About this listing
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.
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 25 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 state wide 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 co-recipient of the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Farm of the Year Award for 2013!
We plan to do a bit of renovating to the apartment this winter, installing a kitchenette which will have a small stovetop, fridge, cabinets and sink, allowing guests to be a bit more self sufficient and perhaps stay a bit longer. For this reason we have blocked the apartment from November through March, until the improvements are completed. In addition, although breakfast is no longer included, the price per night has decreased and guests will have the ability to make their own meals!
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.