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Melissa Levis

Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Magnificent Mansion for luxurious Vermont celebrations, reunions and retreats.

9 Reviews
Sleeps24
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms11
Half Baths2
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Manchester Castle Rental Photos and Description

Sleep 24 in 11 bedroooms/baths. Pool, tennis, staff for catering/cleaning/events

This is truly a luxury rental. Guests often say they feel like they've stepped into the pages of the Great Gatsby.

The Wilburton Mansion was built as the largest private estate in Manchester Vermont in 1902. Now our grand, historic mansion can be yours for deluxe family reunions, special anniversary and birthday celebrations, destination weddings and corporate, academic, creative and wellness retreats.

The 15,000 sq. foot mansion features oriental rugs, chandeliers, four poster beds, and stunning architectural details. High ceilings, wood burning fireplaces, a grand piano and mahogany carved stairs are just some of the details that give guests an authentic turn-of-the century feeling of grandeur.

Our staff is available to assist you for as much or as little as you desire.

Daily housekeeping is included in the rate. Our front desk concierge can assist you with recommendations of activities to make the most of your time on your Vermont vacation. For an additional fee, our chef can cater any or all of your meals, family style or with white glove service. Breakfast is one of our specialties and features artisanal hearth baked breads from our organic farm.

Someone from our staff can assist your group if you prefer to cook in the mansion at no extra charge. For an additional fee, our staff can even do the dishes while you relax beside the fire and enjoy time with your guests.

Two dining rooms are included in your rental: our verdant and sunny Green Mountain Dining Room and the fireside Rose Dining Room. Our wood paneled Billiard Room is not included in the rental as it contains the inn's bar which is closed when the mansion is rented to a private group. The Billiard Room can be added for an additional fee and our bartender would be happy to serve you from our top shelf bar and selection of hand crafted Vermont beers and spirits.

The 30-acre hilltop estate includes an outdoor pool, tennis court, basketball hoop, volleyball net, and tetherball. Our vast lawns contain a beautiful sculpture garden with a permanent exhibit of the Museum of the Creative Process. You can also visit our organic farm and bakery, 3 miles away.

The Wilburton mansion sleeps 24 guests. Additional guest rooms and five other vacation homes are the estate. All together the hilltop can accommodate 100 overnight guests and catered events for 175. We own two other historic mansions and a guest home nearby that can accommodate an additional 65 guests.

Please note that while you have exclusive use of the Wilburton Mansion, the other guests share access to the pool, tennis court and grounds. Since the estate is so large, everyone feels a great sense of privacy and space.

The Wilburton Inn's front desk relocates to our carriage house when the inn is rented to private groups to assure you the most privacy. The front desk is staffed at the Wilburton mansion during Friday night check in till 8pm to assist the other guests.

The Wilburton is just 1 mile from the Equinox Resort and Hildene, 2 miles from Manchester's Designer Outlet Shopping, Orvis, hiking at Equinox Pond, nearby Stratton Mt, Bromley Mountain and the Vermont Horse Show.

The Wilburton Mansion is located on River Road which is perfect for scenic jogging and biking and hiking right out your door.

Ask us how we can help you plan your next special gathering! We look forward to welcoming you.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Melissa Levis (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks: english

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 castle in 1987

Why Melissa Levis chose Manchester

This is an exceptional historic mansion with handsome archetecture and sweeping mountain views. It's a turn of the century robber baron mansion. Your guests will be so impressed with you for finding this spectacular home! And you should take the bridal suite in room 3 for all your hard work organizing the vacation!

What makes this castle unique

The Wilburton was built in 1902 by Albert Gilbert on a 1200 acre estate. He was a good friend of Robert Todd Lincoln, who also built his summer cottage next door on a 400 acre estate called Hildene. The Wilburton commands superb panoramic views and two historic mansions, one on the hill and the other in the farm below, which was known as the Old English Inn and is now renamed as the Battenkill Valley Mansion.

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.

Reviews

5
based on 9 traveler reviews

Magnificent Mansion for luxurious Vermont celebrations, reunions and retreats.
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
New York, NY
5

Exceptional Elegance in Manchester Vermont

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Wilburton Inn (Wilburton Mansion and Maxwell House) for a corporate retreat this past weekend. Our hosts, Melissa, Alan and all of their staff, were extremely accommodating, considerate and helped to ensure every detail was attended to. The old world charm of the mansion creates a unique ambiance that adds an elegant touch to the stay. The chef, Gary, prepared wonderful breakfasts and dinner during our stay and the grounds offered lots of space to walk, enjoy, and explore. We highly recommend a stay here! Whether you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway, a family looking to get out of the city or a large group, the Wilburton is the perfect place to make memories you will never forget.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boxborough, MA
5

Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful experience! We hosted a family reunion of about 40 people and the Wilburton was perfect -- great location, beautiful accommodations, and a very helpful staff. We could not have been happier.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Wethersfield, CT, USA
5

Amazing in every way!

