Swift House Inn

25 Stewart Lane , Middlebury, VT 05753 USA (Show map)
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The Swift House Inn is located in the charming New England town of Middlebury, Vermont. The buildings that comprise the Swift House Inn today are the product of over a century of adaptation to the needs of the Swift and Stewart families that lived here from 1815 until 1981. The Main House, built in 1814 by Samuel Swift, was the home of former Governor John W. Stewart and his daughter Jessica Stewart Swift. The Victorian Gate House, built in 1906, graces the entrance to Stewart Lane. The Carriage House, built in 1886, to house the horses and carriages, was renovated in 1990 as luxury accommodations.

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Overall
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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.5

B&B Gem in Vermont!

4.0 on August 22, 2013

My husband and I just returned from the Swift House a couple days ago and our experience was nothing short of wonderful. The staff was very friendly and helpful, making us feel welcomed and at home. There were personal touches all over the house, from the homemade cookies in the hall to the house owners/managers bringing us breakfast personally in the dining hall. Our room was very clean, comfortable and spacious and having a bathroom attached to the room made our stay that much more pleasant. The setting was breathtaking and we especially enjoyed having breakfast out on the terrace. Overall we have nothing negative to say about our experience and will definitely be recommending and returning to the Swift House Inn! staff was friendly


Romantic Gem

4.4 on August 03, 2012

I brought my fiance here for a long weekend to celebrate her birthday. What a great time. We stayed two nights, and were pleasantly surprised! Middlebury is a beautiful scenic town, and we were able to enjoy the quaintness, mere minutes from the inn. Just a few miles away, we were also able to snowshoe to the summit if snake mountain. The Swift House inn is very central, and I am already planning our trip back. We stayed in the the gorgeous Woodbury room. We perfected the night by popping some champagne, and hanging in front of the perfectly romantic burning fire, right in the room! The staff very courteous, and helpful, and the service was impeccable. We will be back...


I wish I lived in Vermont

4.0 on January 19, 2012

My husband and I stayed here last September while bicycling with Vermont Bicycle Tours. Every aspect of this Inn was lovely: staff, furnishings, meals, grounds. If we are in this area in the future we'll definited stay again!


Simply beautiful

4.0 on October 20, 2010

Amazing! Much better than we had hoped for! Beautiful rooms and great service. Will come here many more times!


A Little Bit of Heaven

5 on July 16, 2010

Our friend booked the Swift House Inn for her wedding guests and we were delighted with the entire experience. We stayed for 3 nights in the Alexander Twilight Room for about $400 (we got 18% off for staying 3 nights) which included a WONDERFUL, full breakfast each morning for the four of us -- which made this price a real value for our family. Breakfast included cereals, homemade granola, fresh fruit (fresh berries, grapefruit, melon, etc.), yogurt, juice and coffee and then you get to choose an entree from the menu (eggs made to order, bacon, sausage, french toast, pancakes which were all very good!). Our room and bed were very, very comfortable. They added a cot at no extra charge for our daughter (age 6), and our little guy (age 4) slept on a cute little sofa and he was very comfortable. Overall the service was great and every morning the owner herself greeted us at breakfast and assisted the wait staff. There is a beautiful courtyard with beautiful flowers and benches for sitting and just absorbing the beautiful surroundings. One review called this a "hotel" but this is not at all the feel that we got from the place. We stayed in the house by the main road because it was the least expensive, but we honestly were not bothered at all by the traffic. This house has a great sitting area downstairs with coffee, tea, and cookies for the taking. Summary: It is clear that the owners take great pride and care in managing this inn and if we ever visited Middlebury again we would stay here no doubt!!! We had to leave a review because we were just so pleased with our experience and found it to be a great value. P.S. I checked the other cheap drive in motels and they were not cheap - still around $100 per night without breakfast so staying at this beautiful inn was a no brainer!!! Sincerely, The Holcombes from Round Rock, TX


The vermont inn

4.6 on June 20, 2010

The stay at the inn was excellent and the food was good


Bad room, would never go there again

2.2 on August 03, 2009

We stayed there twice during a 1 week trip through Vermont. To start, this is not a B&B. It is a hotel spread over 3 buildings. We stayed in the less expensive rooms. The first room had the worst bed I have ever slept in. Noise and light from the nearby street made sleeping difficult. The A/C was noisy and didn't work too well. I woke up with a sore back. Breakfast was OK, but a bit slow. It looks like they have put off a lot of the building maintenance. The second room also had a bad bed, but slightly less horrible than the first. The A/C was also noisy but cooled well enough after a few hours. Breakfast service was a little faster. I would never stay there again. Perhaps the more expensive rooms are better, but there are plenty of B&B's around and you can do much better for the same price.


An incredible spring!

5 on May 29, 2007

My room at the Swift House was spacious, clean and extraordinarily well appointed. I loved the clock radio that I plugged my ipod into. I recommend this inn to everyone.


