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 snows showers - the skiing is still fabulous! The hills are blanketed with that white stuff, and Vermont late winter adventures of all kinds are yours for the choosing in every direction! 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... ask about a cooking lesson (pasta making, anyone?) or sleigh rides!
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!
Winter toys: 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!
The barn was perfect! Clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated. Beautiful views and Christine was a charming host making our stay here unforgettable!
We had a wonderful stay. Christine and John were very welcoming and helpful, and they have the most adorable Bernese puppy and cat. The barn apartment itself was beautiful, spotlessly clean, and surrounded by the incredible mountain views and landscape of this area of VT. The XC skiing in the area was great. There is no kitchen, so we brought food in a cooler, used the microwave in the main house a couple times, and also went out for a couple meals, but this worked well. We liked breakfast at the Bristol bakery, a ten minute drive away. The burgers at the Bobcat cafe were a bit dry and overdone, but they had other options that looked good. Our dog stayed in the heated garage, underneath the apartment and wasn't allowed in apt itself. She wasn't incredibly pleased with this, but dealt with it fine. If you have a dog with separation issues who will bark or scratch doors, etc., this may not be the place, or you could talk with Christine. She dealt with our concerns very well. There is a colder room to the side of the garage where we kept our food, perfect as a refrigerator in winter. We have a prius and didn't make it up the driveway on our first pass (which wasn't steep, just a snowy incline), but John gave us sand to put down, and lent us two additional sand bags which we put on the hood over the wheels, and we were easily able to get out. A Prius without snow tires is about as good as a rear wheel drive car in the snow, and they said it's only been a problem once before, with a rear wheel drive car, fyi. The roads leading to the house from the south have some good bumps in them. I wouldn't bring a car that is super low to the ground.
Christine was very welcoming and even had some delicious cookies for us upon our arrival! The barn was exactly as advertised. Very spacious, private and clean. As other reviews have mentioned the bed was firm but we still slept beautifully. It was lovely to have enough space to do some early morning yoga while bathing in the sunrise before hitting the slopes! We look forward to the next opportunity to stay with Christine again!
What a lovely spot! Vermont at its best. The Barn is lovely and Christine and John made us feel welcome when we arrived. The bathroom is luxury quality and the barn is spacious and cozy. Great light from windows around the room. Hope to go back in the Spring or Summer when the snow is gone.
Charming little oasis in the middle of the Green Mountains. Nestled just above the Lincoln village, it makes for a very central yet tranquil spot with all the amenities for a great time. A few minutes from the Bristol village and less then 30 minutes from Burlington, this is a perfect spot. The space is beautiful, clean and very nicely decorated. Christine and John are very attentive and gracious hosts. The weekend in winter we spent there really charged our batteries for the upcoming spring. We really enjoyed our stay and truly recommend!
Christine and John were wonderful - making us feel completely at home and providing great local recommendations. The cottage was absolutely lovely and perfectly remote. My only hesitation about returning would be that the bed was definitely on the firm side, which isn't ideal for side-sleepers.
Christine and John are wonderful and knowledgeable hosts. The luxury barn was incredibly warm and quintessential Vermont. We loved the setting and the accommodations were perfect! It was nice to come back from a day of exploring to unwind with some hot tea, homemade biscotti and a cozy blanket (and to be greeted by the happiest dog in the world!) We would love to return to experience the barn in other seasons. We cannot wait to see the beautiful gardens and continue our adventures in Vermont. Thank you Christine and John for welcoming us! Jeff and Katie
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".