Our Queen Anne Victorian New England inn was built in 1895 by Edward Sinclair. Edward, a wood craftsman, and building contractor built the home for his bride-to-be, Ruth.
The Sinclairs’ home was one of several Victorian period homes Edward built in the surrounding Jericho/Underhill, Vermont area. However, no other home was given the attention to detail or exquisite woodwork as the inn.
Ruth and Edward enjoyed the privacy of their residence with their young daughter until nearly the turn of the century when a nearby small hotel burned down.
The Sinclairs then chose to open their home to weary travelers; two large turrets were added to the house, and it began operating under the name of “Hotel Sinclair.” After Edward’s death in 1933, the house returned to being a private residence. Ruth eventually ventured off to Ohio to live with her daughter and sold the house in 1957 to a couple that opened “Rest Haven.” A limited number of select ladies found refuge in the large home for several decades.
The home was converted into a bed and breakfast in the late 1980’s when Jane and Scott Smith purchased the house. Over the next 15 years, the property underwent extensive restoration and renovation. Because the house has been welcoming the public for so many years, its condition is immaculate. Original crown moldings fretwork, hardwood flooring, wainscot, and stained-glass windows have all been preserved. Antique furnishings complement the various oriental rugs throughout the inn. The living room and fireplace beckon you to relax and then crawl into bed under old-fashioned spreads or duvets. We invite you to tour the inn today.
Welcome to the Velvis Family…
We are humbled to call the Sinclair Inn Bed & Breakfast our home and to share all of its history and warmth with every guest that passes through the door!
As University of Vermont alumni and college sweethearts, we started our journey together in this beautiful part of Vermont way back in 2003.
Holly grew up a native of Springfield Vermont, while Kyle’s youth was filled with moving and the family eventually settling in Albany, NY. After obtaining Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Environmental Sciences respectively, we journeyed west to start careers and explore the great outdoors. Our years in Colorado and Oregon not only taught us how to “work hard play hard” but our entrepreneurial spirit landed us with several small business adventures. From hospitality to healthcare, event planning to commercial food production… we knew the true calling for the Velvis family was still yet to be discovered.
In 2021, we welcomed our daughter Cassidy to the family and our New England roots began calling us home. The moment we saw the Sinclair Inn Bed & Breakfast we knew it was our dream come true; the perfect way to reintegrate with Vermont living, utilize all of our diverse experience and skills and raise Cassidy in a small tight-knit community, surrounded by people from around the world.
We sincerely look forward to meeting all of you! Whether it’s over breakfast at our inn, sharing a chair lift on the slopes, a passing high-five on the hiking trail or a cheers with a craft brew at the local tavern.
Holly, Kyle and Cassidy Velvis
Vermont Fresh Network Member
Vermont Mountain Biking Association Member