Above the Clouds Retreat -- Views, Luxury, Hot Tub

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Entire chalet hosted by Marianne

  1. 13 guests
  2. 4 bedrooms
  3. 7 beds
  4. 3 baths
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Magnificent family compound: 2 perfect homes! Stunning views, extensive gardens, hot tub, 3 spa-quality baths, jacuzzi, 2 gourmet kitchens, original artwork & more! Near VT's premier skiing, hiking, and outdoor adventures with 180+ view of stunning mountains. 4000+ sf provides spaces for large groups to gather and places to retreat into complete privacy. Perfect for family gatherings, retreats, or simply slipping into serenity.

The space
Beauty, peace, and simple elegance define the Above the Clouds Retreat experience. Located at the end of a quarter-mile-long wooded driveway you'll find two exquisite homes, each perched on the top of the world overlooking a breathtaking 180+degree mountain vista. Complete privacy abounds on this 20-acre estate where the only signs of life are lights twinkling across the valley at night and the wildlife that shares the land and soars over the valley. You’ll be immersed in the profound beauty of nature in these exquisite homes where huge windows, tasteful art, and one-of-a-kind furnishings blur the boundaries between the built and natural worlds and up to 13 people can sleep lulled by the sound of the wind and owls calling.

Built into a granite outcropping, Above the Clouds I -- the main house -- sleeps 7 in two spacious private bedroom wings on different levels of the house (a king on one suite level, a queen and daybed on another level, and a pull-out queen in the cozy upper living room). Each bedroom has an en-suite, luxurious bathroom (one bath with a 2-person jacuzzi, the other with a huge shower with 5 shower heads). Graced by floor-to-ceiling picture windows facing Vermont’s iconic mountain range, yet another level of the house sports over 1500 sf of open-concept living with both a fireplace and wood stove built into a soaring fieldstone hearth, a dining room table that can expand to seat 12+, and a fully-appointed gourmet kitchen. A massage chair and hammock chair add comfort and a touch of whimsy to the experience, while french doors open onto a spacious deck with a 6-person hot tub and a large patio with a Traeger grill/smoker. From there, stone steps lead down to the extensive flower, herb, and vegetable gardens; the water garden; blueberry bushes; many rock outcroppings; or over to Above the Clouds II, the adjacent guesthouse, where you can take a private outdoor shower while gazing across the valley or toast marshmallows around the fire pit.

Situated nearby, the guesthouse (Above the Clouds II) is placed so each home has almost complete privacy. This home sleeps up to 6 in a two-story, open-concept layout that features, among other things, custom-made live-edge furniture; a spa-like bathroom with a carved-boulder sink, a tree-trunk vanity base (from a birch on the property), and a spacious shower with a river-rock floor and rainfall showerhead; and a glass-walled deck perched up so high that you’ll feel like you’re sitting in a treehouse. With an expansive granite counter, the sleek Euro-style kitchen has all the appliances and gadgets needed to cook up a gourmet feast. And snuggling on the large sheepskin in front of the gas fireplace is the perfect place to sip a glass of wine or read a great book. In fact, everywhere you turn there is cozy place to soak up the splendor of this peaceful and uplifting getaway.

No detail has been missed at Above the Clouds. All bed linens, towels, and pillows are hotel quality with both down and non-down options available. The toiletries are made from organic botanicals and essential oils. For your entertainment, both homes have WiFi, cable TVs set up for streaming, Blueray DVD players (with an array of DVDs to choose from), and bluetooth speakers for streaming your digital music. For some old-fashioned fun, there is a generous store of books, puzzles, and board and lawn games. And no vacation retreat would be complete without hammocks for napping and a place to roast marshmallows at night (with pillows, firewood, and marshmallows provided, of course). Although Above the Clouds is close to many of Vermont’s premier tourist destinations, there’s so much to delight you here that you may never want to leave!

Both houses are powered by the sun and we offer a complimentary Level 2 EV charging station.

Note: When the Above the Clouds Retreat is not rented as a family compound, Above the Clouds II (the guesthouse) is generally available to rent separately. On a limited basis, Above the Clouds I (the main house) can also be rented on a stand-alone basis. You can also find links to these listings by clicking my host picture. Please note, that while we rarely rent the houses to two unrelated parties at the same time, we may occasionally do this. When this happens, we introduce the families to each other and do our best to make sure everyone understands the need to respect each others' privacy and the importance of keeping it peaceful here. The houses are oriented in different directions, so this is an easy thing to do.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed, 1 single bed, 1 sofa bed

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Hot tub
TV
Washer
Dryer
Indoor fireplace
Luggage dropoff allowed
Hair dryer

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Where you’ll be

Moretown, Vermont, United States

While you'll feel like you're at the end of the world, Above the Clouds is conveniently located 10 minutes off I-89, 20 minutes from Sugarbush, 30 minutes from Stowe village (the ski area is another 10 minutes up the road), 20 minutes from Montpelier, and 45 minutes from Burlington. Plus the beer, coffee, cheese, and ice cream mecca of Waterbury is only 20 minutes away. Come summer, the food artisans and talented crafters at the Waitsfield Farmers Market attract people from far and wide, and there are many points of access to the nearby Long Trail and Catamount Trail. The Mad River, Waterbury Reservoir, Lake Champlain and more are nearby for water sports and world-class fishing. Or you can start your outdoor adventures closer to home; paths that start on the property lead all over the mountain and are great for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Bicyclists have easy access to Vermont's picturesque Route 100 and many more off-the-beaten paths, roads, and trails.

We maintain an extensive collection of books, magazines, local papers, maps and handouts about sites, tours, events, hikes and restaurants you can visit/enjoy while you are here. Plus, of course, we are always happy to make suggestions.

Hosted by Marianne

  1. Joined in June 2013
  • 174 Reviews
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I live in the mountains in Central Vermont. My husband and I love to garden, walk our dogs, canoe, kayak, hike, bike, snowshoe, take beautiful photos and host community gatherings at our home. We're environmental professionals... mostly retired... and truly enjoy meeting new people. We delight in eating good food and eat organically as much as possible and shop at the local farmer's market in Waitsfield in the summer. We love to travel and spent 6 weeks in Europe during the summer of '16 (using Airbnb and Servas) -- Paris, Florence, Scotland and Switzerland. Our days were filled with hiking, eating great food and taking in the beauty of each place we visited. We were fortunate to meet many good people during our travels and hope to see some of them again. We are both perpetual optimists and consider ourselves practical visionaries as we were mostly cutting-edge social entrepreneurs during our working lives. As hosts we meet each of our guests as you arrive and we show and explain to you what and where things are in the guesthouse. During that time we also do our best to guide guests to the places, restaurants and activities you tell us you want to see/do. The guest house has an extensive collection of books, maps and flyers about Vermont businesses, outings and events so there will never be a lack of things for you to do even in bad weather. We take pleasure in sharing our knowledge and love of Vermont and particular region and trust it enriches each person's stay. We value the privacy of our guests so we make it our practice to not contact you after our initial meeting unless you reach out to us during your stay.
I live in the mountains in Central Vermont. My husband and I love to garden, walk our dogs, canoe, kayak, hike, bike, snowshoe, take beautiful photos and host community gatherings…

During your stay

My husband (Bob) and I will not be on the premises during your stay. We will greet you on arrival and then take off on our own adventure. I'm always happy to work with you in advance to help you plan a wonderful, and I will always be available to answer questions by email or phone. A local caretaker will be available if you need on-site assistance.
My husband (Bob) and I will not be on the premises during your stay. We will greet you on arrival and then take off on our own adventure. I'm always happy to work with you in advan…

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House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $5000

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