About this listing
A spacious & comfy studio apartment overlooking the activity on a working Vermont dairy farm. Visit the barn during milking or relax with an album on the record player! Check out our hundreds of photos on Instagram or (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) at Wayward Goose Farm!
Come spend time in southwestern Vermont! We live on a beautiful dairy farm and we 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 new twin sized beds. A newly installed kitchenette enables you to prepare simple meals that you can eat at the cute little table or take out to the patio when the weather permits. We are happy to stock your fridge with a complimentary jar of our own fresh, raw milk, upon request. A full bath with stall shower is spacious, well appointed, and clean. 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. We have a little farm store on sight from which you can also view our morning or evening milkings. Everything from our fresh, raw milk to our own beef and free range chicken, local jams and pickles, and Laurie's own hand printed T shirts and note cards are for sale in this self serve store.
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, sight of the Vermont Country Store, is about an hour's drive away through some gorgeous mountain scenery. Glens Falls, and Lake George, NY are about 45 minutes and an hour away, respectively, to the west, while Saratoga Springs is just under an hour. 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. Burlington and all its enchantments is just under 2 hours north and the drive through Addison County, with the Adirondacks to the west across Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains to the east is absolutely breathtaking! If you are into great beer, we highly recommend Fiddlehead brewery when you visit, especially their Hodad stout! There are great farmers markets in nearby towns as well as unique shops, eating establishments and brew pubs throughout this beautiful state.
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. We have installed a filtration system under the kitchen sink so its cold water is perfect for drinking with no sulphuric taste or smell at all. However, the water from the shower can, at times, still have a bit of a hard boiled egg aroma. If you are extremely sensitive to smells this might be something to consider. Most guests have no issue with the water but occasionally someone mentions it.
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. There is easy access to the 22 mile trail and folks are welcome to bring their bikes and park them in our garage during their stay.
Since this IS a working farm and the way in which we earn our living, we ask guests to understand that only certain areas of the farm, fields, and barn are accessible to them. We always include detailed descriptions of where guests are able to roam upon their welcome and are happy to answer any questions they may have during their stay.
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!
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.
We are Dan and Laurie Brooks, dairy farmers,( married 34 yrs.), and our 20 yr. old daughter. We have 3 older children, all college grads, one living next door, and a 2.5 yr. old granddaughter. Dan has been a dairy farmer all his life as well as an avid outdoorsman whose interests range from forestry of native trees, to fishing, to foraging for wild mushrooms, to birding. I, Laurie, am an artist who works primarily in watercolors, graphite, charcoal and linoleum prints. Jill is a pretty mellow college freshman, currently majoring in enviro. studies at UVM and who loves to write, make art, and blog. We also have 3 dogs, Darby (a Westie), Paul (a corgi mix), and Bruce (a corgi) who are very friendly.
We enjoy hosting visitors and getting to know folks from all walks of life. We have hosted guests from China, Thailand, Scotland, England, The Netherlands, Austria, Israel, India, Australia, Germany, Canada, and from all over the U.S. too. We love hearing people's stories and telling our own. We consider ourselves lucky to have been able to meet so many interesting and amazing people.
In addition to being Airbnb hosts ourselves, we have used it as travelers too. We have visited Montreal, CA, Monschau, Germany, Pontarlier, France and Fourbanne, France. We have had wonderful experiences in every place we've stayed and our hosts have been fantastic. We hope to use it again as travelers very soon!