HUGE MANSION - GREAT FOR GROUPS - RETREATS - YOGA - WEDDINGS - SLEEPS 34!!!

Melissa Levis

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Sleeps34
Bedrooms 14
Bathrooms11
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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HUGE MANSION - GREAT FOR GROUPS - RETREATS - YOGA - WEDDINGS - SLEEPS 34!!!

Manchester Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

14 bedrooms, 15 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.

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Suitability:
  • Groups
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Melissa Levis

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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

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.

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.

Sleeps34
Bedrooms 14
Bathrooms11
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Three services to protect your trip:
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Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

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4.9
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HUGE Mansion - Great for groups - retreats - yoga - weddings - sleeps 34!!!
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Manchester Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas
Toronto, Canada
5

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
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Manchester Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas
Somerville
4

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.
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  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Manchester Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas
Boston, MA
5

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: Jun 5, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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HUGE Mansion - Great for groups - retreats - yoga - weddings - sleeps 34!!!
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Manchester Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas
Birmingham, Alabama
5

CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT !

  • 5 of 5
My family and I spent seven days this past Christmas at this wonderful mansion. There were 26 adults and children and we could not have picked a better place. The bedrooms were charming and enough for every couple, single and child. The house had enough rooms for the children to play and run and the adults to talk and play games or read. Several nights we all sat at the large dinning room table and had cozy, fire-lit dinners. The beautiful, private surroundings made this the perfect place. I should also mention that the owners are wonderful and do everything you need to make your stay enjoyable! I can't say enough good things about this house and recommend it highly!
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  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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HUGE Mansion - Great for groups - retreats - yoga - weddings - sleeps 34!!!
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Manchester Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas
Geneva, NY
5

LARGE FAMILY THANKSGIVING REUNION

  • 5 of 5
We came back for our 3rd 28-person family reunion in the Telion Holon mansion for 4 nights at Thanksgiving . There were 14 grandkids (ages 13 and under) who had a great time in the large, comfortable house, as well as did all the adults. The 3 floors with multiple stairs encourage creative games of hide n seek, etc. and keep kids occupied for hours at a time. The large adjacent playing fields and nature walks are excellent for outside activities. This year the below freezing temperatures did not stop the 2-hr soccer games 3 days in a row. The house gets better each year and this year it was in excellent shape for our arrival - with banquet tables and chairs for our large group to use in the game room for the Thanksgiving day feast. The meal is certainly easily prepared with the 3 kitchens and large commercial ovens. The nearby spa and outlet stores in Manchester also are a good diversion for those that need a break. Finally, I must say that we have always enjoyed the Levis family, particularly the interactions with Albert, and now with Melissa who has taken over the care of the Mansion.
  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to host your beautiful family! Thank you for joining us and letting us help you celebrate another family Thanksgiving in Vermont! We look forward to seeing you again.
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HUGE Mansion - Great for groups - retreats - yoga - weddings - sleeps 34!!!
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Manchester Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas
5

AMAZING HOUSE, AMAZING LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
What an incredible house! I just spent the weekend here with 18 friends and eight kids and we had a blast. The house is massive and beautiful and perfect for our group -- the kids played in the large family room while the adults lounged around in the living room or cooked feasts in the kitchen.

The garden is huge and leads down onto a lovely boardwalk through marshland, where we went for nice walks. Also there is good hiking behind the Equinox hotel in Manchester (five minutes away).

Melissa made every super easy during the planning and was very responsive to our (many) questions and she went above and beyond to help us during our stay -- when one of our group got sick, she personally came to the house to check on him, and her father delivered us a huge bag of gourmet bread for breakfast on Saturday morning. amazing

The only caveat I would give is this: it would be a real squeeze to get 34 people in this house as some of the beds counted in his number are sofa beds or just couches. it was perfect for our number, especially since we had a lot of kids, but we were happy not to have been more. But bottom line: we had a blast in this house and are already planning our next trip back. Highly recommended!
  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

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

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Manchester Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Summer 2014
Jun 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
$1,100
From
$1,500
Fri,Sat
$7,400
$22,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$1,100
From
$1,500
Fri,Sat,Sun
$7,200
$22,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping fee $600 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $750
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

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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Amenities

Manchester Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • River
  • Village ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Internet ...
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Free Long Distance
  • Fireplace
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Wet Bar
  • Kitchen ...
  • Freezer
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Catering Available
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 20 people
Bathrooms:
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , antique sunken marble bath tub
    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
Bedrooms:
  • 14 Bedrooms, Sleeps 34
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , large room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    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 12 - 2 bunk bed , smaller room in apartment
    Bedroom 13 - 1 twin/ single , in the atrium of the kitchen of the apartment
    Bedroom 9 - 1 double , has shower in bathroom
    Bedroom 14 - 1 twin/ single , on the ground floor, handicap single bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 2 double , king bed & suite with pull-out sofa
  • 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)
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television
  • Games ...
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • Video Library
  • MP3 Dock
  • DVR
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Canoe
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis Court
  • Beach Chairs
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Gazebo
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • jetted tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • live theater
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • synagogues
  • health/beauty spa
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • photography
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • outlet shopping
  • walking
  • boating
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • hunting
  • golf
  • tennis
  • skiing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • snowmobiling
  • snowboarding
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • mountain biking
  • cross country skiing
  • roller blading
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • water tubing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
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