Joshua's Retreat

House - Entire home/apt · VT RT 7A, Shaftsbury, VT, Shaftsbury, VT 05262, United States


Your host, Kevin
103 Reviews
Response rate: 93%
Response time: within an hour


The Space

Amenities :

Lockable room
Air conditioning
Guest car park
DVD Player

Features :

Swimming pool

Bedroom 1
The master bedroom is accessed from the living room by an unusual swivel door. Cooled by both air-conditioning and ceiling fan, this spacious room presents a concrete floor and white walls adorned with artwork. The bedroom is furnished with a king bed with a coconut shell veneer, while floor-to ceiling glass windows look out over an ornamental pond against a backdrop of the garden and the sea. The ensuite indoor/outdoor bathroom presents three distinct areas, one of which contains cupboards, shelves and a twin vanity showcasing pieces of coral set in resin. The central section of the bathroom features circular glass skylights that channel the sunshine and the moonshine, a shower with four shower heads and a bathtub beside a picture window looking out towards the sea and the beach. Beyond this is an outdoor rain shower opening onto the garden.

Bedroom 2
This air-conditioned bedroom (also with ceiling fan) is ideal for kids or parents with a child. It is located off the living area in the main house, situated beside an ornamental pond. The woodenfloored bedroom is furnished with a wardrobe and swinging chair in addition to a king-size fourposter bed which has a useful trundle bed underneath. A private terrace, accessed from the bedroom, features a narrow deck topped with chairs beside a pond with garden views. The small bathroom is fitted with a resin-topped single vanity unit and an outdoor shower screened for privacy.

Bedroom 3
Situated off the living area in the main house and beside an ornamental pond, this air-conditioned bedroom (also with ceiling fan) has a wooden floor and is furnished with a king-size bed crafted in coconut shell with decorative white pebbles underneath, a wardrobe and a large table with a stool. A private terrace, accessed from the bedroom, features a narrow deck topped with chairs beside a pond with garden views. A sliding door opens to a small bathroom, which is fitted with a single vanity unit with colorful guitar plectrums embedded into the resin, and an outdoor shower screened for privacy.

Bedroom 4
There are two urban-chic air-conditioned bedrooms in the guest pavilion. One of these, on the same level as the sitting area, features polished concrete floors, walls and ceiling. It is furnished with a king bed, a desk and fitted wardrobes. Glass doors slide open to a sheltered wooden deck beside a private 7 x 5m swimming pool. The ensuite indoor bathroom has a tub facing the sea and a single vanity unit showcasing pieces of coral captured within its resin top. An outdoor ‘bamboo pipe’ shower opens to the garden.

Bedroom 5
A flight of stairs in the guest pavilion descends to a semi-subterranean bedroom which is shapedlike a quarter-pipe with a steeply curved concrete roof. Despite its unusual situation, the room is filled with plenty of natural light courtesy of a wall of glass opening to a second private 7 x 5m swimming pool where sun beds rest on a timber deck. Furnished with a king bed featuring decorative white pebbles underneath, this air-conditioned bedroom has a huge walk-in wardrobe and a sitting area next to the glass doors. The ensuite bathroom has a tub facing the sea, a single washbasin and an alfresco poolside rain shower, sheltered by a roof and sheer white curtains.

Guest Access


Interaction with Guests


The Neighborhood

5 minutes drive to Bennington College and charming North Bennington, 10 minutes to Old Bennington which houses the Bennington Battle Monument and Old First Church, 15 minutes to Bennington Museum. 30 minutes drive to Manchester which has plenty of Outlet Shopping. Northshire Bookstore, also in Manchester, is a must see for book lovers of all ages.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Kevin was a wonderful host! He gave great recommendations on nearby food and activities. Joshua's Retreat was a great place to stay, the kitchen was well stocked and the apartment was charming. I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking to stay in Southern Vermont, it was great home base for visiting the nearby towns.

    July 2014
  • My wife and I stayed here in June 2014 while attending a wedding nearby. The place was perfect, plenty of space, private and clean. The owners left more than enough information and pamphlets about the area so we were able to keep ourselves busy the entire time. The provisions in the fridge were a nice touch too, and much appreciated after we spent our food budget for the weekend at Pangea :)

    June 2014
  • Comfortable, quiet and relaxing stay.

    June 2014
  • This is an amazing find. A historic house, but beautifully maintained, and you have your own apartment with a full kitchen. A short drive from Bennington and some beautiful state parks. The hosts were gracious and discreet.

    June 2014
  • We had a great one-night stay at Joshua's Retreat while on our way home from our honeymoon! The accommodations were pleasant and we were able to grab a quick breakfast from their kitchen supplies. Kevin's restaurant recommendations for dinner were also fantastic!

    June 2014
  • After one week dining out we enjoyed homecooking very much in s perfectly equipped kitchen. The appartement is really nice with tasteful interiors.

    June 2014
  • We enjoyed our stay at Joshua's Retreat very much. The place is quite charming. Comfortable, people were friendly but not intrusive, beautiful surroundings. Would recommend without hesitation.

    June 2014
  • We were warmly greeted and felt right at home at Joshua's Retreat. We could even imagine living here! The kitchen had everything we needed and so much more. What a generous array of food, beverages, books and other reading material! Thanks for the lovely accommodations.

    May 2014
  • Amiable hosts and a picturesque setting made for a fine stay. I even learned how to use a wood stove.

    May 2014
  • Fabulous stay in this rustic yet cozy Shaftsbury getaway. The little wood stove is an absolute joy. The kitchen is gorgeous and stocked with anything a traveler could need. Kevin was quite friendly and knowledgeable about the area as well. Any history or antiques buff will appreciate the original finishings of the property--exposed beams, a beautiful hearth. I highly recommend JR!

    April 2014
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