A place where time moves a little slower, in your favor

In a frenetic world, the South Shire Inn is the perfect escape, even if only for just a short time.

Relax and enjoy the romance of days gone by in our turn-of-the-century, 1887 Victorian Inn located in the Southern Vermont village of Bennington.

The estate, formerly the private residence of Louis A. Graves, was the creation of architect, William C. Bull who designed many of the stately Victorian structures in the Shires of Vermont.

Ten-foot ceilings, the mahogany-paneled library with ornately carved fireplace, leaded glass pocket door and bookcases, and the raised plaster moldings of the Dining Room make the South Shire Inn a showpiece in Southern Vermont Victorian Era.
Choose from nine spacious and individually decorated guest rooms. All have private bath, air conditioning, and wireless internet access. Some rooms have working fireplaces.

The South Shire Inn provides the perfect starting point for your day, whether traveling for business or pleasure. Enjoy a full breakfast including, juice, fruit, and our choice of entree before an exciting sojourn through Southern Vermont.


Explore historic Old Bennington with the Old First Church, the Burial Ground of Robert Frost, and Old Bennington’s many splendid examples of Colonial architecture. The Bennington Museum features exhibits of Bennington Pottery and a gallery devoted to the work of Grandma Moses. Browse through the many antique and craft shops as well as the Camelot Village Antique Center located nearby. Tour the Green Mountain countryside with its quiet charm and many covered bridges. Take a ride to the Vermont Country Store. Enjoy all Vermont has to offer the winter enthusiasts with 12 ski areas and many fine cross-country skiing trails within an hour’s drive here in the Green Mountains. When touring is done, sit back and enjoy a performance by the Oldcastle Theatre Company or nearby at Tanglewood in the Berkshires, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York City Opera, and the New York City Ballet Company.


The South Shire is located only minutes away from Bennington College, Southern Vermont College,and Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Stay with us when you are attending the Williamstown Theatre Festival.


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