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

Bedrooms 15
Half Baths3
Space 9,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

15 bedrooms, 14 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 with a wood burning fireplace that's a versatile space as a classroom, family game room with a ping pong table, wedding venue, crafting workshop or a sun filled yoga studio.

There's a commercial kitchen that's wonderful for cooking together, formal wood paneled dining room with a fireplace, 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 15 bedrooms- all but three with private bathroom – so bring the whole family!

There is even a handicap accessible queen bedroom on the ground floor so grandparents don't have to climb the stairs. Pets are welcome too for an additional fee.

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

The Battenkill Valley Mansion is only 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 150 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

Property Manager
Melissa Levis
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 25, 2017

About Melissa Levis

The Levis family has owned the Wilburton Inn since 1987. We are a creative family that loves working together and welcoming travelers to discover our magical estate. Because we are a close family, we especially love welcoming multi generational family reunions.

Patriarch Albert is a psychiatrist from Athens, Greece. He is the founder of Moral Science, the curator of The Museum of the Creative Process, and a pioneer in Conflict Resolution and the integration of the humanities and the sciences.

Innkeeper Georgette Levis, was the sister of Lazard CEO Bruce Wasserstein and beloved Broadway playwright Wendy Wasserstein. Guests are always surprised to see the huge Sisters Rosensweig poster in the inn’s living room. Georgette's family nick-name was Gorgeous and she inspired Madeleine Kahn's Tony award winning role in the Broadway hit.

The 4 Levis children include

Tajlei: an Andover, Columbia, and NYU law school grad who lives on the Upper West Side of NYC and is writing the Broadway bound musical adaptation of the TV show, Green Acres.

Melissa: a Middlesex School, Brown University and NYU award-winning songwriter who entertained thousands of NYC preschoolers with her band Moey’s Music Party. Melissa is delighted to be the new Maria Von Trapp and Vermont singing innkeeper.

Oliver: a Cornell grad (where he met his wife Bonnie) and together founded Earth Sky Time Community Farm and Bakery, a thriving organic farm based from our childhood home, 3 miles from the inn. Their breads are a delicious part of the Wilburton inn breakfast and their organic farm night dinners every Wednesday in summer are not to be missed!

Max: a Columbia, Harvard Divinity School and soon to be Boston University PhD. Max is the intellectual of the bunch and could have been a wonderful rabbi but instead chose to be a scholar and innkeeper. Max collaborates with Albert to pioneer an on-line program of emotional education and self-knowledge.

The 3rd Generation includes 7 grandchildren.

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 trails 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.


Manchester Center Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 9000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 34
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
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
  • 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
  • 3 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
    Bathroom 14 - toilet
  • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 34
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , this large room offers 3 beds plus a sitting room & bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , large room with 2 pretty brass beds and en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double , 2 large white beds w/ fabulous ensuite boutique hotel shower
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double , bright room with en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , massive king suite w/ fireplace, sitting room, and bathroom
    Bedroom 8 - 1 king , King bedroom on 3rd fl with private bath ensuite
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , shares ensuite bathroom with room 7. 3rd floor
    Bedroom 10 - 2 double , big bedroom with eve and great en suite bathroom. 3rd floor
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , small queen bedroom with ensuite bathroom. 3rd floor
    Bedroom 14 - 1 queen , ground floor, handicapped accessible queen bedroom
    Bedroom 13 - 1 queen , master suite w/ high 4 poster bed, shares bath w/ kids room
    Bedroom 12 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , this is a 2nd kitchen with a pull out sofa and sleeps 1.
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , Shares bathroom w/ room 6. 3rd fl.
    Bedroom 15 - 1 twin/ single , This ground floor twin room has a massive carved armoire
    Bedroom 11 - 1 bunk bed , childs room with 3/4 size bunk beds - fine for teens
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (11), Single Beds (3), Bunk Beds for up to 125 lbs (1), pack and play type, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • 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
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • 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
  • horseshoes
  • 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
  • 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
This is an amazing house that offers great flexibility for large groups.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

HUGE Mansion - Great for groups - retreats - yoga - weddings - sleeps 34!!!
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 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
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I would recommend this Home for ANY Large Group

