About this listing
private stand-alone barn apt. sits in the middle of an 80 acre estate with drop-dead views of the Green Mnts. Perfect for two adults and a child, it is close to skiing, hiking trails, lake & river swimming, kayaking, fabulous restaurants.
Spring is upon us! May flowers are poking up in the gardens and from your private patio the mountain views are greening into bud. From Lake Champlain to the top of the Green Mountains, from Middlebury, Burlington, and Stowe, you can have it all from our place. Great local wine and beers are on tap everywhere. Enjoy the incredible views with coffee or drinks while cozy in the barn or on the patio... ask about a cooking lesson (pasta making, anyone?) Cheese, chocolate, beer and wine tours? Just ask us...
Our very comfortable and beautifully appointed Luxury Barn Apartment is surrounded by gardens and breath-taking views on 80 very private acres. Nestled high in the Green Mountains, Lincoln is a peaceful world apart, yet Middlebury College and all its cultural resources is 18 miles away. The charming Village of Bristol is 5 minutes, 20 to the wonderful little City of Vergennes, 30 minutes to Burlington International Airport. Montreal is 2 1/2 hours to the north, Boston 3 hrs. south.
We are very close to Lake Champlain for summer water play, as well as world-class skiing at Sugarbush, Madriver, and The Middlebury College Snow Bowl and Reichert Ski Touring Center. Stowe is an hour to the north. Hiking, snowshoeing, secret swimming holes, biking, and cross-country opportunities abound just outside the front door. Numerous great restaurants, artisanal cheese and bread makers and several flourishing Farmer's Markets are open year-round.
It's a perfect spot for city-dwellers to kick back for a weekend in the country, or for putting up family members during Reunions, Parent's Weekends, Homecoming and Graduations at Middlebury College. Numerous Brides and Grooms have chosen the Apartment for their honeymoons. If you would like to have a Massage, Cooking Class, or Artisinal Cheese Tour, we would be delighted to arrange it. Please let us know how we can help you plan your perfect get-away.
Enormous,Delicious, locally sourced breakfasts delivered to the barn are $20.00 per adult - booked with advanced notice, but there are also plenty of places to get well fed and caffinated nearby. Bristol is home to the incomparable Almost Home Market, the Bristol Bakery, and Snaps Diner. Dinners out are also a treat: visit with Chef Doug Mack and his wife Linda Harmon of Mary's at Baldwin Creek for fabulous locally grown everything (cooking classes!), or go to the Bobcat for a local Brew and Bistro Fare. Not to be missed either, are the sublimely French Tourterelle (Best Boulliabaise Ever), in New Haven, and the Vergennes Laundry for superb coffee and pastries, fresh oysters and sandwiches. If you have not been to visit Nancy at Sparkling (for afternoon champagne), at the bottom of College Street in Middlebury, don't miss it. Did I forget to mention Daily Chocolate in Vergennes, (website hidden)'s small-batch ice cream in Bristol, and all the local brews? So much more great food and drink, so little time!!!
We can acommodate two adults in a queen bed, and have a smaller, "hired man's bed" for children. Fresh linens,fresh coffee, teas and snacks are provided by us. Canine friends are welcome downstairs in the barn...bring kennel or bed - we will supply the treats!
For Summer fun bring your bikes, kayacks, and swimsuits. Winter toys: we have sleds, snowshoes, gourmet treats for your dog! Bring skates, skis, and boards...Hiking and cross country trails right out the front door! We supply you with a fridge and freezer as well as coolers for the barn.
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little as you wish. We do appreciate our guests introducing themselves while they are here!
Private, peaceful, beautiful views, convenient to everything you might want to do in our part of the state. Addison County is ideally located between Lake Champlain to the west, the Presidential Range to the east. To the north and south, two College towns: Burlington and Middlebury.
Four-wheel or All-wheel drive is necessary in the winter. If you are really lean and mean, you can bike the two "gaps" in the summer!
