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Two Clean, Comfortable, Private Suites Next to Equinox Hotel and Resort

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Apartment 2 bedrooms Carriage House 1 bedroom Both kitchen bathroom family room

The beautiful and historic Skinner Cottage (1802), home to Richard Skinner, the 9th Governor of Vermont, is very close to - just two doors from - the famous Equinox Hotel and Resort in the picturesque village of Manchester, Vermont.

The entire third floor 1,200 sq feet of the Cottage has its own entrance and is a lovely, characteristically-VT (greens, reds and wood), clean, comfortable and private two-bedroom suite (recently renovated) with a private bathroom, eat-in kitchen, family room with a cozy gas fire, and lovely window seat with views over Vermont's most quintesential Main Street.

The Carriage House is a separate 800 sq foot 2nd floor clean, comfortable, private, more updated (yet still Vermont in character) 1-bedroom apartment with a private bathroom, eat-in kitchen, family room with a cozy stove, and looks over a newly landscaped garden with mountain views.

The Cottage Apartment-Suite and Carriage-House Apartment-Suite are equipped with all linens, tableware, air conditioning, standard cable TV and free internet.

Stroll along the historic marble walkway and visit the numerous shops, restaurants and various points of interest in this wonderful four season resort community.

I recommend you take a 'Google' at the house: ...: You can quickly take a look at this beautiful house ... by entering Google Maps (in your search), entering '3505 Main St, Manchester, VT 05254', clicking on 'more' and 'street view' ... this way you can see the fantastic, quintesential Vermont village location near the Equinox Resort Hotel ... the beauty of the property and the street ... even 'walk up and down the street' on the site ... there are also some lovely high resolution photographs all within 100 yards of, or right outside, the house.

Brief history of the house - Skinner family:: Richard and Mary Skinner originally built the Skinner Cottage in 1802. Richard was a probate judge in Manchester, Vermont. The courthouse where he served is within walking distance of the house opposite the Equinox Hotel and Resort. Richard Skinner was later elected to the US Congress, was the 9th governor of Vermont and subsequently served as the State’s Chief Justice.

The Skinner family included a son Mark who became famous in his own right as an eminent citizen and public servant in Chicago and in whose name a public school is named to this day in recognition of his leadership setting up the Chicago public school and library system. It is Mark’s daughter who funded, in Mark’s honor, Manchester town’s public library to the left of the house, shortly past the Equinox Hotel and Resort, on the street junction.

Brief history of the house - Pew through Taylors: More recently (since the early 1900’s) the Pew family were decades long owners of the “Skinner Cottage”. Mary Ethel Pew was one of four children of the founder of Sunoco. She and her siblings founded the nationally and internationally influential Pew Charitable Trusts, a NGO founded in 1948 and now a multi-billion dollar philanthropic foundation whose mission is to serve the public interest, improve public policy and civic life.

The house has since had few owners. Ms Newhouse who did much to renovate this historic mansion (and others on Main Street), a caterer who enlarged the rear of the house, and a headmaster and his wife, who previously owned the Ethan Allen Inn nearby Arlington.

The house is designated historic by the Manchester Historical Society, within the Manchester Village Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

The current owners of Skinner Cottage, the Taylor family, have a decades long relationship with Manchester.

More Details

David Taylor
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Starbuck Equestrian, 3 highly professional horse trainers, have used our 3rd floor Skinner Cottage 2-bedroom apartment as their local home during the prestigious Manchester Summer Festival and are always welcome back at any time. Great renters for at least 3 weeks every year!
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Manchester Village in Manchester

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • resort
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Next to Equinox Hotel and Resort - additional amenities for a fee - and in walking distance from golf course, spa, restaurants, hiking trails, etc. As noted, all dishes, utensils, and bedroom and bathroom linens are provided (for 2 persons for the Carriage House rental, and for 4 persons for the 2-bedroom apartment rental in the Main House).


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Two Clean, Comfortable, Private Suites Next to Equinox Hotel and Resort
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Fair Lawn, NJ

Wonderful 2 bedroom cottage right by Equinox!

  • 5 of 5

I went to Skinner cottage with my two kids 10 and 13- plenty of room for us, clean and cozy, great country touches in the decor and plenty of amenities. We were right next to the Equinox hotel- 1-2 min walk, and minutes by car (or a nice walk) to the center of town. The views were also amazing from the cottage as towering Mt. Equinox is right behind the house and the hotel as well. David, the owner, was very responsive and always on hand by phone or email/text to help if we needed anything. The caretaker, Craig was also awesome too, super nice. We would love to go to Skinner cottage again- and we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bolton, MA

Quaint and Well Maintained

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this property. Even though it's a very old building it is very well maintained and does not smell of mold or mildew. It is very clean and well maintained and the furniture was in very good condition. We did not hear any noise from the other residents and the owner was very pleasant. The floors have settled so they aren't level, it's a bit of a fun house experience walking around but you get used to it. It might not be suitable for an older person that has balance issues, plus it's on the 3rd floor so there are steps involved. It's not very close to the center of town but it's in a quaint historic part of town right near the Equinox Hotel.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Laura :) It's very much appreciated! And thank you for your kind and generous comments too!! Also, reflecting on our historic house's 3rd floor 212 year old wide-board floors, and your helpful comment, I just added an extra nice carpet runner to help smooth their fun :)) Our guests comfort, safety - and your satisfied stay - are a priority for us.
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here again with my family. Plenty of room. Place was clean and comfortable. Walking distance from the Equinox and a short drive to town. Skiing 20 minutes away.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best of the Best

