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

14 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, commercial kitchen, dining room, yoga studio/ballroom

This 24 room mansion is perfect for retreats, reunions, bridal parties, corporate gatherings and large groups that want privacy in a beautiful, natural setting in the heart of Manchester Village.

This enormous, 9,000 sq foot home features a grand ballroom, sun filled yoga studio, commercial kitchen, formal dining room, a large living room with a piano and other musical instruments, and a game room complete with a ping pong and giant chess table and 14 bedrooms- each with private bathroom – so bring the whole family!

There is even a two bedroom apartment with it’s own kitchen and an additional handicap accessible bedroom on the ground floor.

This 9,000 square foot home includes free WiFi and satellite TV, 5 private acres of woods and streams, a winterized large gazebo.

Best of all, it is next door to the Hildene Meadow and Nature Preserve. You can enjoy stunning scenic footpaths and trails in the wildlife past streams and forests and meadows.

The Battenkill Valley Mansion is only half a mile from the Equinox hotel, but it feels a world away, surrounded by tall pines, and adjacent to the rolling fields of Hildene Meadow and the Battenkill River. Step outside your door for miles of scenic bike rides or runs along scenic River Road.

The historic Battenklill Valley mansion was built in 1904 as a wedding present for the daughter of the family who lived nearby at the Wilburton Inn. Guests of the Battenkill Mansion may now enjoy the amenities of the Wilburton Inn, including pool, tennis, and 28 acres of sculptures, flower gardens and breath-taking mountain views.

Manchester is a year round destination for sports, arts, and relaxation, less than 5 minutes away from designer outlet shopping, Orvis fishing, canoeing, tubing, hiking, and world-class golf. Bromley Mountain is only 10 miles away, and Stratton just 18 miles. The Dorset Summer Theatre Festival, Vermont Horse Show, Southern Vermont Art Center, Crafts Fair, and farmers markets are just a few of the fun nearby activities.

Guests are welcome to dine at the 1902 Wilburton Mansion where, for an additional fee, they can feast on a hearty country breakfast, evening cocktails or a gourmet dinner featuring artisanal whole-grain breads and dishes crafted with seasonal produce from the property's family-run organic farm.

The Wilburton Inn accommodates up to 125 guests in 8 buildings of different sizes and styles. It is an ideal private getaway for destination weddings, corporate retreats, family reunions, and private celebrations. Ask us how we can help you plan your next special gathering! We look forward to welcoming you.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Melissa Levis (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 7, 2015

About Melissa Levis

My wife and I have been the owners and innkeepers of The Wilburton Inn for the past 25 years. My wife is from Brooklyn, NY. Her sister, Wendy Wasserstein, honored her by naming Madeline Kahn’s Tony Award winning role, Gorgeous, after her in the Broadway play, The Sisters Rosenswieg. I am a psychiatrist from Athens, Greece. I am interested about art, education, religion, and conflict resolution. I look forward to giving a TED talk on the future of creativity this summer.

We bought our first home in VT in 1972 because the mountains reminded me of my days at medical school in Switzerland. It is our pleasure to see our children and grandchildren now take an interest in running the inn. We enjoy welcoming travelers to our beautiful homes. We love introducing them to the history and beauty of Vermont and The Wilburton Estate.

Melissa Levis purchased this chateau / country house in 2002

Why Melissa Levis chose Manchester

This robber baron estate has evolved through the 20th century from a private home, to a prep school, to an inn and now to an inn that celebrates life as a farm, a bakery, and a museum advancing creativity to become the core of education. This is a spectacular, huge home where guests can relax and truly get away from it all.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Tour our outdoor sculpture trains that show the history of love and the evolving images of women through cross cultural myths.

Visit our son's Earth Sky Time organic farm and bakery less than 3 miles from the house.

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 14
Half Baths2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


based on 17 traveler reviews

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HUGE Mansion - Great for groups - retreats - yoga - weddings - sleeps 34!!!
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
Toronto, Canada

Great House for a Christmas Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful house for our week-long Christmas family reunion. The house was even larger and more comfortable than we had imagined from the pictures on the website. It easily accommodated our 20 family members with plenty of room to spare. The kids had plenty of room to spread out in their space, and the ping pong table in thegame room was a big hit.

The dining room was large enough for all of us to comfortably have dinner together every evening, and the fireplace in the dining room added to the festive atmosphere.

