The Lilac Inn

53 Park Street , Brandon, VT 05733 USA (Show map)
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The Lilac Inn is a leading romantic Vermont Country Inn Boutique Bed and Breakfast known for romantic getaway packages, Vermont Country Inn Dining, Custom Vermont destination wedding venue packages, New England wedding venue receptions, elopement packages and special family celebrations – in any season. Featured in Yankee, Country Living and Vermont magazines, the feel throughout is that of a “small luxury hotel with personal service to match”, including a three course gourmet Vermont breakfast cooked to order each morning at your personal table. Located in the village of Brandon, VT, the Inn is on Park Street, the prettiest street in Vermont. Brandon, VT twenty minutes South of Middlebury, Vermont and twenty minutes North of Rutland, VT is in an unspoiled, unhurried village that has been tastefully updated to suit the needs of today’s visitor. Make any two night stay a special celebration with our Vermont romantic package: a Dozen Roses, Box of Lake Champlain chocolates and a Bottle of Methode Champeniose for only $75. Stay four nights, and only pay for three nights in any of our nine individually decorated rooms, including five rooms with king size beds. The Lilac Inn is proud to be the “Charming Sprawling Estate”, October 2016; “Romantic Getaway”, February, 2017. Visit our website to see a virtual tour of our property:




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Lovely Lilac Inn

5 on December 28, 2017

This was our 2nd stay at the Lilac Inn. Shelley and Doug are down-to-earth and sincere. Staff members are friendly and attentive too. Staying at their Inn is like visiting friends. The Inn is beautiful, and so comfortable. Breakfast is relaxed and so excellent.

The best thing in Brandon.

4.0 on October 29, 2017

The host, Doug was very welcoming and went out of his way to recommend good places to eat in the area. The bed was super comfortable though the bathroom a little quirky, but wonderful for those who like an old-fashioned cast iron bath to soak in. The delicious breakfast was taken in the delightful conservatory room with views of the magnificent garden, a venue for weddings and celebrations.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for being our guests and for your review. When this summer mansion was built in 1909, every guest room had a private bathroom and telephone. We are fortunate, that several rooms still have the original deep soaking tubs. In keeping with the home's history as a destination for grand parties, we have become a very popular destination for weddings and special celebrations, in any season. As a homage to the old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day we do a cooked to order three breakfast each morning. We hope to see for a future visit to Vermont.

- Doug Sawyer, Innkeeper (innkeeper)

Trip to Historic Brandon VT

5 on October 09, 2017

This was our second trip to Brandon and stay at the Lilac Inn. Accomodations were outstanding. We had the Albert room and was so comfortable. The breakfasts are amazing. Doug and Shelley are the most gracious hosts. Looking forward to our next trip and stay at the Lilac Inn. Wayne+Ellen

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review and for being returning guests. One of the many pleasures of being an innkeeper is getting to know our guests. Albert's room continues to be a perennial favorite among our guests, especially with new king bed. We look forward to your return visit next weekend. Best, Doug & Shelly

- Doug Sawyer (innkeeper)

Wonderful Relaxing Environment - Great Get Away

4.6 on September 17, 2017

This inn is a treasure. The owners (Shelly and Doug) and staff make you feel right at home. Breakfast is wonderful. The only “onsite dining” was breakfast. Great location for a quick get away after dropping children off to college. Highly recommended for a romantic escape.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for being our guests while visiting Middlebury College. We find that more and more parents are discovering Brandon and using our 'short court' to Route 30 to the campus. Our Inn began life as summer mansion built for parties and romantic getaways and we have tried to preserve that character while adding modern amenities. Thank you for your review and we look forward to a future stay. Best, Doug & Shelly

- Doug Sawyer (innkeeper)

Excellent bed and breakfast in charming mansion

5 on September 06, 2017

We had the pleasure of an overnight in the beautiful Lilac Inn. It is more of a charmingboutique hotel We were warmly welcomed by Doug and shown to a very comfortable room which was immaculately clean spacious,elegantly furnished and light filled. We had great nights sleep and enjoyed a hearty breakfast in the beautiful dining room. Do not miss this experience if you are in the area . This is a truly special bed and breakfast experience

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for being our guests and taking the time to give us a review. It was wonderful having you as guests and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. The Lilac Inn began life in 1909 as an 11,000 square foot “summer cottage” designed for entertaining and hospitality. It was almost torn down 30 years ago and we are glad it continues to be able to welcome guests a hundred years later.

- Doug Sawyer (innkeeper)

The perfect escape

4.4 on March 05, 2013

The Lilac Inn is a get-away at anytime of year. We decided to get a room in March with a fireplace and spent two nights in Heaven. The Inn has a perfect balance between grace/elegance & comfortable/friendly. If you just want some peace you can enjoy the feeling of being tucked away & genuinely taken care of, or if you are looking for some activities Doug has a lot of suggestions and fun to chat with. 'For a small town they manage to have art, gift, kitchen, clothing store & restaurant choices. We truly loved our time there.