  • 5 of 5

When we were looking for A rental near the Equinox, we neve expected to find such a wonderful unit just doors away. Skinner Cottage had everything we needed and then some. We had a two bedroom unit with a full kitchen and large living room. Everything was in tip- top shape. The owner is friendly and helpful. We have rented this property twice and look forward to another visit in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Skinner Cottage...heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location 2 doors down from Equinox Hotel in charming Manchester Village surrounded by mountains. Manchester area has everything we need...many trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, fantastic bookstore, great choice of restaurants, terrific markets (including farmer's market in Dorset on Sundays), fascinating lectures by professors, this year from Middlebury and Skidmore Colleges.

The 2 bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor is spacious, clean, comfortable and well equipped for a longer stay. We had little need of his services, but it is nice to know that local property manager is very cordial and always reachable. We eagerly anticipate our annual winter visit.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing place to stay and value

  • 5 of 5

This place is wonderful! The owner is a pleasure to work with. The apartment is spacious, well-appointed, and well-kept. Our family of 4 had ample space. And it is in a prime location in Manchester, very close to the Equinox hotel. I highly recommend this place!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Barpub
80 Metres
Equinox hotel
Nearest Golf
100 Metres
Equinox course
Nearest Restaurant
80 Metres
Equinox hotel
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Bromley and Stratton
Car: recommended

Since this is a prime four-season resort community, the recreational activities are abundant, particularly in the summer, fall, and winter. Our guests also access the facilities of the Equinox Resort which include an indoor swimming pool, spa, golf, year-round tennis, and a fitness center for a charge through the concierge, golf or health club. Museums, art centers and historic points of interest are minutes away. The renowned Manchester outlets and antique shopping are in walking distance to the Cottage. Golf is available at Gleneagles Country Club (Equinox), Manchester Golf Club and Stratton Country Club. Skiing is available at Stratton and Bromley (quite close), Killington, Okemo, Pico and Mount Snow driveable, longer away.

Other Activities: Shopping - arguably the best outlet shopping scene in the country - diverse, small shops in a pretty, well done style, very well laid out all within strolling distance, with high quality items (Ralph Lauren, Bose, Orvis, Gap, Brooks Brothers, Yankee Candle, Tumi, etc.; furniture, clothing).

Outstanding book store - one of the best, most diverse private bookstores in the country (even worldwide) that I have seen.

Fly fishing, skeet shooting (through Orvis or the Equinox Hotel).

Falconry, Landrover driving school (through Equinox Hotel).

Canoeing and tubing (on famous Battenkill River) - multiple top flight and reasonably priced outfitters providing equipment.

Extensive hiking trails throughout Equinox Preserve and in White Mountain reserve (all within walking or short driving distance).

Historical Hildene House (descendants of President Lincoln's Summer home).

Golf: Gleneagles course - reasonably priced, run by Equinoc Hotel - beautiful world class course ... walking distance from our rentals.

Ekwanok - private course at end of Main Street (within 3 minutes drive) - very exclusive - top, top world class with a long history.

Dorset Country Club - I believe, the oldest golf course in the country - very, scenic, old stone bridges over streams, etc.

Manchester Municipal course - public - nice location.

Ski: Bromley mountain (within 10 minutes) - family mountain; sunny; pleasant because not too busy; has a very fun amusement park in Summer too.

Stratton mountain (within 20 minutes). Gondolas, 6-seat hi-speed chairs - big investment mountain; village scene (similar to Tremblant - same owner).

Okemo mountain (within 35 minutes); nice town (Ludlow) and mountain.

Mount Snow (around 50 minutes). Two 'mountains'; more of party scene.

Killington (an hour away) - huge multi-mountain facility.

Pico (about 50 minutes) - smaller, tougher mountain.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Manchester Village, Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas

Rental Basis:
per property
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £0
Tax Rate 10.0%

Minimum 2 nights. 3+ days, weekly & monthly rentals preferred.
Our separate Carriage House is now available from mid-June 2011 offering guests a newly renovated and modernly rustic one bedroom 800 sq ft suite-apartment with an eat-in kitchen, family room with a pull-out sofa and heating-stove, and bathroom. Air-conditioning is also installed in the Summer and Fall.

In limited circumstances ... the entire Skinner Cottage (an additional 4,000 sq ft of the Main House; including an additional 4 second-floor bedrooms with three bathrooms, and first-floor large multi-seating-area entertainment living-room with fireplace and family-style dining table, family TV room, parlor-living room, billiards room, bathroom, professional kitchen with dining area) and private 1,200 sq ft blue stone patio, Weber barbeque, 7-person hot tub and newly-landscaped garden, may be available (please call to discuss).
The Cottage Suite is $195-$280 per night and $1,300-$1,700 per week (depending on season and holidays).
The Carriage House is $185-$240 per night and $1,000-$1,500 per week (depending on season and holidays).
There are special rates for extended stays.
Entire Skinner Cottage rental available in exceptional circumstances.

This calendar shows availability of our 3rd floor apartment-suite.
For the calendar and availability of our Carriage House please see VRBO site 235670 or search for Skinner Cottage in the Manchester, Vermont section.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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