Other Things to Note
There is no kitchen, but you can use one of our coolers for food or bring your own. There is a refrigerator and freezer for your use in the house garage. You are also welcome to use the barbeque and private patio. And Do Not Use your GPS when close to us, or you will end up off a dead-end road up the mountain! Please call us if you want directional advice from where you are!
From Bristol, VT: Go through Bristol on Rte.116/17 north. Immediately after two black bridges, go right onto the Lincoln Gap Road. (Coming south on 116 from Burlington, turn left before the first Black bridge in Bristol). Follow the road and the river 4 miles to Village of Lincoln and turn left (north) up Quaker Street between the Church and the General Store. Take the first right up Elder Hill, pass Elderberry Horse Farm where the road flattens out and take the FIRST AND ONLY right onto Orchard Rd. North. Then take your FIRST AND ONLY LEFT at mailbox #379, through the stone walls, to our place. Park in front of the left barn garage door, walk round to the front of the barn, door to apartment is inside on the left. Please leave shoes, boots, equipment, and dogs downstairs!
We treasure our privacy and assume you do too, but would really like to meet you, so come say hello!The more you communicate your needs ahead of time, the better we will be able to accommodate you seamlessly after your arrival. Special food requirements for breakfast? Want a cooking class or massage? Let us know well in advance. Please keep shoes, boots, dogs, and sporting equipment downstairs. Relax, have a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, snack on home-made goodies, and enjoy the view!
Excellent host! The place was great and the sleeping was AMAZING! All we could hear were the peepers. Such a great place to go unwind. Highly recommended!
My good friend and I were interested in visiting an off the beaten path location to celebrate my 30th and we chose very wisely! Christine was a wonderful host - we were greeted with a nice note and treat and we had a great time talking to her and hearing restaurant and hiking recommendations. The property exceeded my expectations which was hard to do since the pictures were already so lovely. The stars and mountains nearby allowed for a quiet, rejuventating retreat. So much is nearby and driving is one of the best ways to take in the scenery, instead of it being a chore. I would love to visit again, especially in the fall!
This was such a beautiful place to spend our honeymoon! Christine greeted us when we arrived and gave us great restaurant recommendations and made us feel very welcome. The barn looks just as nice in the pictures as it does in reality. We loved our view of Mt. Abe! I definitely recommend staying here for your next trip to Vermont!
We had a very wonderful stay at Christine's barn! Our son (2 1/2 years old) was very happy running "on the mountains"! :) Even though there is no fridge in the barn, Christine accomodated us with a cooler and the fridge in her garage. Very nice hosts, and wonderful place to stay!
As always we had a perfect experience at Christine's! There is nothing like this peaceful, serene location!
We spent 3 nights at the barn with our 20 months daughter and really enjoyed our experience. The views are really beautiful, as is the barn itself. There are tons of activities to do around (swimming in lakes and rivers, visiting farms, picking berries, etc.) and Christine had many suggestions for us. The restaurants around were really good and extremely kids friendly, which we appreciated considering that there is no kitchen in the barn. If you travel with a young child, you might want to notice that there are no curtains and many windows. There is also a dog that is still young and that was really excited when it saw us, so Christine suggested that our little one doesn't play outside while the dog was outside (it is not - yet - a child friendly dog !). It was easy to communicate with Christine. Overall, we enjoyed our stay very much and found this place to be as relaxing as we hoped.
About the Host, Christine
Thoroughly affable, straight-forward Realtor with a background in the arts. I love to cook for friends and wouldn't want to live with out good wine. Movies are an obsession as well, and my barn apartment is filled with great reading material and has wi-fi, but if you are the outdoor type, just walk outside for all kinds of sporting activities...Trails for hikers and bikers, ski-slopes, I am an avid gardener so the summer is filled with flowers as well as river swimming and boating on Lake Champlain. My motto? - "Living well is it's own reward".