A VERMONT BED AND BREAKFAST
About The Ranney-Crawford House
The Ranney-Crawford House,
a Putney, Vermont bed and breakfast, is a two centuries old brick
Federal manor house built by Elijah Ranney and his wife Lydia
Crawford Ranney on land purchased in 1786 from James Crawford
to replace the wooden farm house that first stood on the property.
Elijah, who was deacon of the nearby Westminster West Congregational
Church where he and is wife are buried, became wealthy by shipping
farm produce down the Connecticut River to Connecticut. This
allowed them the means to construct their elegant home with Palladian
windows, Rumford fireplaces, fine woodwork and wainscotting.
Although lovingly restored, it retains much of its early 19th
century charm and elegance. Situated amidst flowering gardens
and lawns, as well as some of the original fields first farmed
by the Ranneys and still farmed by their ancestors, on the scenic
Westminster West Road; it is only a short drive to the village
of Putney. It is only a few miles from the Putney School, Landmark
College, Vermont Academy, Greenwood School, and the Village Arts
The Ranney-Crawford House
Bed and Breakfast offers elegant accommodations and lodging.
Spend the night in bright, airy bedrooms, each with private bath
and air conditioning, and some with fireplaces. Wake up to a
three course gourmet breakfast that you'll long remember. This
idyllic setting is just minutes away from local attractions:
enjoy hiking and cross-country skiing on local trails. This is
a wonderful setting to enjoy your Vermont getaway or Vermont
Hiking, water sports,
and swimming at a nearby pristine, secluded swimming hole (click
are part of the Ranney-Crawford House attractions.
Bicyclists will especially
enjoy cycling in the Putney area. Spring, summer, and autumn
provide terrific bicycling conditions. Well paved country roads
offer a variety of road biking from our front door in addition
to the mountain biking trails and dirt roads for which Putney
is famous. Arnie has put together cue sheets (directions) for
these rides. Some of these
cue sheets are listed on our website, click
here to see them. Bring your own bikes or rent them
from Putney or nearby Brattleboro bike stores. For further rides
and bike rental information contact : the Westhill Bicycle Shop
in Putney (802-387-5718)
or the Brattleboro Bicycle Shop in Brattleboro (800-272-8245)
Visit Putney or downtown
Brattleboro, Vermont for shopping, browsing the antique shops
and local artisan studios, fine dining, theatre, and music (including
the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Sandglass theater and Next
Stage theater arts project).
The Ranney-Crawford House
is only a short trip to Mount Snow, Okemo and Stratton Mountain
for downhill skiing enthusiasts.
A hearty country breakfast
is served in our formal dining room, or outdoors on the patio.
Guests rave about our specialties, including several varieties
of homemade biscotti to enjoy with coffee, as well as omelettes
and frittatas filled with fresh vegetables from our garden. Naturally,
pancakes or french toast are staples to enjoy with pure Vermont
Diane and Arnie Glim are
your hosts. Arnie is a retired physics and mathematics teacher
with a doctorate in developmental psychology. He is an enthusiastic
cyclist and welcomes the chance to go out and show off Vermont's
beautiful roads and trails. Besides cycling he enjoys woodworking
and furniture making, and has made much of the furniture at the
bed and breakfast.
Diane, a retired school
counselor, is an expert quilter, primitive art painter, hand
bag designer and gourmet cook. Most of the bed and breakfast's
bedding and window treatments were designed by Diane. Their daughter
Melissa designs and hand crafts fine jewelry and tiaras. Click
here to see them.