Great for Female Business Travelers

5 on May 22, 2007

I am not the usual "B&B type" of business traveler but I must say that my stay at the Swift House Inn has given me a new perspective. As a female traveling alone, I felt safe and warmly welcomed like family and was still able to remain somewhat anonymous. There are plenty of common areas to choose a spot alone to get work done and small tables at breakfast to dine alone if you aren't a morning person. The rooms are very comfortable with wifi and great beds! Ask for a room in the main house. Great for vacations too.


Relaxing, quiet and perfect!

5 on May 20, 2007

My first time to Vermont, and I loved the Swift House and the town of Middlebury. Great hiking, lovely quaint shops, and interesting art--all within easy walking distance of the inn. Breakfasts and dinners were superb, and the hospitality of Dan & Michelle (and staff) is perfectly friendly, attentive and excellent.


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Rooms & Rates

20 - Garden Room

The Garden room, located in the Main House, is a first floor room with an outside entrance and a patio. It has a King bed, coffeemaker, satellite TV, and central air conditioning. Its bathroom has a double whirlpool tub/shower combination. It is decorated in red and white.

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

21 - Battell Room

The Battell Room, located in the Main House, is a second floor corner room with a Queen bed. Its bathroom has a stall shower, and the bedroom has satellite TV and central air conditioning. It is decorated in green.

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

22 - Governor's Room

The Governor's Room, located in the Main House, is a large second floor corner room with a King bed and a gas fireplace. Its bathroom has a single whirlpool tub/shower combination. The bedroom has a desk, satellite TV, and central air conditioning. It is decorated in shades of grey.

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

23 - Stewart Room

The Stewart Room, located in the Main House, is a second floor room with two twin extra long beds that can be made into a king bed upon request, and a gas fireplace. The bedroom has satellite TV and central air conditioning. Its bathroom has a single whirlpool tub/shower combination.

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

24 - Swift Room

The Swift Room, in the Main House, was Jessica Swift's bedroom for the better part of 100 years! Located on the second floor, this corner room has a Queen bed, fireplace, satellite TV, central air conditioning, and a large bathroom with a two-person soaking tub/shower combination. There is a private deck off the bathroom. The bedroom is decorated in blue.

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

25 - Seymour Room

The Seymour Room, located in the Main House, is a second floor room with two twin beds (which can be made into a King bed). The bedroom has satellite TV and central air conditioning and is decorated in shades of tan. The bathroom has a corner stall shower.

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

26 - Addison Room

The Addison Room, located in the Main House, is a second floor room with a Queen bed. The wood-paneled bathroom has a claw-foot tub and separate stall shower. The bedroom has satellite TV and central air conditioning and is decorated in red.

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

27 - Emma Willard Room

The Emma Willard Room is a corner second floor room located in the Main House. The room has a fireplace, Queen bed, satellite TV, and central air conditioning, and the bathroom has a stall shower. The bedroom is decorated in red.

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

28 - Clark Room

The Clark room is located on the second floor of the Main House. It has a Queen bed, twin sleeper sofa, satellite TV, and central air conditioning. The bathroom has a tub/shower combination. The bedroom is decorated in reds and yellows.

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

31 - Cartmell Room

The Cartmell Room is located on the first floor of the Gate House. The room has two extra long twin beds which can be made into a King bed. The bathroom has a tub/shower combination. The bedroom has satellite TV and a window air conditioner and is decorated in green and brown. The Gate House is located on the property and is a short walk from the Main House. The Gate House sits close to Route 7, so the rooms in this building hear more traffic noise than do the rooms in the Main House and Carriage House.

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

32 - Turret Room

The Turret Room is located on the second floor of the Gate House and has an interesting curved wall with three very large non-opening windows. The bathroom has a single whirlpool tub/shower combination. The bedroom has satellite TV and a window air conditioner and is decorated in green. The Gate House is located on the property and is a short walk from the Main House. The Gate House sits close to Route 7, so the rooms in this building hear more traffic noise than do the rooms in the Main House and Carriage House.

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

33 - Lucy Ford-Slade Room

The Lucy Ford-Slade Room is located on the second floor of the Gate House and has a Queen bed, satellite TV, and a window air conditioner. The bedroom is decorated in tan. The bathroom has a single whirlpool tub/shower combination. The Gate House is located on the property and is a short walk from the Main House. The Gate House sits close to Route 7, so the rooms in this building hear more traffic noise than do the rooms in the Main House and Carriage House.

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

34 - Alexander Twilight Room

The Alexander Twilight Room is located on the second floor of the Gate House and has a Queen bed, satellite TV, and a window air conditioner. The room is decorated in tan. The bathroom has a tub/shower combination. The Gate House is located on the property and is a short walk from the Main House. The Gate House sits close to Route 7, so the rooms in this building hear more traffic noise than do the rooms in the Main House and Carriage House.

