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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 of Putney

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 honeymoon.

Hiking, water sports, and swimming at a nearby pristine, secluded swimming hole (click to see) 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 Maple Syrup.


About The Innkeepers

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.