  • 5 of 5

You don't just stay at the Wilberton, you experience it! Our accomodations in the Equinox Views Villa were outstanding, the room was spacious, well appointed, incredibly comfortable and with gorgeous views from every window. The Inn-keepers are so warm and welcoming, they made our visit truly special. Breakfast was a culinary masterpiece, from the homemade breads and preserves, to the quiche, pancakes, fresh fruit and oh the lemon coffee cake...if I didn't live 3 hours away I would be there every morning! I most highly recommend the Wilburton and look forward to returning again soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Canaan, CT
5

Fantastic Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 10 staffers at the Wilburton Inn August 4-7. We had the most fantastic stay. Our six bedroom, 6.5 bath house was perfect - clean, comfortable with stunning views. The grounds of the Inn are spectacular and unique - with a real story. The hospitality is truly amazing ... something you'd only find at a well run, family owned Inn. Thanks to Melissa and the entire Levis family for making us feel so welcome.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Connecticut
5

Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

Seven of my coworkers and I had the pleasure (and luck) of staying at the Wilburton while in Manchester on business. It was the perfect place with spacious, clean rooms, all amenities and a great open kitchen/dining area. We were able to work together and have our privacy. Highly recommended. We attended the weekly Wednesday night dinner party at the main house, what a wonderful collection of interesting people combined with delicious food and live music. All set against the gorgeous grounds and starry night. Melissa and her family are the ultimate hosts.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Palo Alto, CA, USA
5

Like renting out the fanciest inn you've ever visited

  • 5 of 5

I went in with the expectation that we had rented out a house, all to ourselves, but really the Wilburton Inn is... an inn! With a front desk and a full restaurant and a cleaning staff. The family that runs it is SUPER SWEET, and went out of their way to make sure my family was comfortable and taken-care-of. This house is perfect for any groups who are looking for interactivity with their hosts, as well as breakfast every morning and a wonderful farm dinner on Wednesdays.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Barpub
Wilburton Inn
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Equinox Golf Course
Nearest Train
27 Miles
Rutland, Vt
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 7
Nearest Restaurant
Wilburton Inn
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Bromley, Stratton
Car: necessary

Manchester Village has been charming guests for over 250 years. It was recently profiled in the NY Times! http://bit.ly/Manchester_VT_New_York_Times_Travel_Section

There is an equal abundance of:

SPORTS (skiing, golfing, hiking, horse back riding, and canoeing/ tubing/fishing on the Battekill.)

CULTURE (Southern VT Art Center, Dorset Theatre Festival, Weston Playhouse, on site Museum of the Creative Process)

ADVENTURE (Bromley's Alpine Slide + Zip Line, British School of Falconry, Land Rover Off Road Driving School, Orivs Fly Fishing School)

SHOPPING (fantastic designer outlet shopping.)

The Wilburton's hilltop estate offers elegance + tranquility. It is located on River Road, 1/2 a mile off the main road, Route 7, so you truly feel away from it all. It is:

1/2 a mile to Abraham Lincoln's son's history estate, Hildene.

1/2 a mile to The Equinox Hotel, spa, and pool.

3 miles to Manchester's outlet shopping.

10 miles to Bromley Mountain.

18 miles to Stratton Mountain.

Sculpture and Museum Collection on the grounds.

8 miles to Dorset Theatre.

Go for bike rides and jogs and strolls on River Road, right out our door.

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Rates & Availability

Manchester Castle Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Memorial Day - Foliage
May 27 2016 - Oct 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
$2,750
From
$2,995
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$17,500
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
$2,995
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$2,250
From
$2,495
Fri,Sat
$15,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

housekeeping & linens $950 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Tax Rate 10.0%

Holidays and Peak Foliage are an additional $1000/night

We love pets but do not accept them in the mansion.

We welcome weddings and charge an additional facility fee depending on the season.

Our staff is happy to help you in the kitchen for an additional $20/hr.

There is an additional facility fee for special events at the inn.

The concierge of the inn is based at the front desk. The inn serves breakfast to other guests on the property in the other dinings rooms. For an additional $1000/night you can have exclusive use of the inn, but at these listed prices, the inn reserves the right to use the other dining rooms and outdoor spaces for other guests and events.

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Amenities

Manchester Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 15000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 40 people
Bathrooms:
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Spectacular bathroom! with jaccuzi for 2 and Roman shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 13 - toilet , This is the men's powder room on mansion's ground floor
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 11 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 12 - toilet , Women's powder room on the mansion's ground floor
  • Every bedroom has it's own full ensuite bathroom. The only exception is room 10 which has a private bathroom across the hall.
Bedrooms:
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Stunning 400' bridal suite w/ sweeping views & jaccuzzi
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , This handsome room was the master bedroom of original owners
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Stunning mt views from sun filled room with 4 poster bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , RKO starlets stayed in this 300' suite when RKO owned it!
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double , This lovely room is the only room with 2 beds.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , This charming room has a private bathroom/shower across hall
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen , Floral wallpaper gives this queen room old fashioned romance
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen , stunning views of the battenkill valley from this room
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 10 - 1 double , this feels like a classic country inn room.
    Bedroom 11 - 1 double , beautiful hand carved headboard makes this room very special
  • Rent this magnificent mansion and feel like the king and queen of the castle! Romantic, historic mansion in the heart of Manchester Village. Built in 1902 as a private home, you and your guests will return to a bygone era of romance, elegance, and privacy.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • 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
  • 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
  • whitewater rafting

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