The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Summer Mansion Inn is located in rural Vermont, just minutes from the town of Hartland. Functioning as a bed and breakfast establishment for the past two decades, it now serves as an entertainment venue exclusively. Featuring historic Federal architectural style and beautiful outdoor spaces, this venue provides many options for a wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
The building offers two distinct and elegant interior spaces that when combined accommodate up to 120 guests.
offers several notable features including floor-to-ceiling multi-pane windows, large mirrors, brick floors, and a classic chandelier. Airy French doors open onto a lovely patio and outdoor space.
showcases ornate columns, built-in shelving, a beautiful fireplace and mantel, glassed-in display cases, hardwood flooring and an upstairs reading area. Separately, this space accommodates up to 90 guests.
offers 3200 sq. ft. and makes a good option for couples with a larger guest list. Set up in the spacious yard and formal garden area, it accommodates up to 165 guests.
What You Should Know
The Summer Mansion Inn offers a variety of indoor and outdoor options for a wedding celebration. Spouses-to-be can exchange vows outdoors beneath the largest sugar maple in the state or say their "I do's" in the comfort of the solarium. The spacious patio and garden area offer a picturesque setting for a cocktail party or reception, or couples can make use of the indoor library ballroom for a post-nuptials celebration.
To give parties undivided attention and a feeling of privacy, the Summer Mansion Inn hosts just one event each day. Couples are responsible for choosing their own caterer, and a full commercial kitchen is available for use. The venue provides beer, wine, and bartenders for serving and supplies all tables, chairs, and linens. Because couples are responsible for catering fees, the Summer Mansion Inn only charges for setup if needed.
For couples and wedding guests who need lodging, the Summer Mansion Inn offers five charming rooms, four of which have full adjoining bathrooms. Furnished in the Federal style with details like fireplaces, antiques, and polished wood floors, each room provides comfort and elegance. Overnight guests enjoy access to several common areas, including the solarium, the library, the formal parlor, the tavern room, and the wine room.
To stand out from other wedding venues, the Summer Mansion Inn offers a few extra benefits that couples enjoy. These include:
- Lavish linens, towels, and bath products with an overnight stay
- A gourmet breakfast with overnight lodging
- An option for hosting bridal showers and rehearsal dinners at the venue
- An option for a full weekend wedding package from Friday through Sunday
From the Vendor
Consider The Sumner Mansion your very own.
Welcome and thank you for visiting the historic Sumner Mansion Inn, the perfect place to host your Wedding. look to us for a special place to create a one of a kind event that exudes classic elegance, intimate warmth and lasting memories.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Garden, Historic Venue
If you are thinking about having your wedding at the Sumner Mansion, look no further! After looking at many wonderful venues in Vermont, we decided on the Sumner Mansion Inn and have absolutely no regrets about it! Setting: Even though the Mansion is in the middle of downtown Hartland, it is up on a hill and feels secluded. When you are hanging out on the patio in the back or in the gorgeous library, you really feel like you are a world away! The entire place oozes elegance, class, and timelessness. The mansion makes for a great ceremony and reception place combined. For our wedding, we knew we wanted a place that had many options for both. We fell in love with the massive Sugar Maple in the yard that is ideal for a picturesque outdoor ceremony. However, knowing how temperamental the weather in Vermont can be, we also loved the library and solarium, which would also have made a great ceremony location. On the morning of our wedding it POURED outside, but by the 4:00 ceremony, the sun was shining and we were able to have the ceremony outside. Since we had about 90 guests, we had a tented wedding in the yard. The flow of the event went nicely since guests were able to go to the ceremony, hang out on the patio for cocktail hour, and then move into the tent for the reception. This was especially nice for some of our older relatives that have a hard time getting around. Overall, it is a super convenient and versatile space! The grounds are well kept and beautiful. It is not too far away from major highways, and there were hotels at different price points for guests in the area. The venue itself has plenty of parking as well. All of our guests positively gushed about the Mansion, and enjoyed exploring the grounds as the weekend went on. Owner: Ken, the owner, has a vision for the mansion. Every time we dropped into visit, Ken would have some news about what had changed and what his plans were for the future. He genuinely wants the people who are staying at or visiting the mansion to have an amazing time. Throughout our wedding weekend, he was both helpful and professional. Advice: As the vision and reality of your wedding change and shift in the months leading up to your day, be sure to keep Ken informed of any major changes you have. His primary concern is making sure that everything flows smoothly on the day of your wedding, and there are many logistical details that go into making sure the venue is ready. Having our wedding at the Sumner Mansion was the best decision we made for our wedding! We can’t wait to go back to visit!