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HUGE Mansion - Great for groups - retreats - yoga - weddings - sleeps 34!!!

Bedrooms 15
Half Baths3
Space 9,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

15 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, commercial kitchen, dining room, yoga studio/ballroom

This 24 room mansion is perfect for retreats, reunions, bridal parties, corporate gatherings and large groups that want privacy in a beautiful, natural setting in the heart of Manchester Village.

This enormous, 9,000 sq foot home features a grand ballroom with a wood burning fireplace that's a versatile space as a classroom, family game room with a ping pong table, wedding venue, crafting workshop or a sun filled yoga studio.

There's a commercial kitchen that's wonderful for cooking together, formal wood paneled dining room with a fireplace, a large living room with a piano and other musical instruments, and a game room complete with a ping pong and giant chess table and 15 bedrooms- all but three with private bathroom – so bring the whole family!

There is even a handicap accessible queen bedroom on the ground floor so grandparents don't have to climb the stairs. Pets are welcome too for an additional fee.

This 9,000 square foot home includes free WiFi and satellite TV, 5 private acres of woods and streams, a winterized large gazebo and a campfire..

The Battenkill Valley Mansion is only a mile from the Equinox hotel, but it feels a world away, surrounded by tall pines, and adjacent to the rolling fields of Hildene Meadow and the Battenkill River. Step outside your door for miles of scenic bike rides or runs along scenic River Road.

The historic Battenklill Valley mansion was built in 1904 as a wedding present for the daughter of the family who lived nearby at the Wilburton Inn. Guests of the Battenkill Mansion may now enjoy the amenities of the Wilburton Inn, including pool, tennis, and 28 acres of sculptures, flower gardens and breath-taking mountain views.

Manchester is a year round destination for sports, arts, and relaxation, less than 5 minutes away from designer outlet shopping, Orvis fishing, canoeing, tubing, hiking, and world-class golf. Bromley Mountain is only 10 miles away, and Stratton just 18 miles. The Dorset Summer Theatre Festival, Vermont Horse Show, Southern Vermont Art Center, Crafts Fair, and farmers markets are just a few of the fun nearby activities.

Guests are welcome to dine at the 1902 Wilburton Mansion where, for an additional fee, they can feast on a hearty country breakfast, evening cocktails or a gourmet dinner featuring artisanal whole-grain breads and dishes crafted with seasonal produce from the property's family-run organic farm.

The Wilburton Inn accommodates up to 150 guests in 8 buildings of different sizes and styles. It is an ideal private getaway for destination weddings, corporate retreats, family reunions, and private celebrations. 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
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

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 chateau / country house in 2002

Why Melissa Levis chose Manchester Village

This robber baron estate has evolved through the 20th century from a private home, to a prep school, to an inn and now to an inn that celebrates life as a farm, a bakery, and a museum advancing creativity to become the core of education. This is a spectacular, huge home where guests can relax and truly get away from it all.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Tour our outdoor sculpture trails 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Manchester Village, Vermont

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 9000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 34
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • NO PROM GROUPS All parties need pre-approval. Wedding fees range from $1000-$2500.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • River
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • mini-fridge
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Wet Bar
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , Double headed shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 7 - no bathroom
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , bath with shower , this is the common bathroom for the apartment rooms
    Bathroom 11 - first floor has two bathrooms, one is full, handicap accessi
    Bathroom 12 - toilet , this is off the kitchen, main floor
    Bathroom 13 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Antique sunken marble bath tub
    Bathroom 14 - toilet
  • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 34
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double bed , 1 single bed , this large room offers 3 beds plus a sitting room & bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , large room with 2 pretty brass beds and en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , 1 double bed , 2 large white beds w/ fabulous ensuite boutique hotel shower
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double bed , bright room with en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 extra lg. double bed , massive king suite w/ fireplace, sitting room, and bathroom
    Bedroom 8 - 1 extra lg. double bed , King bedroom on 3rd fl with private bath ensuite
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , shares ensuite bathroom with room 7. 3rd floor
    Bedroom 10 - 2 double bed , big bedroom with eve and great en suite bathroom. 3rd floor
    Bedroom 9 - 1 large double bed , small queen bedroom with ensuite bathroom. 3rd floor
    Bedroom 14 - 1 large double bed , ground floor, handicapped accessible queen bedroom
    Bedroom 13 - 1 large double bed , master suite w/ high 4 poster bed, shares bath w/ kids room
    Bedroom 12 - 1 sofa bed/futon , this is a 2nd kitchen with a pull out sofa and sleeps 1.
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double bed , Shares bathroom w/ room 6. 3rd fl.
    Bedroom 15 - 1 single bed , This ground floor twin room has a massive carved armoire
    Bedroom 11 - 1 bunk bed , childs room with 3/4 size bunk beds - fine for teens
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (11), Single Beds (3), Bunk Beds for up to 125 lbs (1), pack and play type, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • Groups
  • long term rentals available
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • jacuzzi ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
This is an amazing house that offers great flexibility for large groups. Please call us before booking so we can answer any questions. 917 680 6739


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average rating of 4.925 based on 40 reviews
Toronto, Canada

Great House for a Christmas Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful house for our week-long Christmas family reunion. The house was even larger and more comfortable than we had imagined from the pictures on the website. It easily accommodated our 20 family members with plenty of room to spare. The kids had plenty of room to spread out in their space, and the ping pong table in thegame room was a big hit.

