High Acres Farm was established in 1948 by Electra Havemeyer Webb as a home for her son, Harry Webb, his wife, Kate Prentice Jennings, and their children. The historic Main House was completed in 1952.
The house was renovated and modernized in 2017 by Electra’s great-grandchildren, who wanted to share this special place with others.
Today, the Main House is a beautiful contemporary gathering place with eight private bedrooms, a state-of-the-art farmhouse kitchen, a yoga loft, and common rooms filled with artworks and objects that have traveled through our family for generations.
The Main House at High Acres Farm has eight private bedrooms, named for the eight primary compass directions.
The decor of the bedrooms is intentionally understated and simple, producing calm and peaceful environments designed to be sanctuaries for each individual guest.
Families renting the historic Main House are welcome to explore and make use of our campus — with its gardens, forests, fields, streams, pond, and private beach on Lake Champlain. They are also welcome to explore the vast network of walking trails and farm-based activities on neighboring Shelburne Farms.
Families who have rented High Acres Farm often tell us that it was one of the most special and memorable weeks of their lives.
“High Acres Farm is the best kept secret in Vermont — it is a truly magical place. Each day of our vacation was filled with fun activities for the kids and grown-ups alike. The little ones enjoyed tractor rides to the Farm Barn, swimming, tennis, hiking and making pizza in the state-of-the-art cook’s kitchen. In the evening, relaxing on the back patio, watching the sun set over the lake was simply breathtaking. We feel very fortunate to have been able to enjoy everything High Acres Farm has to offer. It gave our family the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime. We can’t wait to return!” — Susan
“We are six couples who take a trip together every year. Our stay at High Acres Farm was perfect. The October leaves and the views from the porch of rolling hills, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks are outstanding. The gorgeous Main House is very comfortable with large common rooms, a spacious kitchen, every bedroom with a private bath, and great attention to detail throughout. We loved our visit.” — Michael
“Our extended family spent a week at High Acres Farm in celebration of our mother’s 90th birthday. What a wonderful week! With four generations together, the accommodations worked beautifully. The setting is stunning and the house is terrific. The wonderful thing about it was how the lovely house became a home for our special week overlooking Lake Champlain.” — Sandy
“Solace. Sanctuary. Synergistic. To describe the feeling you get when at staying at High Acres is nearly impossible. It's like putting on your favorite pair of jeans, hugging a great friend, or that first bite of your favorite food. Nothing compares. Every nook and cranny of the (enormous) house is so thoughtfully and purposefully tended to. Just driving to the property, on the grounds of Shelburne Farms, you're overwhelmed and transported to a time just a bit before now and you truly feel like you're in your own corner of the world. I was more than happy to just stay put, center, get a metric ton of work accomplished, and enjoy the feeling of being both alone, and surrounded at the same time. I hope to have the opportunity to visit High Acres again and again and, again.” — Melissa