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

Melissa Levis

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Sleeps34
Bedrooms 14
Bathrooms11
Half Baths2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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

Sleeps34
Bedrooms 14
Bathrooms11
Half Baths2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Overview

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:
  • 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)
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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

Sleeps34
Bedrooms 14
Bathrooms11
Half Baths2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
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Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

Reviews

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
Owner's Response: It is a pleasure to welcome guests upon their reunions and acquaint them with the house, the community but also to celebrate the seasons and the holidays.

Thanks Dorothy's family for your comments.
Albert Levis
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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.
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: 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
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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: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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
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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!
  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Dearest Hansell,
The best Christmas gift this winter is that you became our dear family friend. I have so enjoyed staying in touch with you through the past 6 months. The hospitality industry is so wonderful because as we say in our Wilburton Inn theme song, guests magically do feel like kin at the end of their visit.
We loved seeing your children and grandchildren and friends enjoying the festive holidays at the Battenkill Valley mansion. You decorated the home to truly capture the christmas spirit. Thank you for sharing your Southern Hospitality with us Yankees.
We can't WAIT to host you and welcome you all back once more on your next Visit to Vermont.
xo melissa levis & family
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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: 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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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: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

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
Bromley
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.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Manchester Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Folliage
Sep 26 2014 - Oct 18 2014
2 night minimum stay
$1,200
From
$1,650
Fri,Sat
 
 
Christmas - New Years 2014-15
Dec 22 2014 - Jan 4 2015
4 night minimum stay
$1,500
From
$1,750
Thu,Fri,Sat
$9,500
 
 
Martin Luther King Weekend
Jan 16 2015 - Jan 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
$1,750
 
 
Presidents Day Week
Feb 13 2015 - Feb 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
$1,750
$9,500
 
 
Spring 2015
Mar 22 2015 - May 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
$1,100
From
$1,350
Fri,Sat
 
 
Summer 2015
May 29 2015 - Aug 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$1,400
From
$1,650
Fri,Sat
$9,000
$25,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$1,200
From
$1,500
Fri,Sat,Sun
$7,995
$22,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Housekeeping fee $600 + Tax
linens - towels & sheets $350 + Tax
Pet Fee $125
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

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:
  • 9000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • River
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • 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
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
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 9 - 1 double , has shower in bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 2 double , king bed & suite with pull-out sofa
    Bedroom 14 - 1 double , on the ground floor, handicap single bedroom
    Bedroom 12 - 2 child bed , smaller room in apartment
    Bedroom 13 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , in the atrium of the kitchen of the apartment
  • 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:
  • 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
Outside:
  • 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
Suitability:
  • 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
Attractions:
  • 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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