Dr. Levis is a very considerate and gracious host who made us feel right at home. Before we arrived, he had arranged to have a Christmas tree put up in the living room for us, and he checked in regularly to make certain that we were comfortable.

Manchester is a great place to visit. Lots of Vermont charm, an abundance of designer outlets and plenty of good skiing nearby.

We had a wonderful week and could have easily stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2009
  • Source: HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

We just returned from VT for a long weekend wedding held in Manchester. My family stayed at the Battenkill Mansion. It was spectacular! The house is on a large property, with no neighbors. Every bedroom has its own bathroom and all mattresses were new! There are three floors, which spreads everyone over a large area, providing lots of privacy and quiet. The kitchen has an eight burner gas stove and double ovens, large enough to feed an army! The dining room also seats a large group of people. In addition to a sizable living area, there is a ballroom that can accommodate a large group activity. It currently contains a ping pong table, which my family spent many hours competing on! If you are a serious ping pong player, bring your paddle and balls (the house provides some, just a little rough from wear and tear). The house is just a mile from downtown Manchester Village, where there are many cute restaurants, and loads of outlet shopping. Beautiful place to ride bikes, hike, play golf and swim. I highly recommend this house to anyone trying to accommodate a larger group of people.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Harrisville, NY, USA

50th birthday party

  • 5 of 5

We had the opportunity to stay at the Battenkill mansion in January, 2015, and we were more than pleased. Everything was clean and comfortable. So spacious and open. It was my daughter-in-laws fiftieth birthday and we slept 20 with no problem. So spacious and we never felt like anyone was in the way. The women all enjoyed a short trip to the outlet stores. My son took a hike through the woods and found a goat farm, so he was very happy. I would definitely recommend this place for your stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so delighted you and your friends had such a great time at our Battenkill Valley Mansion. We specialize in being a great spot for those 'big' birthdays: 30, 40, 50, and 60! The same weekend you came, we had another group celebrating a 50th birthday in our 5 bedroom house and a 50th anniversary in our sister mansion, The Wilburton Inn. So it was definitely a special to celebrate 50 - and make new friends. We are so happy your trip was a success. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends again. Melissa

Great Time ! Great Place ! Great Family Time !

  • 5 of 5

The Mansion and also the Inn were excellent for our family reunion. Accommodations were roomy and very comfortable and the kitchen well appointed. Inn only minutes away was great for our overflow. Great service by the cleaning and Inn staff. Outdoor area surrounding the Mansion great for games ,hiking and fire pit was meeting place for the whole family.Enjoyable time was had by all . Will definitely be repeating in the future.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted you and your group had a great reunion at our Battenkill Valley Mansion. You were so organized figuring out who should sleep where -- and you definitely deserved kudos from your family for putting the whole big reunion together! Can't wait to see you next Fall. Melissa

A bathroom to fit every personality.

  • 4 of 5

Arriving at the Battenkill mansion the first thought is that the side of the building doesn't quite reflect the image I'd conjured up in my head. Walking around front and through the front door into the foyer, past the baby grand piano and two incredibly comfortable chairs, the images and experience blend together.

The space is magnificent - the online photos evoke more of a real estate transaction and in my opinion fail to capture the character that the space holds. A splendid character, to be clear. For a retreat centered on leadership development and environmentally focused participants, the dynamic space invites engagement - internally and with others - and creativity. That said, while I was personally comfortable with the space's intensity, particularly with regard to the art, there were some in our group who experienced the art as distracting. This particular person also came to some exciting revelations, which to me speaks to the power of experiencing discomfort.

Logistically, the space was very clean, spacious and welcoming. Our group had 23 people during the days and we may have experienced a TP shortage towards the end. We couldn't find extra and have passed that info on to the inviting hosts who will ensure that it's addressed for future guests.

Access to the commercial kitchen space, the freedom to explore and get comfortable was a big part of our group's enjoyment and productivity in the space. We're grateful for the level of trust and responsibility that's placed on guests and I hope the hosts would agree that it was respected.

The posts's title reflects the diversity and number of bathrooms available. We MAY have fit upwards of 20 people in one of the tubs for both a photo and a mini-presentation. It's like having a popup meeting space available throughout the house... if only we'd held one in the third stairwell where Gorski prints are collecting dust (yes, it's that filled with art).

Visitors have trails to explore as well as nearby attractions like the Lincoln home, farms, and the town of Manchester. The other buildings and amenities of the property are also available so our response to the VT summer weather was a dip in the pool at the Wilburton Inn, a short walk from Battenkill.