The dining room was large enough for all of us to comfortably have dinner together every evening, and the fireplace in the dining room added to the festive atmosphere.

Dr. Levis is a very considerate and gracious host who made us feel right at home. Before we arrived, he had arranged to have a Christmas tree put up in the living room for us, and he checked in regularly to make certain that we were comfortable.

Manchester is a great place to visit. Lots of Vermont charm, an abundance of designer outlets and plenty of good skiing nearby.

We had a wonderful week and could have easily stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: 28/01/2010
  • Date of Stay: December 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 4 of 5

We have now made two events here and we absolutely love it. Plenty of room for everyone, wonderful kitchen, and my kids are already planning what next simcha they can have here.

  • Review Submitted: 06/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome house for a big family get together!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend the Battenkill Valley Mansion!

We had a family holiday celebration weekend with 27 people ranging from my 3-month old niece to my 85- year old mother. The house was perfect!

Everybody loved the bedrooms, which are larger than they look online. We enjoyed relaxing in the living room and in the family room by the fire. The kids enjoyed the ping pong table and basketball game.

The kitchen is awesome. We cooked several large meals.

The dining room is very spacious. We were able to eat together as a family several times.

Most of all the "vibe" is very homey and comfortable. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and didn't want to leave.

  • Review Submitted: 05/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Geneva, NY

5th Family Thanksgiving Reunion

  • 5 of 5

This was our 5th Thanksgiving reunion with our family of 30 (including 16 grandkids ages 1 to 17 yrs. old). It has always been a great time with a lot of activities, including lacrosse, soccer, touch football, and fire-pit time outside and butter making, ping pong, basketball, wine tasting, and a huge Thanksgiving dinner inside with all gathered around tables in the game room. The old house was in better shape than previously with some new improvements and very clean. It is a grand old house for large groups with a bathroom in 13 of the 14 bedrooms. All of our family members, young and old, look forward to our time in the Mansion.

  • Review Submitted: 26/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Family Reunion at a Fantastic Location

  • 5 of 5

Our family has been enjoying the warm hospitality and great location for our 4th weekend reunion.The Mansion provides both indoor and outdoor room to relax , enjoy and to have great fun regardless of age. The fire pit is one of the features that really brings the family together as we gather round in the evening in the glow of a warm and inviting fire. The kitchen is great and provides the capabilities to feed over forty people in a very family atmosphere. The bedrooms are warm and spacious. Also we take advantage of the Wilburton Inn for overflow . The staff is on call to assist in any way and provide a very high level of service.All in all a great place ,with great people, with great views ! Looking forward to our 5th anniversary next year.

  • Review Submitted: 20/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place, amazing owners!

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful, spacious location in a gorgeous location; convenient to everywhere but far enough away to feel like you are out in the country. The rooms are spotless and well maintained, the kitchen top-notch and the house had plenty of space for our large (25+) party. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 29/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Barpub
Wilburton Inn Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Equinox Hotel
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Rt. 7
Nearest Restaurant
Wilburton Inn Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Emerald Lake
Car: necessary

This mansion was built in 1904 as a wedding present for the daughter who's father Albert Gilbert bought the nearby Wilburton Inn. Our family bought the Wilburton in 1987, this mansion in 2005 and our nearby family home, Earth, Sky, Time Farm is now the leading Organic Farm & Bakery in Manchester. We love the area having grown up here and raised our kids here and love sharing these historic homes with other big families and groups of friends.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Manchester Village, Vermont

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
25 May 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
29 Jun 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
Columbus Day
5 Oct 2018 - 8 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
21 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
December Savings
26 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
New Years
26 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
18 Jan 2019 - 21 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
Pres Weekend
15 Feb 2019 - 18 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
Spring Savings
25 Mar 2019 - 23 May 2019
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2019
24 May 2019 - 27 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
June 2019
31 May 2019 - 27 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
July 4th
28 Jun 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2019
10 Jul 2019 - 29 Aug 2019
4 night minimum stay
Labor Day
30 Aug 2019 - 2 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
Columbus Day 2019
4 Oct 2019 - 7 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
Fall Savings
21 Oct 2019 - 19 Nov 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping fee AU$806.34 + Tax
Pet Fee AU$167.99 + Tax
linens - towels & sheets AU$470.36 + Tax

This is an extraordinary home for small weddings up t0 75 guests, retreats, birthday celebrations, family reunions, and graduate school groups.

Please note holiday weekends have a 3 night minimum.

There is an additional facility fee of $1000 for weddings up to 50 and $1500 for weddings up to 75. This includes tables, chairs, and place settings.

Our security deposit is a credit card imprint of $750 when you pick up your keys. No money is taken from your card. It is torn up after our housekeepers review the house as long as there is no damages.

We waive the $150 linens fee when guests book within 48 hours of querying us.

Dogs are welcome for $125/per pet. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels stay free!

We specialize in family reunions and can offer catering and massages as additional perks.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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