I have been considering for a while the importance of providing affordable and good housing over the profit and fun (and work) of renting my apartment to travelers. I have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from all kinds of interesting and fun people
I have been considering for a while the importance of providing affordable and good housing over the profit and fun (and work) of renting my apartment to travelers. I have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from all kinds of interesting and fun people doing important work in the world, but have decided that as of December to take my listing off of AIRBNB and rent long-term.
Of course its a gamble; I've had good and Bad tenants in the past, but people need a place to live. Rents are way too high for most people who don't have money behind them, or for various reasons, often not of their own doing, have lost income or credit. The income disparity in this country is huge and has tangible repercussions. There are waaaaaaaaaaaay too many poor people in this great country of ours. (Not to mention this world)
I will work to make my home, which you will like, available for staying in. And there's still the beautiful woods down the hill where you can camp. (See my other listing)
Stay tuned. The den will get cleaned up eventually and folks can stay there.
Thanks for your interest, keep traveling, stay on the ground and do good work for this world.
This second floor apartment has seen a lot of Love. Two babies were born here!
Built under the same roof as my house, on the West side of what was a hay barn, it still has a barnish feel. And you might, depending on the season pass by the chickens enroute to your country get away.
We call our farmette the Skunk Barn Farm, and have raised animals here, but these days mostly fruit, eggs, and vegies.
I made a conscious choice not to spend thousands of dollars on a septic system so there are no flush toilets on the premises. If you like the idea of sharing the fertility of your manure in the outhouse then you'll enjoy being here. If you cant bear the thought of not having a flush toilet to whisk your feces away (where?) than you wont!
There's a wood stove for heat, a gas stove for cookiing (its little but works great!) Tub, hot water, even..... just found it, a microwave, if you want (so far no one has!)
A bed room, a big room with Kitchen dining living in mind, and bathroom, and a loft -- its little but two people could sleep there. There's a full bed in bedroom and a twin futon in the loft. I'm working on returning the chaise that you see in the pictures. I say 5 people could stay here cause lots of people know how to sleep on the floor. Groups over 2 or 3 should keep in mind that the resources of gas, wood, and electriciy to heat and light are precious and finite and are encouraged to make sustainable, conservative choices.
Parking is somewhat limited so make sure I know if you need to bring more than one car so we can plan parking strategies.
I have 2 cats, 14 chickens and 4 guinea fowl. They are fab.
Your dog has to be farm tested or kept on a leash.
That's all i can think of for now.... Mas pronto nos vemos
Greenough and the Skunk Barn Farm
The fields and woods and streams and dirt roads all around.
Clothes washer for guests over 3 days.
Clothes line inside and out.
My South East facing deck when my housemate and myself are not at home which is often.
Interaction with Guests
I am happy to visit with guests as they would like out in the yard, on my deck or in either domicile, as the guests see fit, and I have time. Usually it happens as we cross paths outside. When I'm around, I'm happy to answer questions and get to know people. Also I can give folks my cell number if they have questions when I'm working, sometimes I will be able to field them. Texting is best in that case.
The neighbor hood is quiet and rural. Very pretty. A little rarified, but we're doing our best to bring it down home.... there are great people around but you dont see them too often.
There is a soso bus that travels N - S along route 5. Route 5 was the only way to travel N/S along the Connecticut River until Interstate 91 was built c. 50's.
We are a 4ish mile assent from 5 and the town of Putney. I recommend hitching into town. Or biking. Or walking. I've used all methods.
Other Things to Note
People tend to really like it here. And not want to leave.
Its true for me............
Sort your trash. We recycle and compost. Containers under kitchen sink provided to assist you.
And limit your trash. For example. Please dont buy large quantities of take-out food and bring all the containers to discard here.
Any food wrappings have to be washed!
I take household trash to the dump occasionally... like 2 - 4 times a YEAR. That way I'm honest about the amount of non-recyclable, non-compostable stuff i bring home. This offer of my apartment does not include sorting and washing your trash. I've learned I have to be quite firm about this. Tossing massive amounts of stuff is seen as a birthright to many, (mostly Americans, I'm afraid...)
I will train you regarding using the wood stove. Letting me know your arrival time will allow me to start a fire (when needed) if my schedule allows, and if not I will make sure the propane heater has the place cozy.
No smoking in buildings. Cigarette butts are trash and if you're a smoker I'd prefer if you collect them in your vehicle. Thanks.
We share an outhouse which is only needed for serious business... Better to pee outside, or in a container provided. Urine can be sent down bathroom drains or used to fertilize the gardens. More info upon arrival!
