Milagro is a hand-built home we designed and built with Putney craftsmen. Peaceful, natural, creative sensibilities combine funky and elegant design throughout. Milagro blends Arts&Crafts style with favorite elements from many cultures.
Guests will have access to our entire home.
This includes the use of the hot-tub, outdoor grill, and fire pit.
Our location is ten minutes from Putney Village off interstate 91 north at exit #4. We are in southeastern Vermont near the Massachusetts and New Hampshire borders.
Check our map at the bottom of this page for suggestions of activities and local restaurants.
Close to Brattleboro, nearby cross-country skiing at The Putney School. Cross-country ski and mountain bike rentals may be found at West Hill Bike shop in Putney.
We are an hour to the downhill ski slopes like Ascutney, Bromley, Mt.Snow, Okemo, and Stratton.
Closer, is the cross-country ski center at Grafton Ponds. Open-air skating is free at the Retreat Meadows, and affordable family skating is found at Brattleboro's ice skating rink at Living Memorial Park.
Locally we have great mountain biking, hiking, running trails, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing. Also, locally crafted beer, cheese, wine, and fresh roasted coffee beans.
Nextstage Arts in Putney Village offers live music and film screenings.
Discreet, adult, clothing-optional river swims abound each summer. For example, one renown swim spot is named "Indian Love Call".
Caution: you might want to move here...
We have 3 neighbors. Our closest neighbor, a builder, renovated an old "Hippie home" about 100 yards away beyond our birch trees.
Next, a tiny cabin, against our 11 acre property line, lives a young neighbor who raises chickens, and like most Vermonters, is willing to help when needed.
Last on our dirt road, are two energetic gals who have a goat farm, and amazing chèvre cheese. They welcome visitors, but please leave your dog home at Milagro if you visit.
Beyond the goat farm is a flat hiking trail that after 15 minutes goes into the border of our neighboring village of Dummerston.
Come see for yourselves...
Limited public transit is available to downtown Putney from Brattleboro and Bellows Falls. Amtrak trains run to Nearby Brattleboro. Our place is accessed easiest by a vehicle, preferable AWD or 4WD in winter. Snow tires are suggested if we get a big snowfall.
Here's a list of airports surrounding us, and distances to us. Distances are by car travel.
We are south of BTV or Burlington, VT airport - about 2.5 hours.
We are north of BDL or Bradley, CN airport - about 1.5 hours.
We are west of MHT or Manchester, NH airport - 2 hours.
We are west of BOS or Boston, MA airport - 2.5 hours.
Visit our Green Mountain state again, or for the first time. We love our state motto, which is Freedom+Unity.
You are all invited!
Interaction with Guests
We usually stay in touch until guests arrive. After that, we suggest they call or text us through AirBNB if they need help or advice.
Public transit is available from downtown Putney, but it is limited. Amtrak trains run to Nearby Brattleboro. Our place is accessed easiest by a vehicle, preferable AWD or 4WD in winter. Snow tires are suggested if we get a big snowfall.
Other Things to Note
One note: both bedrooms are on the 2nd floor, however the stairs are wide and easy.
This home is not designed to be a "Party House." Respectful and mindful guests will enjoy themselves most. Any signs of abuse or misuse will cause a forfeit of security deposit.
We ask that you remove your shoes indoors. You may want to pack some wool socks or house slippers to wear inside during colder months.
Unbreakable cups only, around the hot tub.
No smoking whatsoever.
$150/nt. as a private home for 4 people.
Usually if we rent to 6 people, we prefer to make it available to families - parents traveling with their kids.
Additional people will result in additional charges $25/person/night - contact owner for groups of more than 4.
Dogs are welcome. A separate $15 cleaning fee is required if you are bringing your dog(s). This is arranged with the owner prior to your visit.
Doug and Jessica left a nice bottle of red wine and some chocolates for us upon our arrival, and were always only a phone call or a text away if we had any questions. Milagro was even more lovely than described, and we were able to trail deer and moose in the woods to practice for our trailing evaluation and then retire to the house in the evenings to cook in the fully equipped kitchen and soak our weary bones in the hot tub. It was an unforgettable experience and well worth every penny, We would love to go back in the fall when the leaves are in full color, and in the winter when there is snow on the ground.
