Southern Vermont, United States

The Windham Hill Inn

Rates from (ex tax)$249.00

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD271.41), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Gardens and antiques, oh my


Rolling Green Mountains

Filled with rough-hewn Southern Vermont antiques, cosy fireplaces and farm-to-table cuisine, the Windham Hill Inn is just as charming inside as it is majestically impressive outside. With the Green Mountain National Forest – a wonderland of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails – on one side and artsy, well-preserved farm-stand towns like Grafton and Brattleboro on the other, you’ll have to remind yourself to go home and sit by the pool.

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Photos The Windham Hill Inn facilities

Need to know


22, including 11 suites.


11am; check-in is at 3pm, but both are flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $249.00, excluding tax at 9 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $10.00 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD271.41), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a three-course breakfast of made-to-order items and house-made pastries, as well as afternoon tea and an evening cheese board in the common area. Two-night minimum stay on weekends and during peak foliage season.


If you can imagine the outdoor pursuit, you can do it here. Hiking trails start on the extensive grounds, and sometimes the on-site pond freezes over enough for skating in the winter. The inn can organise excursions for canoeing, fishing, golfing, horseback riding and so much more.

Hotel closed

Annually from 17 April to 3 May. The Inn is open seven days a week from 3 July to 30 October, and from Wednesday through Sunday from 31 October to 16 April.

At the hotel

Spa; tennis court; swimming pool; music and movie libraries; expansive grounds including an organic garden and a frog pond; bicycles, snowshoes and wellies to borrow; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock station, soaking tub, bathrobes.

Our favourite rooms

Almost all rooms and suites have fireplaces or cast iron stoves and soaking tubs, but we especially love the William Lawrence suite on the first floor of the White Barn, with its lofty beamed ceilings and French doors opening out onto a private patio overlooking the rolling hills.


Set away from the main buildings, the heated outdoor pool overlooks the tennis court and the rolling green mountains that surround the inn. Its brick deck is dotted with sunloungers. The pool is open seasonally from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend.

Packing tips

Leave the bikes, rainboots and snowshoes at home – the inn has all three available to borrow for free, so you’ll be prepared for adventures in any weather.


Located in the White Barn, the rustically elegant one-treatment-room spa – possibly the most beautiful room at the inn – specialises in a range of massages for both individuals and couples; be sure to book in advance.


Kids aged 12+ are welcome, though not specially catered for. The restaurant can adapt items on request; an extra bed can be added in some rooms for $50 a night.

Food and Drink

Photos The Windham Hill Inn food and drink

Top Table

Request a spot by the wall of windows; in the summer, you’ll overlook the frog pond and a craggy, centuries-old apple tree, while, in the winter, views stretch over the snow and through the woods.

Dress Code

Pretend you’re staying at an elegant country home a century ago; you’re not in the city, but there’s still a formal dining room.

Hotel restaurant

One of the inn’s greatest attractions, the restaurant is a fine dining celebration of Vermont’s bounty of local produce, meats and artisan food products. Filled with antiques and white tablecloths, the dining room augments the acclaimed seasonal cuisine, which is offered in either a three-course prix fixe or as a tasting menu. Many of the fruits and vegetables come from the on-site garden; sample the house-made ice creams and sorbets with flavours like rhubarb and mint tea. Also, be sure to order a bottle of wine from the extensive wine list, which features highlights from around the world.


Hotel bar

Reminiscent of an English country pub, the centrally located bar offers a full range of wines and expertly-mixed cocktails, as well as a handful of beers. Chat with fellow guests over the evening cheese board and a glass of wine, or take your cocktail to a fireside armchair in one of the several cosy common areas. 

Last orders

The restaurant serves dinner from 6pm to 9pm; drinks in the bar are served until you’re ready to go to bed. Breakfast is from 8am to 10am and lunch baskets can be prepared between 1pm and 3pm. Included afternoon tea is served from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.