If it hasn't been made clear in my description, yes I would encourage friends, relatives and certainly other retreat groups to stay in this space. I absolutely hope I have the opportunity to do so again.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Adam, Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful (and glowing!) review. We loved having your leadership group come stay with us for your retreat. It was wonderful to see you enjoy the kitchen and meeting space and grounds together and really fully appreciating all this great home offers. We would love to see the bathtub photo if you can email it! Very much looking forward to welcoming you and your group back once again, Melissa Levis & Family
Boston, MA

40th Birthday Party Extravaganza

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a place to host a low-key outdoorsy weekend for a large group of people look no further! Hosted a 40th birthday party at this mansion and it worked out great! Enough rooms (with private baths) that each family could stay comfortably. The area is nice and secluded and safe so kids could play outside without worry. Grilled all weekend, played all sorts of lawn games, went for a hike on the property (really pretty) then had campfires at night--with baby monitors everyone was able to come out at night. There are more outdoor recreational activities available in the area (rafting, canoeing, biking) as well. The ballroom was perfect for hosting the catered dinner we had--table for 30 adults and it was great. We did not get a band but there is room for one. All in all, the property is as billed and I would recommend it for anyone hosting a large weekend getaway.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrew, it was such a pleasure to host your family for your 40th birthday celebration. You worked so thoughtfully to hire a caterer and make sure all the details were perfect for your weekend and I am so thrilled that the house and setting was everything you were hoping you. You have such a beautiful family. It was truly a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you all back again! Best wishes, Melissa Levis & Family


Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Barpub
Wilburton Inn Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Equinox Hotel
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Rt. 7
Nearest Restaurant
Wilburton Inn Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Emerald Lake
Car: necessary

The mansion was built in 1904 by the Guilbert family as the home for their daughter. The total estate incorporated four farms and included 1000 acres. The Levis family acquired the Wilburton properties to house a cultural project. 25 years later, their properties include Earth, Sky, Time Farm Organic Vegetable Farm, The Wilburton Inn, and the Museum of the Creative Process. We also have the town's finest bakery.


Rates & Availability

From $1,000 Per night

Manchester Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Savings 2015
Apr 6 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend 2015
May 22 2015 - May 24 2015
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
May 25 2015 - Sep 24 2015
2 night minimum stay
Fall Foliage 2015
Sep 25 2015 - Oct 25 2015
2 night minimum stay
Fall Foliage Savings 2015
Oct 26 2015 - Nov 8 2015
2 night minimum stay
Fall Savings 2015
Nov 9 2015 - Nov 24 2015
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2015
Nov 25 2015 - Nov 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
Fall Savings 2015
Nov 30 2015 - Dec 17 2015
2 night minimum stay
Christmas 2015
Dec 18 2015 - Dec 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
New Years 2016
Dec 30 2015 - Jan 3 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125.00
Housekeeping fee $600.00 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $750.00
linens - towels & sheets $350.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes This is an extraordinary home for retreats, special birthday celebrations, workshops, family reunions, and graduate school groups.

Holiday weekends are an additional $150/night and have a 3 night minimum

Cancellation Policy

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Manchester Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 9000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • River
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Wet Bar
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Double headed shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 7 - no bathroom
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , combination tub/shower , this is the common bathroom for the apartment rooms
    Bathroom 11 - first floor has two bathrooms, one is full, handicap accessi
    Bathroom 12 - toilet , this is off the kitchen, main floor
    Bathroom 13 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Antique sunken marble bath tub
  • 14 Bedrooms, Sleeps 34
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , large room
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , bright room
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , suite space can be used as a bedroom, rollaway
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , has jaccouzzi tub
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , pretty room, the only room without its own bathroom
    Bedroom 8 - 1 double , nice bathroom
    Bedroom 10 - 2 double , has shower and tub
    Bedroom 11 - 1 queen , large room in cathedral ceiling, skylights.
    Bedroom 9 - 1 double , has shower in bathroom
    Bedroom 14 - 1 double , on the ground floor, handicap single bedroom
    Bedroom 13 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , this room also has a mini kitchen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , fabulous boutique hotel shower too
    Bedroom 1 - 2 double , pull-out sofa in suite, sunken marble tub in bathroom
    Bedroom 12 - 2 child bed , kids room with two 3/4size bunk beds.
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (9), Twin or Single Beds (3), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) pack and play type, Sleep Sofa or Futons (4), Bunk Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing

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