Twin Farms is located on a vast, secluded estate in the bucolic countryside outside Barnard, Vermont. Our 300 acres of woods, meadows, and mountains comprise a private nine-acre pond; miles of trails for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing; and 10 cottages nestled amongst the trees, in addition to the Lodge, the Main House, and the Farmhouse at Copper Pond. Just outside our gates, you can peruse antique shops, visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and tour a working farm, or watch artists shape fine glassware at the Simon Pearce factory in Quechee.
Twin Farms is around 90 minutes from the Burlington airport, three hours from Boston, and five hours from New York City.
Twin Farms founder Thurston Twigg- Smith wanted to keep the circa 1795 farmhouse as the heart of the property, and allow each cottage to express its own personality through architecture, interior design, and art from his extensive private collection, which features such contemporary masters as David Hockney, Cy Twombly, and Jasper Johns.
Jed Johnson, regarded as one of the world’s leading interior designers, fashioned the 15 original accommodations for Twin Farms’ 1993 debut. In 2005, famed residential architect Peter Bohlin — who designed homes for Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, among others — constructed Aviary and the Farmhouse at Copper Hill, which contains four private suites around a common library and living room. Interior designer Thad Hayes perfected the integration between function and feel in the more recent accommodations.
The attention to detail continues outdoors, with gardens and grounds designed by landscape architect Dan Kiley. The result is a natural topography reminiscent of a country estate and replete with recreational areas and wild gardens.
Vermonters have had a longtime adoration for Volvos. With miles of dirt roads throughout Vermont in need of exploring, a partnership between Twin Farms and Volvo USA seemed perfectly natural. Thanks to Volvo USA, Twin Farms now has a luxurious Volvo XC90 SUV and a sporty V90 Cross Country for you to use during your stay.
If you’re looking for an adventure beyond our beautiful setting, a lovely drive through the Vermont countryside — complete with a chef-created picnic — might be just the thing. For even more fun, load up the Volvo with a couple of our premier mountain bikes to explore off-road spots worth the extra push.
We request that our guests simply connect with our Guest Experience Team to make arrangements. The Volvos are loaned based on availability and may be enjoyed on a first-come, first-served basis.
No matter the time of year, Twin Farms presents countless opportunities for discovery and activity on its 300 pristine acres. But each season inspires a distinct feeling.
Our Warmer Month Field Notes and Cooler Month Field Notes help bring these seasonal experiences to life.
Nobel Prize–winning author Sinclair Lewis proposed to journalist Dorothy Thompson right after first meeting her in 1927, and proposed over and over again until she finally relented the following year. 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 circa 1795 farmhouse on 300 acres — all of which they purchased in 1928 for $10,000.
They called the property Twin Farms, and would write, eat, walk, and entertain there. Their guest list included political and literary figures like H.L. Mencken and George Seldes, who lingered for provocative discussions, outdoor activities, and the couple’s legendary parties.
Dorothy kept Twin Farms until she grew frail and 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, until Thurston Twigg-Smith, a businessman and philanthropist from Hawaii, 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 share this special place with other people by launching a bed-and-breakfast. That quaint notion eventually evolved into one of the best small luxury hotels in North America.
The first nine rooms of Twin Farms opened in 1993, and grew over the years to include additional cottages, as well as the Farmhouse at Copper Hill and the Bridge House spa. Each expansion was greeted with accolades and acclaim, including the Forbes Five-Star rating. 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.
For your enjoyment of the property, facilities, and activities, we invite you to review our Activities Guidelines.