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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We went here for dinner because we were staying at the sister hotel down the road. The building was gorgeous and absolutely perfect for celebrating my birthday. The wine was sublime and our waitress was wonderful, very knowledgeable and accommodating. The food was kind of a mixed bag. The soup course of seafood chowder was weird and had a strange gelatinous consistency. My steak was very tender, but not as flavorful as one might expect. Dessert was ho hum. I guess I was expecting more from a 65 dollar a person dinner. In short, go for the ambiance, but keep your expectations in check.
We visited Castle Hill Resort at the peak of foliage viewing in October! It was spectacular!
We remember de around to Ludlow, Rutland, Manchester and Weston. No crowds or traffic. Homes were nicely decorated for Fall.
We stayed in the Castle with art of the resort. A real step back in time ( think Downton Abbey)
Clean rooms. Ambiance. Needed a three step stool to get in the bed! Very quiet. Beautiful grounds. Check prices on Travel Zoo or Groupon.
Spent 2 nights in the two room suite. Very roomy and comfortable. We purchased the anniversary package. Included the two nights, couples massage, dinner for two and bottle of champagne in the room upon arrival. Not fans of champagne, so we substituted Pinot Grigio for an up-charge; it was worth it. Great aroma and very pleasing on the palette. We had our massages on our first evening. My partner had never experienced a massage before and he absolutely loved it. I’ve had many massages and this one was very good. The atmosphere was very relaxing and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We chose to have dinner on our second evening. We both started with the lobster/corn chowder. OMG!! There are no words to describe it! I could have eaten more of it and not had dinner. I am so glad I opted for dinner. We both had the trio. Everything was well seasoned, cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. Highly recommend having diner here. Service was fabulous also; very attentive, but not intrusive.