Swift House Inn and Jessica’s Restaurant

The Hearthside Group is proud to announce the sale of the Swift House Inn and Jessica’s Restaurant in Middlebury to Matthew Robinson.  Tim Piper represented Matthew as a Buyer Broker in the transaction.  Sellers were Nationally recognized innkeepers, Dan and Michele Brown.   Regarding this transaction, Tim reports, “It is very exciting when a deal comes together and you know it is a win/win for both the buyers and the sellers!”  Tim met Matthew at the PAII conference in Las Vegas a few years back where Tim was a presenter. Matthew, a former Disney executive from LA, was originally from the Northeast and couldn’t wait to move to Middlebury, a vibrant four season College town.  Together, Tim and Matthew considered many opportunities, but in the end, it was clear to Matthew that the Swift House and Middlebury was where he wanted to settle with his fiance, Serena Kim.  They will host their own wedding at the inn next summer!

Michele and Dan Brown, the former owners of the Swift House Inn, were tireless in their support of innkeeping as a profession.    They found their way to the Swift House with the help of the Hearthside Group when they purchased their inn, and it is fitting that we helped them to retire.  We wish Michele and Dan many happy, healthy years in their well-deserved retirement.


The Chase House Inn

We are pleased to announce the sale of The Chase House Bed and Breakfast Inn of Cornish, New Hampshire.  The inn is one of New Hampshire’s National Historic Landmarks and is the Birthplace of Salmon P. Chase. Situated on the banks of the picturesque Connecticut River in the heart of The Cornish Colony, with spectacular views of Vermont’s Mount Ascutney, this lovely New Hampshire Inn uniquely combines a 1766 Settlement Colony-style house with a fine, circa 1795 Federal-style house.

The inn has a total of 10 guest rooms, and the common space is large and beautiful.

The grounds are copious, landscaped and include a separate three-bay garage and an attached two-car garage.  With over 38 acres, there are various patios for guest use and private areas for the owners as well.  An apple orchard and a pond complete the very quiet and peaceful surroundings.

Gary Gosselin represented the seller of the property and assisted the buyers in this transaction.

Otter Creek Bakery and Cafe

After thirty-one years at the helm of their renowned Otter Creek Bakery and Cafe, Sarah and Ben Wood have sold to buyer, Ned Horton.  Otter Creek Bakery is a landmark in Middlebury, beloved by locals, students, and tourists who flock to the bakery for its amazing breakfast and lunch fare, coffee, and delectable home baked desserts and treats.    We wish Sarah and Ben well in all of their new endeavors, and we wish Ned the best of luck with his new business acquisition.   Wendy Beach is thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with the parties to this transaction and help to make it a reality.

Inn on Covered Bridge Green- Home of Norman Rockwell

Smiles all round for the group pictured here- from left is Margretta Fischer from Maple Leaf Realty, buyers Kevin and Sue Harter, center, and their buyer broker, Wendy Beach, Hearthside Group, on the right.  Kevin and Sue have big plans for this historic and beautiful property located on fifty acres in West Arlington, Vermont.    Their inn includes Norman Rockwell’s studio which is rented out as a spacious and unique two bedroom suite.  It also includes a honeymoon cottage and Mr. Rockwell’s original home which now features six guest rooms.  This property is so peaceful and scenic.  Kevin and Sue have dreamed of owning an inn for twenty five years, and now their dream is a reality.

Carroll Motel & Cottages..18 units in the Heart of the White Mountains

After 17 years of owning the motel and cottages, Cyndi and Brian Smith are delighted to pass on the ownership to Chinkalkumar  & Bhavina Patel who purchased the motel and cottages on September 9, 2019.  Chinkal and Bhavina  both have extensive hospitality backgrounds and with their daughter look forward to continuing the traditions at the property that has operated since the 1950’s in Twin Mountain.

We wish the Smith’s and Patel’s much happiness in their respective new adventures, Congratulations!

1824 House Inn, Waitsfield, Vermont

The Hearthside Group is proud to announce the sale of the 1824 House Inn located in Waitsfield, VT.  Sellers, Connie & Dean Mendell, were represented by Tim Piper in this transaction.  The buyers, Farrell & Sean Kramer are experienced innkeepers who have have operated properties in Philadelphia and Michigan.  We are pleased to welcome them, along with their son, Finn,  to our Vermont family of Innkeepers.  Congratulations to all.


119 Ruffed Grouse Lane on Lake Champlain

This was a very special property featuring a three season camp and ten of the most private and scenic acres available on Lake Champlain.  Meadow, forest, and lake shore give this property all sorts of possibilities for enjoyment.  A wonderful family has purchased the home and looks forward to many years of enjoyment on the Lake.