Into the Vermont Countryside

A weekend getaway to the Fan House, in Barnard VT

Our weekend getaways sometimes take us well away from civilization, to where the air is clear and the sounds of the cities are left far behind. When our romantic weekend getaway took us to Central Vermont, we discovered the village of Bernard and the warm welcome of the Fan House bed and breakfast.

Bernard is countryside — the population of the entire township is under 1000. The town sits at the outlet Silver Lake, originally called Stebbings’ Pond and later Barnard Pond. On the north shore of the Pond is Silver Lake State Park.
Like most of Barnard, the Fan House dates from the mid 1800’s. Its Federal architecture is exhibited in the fireplace and polished plank floors. The fan-shaped motif above the windows, probably added in a later age, gave inspiration for the B&B’s name. The renovations in preparation of turning the Fan House into a B&B in 2003 included exposing the rich wood grains in the doors and floors. The Fan House’s kitchen features a turn-of-century wood cook stove as its kitchen’s centerpiece, accenting a decor throughout that strives for simplicity, with heirloom tapestries, original art and tole that nudge The Fan House from vintage New England to couturier.
Each of the Fan House’s three guest rooms each has its own private bath. The rooms feature high thread-count linens, oversize bath sheets, Bulgari bath amenities, and plush bath robes.



This bed and breakfast is in good company in Barnard, home of Twin Farms, the 1930’s & 40’s vacation home of Nobel Prize winning novelist Sinclair Lewis. Twin Farms is now reputed by many as one of the country’s finest destination resorts. Barnard was also a haven in the 1940s to the late Carl Zuckmayer, a noted German author and playwright.

The Fan House enjoys a central Vermont location just minutes from premier ski resorts, lakes, the Appalachian Trail, art galleries and boutiques, and The Chateauguay, miles of unspoiled snowshoeing wilderness just across a creek bordering the property.

For more information

  • Fan House — 802-234-9096
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