Lovely king room with western exposure. Beautiful mountain and meadow views looking both south and east. Combined living room dining room kitchen with high ceilings with a bright and airy feeling even on overcast days. Hiking, bike riding, swimming
Lovely wood barn built in 1990 that has been converted to a three bedroom house. The southern face and bright interior make for a cheerful space no matter what the weather or the temperature outside. Nice rugs, comfortable couches and reading chairs make it a cozy place to hang out and relax. The dining table can seat 10 comfortably and the host will often invite friends over for dinner and include the guests.
The main access to the barn/house is a non descript barn door inside of which you will find a keyed lock opening into a beautiful home. Depending on arrival times we will make arrangements for access to the keys or be there to greet you. Once you have arrived your schedule is your own access wise. There is a refrigerator and kitchen area with a bar/eating area with four stools for sitting and talking in addition to the living room and dining area.
Interaction with Guests
There will be yogurt and or bagels and coffee for breakfast at which time Bill can catch up with the guests. Always interested in speaking and interacting with the guests and asking about their interests and helping them have a successful and relaxing visit. I have traveled extensively throughout the states and the world so i can help with any and all interests. There is also an extensive supply of books in the house so if someone wants to curl up in a chair or just sit in one of the rockers out on the porch they are welcome to do so.
My house is located in the North Hollow area of Rochester which is a high meadow at 1400ft. The road we are on is a dead end with 6 houses. It is very peaceful with nice neighbors, hay fields, cows at different times of the year, and lots of wildlife. It is a year round community that caters to summer folks, skiers, bike riders, Middlebury College, Vermont Law School, Norwich University, UVM, VTC, (website hidden) Mike's, St Joseph and Dartmouth graduates. You can relax at the house and unplug from the world or make forays out into town and or the surrounding attractions.
Rochester is centrally located in Vermont and accessible by car. Roads are well maintained so that folks can get to work, to a ski area or to anything else they might want to see and or do. An hour and fifteen minutes from Burlington Airport (BTV). Thirty minutes from one Amtrak line and forty-five from another. Rochester is 3 hours from Boston, 3.5 to Montreal, 4.5 to NYC. Under an hour to the Dartmouth/Hanover area. There are buses and trains outside of the valley.
Other Things to Note
Rochester is a lovely town with a great mix of Vermonters and what we call flatlanders(folks born outside of Vermont). Rochester has lots of theater with the White River Valley Players, concerts on the green, events at both Pierce Hall and an annual Suzuki event. It is only 20 minutes from the Middlebury College Breadloaf campus. The Warren/Waitsfield area home to Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and the Green Mountain Ski Academy are a half an hour to the north. Lots of summer residents from around the globe were campers in Vermont at Keewaydin, Killoleet and Windridge Tennis. www.middtastingtrail
I expect guests to respect the house and its furnishings. It is a comfortable place that has been nicely put together and it is my home as well. Rugs cover everything so it is nice and comfortable. It is a non smoking household.
We (2 of us) were at Bill's beautiful home for an entire weekend (2/27-3/1). Bill provided us with specific directions and was always timely with all communications. We ended up reaching his place past midnight and he was still up to let us in. The house is gorgeous and clean and the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. Bill is a great host and an even better conversationalist. He kept going out of his way to make us feel at home - making some of the best, sumptuous scrambled eggs we have ever had (with dates, kale, Pune nuts!!!), giving us oranges when we were heading out to the ski slopes, sharing a beer in the evening, making reservations for us at nearby restaurants, providing great company and being a good person.
Killington is about 40 minutes from Rochester. The drive is beautiful.
If Vermont is in your sights and wherever you are going is within a couple of hours of Rochester, I highly recommend Bill and his beautiful barn home.
Bill was a great host. He greeted us at the end of a long day of skiing with some appetizers before we went to dinner in town. Then made us a great breakfast the next morning. He also shared a lot of insights about Vermont and the surrounding communities. The bed was comfy and we got a good night's sleep. I highly recommend this place for travelers passing through.
All the amazing things you read in the following reviews are true! As a full-time Airbnb host, myself, I can say that Bill is a world-class host! His space is extremely spacious and inviting!
Bill is really great about recommending things to do, places to go, and where to eat. He's a wealth of information. He's really great about being a responsive host, predicting any needs or wants before you have them-- if you are thinking "Hm, where would I find sugar?" He already has it in hand for you! :)
The house is a massive converted barn (climate-controled of course) and has an airy and homey feel. It is off of a quite road with beautiful expansive views of the valley. There's plenty of space to interact with Bill or just pull up a book and read away under the massive sun-lit windows.
We ski. So getting to Sugarbush Ski Mountain in 25 minutes, door-to-door, was perfect. The drive through Mad River Valley is really beautiful. In the summer, the LONG TRAIL is minutes away, if you are a hiker.
All in all, we had an over-the-top wonderful experience and have Bill to thank for being such a spectacular host.
MUST STAY HERE!!!!!
What can I say about Bill's house? It is beautiful, clean and I totally fell in love with the area. Very quaint, peaceful and full of warmth. I would love to go back there from time to time.
Bill is such a warm person,so is his girlfriend Jean. I felt like we were old friends right after I walked into his house. Bill's generosity, care and good old nature definitely left me with a feeling of admiration and joy.
You have to stay with him at his place to know what I exactly mean. He's a gem. And his home, a hidden treasure. I loved it!
Fantastic setting and wonderful host. Beautiful barn in the mountains but just a few minutes drive from a charming town. Bill is generous and knowledgeable about the area. His book collection is not to be believed!
Bills Barn in the Woods is a great place to stay and relax. You have to bring enough time to discover the great surrounding. Watching and listening to the cows is highly recommended. Afterwards you can watch the stars and the milkyway. We will come back to spend more time at this beautiful place. Thank you Bill for being such a great host!
This was a lovely place to relax and unplug over a long weekend. The house is nestled amongst farmland and mountains, with a laid back and bucolic feel. Bill was a kind and generous host. I hope to be back again soon!
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Middle aged father of three all of whom have been launched. Have had an interesting and very diverse career that has allowed me to travel and work within Europe and Asia as well as throughout the US. Interests from non traditional farming, optics, high speed manufacturing, all forms of energy, traditional as well as green, carpentry and design. Presently working as a consultant in the photonics business and restoring older Vermont homes. Love to travel and get to know different cultures and people. Prefer b&bs or renting apartments to staying in hotels. I enjoy traveling in Europe where English is not the first language. Figuring out how to get around and then taking in the local architecture which says so much about what is important for me. I love good conversation, good wine, a great cup of coffee, unusual cheeses and breads and i am always trying the local food where ever i travel. Dinner is about having a good conversation and discussing the things that are important in life. I also enjoy just sitting out on the porch watching the stars or the sun setting on the mountains listening to nature.