I was so glad we got a chance to stay at this beautiful place for Thanksgiving. We saw some great mountains, had a lot of snow, and also met Greenough's chickens. If you need a place to get away from the city or just in need for some nature, there is no need to look further. The snow, the place, the people, the food; everything was just so amazing. The apartment is very clean, spacious, warm and hip, super rusty hip. Greenough had everything ready for our stay. She lives right next door from the apartment so she's always there when we needed her. We had the Thanksgiving together with her family and friends. It was definitely the best and the most unique bnb experience we have ever had. It was just great!
PS: For anyone who wants to go there in winter when there is snow, you will need a 4 wheel drive or as least snow tires. They will come in handy!
Greenough has a wonderful spot in the hills of VT. The location is great.. the accommodations even better. A perfect getaway to recharge.. beautiful living space. Highly recommend the experience.
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My mom, sister, niece and myself all stayed for one lovely night! Yes, the description was accurate and the space is even bigger than you might expect from the photos. The four of us fit easily. Greenough was super helpful and responsive. When we arrived she was at the woodstove bundling kindling for us! She got our fire started and gathered enough wood to last us until sleepy time. She made sure we all were comfortable and offered us extra cushions and pillows etc... There eggs left for us in the kitchen and pretty dried floral arrangements. The place was easy to find and in the morning so lovely to see the land and the solar panels. Just beautiful. A perfect escape from city living. Really a unique and inspiring experience. Thank You Greenough! Yes, I recommend!
We had a wonderful weekend at Greenough's apartment. It's rustic - which is exactly what we were looking for! We slept three there very comfortably (two in the bedroom and one in the loft). Even my dog enjoyed the space! Greenough was very accommodating with a late check out and very pleasant the entire time we were there. This is a wonderful place to escape a hurried lifestyle.
an absolutely splendid experience. greenough is a warm, welcoming and accommodating host. the apartment itself is extremely cozy and well equipped. the setting is like a dream ... i spent a month there and i did not want to leave.
highly, highly recommend.
Greenough's barn apartment was a perfect stop on our mini tour of the Green Mountains. Greenough is welcoming and relaxed. The property is beautiful and peaceful, with a large, wild backyard that extends down into a forest. The barnhouse is very comfortable - we loved Greenough's dedication to creating an energy-efficient and low-waste household, and really appreciated the time she took to tell us the story of the barn remodel. The town of Putney was by far my favorite town that we visited in Southern Vermont - we had a sweet dinner at The Gleanery and explored the Putney School campus. Very neat stuff happening all over that town. High recommendation!
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My daughter and I converted a barn into a home and an apartment 15 years ago when she was on the crew as a homeschooled 7th grader and I GCed when I came home from jobs. We've always strived to live very sustainably. She learned early how to network for rides, I even sometimes left the car at home and hitched . Though we could have, we opted not to put in a septic system, so we function on the "water is precious" paradigm. We've always grown various amounts of food on site, including some meat which I'd like to do again when there's more human resource on premises.
Present demography existing we're working perennial fruits and a small summer garden... well the leeks and kale will last into the fall.
We call the place the Skunk Barn Farm. Skunks relocated from the boarding school nearby, died and we found their beautiful skeletons amongst the hay and boards that lay in the barn, unused for decades. I chose to retrofit an existing structure near a road as a way to not take away habitat from animals less adaptable than our human selves. Though not fancy it's comfortable: passive solar shortens our otherwise wood heating season. And a small solar array will keep the well water pumping in case things go south. Solar clothes dryer works year round if you know how....
As a family we've always shared our living quarters with housemates, and recently I've expanded the concept to include an apartment under the same roof (it soon maybe available via AIR BnB) and the tent location where my family lived while we constructed.
I've worked over the years on Nuclear disarmament, War Tax Resistance, Civil Rights and Global preservation. I'm an avid outdoor (non-motorized) recreationist and dancer. Our fairly extensive library is available for your perusal. I'm interested in International trends, people, music and places. Hablo espanol bastante bien. I teach Spanish, so far mostly, to children. Je parle un petit peu de Francais. So if you're from Quebec we can probably cover the basics.
I've traveled sola to Central America, Mexico and cross (this) country and to the Netherlands with my daughter. As a child I was taken to Europe: GB. Luxembourg y Espana where my mother's cousin married a Madrileno and stayed. I'd love to travel more. I know how to travel cheap, 'cept for the getting there.
But I truly love my home. Here at the Skunk Barn Farm the sun shines amply, the skies are fantastic, and the greenery is varied and lush. It's a tough place to leave. I hope you'll enjoy visiting.