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

35 - John Deere Room

The John Deere Room is located on the second floor of the Gate House and has a Queen bed. The bedroom has satellite TV and a window air conditioner and is decorated in green and yellow. The bathroom has a single whirlpool tub/shower combination. The Gate House is located on the property and is a short walk from the Main House. The Gate House sits close to Route 7, so the rooms in this building hear more traffic noise than do the rooms in the Main House and Carriage House.

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

41 - Black Hawk Room

The Black Hawk Room, located in the Carriage House, is on the first floor and is handicapped accessible. This large room has a King bed and a sitting area with a Full-size sleeper sofa. The spacious bathroom has a large whirlpool tub/shower combination. The bedroom has a gas fireplace, desk, coffeemaker, satellite TV, and central air conditioning. It is decorated in green and white.

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

42 - Bulrush Room

The Bulrush Room, located in the Carriage House, is on the first floor. This large room has a King bed and a sitting area with a Full-size sleeper sofa. The spacious bathroom has a large two-person whirlpool tub/shower combination. The bedroom features a wood-burning fireplace, coffeemaker, satellite TV, and central air conditioning. It is decorated in red and green.

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

43 - Woodbury Room

The Woodbury Room, located in the Carriage House, is on the first floor. This very large, 400-square foot room has a King bed and a sitting area with a Queen sleeper sofa. The spacious bathroom has a large two-person whirlpool tub/shower combination. The bedroom features a wood-burning fireplace, desk, coffeemaker, satellite TV, and central air conditioning. It is decorated in shades of green.

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

44 - Sherman Room

The Sherman Room, located in the Carriage House, is on the first floor. This very large, 350-square foot room has a King bed and a sitting area with a Full-size sleeper sofa. The spacious bathroom has a large two-person whirlpool tub/shower combination. The bedroom features a wood burning fireplace, coffeemaker, satellite TV, and central air conditioning. The room is decorated in blue and yellow.

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

45 - Mansfield Room

The Mansfield Room, located in the Carriage House, is one floor down, on the lower level. The room has French doors which open to a private patio and garden. This very large, 400-square foot room has a King bed and sitting area with a Queen sleeper sofa. The spacious bathroom has a large two-person whirlpool tub/shower combination. The bedroom features a wood burning fireplace, coffeemaker, satellite TV, and central air conditioning. It is decorated in blue.

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

46 - Gladstone Room

The Gladstone Room, located in the Carriage House, is on the second floor. This is the Inn's largest room with 400 sq foot of space. It has a King bed and a sitting area with a Full-size sleeper sofa, wood burning fireplace, satellite TV, and central air conditioning. The spacious bathroom has a large two person whirlpool tub/shower combination.

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

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Location

Location Type

Small town

Airport

Burlington, VT (BTV) 40 miles

Directions to property:

When leaving Burlington International Airport turn left onto Airport Road. Proceed straight through the traffic light onto Kennedy Drive. Kennedy Drive then becomes 189 South. Continue on Route 189 and take the Route 7 South exit towards Middlebury. Take a left onto Route 7 South. Middlebury is approximately 40 miles south. Just before entering the center of Middlebury you will come to a traffic light—there is a Mobil Station on the right and Stewart Lane is on the left. Turn left onto Stewart Lane and continue to our Main House on the left to check in.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Apple Orchards, Otter Creek Brewery Tour, Vermont Soap Factory Tour,, UVM Morgan Horse Farm, Woorchuck Hard Cider Tours, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Pub, Mansion

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Sauna, Wedding Facilities , Sauna, Steam Room

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi, Wired internet, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Sauna and Steam Shower

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Cribs available
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Dogs Allowed in Carriage House
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We require a one night's advance deposit per room.
  • Cancellations: We have a seven (7) day cancellation policy. Should you need to cancel please do so seven days prior to your scheduled arrival date and we will refund your deposit less a $20 administrative fee. If you need to cancel within seven days of your scheduled arrival date, you are responsible for paying for all nights of your reservation of which we cannot resell the room. We give all of our guests a 24-hour period from the time they make their reservation to cancel with no penalty. Should you need to depart prior to your original departure date, you will be held responsible for your entire scheduled stay, unless we are able to resell the rooms. All rooms are guaranteed with your advanced deposit therefore late arrivals are easily accommodated. Please notify our office if you will be arriving later than 10 p.m. for specific instructions.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Dan & Michele Brown

Languages spoken

English

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About the innkeepers

We started our innkeeping career in Annapolis, Maryland in 1996 with a 4 room Bed & Breakfast, called the Georgian House. After 5 years, we decided to leave our other careers and take on innkeeping full time. The new adventure had us leaving Annapolis and buying the Pilgrim's Inn on Deer Isle, Maine were we stayed for 3 years. Finally in 2004 we arrived in Middlebury, VT as the owners of the Swift House inn.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 7:30 am to 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Glutten Free


Signature Dish

Cab Cakes
Yes, hard to believe but the most popular item on the menu is the crab cakes!


Recipes

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