About this listing
Pleasant Street Suite is a fantastic place for couples, friends or families who want a relaxing escape in Vermont--for great outdoor fun, top localvore dining, villages full of character, pubs, shops, art and stunning scenery! Hope to see you soon!
Guests love hanging out here and looking at the gorgeous view of the huge garden and oodles of mature maples that surround it.
A FULL SUITE WITH PRIVATE ENTRANCE, ONLY $160 PER NIGHT! Pleasant Street Suite offers the best of Vermont lodgings for a classic New England vacation in a cozy but contemporary, well-appointed and comfortable home base. You'll have far more space, amenities and privacy than most inns or hotels can offer, for a remarkably low price. And because we're fully licensed, we have all the zoning, water, health and fire permits (and the peace of mind that comes with them) that purely private listings don't offer.
With parking right outside, the comfort and independence of living in a vibrant village neighborhood, and available yet unobtrusive proprietors, it's the balance of entertainment, adventure, solitude and service that inspires guests to come back often and tell their friends.
This is a private, spacious, 530'-sq. vacation flat in Southeastern Vermont, situated at the far end of a handsome arts-and-crafts era home in a quiet but groovy residential village (great taverns and live music right around the corner). The suite sleeps up to four (even five, with a twin mattress we can bring in) and features a big bedroom with queen bed plus living room with futon couch ($30 per extra person/night for use as a 2nd bed). There is wireless DSL, DirectTV/HD/DVD and an iPod dock. The sunny bathroom has a big oval tub/shower, the living room has a 7'-tall arched window, and there are ventilating, louvered skylights in every room plus your own private balcony and entrance. There is a portable AC unit in the bedroom which helps cool the whole suite, as does a big fan in the livingroom.
The kitchen nook, which seats four, has a fridge, microwave, electric kettle, coffee pot, toaster, a full set of china, flatware, water glasses, wine glasses (and champagne glasses!), mugs and mixing bowls. There are two options on the dishes front: guests can put their dishes on a tray on the balcony at the end of the day and I wash and return them by morning, and there's also a sponge and dishwashing liquid under the bathroom sink for doing a few things quickly.
In terms of dining, there are several options literally right around the corner: a restaurant that has a cozy tavern room with great pub food and a formal dining room with more elegant fare, plus patio and garden seating where you can order from either menu; another pub with a terrific menu and often live music on weekends; and a village market with great deli counter and full groceries, both gourmet and standard, that guests often use for bringing meals and treats back to the suite. And a few miles up the road in several directions are oodles of other fantastic restaurants, bistros, diners and delis.
Once you book the suite and Air gives us each other's emails, we can send a full list of local dining, entertainment, outdoor fun, etc. so you can plan your week ahead of time if you like.
For entertainment and adventure, also around the corner are great playhouse theaters, hiking, biking, running track, tennis courts, swimming, kayaking, picnicking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.
A short drive away are countless more cultural venues, music clubs, restored vintage movie houses, retail shops/outlets, Alpine resorts, major rivers, lakes and endless opportunities for relaxation and fun.
At only $160 per night, this is an affordable, fully appointed, perfectly located and completely private alternative to noisy, high-priced inns and hotels, with parking right outside your door plus the comforts, character and independence of life in a vibrant village neighborhood (ask us about our special long-term rates too!). We're right next to Vermont Academy and a short drive from Brattleboro, Grafton, Putney, Chester, Bellows Falls, Okemo, Stratton and Magic Mountain--the best of Vermont skiing, shopping, dining and culture, for romantic getaways, business travel and family fun.
Pleasant Street Suite offers the perfect balance of entertainment, adventure and tranquility, for brief or lengthy escapes and inside the suite is a full list of local dining, entertainment, adventure and shopping options, with your proprietors always available for more recommendations!
Our guestbook says it all: "So relaxing and peaceful--we'll be back!"- MM "What a fabulous home-away-from-home you've created!"- JC "Everywhere I turn there's another nice, subtle touch of style and I've also enjoyed your book selection."- NP "I had an incredible time!"- LK "You've thought of every comfort and it's so clean that we immediately felt welcome!"- BL "It's been perfect for all four of us and we got the best sleep ever."- CZ "What a wonderful surprise to find your suite even sweeter than advertised."- BL
**Extra guests requiring use of futon couch/bed are $30 each per night and pets are $10 each per night. Price includes 9% Vermont Rooms & Meals Tax.
You'll have the entire suite and balcony all to yourselves, with complete privacy and a view of the large back garden and surrounding trees. The suite is at the far back end of our huge home and we live at the front end, so while we are always available in case you need anything, many guests only see us at the start of their stay and perhaps occasionally in the driveway. The house is a 3,000' sq. arts-&-crafts style 1920 home and it's built like a fortress, so we rarely hear a peep from guests and vice versa. There aren't any directly shared walls either because between the suite and the main house are storage rooms.
As regards the garden and lower porch, we use them but guests are welcome to hang out on the lawn, use the hammock and Adirondack chairs, etc.
Interaction with Guests
We are always available if you need anything at all, but besides saying hello after you arrive and get settled in, we'll respect your privacy and leave you to enjoy the suite!
Classic New England village and we're on the widest, oldest street with sidewalks, beautiful old homes and huge mature maples. We are half a block from Main Street, where there is a country village market with a great deli, arts and craft shops, two pubs, a formal restaurant, post office, a Catholic church, the Saxtons River Historical Society Museum, and a beautiful rocky grotto with swimming hole in the Saxtons River itself!
And around the corner is Vermont Academy, with hiking trails, a terrific running track, lots of green fields in spring and summer and, in winter, awesome Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating!
