Converted General Store in Rural VT

House - Entire home/apt · Route, Rupert, VT 05768, United States

Slow down and smell the fresh air. Spend a few days in the country.

Your host, Zoe
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Slow down and smell the fresh air. Spend a few days in the country.

The Space

Come spend some down time in rural southern Vermont in our one of a kind home. Enjoy a slower pace of life as you experience all that rural Vermont can offer. We have multiple farm stands and farmer's markets to peruse, all within 10 miles of the house. Spend the afternoon selecting the very best in local meats, eggs, produce, and cheeses, and then spend a leisurely evening preparing your feast. Head down the road to world renown Consider Bardwell Farm and Goat dairy to sample their award winning cheese. Head over the hill to Rupert's own Southwind Farm for their amazing organic cheese. On Sundays, head over to Dorset for the wonderful Dorset Farmer's Market at H.N. Williams store, where you can get everything you need and more. It's a foodie heaven.

If you feel the need for a little activity, take a swim at nearby Lake St Catherine or Emerald Lake, take a day hike on the Long Trail or Mount Equinox - all only 20 minutes from the house. Better yet, head 2 miles up the road to Merck Forest and Farmland, and enjoy their numerous day hikes or kid friendly organic farm. They are open daily, and host many events all summer long. After a day of exploring, spend the evening on the front porch enjoying the stars with a glass of wine.

Nine years ago, we bought an abandoned general store in the center of town in Rupert, Vermont (population 500). We have since converted the space into a unique, loft-like home. We've tried to preserve as much of the original character while still creating a home for two adults and three very active children. It's not your average home, but we like it that way. We think you'll love it as much as we do.

On the first floor, enter through the old double doors, and you will find the main kitchen/dining area; formerly the general store and post office. This is where we eat, laugh, do art, play board games, and discuss the problems of the world. You will also find the bathroom, and two bedrooms - one with a twin bed, and one with two twin beds. Upstairs in what used to be the grange hall, you will find the big room/living room and the master bedroom with a queen size bed. These rooms have the most amazing antique wood paneling, and 12 foot curved ceilings. It's the kind of space you only dream of finding if you live in Brooklyn! Perfect for a movie night, Monopoly tournament (we'll supply the games), or an impromptu square dance - feel free to bring your instruments.

The house sits in the center of town, but there are only about 20 people living in "downtown" Rupert, so don't expect much action. The firehouse blows the whistle every day at noon. We call it the "noon bell', and it let's us know that it's lunch time. We are surrounded by rolling hills and open hay fields. We have a patio to enjoy your morning coffee or grill a casual dinner on, and you're welcome to anything that's growing in the garden. For the kids, there is a field to run in, and a swing and tree house to explore.

For adventures a bit farther from home, head to Manchester for a huge selection of restaurants and shopping galore. Ten minutes further up the hill and you will find Bromley and the summer adventure park. Stratton Mountain and all that it offers is only 45 minutes from the house. We think you'll find plenty of ways to spend your time.

While here, you will find the house fully stocked with all of the cooking pots, pans, utensils, and whatnot that you need. (Yes, we (email hidden)). While we won't be here to greet you personally (we offer the home to you while we are traveling, and won't be here if you are), we will have a list of local numbers in case anything comes up during your stay. We want you to feel at home in our home, and enjoy it's unique character as much as we do.

***Please note that the house is available for the entire length of the Manchester Summer Festival Horse Show.

Sleeping arrangements:

Bedroom 1 : Queen bed
Bedroom 2 : Twin bed
Bedroom 3 : Two twin beds

+ enough room for two double air mattresses, and one comfy couch.

** You can decide how many people this will comfortable sleep, but there is plenty of room for all. Please be aware that this is an old house and has its' quirks. Stairwell is not toddler proof.

Guest Access

Guests have access to the whole house. We have WiFi and Netflix for rainy afternoons.

Interaction with Guests

We will not be here if you are.

The Neighborhood

Rupert is classic rural Vermont farm country. You are in the heart of the village surrounded by good people.

Getting around

There is no public transportation. You will need a car.

Other Things to Note

Please be aware that this is a funky old building in the center of town. As a former general store, it sits right on the road, but is surrounded by acres of fields and forrest. Milk trucks do rumble past, and the town is occasionally filled with the pungent smell of cow manure when the local farms fertilize their fields. We guarantee though that if you're looking for genuine time in the country, Rupert is your place.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $850 /week
Monthly Price: $2000 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $50
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Some pets
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The General Store was just a gem of a location in one of the most picturesque areas imaginable. Zoe was such a wonderful host, offering tips about the great little towns nearby and helping us fill our weekend. She responded to questions within seconds and was just so kind. I would recommend this space to anyone who wanted a great country getaway in an incredibly well designed, warm, comfortable home.

    July 2014
  • The reservation was canceled the day before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    August 2013
  • We had a fantastic time at the General Store! It was just as charming as it is in photos and the scenery is breathtaking. We got to meet some of the neighbors, which all were very welcoming and treated us as if we were new residents of their quaint town. We drove around soaking in the local culture, farm stands, and great local food (which was surprisingly vegan friendly) by day - enjoyed paying games in the large upstairs atrium, star gazing, and drifting off to the melodic sounds of wildlife by night.

    This place was truly pastoral living at it's finest - though we could have lived without the hearty smells from the manure truck tending to the fields. Though we might just be spoiled city folks!

    Zoe was an absolute pleasure to work with. Always quick to reply to any of my nonsense questions and so calm in her demeanor. I cannot say enough lovely things about this place.

    I wrote more about our stay here on my blog if you're curious! (email hidden)

    August 2013
  • Had the most incredible time at Zoe's place! The home is even more beautiful then the pictures and has been so remarkably restored so it both celebrates and tells the great history of the home while at the same time being very comfortable and updated with modern niceties. Zoe is extremely helpful and offered us wonderful ideas of ways to enjoy the area (especially since we stayed over the fourth of July) - she was very responsive through out and has fantastic taste and knowledge of the area. This was our first trip to Vermont and I have to also share that the city of Rupert as well as the surrounding cities of Manchester and Salem (NY) were all so incredibly charming - full of warm and helpful people. We enjoyed tons of fresh fruit and vegetables and were constantly engaged in conversations with wonderful people around town. Can't recommend this place enough and thank Zoe for sharing her lovely home and town with us!! Can't wait to come back!

    July 2013
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I am an artist, a mother, and country girl at heart. I love things that are handmade and build to last. There's often a bit of dirt under my nails, and I'd be barefoot year round if all that Vermont snow didn't get in my way. My husband Jesse and I live in the hills of southern Vermont, where life happens a little bit slower. When is gets too slow, we head for the big city or the coast. Someday I imagine you'll find me in a tree house in Costa Rica, but for now I've got too much left to do.
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