Demolition Alert III: Village Country Inn in Manchester, Vermont

Update: “Green Light Given to Demolish Village Country Inn in Manchester, Vermont”

Vermont Public Radio has a story about a developer who wants to tear down the Village Country Inn (built in 1889 and is a registered historic building) in Manchester, Vermont to put up a chain hotel.

A proposal to build a chain hotel in Manchester’s historic district is getting a skeptical reception from village residents.

As VPR’s Susan Keese reports, the project would include tearing down a much older inn that’s currently vacant.

The proposed Hampton Inn and Suites would be a little less than two blocks from the sprawling – but historic – Equinox Resort – and well south of the outlet stores of Manchester Center.

The new, 80-room hotel would cover two currently vacant lots and a third lot, occupied by the former Village Country Inn. The old 32-room inn was built in 1889 and is registered as a historic building.

The building is currently for sale at $2.7 million and the listing can be found here.  Here are some of the highlights:

The guest rooms are all decorated uniquely with the common areas feeling more like home than a modern hotel. The restaurant, called the Rose Room, has the potential for intimate dining for up to 80 guests. The Tavern in the Green, which includes a fireplace, seats approximately 30 people for drinks from a fully stocked bar and can be utilized as meeting space upon request. Up to 80 people can be accommodated indoors or 150 in an outside tent . . .

Guest rooms are fully furnished in traditional decor. Every room is unique with names like Love Letters, Queen Anne’s Lace, Jardin Suite and Rose Arbor. Color televisions and telephones are available in every room as is coffee each morning. Rooms and suites come with either a King or Queen sized bed with one Jacuzzi suite . . .

The Village Country Inn features 32 rooms and suites, a full-service dining room, full size outdoor pool and spacious gardens that can accommodate large groups for special occasions. The French Rabbit Boutique is a gift shop full of antiques and local arts and crafts. A business center is near the lobby with high-speed internet access. The second building on the property is a converted barn which houses the Everton Fitness Room. The second floor of the barn is currently unfinished but could be converted into usable space.

Apparently, the building can only be torn down if it is beyond repair.  While the building has been unoccupied since 2009, it probably has not deteriorated beyond the point of reasonable repair.  Hopefully an alternative developer and/or the town stops this loss of another Northern New England treasure.

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