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rebuilt it from the ground up with the help of renowned architects Lewis Colt Abro and Harry T . Lindeberg . During the course of Jennings ’ ambitious restoration project , he built two additional outbuildings behind the property : a carriage house and an ice house . Today , these buildings now house two beautiful guestrooms .
In 1949 , the property was sold to James Rollis , who opened a fine dining restaurant that hosted Hollywood starlets and magnates such as Elizabeth Taylor and Walt Disney . Several decades later — in the early 1990s — the restaurant was acquired by Alex Cox . While Cox continued to oversee the restaurant , he also converted the property into an inn , fixed up the outbuildings , and renovated several of the guestrooms . In 2005 , the Four Chimneys Inn was purchased by its current owners , Lynn and Pete Green . Before they left their corporate jobs in Boston behind to move to Vermont , Lynn spent years working in the field of marketing , and Pete worked as an engineering manager . Lynn Green says that after making the decision to relocate to Vermont , she and Pete began to research potential inns that were for sale . When the Greens came across the Four Chimneys Inn , they were instantly smitten with its charming ambience . “ When we were working in Boston and decided that we wanted to move to Vermont and manage an inn , we originally thought it would take us about five years to find the right inn . When we saw the Four Chimneys , we fell in love almost immediately . We knew that we had to accelerate our timeline , so we put in an offer .”
Although the inn was initially under contract with another buyer , the sale didn ’ t end up going as planned . “ We told the former owners to notify us if anything changed ,” says Green . “ Six months later , they called us up and told us that the sale hadn ’ t gone through . They ended up doing the sale with us , and we ’ ve been taking care of the inn ever since .”
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