In autumn the village and surrounding hills, forests and meadows transform into one big glorious postcard.
In a nutshell, it's pretty much paradise, year round.
Amtrak comes directly into Bellows Falls station (only 4 miles away from us), from NYC, Wash DC and Burlington. There is a local bus with limited schedule and a local taxi cab. We are 90 minutes from Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT and about 2 hours from Logan Airport in Boston, Manchester Airport in NH and Albany Airport in NY.
Other Things to Note
In winter, the garden path entrance is blocked by snow, so please enter through the garage. No matter what time of year, always be careful of slick surfaces. We have an up-to-code railing on the steps up to your balcony and we salt the steps in winter, but do be cautious. Also, in winter, please park parallel to garage a good 5' or so away, as ice could slide off roof. During all your travels throughout the area in winter, be aware of the potential for ice falling from rooftops as well as slippery roads, paths and steps. The road crews do a great job at snow management--plowing, salting and sanding roads--so travel is generally much easier here in winter than a lot of cities along the eastern seaboard, so Vermont is an awesome place to visit, all year round!
We want everyone to consider this their home away from home, relax, spread out and be comfy (without leaving it looking like The Who's hotel room circa 1965, that is!), so no need to treat it with kid gloves. It's fine to reorganize kitchen items to make room for your things, turn the table and chairs however you like them, re-angle the living room TV cart (but carefully as it is very heavy and so no cables are pulled please).
There is no smoking (of any kind) in the suite--per the VT State Fire Marshall--and we have to ask (based on past negative experience) that no candles are lit either, for the safety of everyone in the suite and the entire house (with the exception of b-day cake candles, as long as they're blown out fast!).
On that note, since this is New England, where severe weather can occasionally make the power go out, it's a good idea to bring a flashlight, in case the one in the suite isn't enough. We usually only have outages once or twice a year, and only for a few minutes or maybe an hour or two, but on occasion major storms come through and there will be no power for a day or more. In those cases, the storms are usually predicted fairly accurately but there is no guarantee--and no refunds--when it comes to inclement (website hidden): pets, any person renting out this guest suite hereby agrees to pay the original purchase cost of any furniture, linens or other item in the suite that their dog (or cat or other pet) might damage or destroy, including but not limited to chairs, futon, mattress, duvets, etc. In addition, any medical, legal or other expenses related to injuries caused to any person by animals owned by Pleasant Street Suite guests must be covered by the guest, whether through his or her homeowner's insurance or out of pocket.
The only other request is to please turn interior lights off and heat down when you leave, though do leave outside light on in case you'll be returning at night, so you can see the stairs and entrance more clearly.
When you arrive, on the table inside the suite you'll find list of local restaurants, shops, and cultural venues, plus a walking/trail map of the village, along with other suite info.
We look forward to seeing you!
Annie was a fantastic host and clearly takes renting her space very seriously . The place was immaculate . She left a laminated list of activities in the nearby area, local directions (walking and driving!) to nearby trails, swimming holes and sights in the quaint village on Saxtons River. This town was the perfect place to stay and we will definitely be back. It is quiet and authentic, not touristy or busy. We went to nearby Grafton for dinner at the Grafton Inn To eat in the refurbished barn- delicious veg friendly food and craft beers- highly recommend. Bellows falls was cute as well. Everyone truly knows each other and are very friendly. Dog friendly place to stay. Relaxed vibe and owner. Will come again!
-also adorable cat hangs in drive way. Make sure you are careful when pulling in! He likes to be pet :)
Lights were on and ready for our evening arrival! The property was just like the photos, and in a beautiful, quiet location. It was lovely!!!! Thank you !!
Annie was great! She made last minute accommodations for a slightly earlier check in, was friendly, and had provided a wonderful, clean space for us to enjoy the evening we spent there. In addition to spending some time on the enjoyable deck, we headed to nearby Bellows Falls and Brattleboro to explore and eat dinner, then back to home base where we walked up the street to a fantastic little pub for a night cap. Would certainly stay here again if ever passing through or visiting the area.
Annie is the most meticulous and thorough host I have had the pleasure of encountering. Not only was Annie quickly responsive to my frequent questions prior to the stay, but she welcomed us with delicious homemade blondies (thoughtfully accounting for a last minute addition to the party) at our arrival. The place is a cozy, wonderful place that is most suitable to short stays and small parties. The porch could provide additional space in warmer weather.
The apt was exactly as described, Annie is very nice and we had a wonderful time. Very clean, great coffee, warm and cozy after a long day on the slopes. A bonus, good food and shops in walking distance.
About the Host, Annie
I moved here from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001 and, having visited relatives in Maine since childhood, I already had an abiding love for New England and first-hand knowledge of what makes holidays here truly meaningful. That perspective greatly informs my goal to make the experience of every Pleasant Street Suite guest as ideal and customized as possible. Having first encountered Vermont while on vacation, I also know that spacious, well-appointed, clean and comfortable lodgings are crucial to any fun and fulfilling getaway.
As a travel, arts and culture writer for various publications, including New York Times, the Boston Globe, Associated Press, Art in America, etc.--as well as having had a weekly column in Vermont's oldest newspaper, the Rutland Herald, for 3 years--I know first-hand all that Vermont has to offer. There are so many types of diversions--from galleries and antique shows to kayaking and skiing--and I have heaps of info on the best options in the region, for individuals, couples, families and/or folks here on business. This is a very special corner of the world and, as both an urban refugee and travel writer, I've come to know it inside and out, so just ask and I'll be happy to help!