Library stocked with antique books has a full bar menu and live piano music
Heated year-round outdoor pool and hot tub offer an idyllic retreat in the Vermont countryside
Best of both worlds: The resort offers period decor and modern convenience
What To Know
The property’s old elevator doesn’t work anymore, so you’ll have to take the stairs; request a room on a lower floor for easier access
A free shuttle takes guests to Okemo Mountain Resort during ski season
Walls are thin; light sleepers may want to bring ear plugs to guard against occasional hallway noises
Parking on site
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Historical castle and resort in the heart of Vermont ski country, with a spa, pool and French-American restaurant
Turn-of-the-century living is preserved at Castle Hill Resort & Spa, an architectural gem built for future Vermont governor Allen M. Fletcher in 1905. Remarkably, it was the first home in Vermont to have electricity, and it’s filled with original storybook touches that hark back to a bygone era, including ornately carved gables on the stone building’s steep roof, Oriental carpets, wood-paneled walls, intricate plaster ceilings and a working antique grandfather clock in the lobby.
Bed and Bath
The accommodations in the castle feature period decor and antique furnishings, from grand four-poster beds to decorative brick fireplaces, but there are also modern conveniences such as flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. The bathrooms feature Aveda toiletries and are generally more quaint than luxurious, with antique fixtures that echo the vintage vibe of this historical property; some have deep clawfoot bathtubs. The one- and two-bedroom condos, which are in a separate building behind the castle, offer a decidedly more modern experience that’s great for families, with jetted tubs, fully equipped stainless steel kitchens and gas fireplaces.
An Aveda Concept Spa, the only full-service spa in the area, is located on the Castle Hill grounds in a 17th-century carriage house. Next to the spa is a year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub ringed by lounge chairs. If you’re looking for a wellness fix, yoga and Pilates classes take place in the greenhouse by the pool. Après-ski, spend an hour among the antique books and cocktails in the castle’s elegant library, where the staff serves snacks and spirits (think espresso martinis, Sidecars and Kir Royales); some evenings a pianist provides entertainment. A prix-fixe three- or four-course menu is served in the wood-paneled dining room, where elevated presentation and excellent service enhance French-American gourmet fare crafted with Vermont-grown ingredients (think sweet potato gratin, Vermont sausage, grilled winter vegetables, brandy and apple demiglace); the best spot in the house is by the western windows, which offer postcard-perfect sunset views.
In the Area
A five-minute drive from Castle Hill, the four-season Okemo Mountain Resort, with its 18-hole championship golf course and 120 alpine ski trails, is a prime draw for guests. The beautiful drive to the Castle along scenic byway 103 is also an attraction in itself. And the antiquing here can't be beat: Charming little antique shacks abound on the neighboring country roads, but many of these are private homes, so bring cash and a sense of adventure. In the Ludlow area, the casual and very popular Downtown Grocery serves an ever-changing menu scrawled on a large blackboard, with fresh ingredients from sustainable fish to meat cured in the restaurant's cellar. Also nearby is Singleton’s General Store, an old-fashioned country shop that sells everything from guns to wool socks, with a wide array of homemade specialty foods such as sausages, smoked meats and famous Canadian bacon.