About this listing
Welcome to our beautiful post and beam barnhouse, farm and gardens! Your room with vaulted ceiling and private bath. Rural setting, yet near the Five Colleges and outdoor adventure or retreat.
Our home centers around a stunning Great Room with a 2 story gable-end window and 2 story fireplace and chimney. We are decorated with an eclectic collection of family art, primitive antiques and international crafts. Each window provides views of the woods, the open pasture or grazing farm animals. Ours is casual home with cozy places for relaxing and restoring.
You will have access to the entire upstairs. This includes a room with double bed, a full bath and the sitting/TV area. There is a second bedroom with a 3/4 antique bed, for a 3rd or 4th person in your party. We rent to only one group at a time. There is an extra charge for this room of $65. You will dine in our Great Room and are welcome to use our kitchen. We will supply a simple country vegetarian breakfast. You are welcome to enjoy our outdoor space as well, visiting with our friendly goats, pony and mini-donkey.
Interaction with Guests
We will be home during your stay, available to answer any questions about your stay and/or area attractions. We tend to stay downstairs in our back rooms. We will ask you about your morning schedule and breakfast time. We tend to be nearby with our guests for breakfast, but that is optional.
Ours is a neighborhood with no neighbors in sight. Ah... We look out over our pasture and a small mountain nearby or back into the woods. The sky is open and lovely.
There is no public transportation, but you might see bikers, joggers and horseback riders passing by. There is ample parking. It's a long, sloped driveway, so good snowtires are recommended for winter travel. There is also a parking space at the bottom and we are happy to taxi you up, if there is a problem.
Other Things to Note
We like children and they are always welcome, but we would prefer children 3 years old and up. We have two cats but they aren't very fond of dogs. If you have to travel with a polite one, we'd contain our felines in our room. We prefer that guests arrive no earlier than 4:00 and depart by 11:00am, but exceptions can be made.
We expect civility and courtesy, and have only experienced that from every guest. Oh yes, please no smoking.
About the Host, Pixie
My husband and I are retired public school teachers, who have raised 9 children and a lot of goats! Seven stepchildren are sprinkled across the country, but our two are nearby. Our daughter and son-in-law have given us two wonderful grandkids, and our adult son is a fine musician. Such blessings!
We have restored and built houses locally, and cabins in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. John is a self-taught carpenter/plumber/electrician and he has made many of my dreams come true! I come up with the building/decorating ideas and he makes them happen. I also love to garden, both perennials and veggies. We are vegetarians, so that means our freezer is full of our harvest.
We started B&B'ing as an overflow location for a friend's B&B down the road. We have met such great people, and so enjoy our breakfast parties together. It's a joy to share our beautiful space with others, and to learn from each guest.
We love our darling hilltown and are active community members here. We have the ability to be in the country all seasons, yet are close to many fine cultural activities brought to the Five Colleges. If we can travel, we head up to our cabin in VT. There we kayak in the summer and snowshoe in the winter. The Canadian border is 20 minutes away, and we know where the best French bakeries are!