Bike and hike the Green Mountains

House - Private room · Saw Mill Hill Road, Rochester, VT 05767, United States

Lovely queen bed in a bright and cheerful house. All part of a beautiful 3 bedroom home tucked into a 30 year old barn. A wonderfully warm and inviting place to use as a base or to just sit and read no matter what the weather. LAMB Granfondo.

Your host, William
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Lovely queen bed in a bright and cheerful house. All part of a beautiful 3 bedroom home tucked into a 30 year old barn. A wonderfully warm and inviting place to use as a base or to just sit and read no matter what the weather. LAMB Granfondo.

The Space

A lovely house built in 1990 as a wood shop and then converted to a lovely home. Warm and inviting no matter what the season. When it is freezing outside the natural light makes it a warm place to sit and just look at the view. When warmer the back porch is a great place to watch the wildlife and sometimes domesticated cattle. If so inclined you can wander to the pond and watch the beavers at work.

Guest Access

Guests will come and go using the front door of the house well hidden behind a barn door. A key will be provided so folks can come and go at will. Under an hour from Middlebury, Dartmouth, Vermont Law School and Norwich.

Interaction with Guests

Bill the host will be around at some point during the stay and at night as well. A very lovely but casual place. There are actually two rooms one a queen and one a king so one may meet folks from other parts of the world during their stay and or other friends of the host.

The Neighborhood

The lovely North Hollow section of Rochester Vermont located with in easy access to the Middlebury Snow Bowl, Rikert Nordic Center, Sugarbush, Killington, Mad River Glen. Or one can just ski out the back door and hack through the fields and meadows if so inclined.

Getting around

An hour and fifteen minutes from Burlington International Airport, under and hour from Lebanon airport, White River Junction train station and about an hour from Rutland airport and train station.

Other Things to Note

If one is visiting colleges this is an excellent location. In less than an hour one can be at Middlebury College, Dartmouth, VTC, Vermont Law School, Castleton College, College of St Joseph's and New England Culinary Institute. At an hour and fifteen minutes you have UVM and St Michaels College and Green Mountain College.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • What an absolutely divine vacation! William made our stay idyllic with a warm welcome, a great fire outside where we could enjoy conversation, dark skies and bright stars, and sweaters which we borrowed gratefully (we were not expecting such cool temperatures, even though we were escaping hot Arizona weather!) The breakfast was delicious, healthy and hearty. He was sensitive to our dietary restrictions and we enjoyed his creative cuisine.
    The location is so beautiful, peaceful and inspiring. We feel completely rejuvenated by our stay at William's place and can't wait to return. We'll be recommending "Bike and hike the Green Mountains" to all our friends and family. Thank you, Bill!

    June 2014
  • Outstanding hospitality, gorgeous setting, went the extra mile. Thanks! Will be back!

    March 2014
  • Bill was fantastic, mellow, cool and knowledgeable about the area. He was generous with his space and also gave us a wide berth to do our thing. Highly recommended!

    February 2014
  • We just returned from a great ski weekend in Vermont. Thanks to the snow Gods, two feet of fresh snow greeted us.
    Thanks to fate and dumb luck, William greeted and hosted us at his lovely home. He welcomed two bedraggled travelers with great directions and after a very long night of driving - not only kept the light on - but had saved some dinner and drinks. Breakfast was great. The house is amazing - great artwork - beautiful vistas, comfy beds. All of that.
    The best way that I can describe our stay is that it was like visiting an old friend. There was an instant sense of comfort, laughter and ease. In short - it felt like a home away from home.
    This was our first airbnb experience. I didn't even realize that there were multiple pictures of the home and property. I simply read the prior reviews and reserved it on blind faith. There were excellent reviews from couples seeking a quiet weekend and single travelers; guests from near and far. They all had wonderful things to say and great experiences. I was travelling with my teenaged son - to add another category. My son - loved staying with William.
    And then there is Shadow the dog. She appears to be a black golden retriever with the softest fur and sweetest eyes. She is pure love - the most mellow pup on the planet.
    We are already planning our next trip to Vermont . We haven't decided where to ski - but we definitely know where we will be staying.
    When you arrive, say hi to William and Shadow for us.

    February 2014
    Response from William:

    Elizabeth, what a lovely review, we enjoyed your stay as well. Jean mentioned to me today that the message on the refrigerator had changed, please thank George! My sister loved your review as well. We look forward to seeing you in the future. Bill

    February 2014
  • Staying with at Bill's place was an absolutely superb experience. The place is one of those hidden gems where you can easily lounge of the couch under a blanket and read books all day (one of us actually got sick and did just that). The room was spacious, bed comfy and everything spotless. Windows in the beautiful and cozy common room offer a view over wide stretching fields and pure tranquility. Easy access by car to both close cross-country skiing and downhill skiing just 40-50 away. We visited Sugarbush and Mad River and it worked excellent (although the snow at the time was not the best).
    Bill as a host deserves a separate paragraph. He is one of those genuinely kind and incredibly generous people that you come across only so often (if ever). We could not have felt more welcome in his home, and enjoyed many evenings chatting and drinking locally produced cider. Bill knows the area like no one else and was very helpful in setting up our daily excursions.
    If we ever come back to Vermont we know where to go.
    Enjoy your stay with Bill!

    January 2014
  • Bill's home was wonderful. It's in the middle of the Green Mountain National Forest area, a few minutes away from town, but seemingly and wonderfully in the middle of nowhere. It's a great escape from a chaotic life, but it's close enough to civilization to get a great cup of chai, see a play or go skiing at Killington, one of VT's best ski spots. The home is a converted barn & is incredibly cozy, with wide open spaces, a great big dining room table, living room & comfortable bedrooms. The view out the back door is idyllic. Exactly what you'd expect of VT. Bill is a great guy that I met while in the Himalayas many years ago. He's well read (as evidenced by the library on his wall), well traveled, as nice as can be, and loves good food & hockey (which are bonuses in my book). He's got an incredible dog that I bonded with immediately (I'm not a dog-person) that was so personable, so affectionate, and loved to run around in the snow & come back in to be toweled off. This was truly a winter wonderland, but I can't wait to return in the Spring, Summer and Autumn to see how beautiful the area & property are in each season! You should too!

    November 2013
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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.
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