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MAGNIFICENT VT MANSION: ROMANCE, RETREATS, REUNIONS, CATERING, STAFF, EVENTS

Sleeps24
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms11
Half Baths2
Space 15,000 sq. ft.
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Sleep 24, 11 bedrooom/13 baths, 30 Acres, Pool, Tennis, Views, Privacy, Art, Mts

Sensational, luxury rental for guests who want to be pampered with daily housekeeping and a chef to prepare their meals (for an additional fee) in a truly magnificent setting in Manchester, VT. Ideal for corporate retreats, upscale family reunions, and destination weddings.

Please call us to discuss your vacation before you book on line.

The Wilburton Mansion was built as the largest private estate in Manchester, Vermont in 1902.

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

For 50 years, this 11 bedroom/13 bathroom mansion has been available only as individual guest rooms in our country inn, but now you can rent it as a private getaway for your group. The wood paneled Billiard Room is an excellent place for board meetings and receptions. The outdoor terrace is an ideal place for summer dining and parties.

Please note there is an additional facility fee for catering, weddings and special events.

The inn's concierge can assist you during your Vermont vacation. Our housekeepers provide daily housekeeping too. For an additional fee our chef can cater all three meals and special banquet dinners. Our spa team offers massages and treatments.

Our 30 acre estate is private, but there are other vacation homes and inn guests staying on the property. These 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.

Depending on the season, other inn guests may be having breakfast in a separate dining room in the Wilburton mansion. Your group will have it's own beautiful private dining room and living room. During the winter, fall and spring months, Wilburton Mansion guests have a tremendous amount of privacy, but during the busy summer, this becomes more challenging to arrange.

Our front desk concierge is available in the lobby to assist you with plans. If you would like them to relocate to our remote office during the non summer months, this can be arranged.

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.

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

Property Manager
Melissa Levis
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 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 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.

Amenities

Manchester Center Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 15000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • 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 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
    Bathroom 13 - toilet , This is the men's powder room on 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:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • 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
Notes:
Please call us before booking so we can learn more about your group and help you have the most wonderful Vermont vacation.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

MAGNIFICENT VT MANSION: ROMANCE, RETREATS, REUNIONS, CATERING, STAFF, EVENTS
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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 Center Castle Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Vermont Summer & Fall
May 26 2017 - Oct 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
$1,750
From
$1,950
Fri,Sat
$11,000
 
 
Columbus Day Weekend
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
$2,650
$13,500
 
 
Thanksgiving in your mansion!
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
$1,950
 
 
Christmas in a Mansion
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
$2,150
 
 
New Years
Dec 26 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
$2,950
 
 
Martin Luther King
Jan 12 2018 - Jan 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
$2,150
 
 
Ski Season
Jan 16 2018 - Feb 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
$1,500
From
$1,850
Fri,Sat
$8,950
 
 
Presidents Weekend
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
$2,350
 
 
Ski Season Feb- March
Feb 21 2018 - Mar 11 2018
2 night minimum stay
$1,500
From
$1,850
Fri,Sat
$8,950
 
 
Summer in the Mountains
May 25 2018 - Oct 4 2018
2 night minimum stay
$1,750
From
$1,950
Fri,Sat
$11,000
 
 
Columbus Day
Oct 5 2018 - Oct 8 2018
3 night minimum stay
$2,750
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$1,250
From
$1,650
Fri,Sat
$8,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
2 days Breakfast for 24 $950 + Tax
2 days of housekeeping $1,000 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

This is a deluxe mansion rental for guests who want to truly be on vacation. Guests can have a large refridgerator for their food, but only our chef and staff may cook and clean in the kitchen. Our staff caters a full country breakfast each day which is an additional $500/day. Daily housekeeping is mandatory and is also an additional $500/day.

Please note there is an additional facility fee for weddings. It ranges from $1500 - $4500 depending on the season/holiday.

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


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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