  • 5 of 5

We hosted a corporate Retreat this past weekend at the mansion. It was perfect.. More than enough room for our full group of almost 35 people. The place was clean, huge industrial kitchen and dining room to prepare large group meals, never a wait for any bathroom. It was perfect..They were kind enough to load up both of their barbecue tanks for us even in the winter. Local to Bromley mountain and gave a great deal on the lift tickets at a discounted group rate. I RECOMMEND YOU STAY HERE!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home for our large group!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful mansion for our group of 30! Beds are very comfortable, rooms are large - a place for everyone. Fun game room with a ping pong table, too, for the young or young-at-heart. Melissa and Michelle were very helpful and made sure we had everything we needed. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego CA

Annette Jones

  • 5 of 5

Visiting Atlanta was an overall exceptional experience. This vacation rental was definitely in a great location lots of restaurants and shopping in walking distance. The condo came with everything we needed and more. Great space, cleanliness, and privacy are all things I look for when renting a vacation home, and all three were met. I highly recommend this property on your next visit to Atlanta. We worked with Ms. Mary and she was definitely thorough with the check in process making us all feel as comfortable as possible. I recommend this property for sure.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another Great Family Weelend

  • 5 of 5

This our third year at the Mansion and Inn. Fantastic time was had by all. Mansion provided perfect outdoor area for our growing number of children to have a secure place to play and have fun. Accommodations as usual were extremely clean with a very responsive service staff.Inn provides excellent rooms for our more senior family members who enjoy family activities but want the ambiance provided.Enjoy working with management staff who are very willing to assist in anyway to insure a great time each year. Family looks forward each year and the year to come to a great time ,at a great venue , operated by great people.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfort, Beauty and More

  • 5 of 5

Battenkill Mansion fit all of our requirements for a family gathering with the possible exception of some hot, humid days to be expected

in August in an era of climate change. With a cast of 25 folks from age 2 to 77, we had enough air-conditioned, well-maintained bedrooms, bathrooms, places to gather, privacy nooks, vast outdoor lawn to play, to sit, to read, and even a gazebo to shelter from the occasional rain. The commercially equipped kitchen was large enough for various folks to prepare their breakfast, lunch and snacks, and for the chef, we hired, to prepare wonderful dinners. The dining areas accommodated all us for meals and several to work on their computers during the day. The pool at the Inn was well-used by several of our party while others went off to explore hiking trails, shops, local swimming holes and summer music performances. Melissa and her staff were available when needed (which was seldom). All in all a great place to spend time with friends, family and loved ones.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Manchester Center Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Savings
Mar 20 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
July 2017
Jul 7 2017 - Jul 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 17-21
Jul 17 2017 - Jul 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 28-29
Jul 28 2017 - Jul 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Aug 6-19
Aug 6 2017 - Aug 19 2017
4 night minimum stay
Aug 27-31
Aug 27 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Columbus Day!
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall Savings
Oct 30 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
December Savings
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas in a Mansion!
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 26 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
MLK Ski Weekend
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Presidents Weekend Ski Special
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring Retreat Value Season
Mar 13 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
May 25 2018 - Jun 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jun 29 2018 - Aug 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
Columbus Day
Oct 5 2018 - Oct 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 26 2018 - Jan 3 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

linens - towels & sheets $350 + Tax
Housekeeping fee $600 + Tax
Pet Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

This is an extraordinary home for small weddings up t0 75 guests, retreats, birthday celebrations, family reunions, and graduate school groups.

Please note holiday weekends have a 3 night minimum.

There is an additional facility fee of $1000 for weddings up to 50 and $1500 for weddings up to 75. This includes tables, chairs, and place settings.

Our security deposit is a credit card imprint of $750 when you pick up your keys. No money is taken from your card. It is torn up after our housekeepers review the house as long as there is no damages.

We waive the $150 linens fee when guests book within 48 hours of querying us.

Dogs are welcome for $125/per pet. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels stay free!

We specialize in family reunions and can offer catering and massages as additional perks.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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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

This mansion was built in 1904 as a wedding present for the daughter who's father Albert Gilbert bought the nearby Wilburton Inn. Our family bought the Wilburton in 1987, this mansion in 2005 and our nearby family home, Earth, Sky, Time Farm is now the leading Organic Farm & Bakery in Manchester. We love the area having grown up here and raised our kids here and love sharing these historic homes with other big families and groups of friends.


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