Castle Hill Resort And Spa
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
Stayed in a beautiful room in the Mansion - what a great place! Kierstan was so welcoming and informative. We loved going to the spa on the premises, and enjoyed relaxing in the sauna, pool and hot tub. The meal at the restaurant in the mansion was excellent! Perfect getaway spot!
Our daughter gave us a weekend spa and hotel for our 35th Anniversary. Castle Hill is in a small quiet town in Vermont. The facilities are very nice, comfortable, and clean. Staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. Food and drinks were a bit pricy, but it was our anniversary. Highly recommend this venue if you are visiting Vermont.
Peaceful, relaxing, beautifully preserved, a lovely stay for a perfect long weekend getaway. The historic house is where you'd want to stay, it's absolutely enchanting. Spend some time in the hot tub and just unwind.
This is a wonderful resort !! My husband and I just returned this week, unfortunately to the tornado stricken CT. We adore the staff at the Castle and the reception area at the Pointe!! I looove our room in the Castle!! Dianne in the dining area is considered our family! I cannot express our gratitude in welcoming us as returning guests. We love the history ,beauty, wood work , etc. of this resort.. We always have such a fantastic stay! The weather was brilliant and we returned with a tan. We love that heated pool. It was so pleasant without screaming kids.See you soon!!
My fiancé and I stayed at the Castle Hill Resort this past weekend and had an amazing time! Thank you to the staff and Paula, especially, for making our trip so memorable --- they helped my fiancé plan a surprise proposal right in their private dining room! Can't thank you enough! The Castle itself was gorgeous and very stately. The entire time we felt as though we were staying in a home right out of Downton Abbey!! I also loved the fact that it was extremely quiet and didn't see any children. Our first evening the weather was beautiful so we enjoyed their pool and hot tub. It is located next to the spa and is perfect for relaxing and a nice swim. We loved it because it was heated perfectly. Later in the evening we enjoyed wine on the patio and listened to the live musician play inside the library. Saturday we traveled about 25 minutes to Long Trail Brewery and then continued on to Woodstock for the day as Ludlow is very quiet in the summer months. Our room was spacious, clean and cozy - exactly like you would expect in a castle. Our dinner Saturday night was amazing - we ordered off the prix-fixe menu. Piano was playing in the background and the service was great. They offer a continental breakfast in their dining room for $9.95 and consists of all the standards, plus scrambled eggs. Overall a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back!