Room service

The restaurant’s menu is available in your room whenever the kitchen is open for the dining room.


Photos The Windham Hill Inn location
The Windham Hill Inn
311 Lawrence Drive
West Townshend
West Townshend
United States


The nearest major airport is Bradley International, in Connecticut, a two-hour drive away. Albany International Airport, in New York, is approximately the same distance. Direct flights to and from many eastern American and Canadian cities are available on airlines such as American (, JetBlue ( and United (


The closest Amtrak train station is in Brattleboro, approximately a 30-minute drive from the inn. Both New York City and Boston are easily accessible by train, the former a five-and-a-half-hour trip, the latter about two hours away.


Considering the inn’s remote location, you’ll want a car in order to explore the area and get around easily. On-site parking is free, and you can hire a car from most major rental companies at either Albany or Bradley airport. Avis ( have an office near the Brattleboro train station.

Worth getting out of bed for

Southern Vermont is a year-round destination for everyone from city-dwellers looking to get outdoors to fellow New Englanders seeking the best in artisan food products and well-preserved antique shopping.

If you can pull yourself away from the coiffed, kitchen-supplying garden’s benches and out of the picturesquely situated swimming pool, set off on a hike through one of the many surrounding parks, including Green Mountain National Forest and Townshend State Park. Ride horses from Mountain View Ranch through the rolling hills, fish on the Battenkill River with the iconic Orvis Fishing School and rent bikes from Equipe Sport to go leaf-peeping in autumn and enjoy the postcard-perfect surroundings year-round. In winter, ice-skate on the inn’s pond if it’s frozen solid, borrow snowshoes to explore the 160 acres of property, go downhill skiing at world-class Mount Snow and try cross-country skiing at nearby Grafton Ponds.

Those less interested in active pursuits will be similarly spoiled for choice. Half an hour from Windham Hill Inn is the famously charming town of Grafton, home to the iconic Grafton Village Cheese Company – visit their cheese and wine shop (+1 802 843 1062) and ask about touring the neighbouring production facility. Sift through early American country antiques at seasonal favourites like Fritzinger’s Antiques (+1 802 365 9312) and get the best deals in the area at the Townshend Auction Gallery (+1 802 365 4388). Stock up on one-of-a-kind home décor at artists’ studios and galleries like Bennington Potters (+1 802 863 6458) and the Simon Pearce Glassblowing Workshop in Quechee (+1 802 295 2711). For any local products you don’t pick up at farm stands, stop off at Lawrence’s Smoke Shop and Country Store (+1 802 365 7372) in the town of Townshend, where you can stock up on all the maple syrup, cheese, smoked meats and jams you want.

Local restaurants

In addition to the highly acclaimed farm-to-table cuisine served in the hotel’s scenically set restaurant, the Southern Vermont region offers plenty of other first-class dining fed by the bounty of the surrounding farms. In picturesque Manchester, 40 minutes from the inn, the renowned Silver Fork (+1 802 768 8444) brings a dash of Caribbean flavour to classic New England; think seafood asopao next to slow-roasted pulled pork on pumpkin gnocchi. The restaurant only has six tables, so be sure to book in advance. For a truly romantic evening, make a reservation at TJ Buckley’s (+1 802 257 4922), a restored 1920s diner in Brattleboro that seats 18 and serves a daily-changing menu of seasonal, local cuisine. Make your way to Walpole for French-inspired fine dining or a chic lunch at chocolatier Burdick’s restaurant (+1 603 756 9058).



Photos The Windham Hill Inn reviews
Oliver Jeffers

Anonymous review

I hadn’t been to southern Vermont in years, and even then I’d only experienced its pine-covered mountains and swimming ponds in the height of summer. So setting off from snow-bound Brooklyn the day after a winter storm had pummeled 23-states from the Midwest to the Atlantic coast may have been a questionable move. But Mrs Smith and I were in desperate need of a post-holiday refresh.

