About this listing
Our very 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!
Loved the place, owners were very welcome and friendly, and gave us excellent restaurant recommendations. (Garlic soup at Mary's Inn at Baldwin Creek is a must). Beautiful property and beautiful guest house - easy drives to both Burlington and Stowe. The perfect spot for a weekend getaway!!
I have to say that Christine's place is absolutely breathtaking!!! From the first day till the last day, Christine and her husband made us feel right at home. They were there to assist us with suggestions and recommendations when we needed them. We did have breakfast one morning while there, which was prepared by Christine, and it was delicious!!! Everything served was fresh from the Middlebury co-op. I loved that every morning we could look right out the windows and see a spectacular view of the mountains. The barn itself was beautiful and the interior design was also really nice. Every restaurant that Christine suggested was on the money, and the food was fresh, local, and delicious. This was the first time in what felt like forever that my wife and I were able to get away without the kids, and Christine's place was just what we needed!!! Thank you Christine for an unforgettable stay!!!
There were homemade cookies waiting at the top of the steps when we arrived, and Christine and her husband immediately provided the corkscrew my husband and I needed to open the first celebratory bottle of our anniversary weekend getaway. Christine was full of wonderful knowledge about where to find the best restaurants and hiking trails, which helped to make the weekend special. The accommodations were perfect - clean, well cared-for, and tasteful. We took the breakfast option on one of the mornings, and found it was prepared by none other than Christine, herself - homemade everything (pancakes, bacon, eggs, coffee, fresh squeezed juice), even including her own preserves. Delicious. Everything else was as billed and shown in the pictures, and the setting and gardens are stunning at every time of day and in all weather. We would happily return.
Christine's home is beautiful. She did a great job communicating before our stay. Unfortunately there were a few things about the barn that didn't work for our family so we ended up leaving early. While the barn didn't work so well for us, based on the overwhelming number of positive reviews for this airbnb, I'm sure it is perfect for others!
Things to know:
1 - The barn is very close to the main house and there are no blinds anywhere in the barn. While Christine assured me they couldn't see in the barn or hear our conversations (windows were open entire time b/c there is no A/C), it wasn't as private as we hoped.
2 - They have a young dog that while sweet is a bit over-energetic. Be sure to ask that it is kept inside if you have a small child like we do.
3 - If using GPS, Waze, etc. make sure not to enter the home from Orchard Rd South - enter via the North road only.
4 - There are a fun things nearby to do! Bristol is close and a good option for eating out (try the Bobcat). Middlebury and Vergennes are close drives too.
The host made us feel very welcome. The barn apartment was elegant, well-appointed and quiet. Access was easy and every little detail was taken care of. The apartment sits on a beautiful site nestled within the green mountains of Vermont. There are no other houses visible from the site and the drive in is quiet and secluded. The space itself is very large. Coffee and tea are available as well as wireless, Direct TV, and nice toiletries. We met the hosts a the same wedding we attended and they were delightful to talk with. A great place to stay. MAKE SURE AND FOLLOW THEIR DIRECTIONS AND NOT GPS (AS RECOMMENDED).
We had a lovely time staying at the barn apartment. Christine was very welcoming and was quick to respond to all of our questions. The apartment was spacious, well-appointed, clean and charming. The views from the property were breathtaking! Overall we had an outstanding time in Vermont and would definitely come back and refer a friend!
What a beautiful place to stay. Inside was tastefully furnished and very comfortable. Sitting outside on the private patio, with that amazing view overlooking the mountains, was heavenly. Would definitely stay here again.
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".