Located about one-and-a-half hours from the nearest commercial airport in Burlington, the journey into the bucolic landscape surrounding Barnard, Vermont begins the Twin Farms experience. Once on the property’s vast 300 acres, seclusion and privacy come first.
We want Twin Farms to become your second home — with amenities and services that make your stay as adventurous and social, or serene and private as you wish. We attend to every detail in the background so you feel like the entire property is yours.
When Nobel prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis proposed to journalist Dorothy Thompson, she promised to marry him if he bought her a farm in Vermont with sweeping lawns, orchards, and “delicious air.” They found their idyll in a 1795-era farmhouse on 300 acres — all of which they purchased in 1928 for $10,000.
In various seasons, they created and entertained at Twin Farms. Their guest list included political and literary figures who lingered for provocative discussions, outdoor activities, and the opportunity to attend the couple’s legendary parties.
Dorothy kept Twin Farms until she was no longer physically able to live here. As she grew frail, her family sold off parcels of the land, completing the final transaction in 1958. Subsequently, Twin Farms changed hands several times. It operated as Sonnenberg Haus, an inn with a reputation for fine dining, when Thurston Twigg-Smith acquired the property as a second home for his family in 1974.
By the late 1980s, the Twigg-Smiths found themselves able to visit Barnard only a few weeks a year, so they decided to launch a Bed and Breakfast to share this special place — a quaint notion that soon escalated to the number one small hotel in North America.
The first nine rooms opened on October 1, 1993 to national acclaim. Five additional cottages were added in 1995 and 1996. Then in 2000 the completion of The Spa and Chalet Cottage, and more accolades followed. The completion of Aviary, and the Farmhouse at Copper Hill in 2005 brought the number of accommodations to 20, where it remains today. Though the ownership now includes several partners, guests continue to embrace Twin Farms —and Twigg-Smith’s vision of a sophisticated escape steeped in playful romance — as their own second home.
Each season exudes a distinct feeling at Twin Farms. No matter what the season, myriad possibilities await on three hundred pristine acres.
For your enjoyment of the property, facilities and activities, we invite you to review our guidelines online.
Our legacy revolves around Fall foliage, bringing unparalleled beauty in shades of red and gold bathed in crisp air, with the promise of warmth and intimacy at the end of the day. “There will be apple trees and flaming lilies, and the moon over the low mountains and you and me, after dinner, sitting….on the terrace, and inside, when it becomes chilly, the fireplace and lamplight and lots of books,” Sinclair Lewis wrote of his favorite hideaway.
Winter offers adventures on private, groomed trails with cross-country skis and snowshoes, or ice skating on our pond followed by hot chocolate and s’mores around a bonfire. A cozy evening starts with fine wine and cuisine. Twin Farms offers everything you love about snow, with none of the inconveniences.
With the coming of Spring, a fresh palette, rich with green and the promise of warmth, provides the setting for bucolic — and sybaritic — diversions. Hike into the woods, spread out a blanket, and dine on a gourmet picnic. Later in the day, create a festive atmosphere in the pub, brimming with billiards, fine art, and music from the jukebox.
Summer brings ideal mornings for fly fishing on glassy Copper Pond, days full of exercise and exploring our 300 acres on foot or bicycle, followed by an afternoon of mint juleps and croquet. Share stories with each other on your private screened porch in the warm evening breeze.
Twin Farms welcomes dogs (up to two - maximum 100 lbs each) in Log Cabin, Meadow Cottage and Woods Cottage for a $75 additional fee. We provide sleeping accommodations, blankets, treats, water and food bowls, and waste cans for your furry companions. The only thing we don’t provide is dog food. In order to ensure the comfort of our guests, employees and your pup we have a few guidelines to follow - please let us know if they will be joining you before arrival.
Twin Farms welcomes guests ages 14 years and older.
In order to help us prepare for your stay and best serve you, we require that you notify us if you will be traveling with a service animal before arrival. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.
Under the ADA…
In Vermont, “The Clean Indoor Air Act” bans the smoking of tobacco products in nearly all common areas of indoor “places of public access.” This includes any place of business that serves the public or that the public has access to use – both public and privately owned and for profit or not-for-profit organizations.