A spacious and comfy studio apartment overlooking the comings and goings on a working Vermont dairy farm. Visit the barn during milking or just relax with an album on the record player! Sample our raw milk and take a hike on the rail trail!
Come spend time in southern Vermont! We live on a beautiful dairy farm and would love to welcome guests to our home. We have a newly finished studio apartment above our attached 3 car garage waiting just for you! It is furnished with a comfy new queen sized bed and 2 twin sized beds, but we can also provide an additional queen size air mattress upon request. There is a cozy sitting area, a quaint dining area with a mini fridge and coffee/tea station with electric kettle, and a full bath. Wireless internet is available but we suggest you relax with some good old board games. We are definitely kid friendly!
Guests have a private entrance but are welcome to enjoy our spacious yard and porch. The mini fridge and breakfast nook will be stocked with homemade goodies like yogurt (made with our own milk), granola and baked goods for a continental breakfast. However, if you'd prefer we are now offering an option of $100 per night without breakfast. If this is something you'd like, just message us and we'll make you that "special offer".
If you have ever wanted to experience life on a dairy farm, this is the place for you! Guests can partake of milking chores in the morning or sleep in and just enjoy the peace and quiet. Either way, you are sure to be charmed by your surroundings. We milk 20 registered Jersey cows twice a day, every day, and sell their rich creamy milk raw here on the farm. The bulk of it goes next door to Consider Bardwell Farm where it is made into their award winning aged raw milk cheese.
The surrounding area holds plenty of opportunity for adventure. The D&H Rail Trail runs literally through our backyard and is a perfect venue for birders and hikers alike. It is 22.3 miles long and is very popular among bicyclists, cross country skiers, horseback riders, walkers and joggers. Bring your binoculars, because we've spotted everything from bald eagles to scarlet tanagers on the trail, not to mention snapping turtles! Nature lovers can also partake of nearby Merck Forest, Haystack Mountain, and the Hebron Nature Preserve.
Manchester, a mere 25 minutes away, is a very popular destination, home to numerous designer outlets, the Orvis fly fishing school and store, and the best book store in Vermont, the Northshire Bookstore. Weston, home to the Vermont Country Store, is about an hour's drive away through some gorgeous mountain scenery. Glens Falls, NY and Lake George are about 45 minutes and an hour away, respectively, to the west. The delightful Lake St. Catherine state park in Wells is about 15 minutes away and Emerald Lake state park in Dorset is nearby as well. World class fly fishing abounds in the Battenkill River and the Mettowee River. There are great farmers markets in nearby towns as well as unique shops and eating establishments.
There are too many attractions to do justice to here and we are centrally located to many nearby cities from Albany, to Saratoga, to Rutland and Bennington. Winter time provides numerous opportunities for top notch skiing with Bromley only 40 minutes away and Killington about an hour, to name a few.
No place is perfect, however, and we feel we must mention that our location here in Vermont's Slate Valley is home to unique geological features such as abundant slate formations. Because of this, as is common to many homeowners here, our well water does contain sulphur and while it has been adequately tested and is safe to drink, there can be an aroma that some people notice while others do not. Although we drink our well water we do provide bottled water for guests but if you are extremely sensitive to smells this might be something to consider.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have and look forward to hosting you.
We do not discriminate and are happy to welcome LGBT folks!
In warm weather guests can enjoy a large back porch with comfy outdoor furniture to enjoy the relaxing view, patio table/chairs with umbrella, front yard, hammock, lounge chairs. In cold weather guests usually opt to stay in and enjoy the warmth of the cozy apartment which is equipped with a record player and an array of vintage albums. Lots of board games, books and , of course, wi-fi. The D&H rail trail runs through our property, just behind the house and is wonderful year round for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, etc.
Interaction with Guests
We let the guests determine that... some guests like their privacy and we respect that. Others like to interact with us, visiting the barn or just dropping by the house to chat.
Ours is a quintessential rural Vermont neighborhood... our nearest neighbors are at Consider Bardwell Farm, whose silos are visible from our yard. It's an easy and enjoyable walk down the road, along the rail trail or even through our pasture. Once their you can take a tour or sample some of their award winning cheese. The road on which we are situated is very popular with bicyclists, joggers and walkers alike in good weather and the scenery is delightful all year round!
There is no public transit but driving in Vermont is really quite easy. There is little traffic and the scenery is gorgeous everywhere.
Other Things to Note
Our farm, Wayward Goose Farm, along with our partner farm and neighbors at Consider Bardwell Farm, is the recipient of the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Farm of the Year Award for 2013!