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Rooms & Rates

Lilac Room

Decorated around a white French Country distressed king bed, the Lilac Room is very inviting. We have used shades of blue and cream in this room with a corner chair and ottoman for relaxing with a good book. The room overlooks specimen maples and pines plus a private bathroom with an antique claw foot tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Audubon Room

Inspired by James Audubon, this room pays homage to the many species of birds found in Vermont. The Champlain Valley is a major migratory route and birding destination. The Audubon room features a French Country distressed black king bed. The walls are cream but textured and the linens are Pottery Barn…with birds of course! It has a tiled bath and shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Gardener's Room

The Gardener’s Room, well, it has to be somewhat flowery and green, but this special room in its quiet corner retreat of the Inn is very popular. It has a cottage style cream painted queen size bed with a wall mounted TV and sweet writing desk…to take notes of the flowers you found in Vermont!. It has a very large tiled bath and shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Champlain Room

An espresso black 4 poster queen size bed greets you in the Champlain Room. The walls are a textured warm mustard color and the linens are gray & white. This room also has a perfectly located wood burning fireplace and a large screen wall mounted TV, Bombay Verde furniture sink, travertine tiled bath with Vermont slate floor and claw foot tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Moosalamoo Room

The Moosalamoo Room is very warm and romantic choice. Guests always ask what color the walls are painted and here is the answer…Ralph Lauren Beachside Raffia. It features an black distressed cottage king bed with ivory and ecru linens. It has one of the original porcelain deep soaking tubs from 1909 with an added shower surround for relaxing in the bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Spring Room

The Spring Room with three windows and a view of beautiful Park Street is spacious and bright. It is painted with green & yellow textured Bellagio faux paint. The bed is an antique finished wrought iron queen cupid bed with yellow & green linens. The private bathroom includes the porcelain tub with shower and pedestal sink from 1909. This room connects to Room Four.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Robert Frost

The Robert Frost Room offers the traveler the option of having two oak canopy single beds and private bath with claw foot tub and shower. This Laura Ashley inspired room is painted a soft sage color and the linens are cream and sage. This room often shared by siblings and friends can be connected to Room Three for a family or friends traveling together.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Albert's Room

The second Master Bedroom of the mansion is one of our most popular suites. Albert’s Room has a Tommy Bahama king size bed, single sleigh bed, wood burning fireplace flanked with two wing back chairs, pine writing desk, and pine armoire. The bath has white subway tile and black & white floors with a claw foot tub, shower and pedestal sink.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Grand Suite

The original Master Suite is one of our most popular rooms and has been highlighted in Yankee and Country Inns Magazines. It features a custom crafted Vermont four poster king bed, as well as a single day bed, his and her rainfall showers with local marble & Restoration Hardware sink and sconce lighting, wood burning fireplace, vanity area and intimate dining area. It is very light and airy with 8 windows and is painted in shades of gray and taupe. It has a larger flat screen TV to enjoy watching a movie in bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

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Location Type

Rural, Small town


Burlington, VT (BTV) 58 miles

Directions to property:

Route 7 North or South to Route 73 East, Park St, 1/2 block East of Route 7

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Lake Champlain & Lake Dunmore, Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, Neshobe Golf Club, Shelburne Museum, Vermont Maple Museum, Warren Kimble Art Studio, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel, Mansion

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Secretarial services, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access , 3 guest rooms with wood burning fireplaces, Irons in room, morning coffee station with Biscotti, wood burning fireplace in tavern

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only No Smoking in Any Room or Inside the Inn
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Must call first - $35 pet fee
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights - holidays & some weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: For special weekends.
  • Cancellations: Please don't but if you must....and can give us a thirty (30) day notice prior to your arrival, we will refund your deposit minus a $35 processing fee. If you cancel within thirty (30) days of your arrival, or an early checkout, we will issue a voucher for the entire deposit amount to be used toward a future stay. Vouchers are valid for one (1) year from date of issue and do have restricted periods: Foliage, Middlebury Events / Graduations, Dunmore / Keywadin Weekends, or holiday weekends. Minimum stay is 2 days on weekends and 3 days on holiday weekends.
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Shelly and Doug Sawyer

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About the innkeepers

While living in England Shelly got the "bug" to own a Bed and Breakfast when they returned to the US. Doug issued a firm "no", but all things change with time. Over the course of 2 years of searching we moved from buying a four room B and B to a 9 room country inn. We lovingly call the Lilac Inn, the best little Inn on the planet, but we feel more like custodians than owners. Today it continues as a nine room country Inn known for romantic getaways and custom Vermont weddings in any season.

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  • Time Served: 8:30am-9:30am
  • Serving Location: All guests have a private table in Garden Room, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegan

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Special Package

Wedding Packages

Celebrate your Vermont elopement at one of Vermont’s most Romantic Country Inns. Includes a private ceremony with a local officiate, small wedding cake, bottle of champagne, fresh cut flowers, Lake Champlain chocolates, and a gourmet four course dinner. Two nights lodging with private bath, TV, and a three course gourmet breakfast each day. Rooms with wood burning fireplaces are available. Elope to one of Vermont’s most Romantic Country Inns. Includes a private ceremony with a local officiate, small wedding cake, bottle of champagne, fresh cut flowers, Lake Champlain Chocolates, gourmet four course dinner. Two nights lodging with private bath, TV, AC, three course gourmet breakfast each day – wood burning fireplaces available. The Lilac Inn, Brandon Vermont, is pet friendly. Two Night Elopement Package at $675 per person for two nights Midweek, $775 per person for two nights Weekend and Holidays plus tax and service.

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