Heading north towards our destination – the Windham Hill Inn, an impressive country estate overlooking the glorious Green Mountains – we marked the miles by the thickening roadside snow banks and plummeting temperatures. Icy roads added a fifth hour to the drive, but finally rolling up to this former-farmhouse-turned-luxury-stay was a warm cure for the white-knuckle trip.

Stomping the snow from our boots, we hurried inside to discover that the personal and cosy inn was perfectly suited to the surrounding winter wonderland. Welcomed by Katja the innkeeper, we quickly got the impression that we were staying at the country house of a close friend. Well, a close friend who has become expert at hosting.

Old world charm, the kind that’s a hybrid between classic New England hospitality mixed with an Alpine sensibility, fills every room. Mismatched furniture and antique rugs decorated the many areas inviting us to sit and relax – most of which are arranged before roaring fireplaces and never far from a smartly-stocked bookshelf.

Crunching down a path from the main house where reception and the restaurant are located, we were led to our room in a 19th-century barn building. Upgraded to a suite (the room we’d booked had a heating issue) with rustic exposed wood beams and an antique king-size four-poster bed piled high with comforters (and a fancy memory-foam mattress), we gratefully lit the gas fireplace as we thawed out and freshened up for dinner.

Making our way back across to the main house, we lingered over the family photographs lining the walls of both the barn and the main house. The images followed an aging progression of the faces of those who had helped build the house and tend the land over several generations; a nice way to pay respect to the building’s heritage.

Seated for dinner, the elegant dining room with white tablecloths and flickering candlelight was bustling for a Saturday night during the deep freeze of January. But I suppose that’s to be expected from one of Southern Vermont’s best restaurants at any time of year. Katja arrived at our table to also play the part of sommelier, knowledgeably pairing wine with the exquisite five-course seasonal tasting menu – featuring tasty bites such as seared Hudson Valley foie gras and local venison loin – that we wisely opted for. Following dessert, she even took time to share the inside scoop about the areas best antique shops which we were plotting to tour the next day. 

Looking out the wall of windows towards the snow-flocked Green Mountains, we mused over how the hills would wear other seasons. Katja informed us that fall is their busiest time of year, and I could well imagine a blazing sea of orange and red leaves rolling over the mountainous landscape for miles.

I can vouch for the lush green Vermont of summertime, and wasn’t sure if I’d warm entirely to a winter visit. But waking up to a piercing-blue sky, snow-blanketed grounds and the inn’s classic buildings adorned with icicles hanging from every eave – well, it was hard not to feel good on a day like this, too

Especially a day where we were greeted with a three-course breakfast to fuel our antiquing adventures in the nearby towns of Grafton and Brattleboro. For the more adventurous, outdoorsy winter pursuits include hiking and snowshoeing on the inn’s 160-acres of grounds, or downhill skiing and snowboarding at one of several nearby ski resorts.

However, the Mrs and I were perfectly content to poke around in rambling antique shops, and return to the inn for afternoon tea and traditional scones with cream and jam served before a crackling fire in the bar that afternoon. Content to stay put, we headed to the restaurant for dinner the second night of our stay, too. You can never have too much of a good thing, right?

On our final morning, we were packed off with a gourmet picnic lunch from the restaurant for our drive home, and reluctantly said our goodbyes to Katja and our winter retreat. We can’t be certain how the cosiness holds up in the heat of summer, but with the outdoor pool, tennis courts, frog pond and rolling grounds (so green they glow, we hear) I’m sure this place manages to impress in every season. We’ll just have to come back in August to see for ourselves…

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Windham Hill Inn’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The views, the quiet, and the amazing breakfast. If you are a skier, Stratton Mountain Resort is less than 30 minutes away. Perfect for a day trip.

Don’t expect

To have a plethora of restaurants to eat at nearby!


Stayed on 5 Jun 2016

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