No smoking please. To help keep the room clean during your stay, we'd appreciate it if you leave footwear at the bottom of the stairs. For the safety of our cows, we don't allow pets.
My son and I had a wonderful time at the wayward goose farm.
The apt was so cozy and set up so perfectly, with each part of the large room in mind... from the quiet sitting area where my son and I read to the "game area" where we played records and board games. I thought that not having a tv was going to torture hom, but he didn't even notice. WiFi a is strong so you can watch shows on your iPad if you needed (we didn't need).
Dan and Laurie were awesome hosts and great people to interact with. The continental breakfast was amazing (yogurt and bread so good and raw milk too!).
The area was also beautiful. We got to visit the farm next door for some amazing cheese and my son got to play with the baby goats...of course only bc we told them we were staying at Wayward goose! :)
It was a 40 min drive to Bromley mountain, but you get to drive through beautiful scenery so you don't even notice it.
All in all a great time.
Our stay with Laurie and Dan was wonderful. The breakfast is everything it's cracked up to be and the place is a perfect little winter getaway.
A few notes for winter-goers:
***They have X-Country Skis and an awesome trail out back!
***Bring snow tires or chains if it's snowy!
***It's a great place to hang out, cozy with tea, coffee and a record player; wifi is good enough for netflix (if that's your thing)
***Board games are great for 2 or a family: scrabble, trivial pursuit, would you rather, clue.
***Room is very warm and also bigger than I imagined.
Breakfast is awesome, and the cows are great. Laurie and Dan were incredible hosts and gave us a raft of suggestions for the area.
One thing to note: the water does smell like sulfur. It is strong. It didn't bother me or my girlfriend, but just so there are no surprises you should know.
What a special place! Laurie and Dan's farm is perfect if you want a Vermont getaway that's comfortable and unique. The beautiful, quiet farm setting was the best part for us, with the breakfast (especially homemade yogurt!) a close second. The studio itself is very spacious yet still feels cozy.
Laurie and Dan were welcoming and friendly, in particular answering all our questions about the farm, while quite respectful of our privacy. This is a gem!
Our stay on Laurie and Dan's Dairy Farm was the ultimate Vermont vacation. We stayed for 4 nights although we wished we could of stayed longer. The little apartment was welcoming, warm and so pretty; we were thrilled. The home-made bread, granola along with the yogurt and milk, all fresh from the farm were absolutely delicious and such a treat. Laurie and Dan were amazing hosts, provided everything we could possible want and more. Much to our delight we had a snow storm while visiting, being very unprepared as coming from Florida, Laurie lent me boots and they lent us inner tubes so we could go sledding. Our daughter has not stopped talking about that! We got to tour the farm, learn about the dairy cows and my daughter tried to milk a cow, much to her delight. I could go on and on but will wrap up by saying we highly recommend Laure and Dan's apartment. We hope to return one day. They made our vacation truly memorable! Thanks!
The hosts were very welcoming and warm. Accomodations were very comfortable, clean, bright and much bigger than expected. The record player was a huge hit, along with the board games.
Breakfast was wonderful: Homemade Bread, jam, yogurt, granola and the delicious fresk milk. Such a treat!!!
We had a wonderful time walking the property, the rail trail, meeting the cows and neighboring goats.
We cannot wait to go back. Thanks again to the hosts, Laurie and Dan.
our stay at the studio was absolutely wonderful! the breakfast was delicious, and was a great way to start the day. the trail behind the house was in full fall colors and made for a great easy hike. dan and laurie were very welcoming and answered all of our questions. the studio itself was comfortable and cozy. i couldnt ask for a better birthday getaway. also the store on their farm is just full of amazing products to bring home!
We had a wonderful time at Wayward Goose Farm. Laurie and Dan were warm and hospitable, the apartment was roomy and well appointed, and the kids had a blast playing with their dogs and learning how to use the record player :)
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Dan and Laurie Brooks, dairy farmers,( husband and wife 31 yrs.), and their 17 yr. old daughter. They have 3 older children, all college grads, one living next door. Dan has been a dairy farmer all his life as well as an avid outdoorsman whose interests range from native trees, to foraging for wild mushrooms, to birding. Laurie is an artist who works primarily in watercolors, graphite and linoleum prints, and who vends her art at a local farmers market as well as online. Jill is a pretty mellow high school senior who loves to write, make art, and blog. They also have 2 dogs, Darby (a Westie) and Paul (a corgi mix) who are both friendly.