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Panoramic views, spacious suites, historic property, next to state park. Private

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Boutique hotel features 4 spacious suites in separate wings of the building

Situated at the base of Mt. Philo in picturesque Charlotte, Vermont, with stunning panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, the Mt. Philo Inn offers guests the privacy, spaciousness and tranquility of a home in the country, with the amenities of a boutique hotel.

The historic inn features four spacious suites-- three 3-bedroom and one 2-bedroom —located in separate wings of the building. Each “wing” has a complete kitchen, 2 bathrooms and private entrance way.

The Mt. Philo Inn provides a comfortable and genuine Vermont experience, away from the highways and lights, but convenient to both Burlington and Middlebury. We feature solidly crafted furniture, hardwood floors, stone counters, locally sourced foods, soaps and artwork. Each suite has a kitchen, fully equipped for cooking and entertaining. Refrigerators are stocked with a breakfast basket of Vermont products.

The century-old inn is in Charlotte, the heart of the Champlain Valley, with the private, original carriage road to Mt. Philo State Park and its many recreational options. The Inn is surrounded by preserved fields and mountain ranges, but conveniently located with easy access to the restaurants, clubs, galleries, bookstores and shops of Burlington and Middlebury.

Our unique spacious structure is conducive to family reunions, educational retreats, or simple weekends away. A commune in the sixties, the inn is now available by the day, week or month.

Innkeepers for over 25 years, David and Jane Garbose have given thought to the inn’s facelift-- preserving the inn’s gorgeous woodwork and hardware; sourcing local building materials when possible; decorating with a minimalist and eclectic style; and emphasizing products from local companies. The result is an updated classic that exudes a simple elegance and peaceful vibe.

More Details

Property Manager
David Garbose
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 6, 2017

About David Garbose

In 1990, Innkeeper David Garbose and his partner, Jane Garbose, a psychologist, bought the neglected Charlotte landmark, the Mt Philo Inn.

We rescue things,” says Jane Garbose, co-owner with her partner, David Garbose, of the Mt. Philo Inn. “Border collies, furniture …”

There’s actually an exhaustive list of things that she and David have rescued, including the inn itself — which isn’t an “inn” now, in the customary sense, so much as an assemblage of four spacious, impressively appointed suites that, except for shared walls and connecting foyers, are independent of one another.

“We don’t serve breakfast,” she says, by way of illustration. “We provide a complimentary breakfast basket of wonderful local products — free-range organic eggs, Vermont Coffee Co. coffee, Smoke & Cure bacon, Vermont maple syrup, Dakin Farm’s buttermilk pancake mix. Each suite has a kitchen, and people can make their own breakfasts if they want.”

But her point about rescuing things, besides Izze, the inn’s sociable border collie, is well taken. Standing in the so-called West Wing Suite of their 120-year-old building at the foot of Mt. Philo, she and David are surrounded by beautiful, restored objects with histories predating their arrival at the inn. Desks, lamps, stoves (both the heating and the cooking variety), beds, sofas — all were found on Craigslist, or at yard sales, or through the Burlington nonprofit recycling cum work-training service ReSource.

Amazingly, there’s not a trace of hodgepodge in the inn’s décor. “Jane is a fantastic designer, without a bit of pretense in her taste, so there’s a comfortableness to the place that’s really noticeable,” says Dave. “We stop and consider each purchase. Nothing is haphazard.” Jane finds a connection in her practice calling at the Mt. Philo Inn.

“There’s something intuitive about working with internal spaces — in people and in this building we have,” she says. Dave and Izze climb Mt. Philo every day

David Garbose purchased this apartment in 1990

Why David Garbose chose Charlotte

The Mt. Philo Inn is a unique property next to a unique mountain. Our 3 bedroom suites provide an unusually comfortable lodging experience. Mt. Philo is one of the only accessible 360 degree views of a large body of water in New England. Our inspiring setting has easy access to the best features of Vermont.

There are a huge variety of quality recreational options centered at Mt. Philo that make it a great place to live. Mt. Philo itself is a jewel, with one of Vermont's best views. There are amazing routes out the door for running and biking, in the woods, flats or hills. Great options abound for birding, boating, swimming, hiking, climbing, golfing... the list is huge, and can be found on our website.

There are many nearby cultural options, starting with nearby world renowned Shelburne Museum. Also check out Middlebury College, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, the Echo Center,.

Our local culinary school, has been turning out quality chefs for 20 years, who remain to take advantage of Vermont's amazing local food production, creating fantastic fresh farm-table delicacies.

What makes this apartment unique

Spacious (1800 sq. ft.) 2-3 bedroom suites with complete kitchens.

Panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks

Adjoining the 278 acre Mt. Philo State Park

Private tranquil location in a protected landscape

Historic Inn from 1896 tastefully renovated using local artisans and materials

Only 12 miles to Burlington, 18 to Middlebury

Fully-equipped modern kitchens with Vermont stone counters

Private entrances

Outstanding TripAdvisor reviews

Two stylized, modern bathrooms in each suite

Dog friendly with 278 acres of adjoining dog friendly park

Private porches and office spaces

Original woodwork and ornate antique brass hardware

Free High-speed internet, wired and wireless

Cable TV, modern televisions

24 hr. on-site assistance

Cleaning service available (1 week notice)

Laundry facilities in each suite

Extensive flower gardens and fountain

Landscaped terraces

Refrigerators stocked with Vermont breakfast products

Local and organic soap and bath amenities

Free off-street parking

Safe neighborhood, never trouble

2 miles to Lake Champlain

A Fodors Choice hotel, one of 5 in Northern Vermont


Charlotte Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Each suite has 2 stylish bathrooms with at least one large soaking tubs and a stone slab shower, with Vermont stone.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King bed can be 2 twins
  • Handmade yellow birch beds in each suite. Hardwood floors, comfortable mattresses, Anachini sheets, original woodwork, brass door and window hardware, great views
  • CD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Our private 1800 sq. ft. 3 bedroom suites make us a truly unique vacation property, great for family gatherings, reunions. Adjoining Mt. Philo State Park is the most visited park in Vermont because of it's outstanding views, easy access and great recreational opportunities. We are a very popular destination for biking, sledding, hiking, bird watching, dog walking


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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Burlington, Vermont International Airport (BTV)
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Bearded Frog
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Charlotte Ferry
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Vermont National
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Essex VT
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rt. 7 and 189
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Starry Night Cafe'
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Mad River Glenn
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Lake Champlain (several)
Car: necessary

Ideal recreational area, close to Burlington and Middlebury, Easy access to Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. Great restaurants, hot club scene, world-class art. The best beer


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

No frees are collected until arrival. Cancellation policy: $50 administrative fee. No refund if cancelling within 2 weeks of arrival, unless we can fill the suite

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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