We had a fantastic and memorable three-night stay at Mílagro. What a beautiful place! The bungalow and grounds were absolutely gorgeous. The house was wonderful decorated and we enjoyed the breathtaking view of the mountains while eating breakfast each morning. The house was also stocked with all the essentials we needed to make meals. The bed was comfortable and we definitely took advantage of the hot tub on the porch, as well as the wood burning stove inside. Our dog, Maddi, also had a great time exploring the woods behind the house. The entire experience made for a relaxing and peaceful getaway for our mini-moon.
One thing to note, the dirt roads leading up to the house were very muddy. Fortunately we have a car with AWD (and Doug and Jessica had given us a heads up a few days before the trip) so we were able to navigate our way to and from the house. It was a new experience for us city drivers!
Linda, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit at Milagro! Thanks for your kind review. Vermont is so known for skiing, it seems to overshadow the real sport in our state, which is driving through mud... :-) Thanks for coming prepared, and for being adventurous, making your way up Holland Hill.
Hope you'll return when all is green and lush...
Milagro was a beautiful, comfortable hidden gem in the woods of putney. We enjoyed every moment and were sad to leave. The hosts were extremely helpful and available as well as respected our privacy during our stay. We plan on returning as soon as possible!!!
Every review before mine is spot on! Doug and Jessica could not have been better hosts, and the house and property are almost magical.
I would like to comment on some aspects people have left out though. Doug and Jessica have taken the time to put together a guide book that would put TripAdvisor to shame. Every detail is completely laid out for you and the resources they provide their guests are nearly priceless.
The woods surrounding the property are tranquil and ideal for stomping around with no real destination in mind. There are photo opportunities around every bend and plenty of clearings to have a picnic in.
Although the property is not completely secluded and you will run into neighbors, everyone we met was completely awesome! (The neighbors phone numbers are actually provided in the guide book)
Finally, when Doug and Jessica say 4 wheel drive is recommended... its no joke. The condition of the dirt roads change daily and a night of rain could leave you and your 2 wheel drive belly deep in mud. Fortunately, Doug put us in contact with a local tow truck driver, who was only 30 minutes a way and more than capable of helping us out. (Our car insurance covered the fee)
Milagro is an ideal place to get away and the overwhelming sense of serenity while staying here makes all the effort of getting out to Putney worth every minute.
Thank you for everything.
Jared, thank you very much for your thorough review. We are so glad you guys got to roam around in the woods up on Holland Hill. We are thankful that you are spreading the word regarding 4WD - the drive up to our place is like a episode from the Australian outback during mud season. Surely we'll now encourage drivers who want to test their wits against our hill... :-)
We hope you'll be back in the summer, when all is green, and farmer's markets revel in all the advantages of our recent rains...
Wonderful place to stay! So much neat art inside and nice spaces all around the house for relaxing. Great hikes and the quaint town of Putney close by. Thanks so much Doug + Jessica!
Perfect spot in Vermont for some relaxation.
As soon as you step foot in the door you get a real sense of Doug and Jessica's personality. It's a very eclectic home with tons of interesting and quirky trinkets and artifacts. The place has a real creative buzz about it.
We played guitar by the wood burning fire most evenings with a glass of wine or beer. The hot tub was a great spot for watching the sun go down and the moon come up. Extremely peaceful and relaxing stay.
Doug and Jessica were extremely helpful in every way possible and kept in touch to make sure we all arrived safely. They even called to suggest some good brunch spots in the area. This was by far one of the best airbnb experiences I've ever had and I doubt it can be easily matched.
Graeme, we were pleased that you got to enjoy a holiday with your family. Thanks for the link to your dad's guitar expertise - he's quite talented. We also appreciate your Easter illustrations in our guest book, and the chocolates! We hope you'll plan a visit in the future!
Our arrival was enchanting -- a hand-crafted house nestled into a clearing amid maple and birth trees, with a bottle of wine and candles greeting us in the kitchen! The whole experience was even better than we'd hoped for: a cozy fire, wonderful idiosyncratic paintings and mementos, quality cookware, a private hot tub next to the house. Before we knew it, we had booked another week in June! Thank you, Jessica and Doug!
Doug is an emerging artist, and a photographer affiliated with
Vermont Center For Photography, or VCP. Please search for our website.
Doug moved to Vermont from St.Croix, U.S.V.I to study photography, taught art for 9 years, and has exhibited nationally and internationally in juried shows.
Jessica recently retired from teaching at a local Montessori School after 27 years. She moved to Vermont from England to enjoy the variety of seasons.