The History of Four Columns Inn

Established by Rene and Pierrette Chardain, Four Columns Inn opened its doors in 1960's as an oasis for sustainability and luxurious healthy living. Building on that opening mission, our hotel continues to be the touchpoint of southern Vermont’s cultural, artistic and culinary scene.

One of the First Farm-to-Table Establishments

Since 1965 The Four Columns Inn has been the touch point of southern Vermont’s cultural, artistic and culinary scene. The Inn and its restaurant have welcomed local and international luminaries such as Mick Jagger, Michael Douglas and Sting, who chose Four Columns to celebrate milestone events with friends and family. Economist and Newfane weekend resident John Kenneth Galbraith frequently shared the dining room with Henry Kissinger and other Statesmen throughout the years.

Sustainability and luxurious healthy living have always been at the core of the Four Columns. In 1965, when the Inn was first opened as a guest house, it was imagined as a top-level lodging and dining destination. Operated by Rene and Pierrette Chardain, the Four Columns was one of the first “true” Farm-to-Table restaurant in the United States setting the pace along with the legendary Alice Waters. The pond was stocked with trout, the garden with vegetables and herbs, chickens and pigs were raised onsite and game birds were sourced from local hunters. The Inn became a top-notch national destination.

The Chardains sold the Inn in 1981, and loyal patrons were heartbroken when after changing owners several times, the Four Columns Inn closed its doors nearly two years ago.  Looking at the jewel, located in the square of gorgeous Newfane and so easily accessible from New York, Boston and Hartford, Charles Mallory, Founder and CEO of the Delamar Hotels in Connecticut saw an opportunity to restore what he refers to as “a treasure we couldn’t lose.” Consulting with Chef Frederic Kieffer he decided to put Four Columns back on the map by pairing it with Artisan Restaurant, Tavern and Garden with a continued commitment to support sustainable practices.

For the past year renovations have been underway giving it a contemporary new look while preserving its peaceful Vermont roots. All sixteen rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed many with oversized bathrooms, soaking tubs, and fireplaces. Each one is an oasis of tranquility and luxury. “We wanted to maintain all that people loved about Four Columns and have taken great care to further enhance their experience,” Mallory shares. To complete the Four Columns' renaissance a Wellness Center and Spa was added with a European style steam room and a fully stocked gym that complimented the outdoor pool. Hiking and snowshoe trails traverse the 138 acres. A picturesque stream and magnificent gardens provide the ultimate country wedding and event destination.

The extensive art collection was curated by Diane Birdsall of Old Lyme, CT and is comprised primarily of works from local New England artists. All guestrooms feature unique and original works from regional artists.

The Four Columns looks forward to welcoming guests to Newfane and sharing this vibrant corner of Southern Vermont.


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