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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 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 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 chateau / country house in 2002

Why Melissa Levis chose Manchester

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 Center, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 34
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
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 ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveller reviews)

HUGE Mansion - Great for groups - retreats - yoga - weddings - sleeps 34!!!
average rating of 4.969697 based on 33 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: Jan 28, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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I would recommend this Home for ANY Large Group

  • 5 of 5

We hosted a corporate Retreat this past weekend at the mansion. It was perfect.. More than enough room for our full group of almost 35 people. The place was clean, huge industrial kitchen and dining room to prepare large group meals, never a wait for any bathroom. It was perfect..They were kind enough to load up both of their barbecue tanks for us even in the winter. Local to Bromley mountain and gave a great deal on the lift tickets at a discounted group rate. I RECOMMEND YOU STAY HERE!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home for our large group!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful mansion for our group of 30! Beds are very comfortable, rooms are large - a place for everyone. Fun game room with a ping pong table, too, for the young or young-at-heart. Melissa and Michelle were very helpful and made sure we had everything we needed. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another Great Family Weelend

  • 5 of 5

This our third year at the Mansion and Inn. Fantastic time was had by all. Mansion provided perfect outdoor area for our growing number of children to have a secure place to play and have fun. Accommodations as usual were extremely clean with a very responsive service staff.Inn provides excellent rooms for our more senior family members who enjoy family activities but want the ambiance provided.Enjoy working with management staff who are very willing to assist in anyway to insure a great time each year. Family looks forward each year and the year to come to a great time ,at a great venue , operated by great people.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfort, Beauty and More

  • 5 of 5

Battenkill Mansion fit all of our requirements for a family gathering with the possible exception of some hot, humid days to be expected

in August in an era of climate change. With a cast of 25 folks from age 2 to 77, we had enough air-conditioned, well-maintained bedrooms, bathrooms, places to gather, privacy nooks, vast outdoor lawn to play, to sit, to read, and even a gazebo to shelter from the occasional rain. The commercially equipped kitchen was large enough for various folks to prepare their breakfast, lunch and snacks, and for the chef, we hired, to prepare wonderful dinners. The dining areas accommodated all us for meals and several to work on their computers during the day. The pool at the Inn was well-used by several of our party while others went off to explore hiking trails, shops, local swimming holes and summer music performances. Melissa and her staff were available when needed (which was seldom). All in all a great place to spend time with friends, family and loved ones.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Traverse City, MI

Great spot for Mom's 90th birthday party

  • 5 of 5

It's not easy finding a venue that can sleep 30 family members and host an additional 20 guests for a milestone birthday party, but the Battenkill Valley Mansion fit the bill. Lea was thrilled to celebrate her 90th birthday in a sunny spacious room that could easily accommodate a piano, a ukulele, and lots of guests.

Before and after the party, family members had a great time cooking, chatting, sitting round the campfire, and swimming in the hotel pool. I'd recommend this place to anyone looking to accommodate a large group that likes to cook and have fun!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • 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 Center, Vermont

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Savings
20 Mar 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
26 May 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
30 Jun 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
July 2017
7 Jul 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 17-21
17 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
July 28-29
28 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
Aug 6-19
6 Aug 2017 - 19 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
Aug 27-31
27 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
Columbus Day!
6 Oct 2017 - 9 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall Savings
30 Oct 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
December Savings
1 Dec 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas in a Mansion!
22 Dec 2017 - 25 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Years
26 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
MLK Ski Weekend
12 Jan 2018 - 15 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
Presidents Weekend Ski Special
16 Feb 2018 - 19 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring Retreat Value Season
13 Mar 2018 - 24 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
25 May 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
29 Jun 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
Columbus Day
5 Oct 2018 - 8 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
New Years
26 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

linens - towels & sheets A$464.27 + Tax
Housekeeping fee A$795.9 + Tax
Pet Fee A$165.81 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

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

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