Colonial-style log home--sanctuary.

Entire home/apt
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3 Bedrooms
4 Beds

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About this listing

'Sanctuary' describes this green-built, two-story log home perfectly. Peaceful, quiet, nestled on a wooded mountainside in Vermont, it's the superlative place to escape the noise of everyday life. A fully furnished screened back porch completes it!

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Master bedroom sitting area with loveseat, mirrored vanity.

Master bedroom sitting area with loveseat, mirrored vanity.

The Space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $200
Security Deposit: $350
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

'Sanctuary' describes this green-built, two-story log home perfectly. Peaceful, quiet, nestled on a wooded mountainside in Vermont, it's the perfect place to get away from the noise of everyday life. A fully furnished screened back porch, complete with soft patio lights, padded porch swing, and small dining table completes the picture. A glassfront woodstove (fall/winter) adds charm and warmth. All flooring random-width pine finished with natural oils. Bedrooms are spacious and include sitting areas. And yes, I have Wifi! Unique shopping and art galleries await you in quintessential Woodstock, only 5 miles away. Silver Lake State park with beachfront, kayak and paddleboat rentals, and playground area is 5 miles away. After a day at the beach, there's the famous Barnard General Store across the lake for deli/ice cream, or Tozier's drive-up, or fine dining at the Barnard Inn and Max's Tavern. Live theater/concerts within 30 minutes distance at Northern Stage, The Hop Center, and Lebanon Opera House. Love skiing? Killington ski resort is 25 minutes away; Suicide Six is 6 minutes away. And my 24.5 acres has trails for hikers, snowshoers, and cross country ski lovers. Snowmobiles and ATV's also welcome. Questions? Please ask!

Guest Access

Free Wifi; Verizon & AT&T microcells; DVD monitor & large DVD library; games & books; gas grill; campfire pit; firewood; fully equipped kitchen; linens and towels provided.
{No cable TV, but you won't miss it--cozy up with a DVD instead! " }

Interaction with Guests

I live less than 15 minutes from the house so I'm there if you need me.

The Neighborhood

The privacy of my 24.5 acres is golden. I have three neighbors, but the abundance of woods between their houses and mine keeps the feel of total privacy. A logging path going up the mountain behind the house is sweet for nature walks, snowshoeing, wild raspberry and blackberry picking in July and August.

Getting Around

Access to Vermont Rte 12 is 2000 feet from the house down a winding, woodland driveway. The pond is located 1000 feet down the driveway and is a pure viewing pleasure during fall foliage with sitting rocks surrounding it.

Other Things to Note

Looking for a good deal? Try booking with me "last minute"---(2-10 days before your planned arrival) --- I am all for reasonable offers, so why not try?
In other words: I'd rather book at a discount than leave this beautiful log sanctuary empty and waiting to bless the next weary traveler, so please try me!
In terms of minimum stay it's a 2-night minimum during peak summer, fall, and ski seasons, but a 1-night minimum during off-peak months (usually all of April and also Oct. 20-Nov. 20).

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House Rules

HOUSE RULES: Please review and print your guest itinerary after booking for complete house rules and directions to the house. INSTANT BOOK GUESTS SEE BELOW.
PETS: I consider dogs, but let's discuss first. I require an additional $40 cleaning fee per dog, and also a $100 damage deposit per dog that will be refunded to you after you vacate. Please forward these additional and separate "pet fees" in the form of a check ahead of time. I'm so sorry, but I cannot accept shedding dogs "last minute" and/or before a "back-to-back booking" where there is only a 4-5 hour cleaning window between guests.
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Keys: Text/call my cell phone (# (phone number hidden) hours before you arrive with your estimated arrival time, OR try the log home phone (phone number hidden)). Leave this information on both of my voice mails if you don’t reach me! I will return your call or text the lockbox code and location if I’m unavailable to check you in.

Check-in: When you arrive, please review the house manual and locate all four fire extinguishers, then sign & initial the cover sheet left on the dining table for you that you have done so (pg. 5 of house manual—located on the dining table—gives locations of fire extinguisher/escape ladder. This is for your safety!) Also have all adult guests with their own vehicles enter their license plate state/# information and driver’s license state/# on the form.
The house manual also gives important tips to help you get the most of your stay and proper care of the house/plumbing to avoid deductions from your damage deposit. Questions or concerns? Please call:

Heidi Gennaro at (phone number hidden) OR
Robert Crean at (phone number hidden) (cell) or (phone number hidden) (home) or (phone number hidden) Ext. 118 and “dial 9 to have him paged” if prompted.

Extras: You will find several items on hand for you to use as desired, such as camp chairs, recreation equipment, gas grill, dog bed, dog kennel, campfire pit and firewood/kindling, etc. Please refer to the manual for all items available, and be sure to return them to their proper places in the same or better shape than you found them so that your damage deposit is not charged. (And thanks in advance!)

Emergency Information:

In case of Emergency dial 911.*You are in Windsor County.
Physical address: 34 Midsomer Meadows Lane, Barnard, VT.
House phone: (phone number hidden)

*NOTE: Cell phone reception inside my home is available for Verizon & AT&T carriers, other carriers are unpredictable. In case of emergency, use the landline (house phone) to reach emergency services.
House Phone: You have free use of the house phone for local and necessary long distance calls as my plan allows “unlimited” local/long distance. (No overseas calls or 1-900 calls--- your damage deposit will be used to cover the charges, and you will be billed for any remaining charges.) House phone # is (phone number hidden)

Basic Household How-Tos (see house manual on dining table for more detail):
Gas fireplaces: If you get chilly and want to turn on the dining area gas
fireplace, push the thermostat lever to the right to the desired room temp. (Thermostat is on the wall by the metal coat rack.) In the upstairs
bedrooms, make sure thermostat button is on HEAT, or simply push the “up arrow” on wall thermostats to make it warmer, or “down arrow” to make it less hot. Do not turn the “Pilot, On, Off” knob on the gas fireplaces! (You’ll shut off the pilot light, which is difficult to re-light and will incur a $35 charge to re-light).
Living room woodstove: The woodstove is a major source of heat in the winter. If you’re not familiar with how to start and maintain a fire, please let me know and I will instruct you. Basically, start with a “Quick Start” block placed in the center via the SIDE DOOR of the woodstove. Surround with 2-3 pieces of crumbled newspaper and ignite paper. (Leave the side door cracked slightly to feed the new fire with plenty of oxygen.) Add more crumpled newspaper if needed until block is burning 2-3 minutes. Once burning, wearing the red fireplace gloves, place two small pieces of kindling wood on each side of the burning block. Place another smaller kindling piece on top across the two. Keep adding more small firewood pieces until your fire is substantial. (The side door or the stove may be kept slightly “cracked open” to allow more oxygen in until the fire is vigorous, but keep watch-- don’t leave the room until the side woodstove doors are able to be completely shut.) Use larger firewood pieces ONLY when you have a substantial bed of hot embers in the stove.

Two large garbage containers are found in the basement at the bottom of the stairs; place all full kitchen/bathroom garbage bags there before you check out. A green recycling bin is also located in the basement for all RINSED/CLEANED recyclables--containers only, NO LIDS. NO CEREAL BOX-TYPE CARDBOARD, PLASTIC WRAP, BAGS, OR FOIL.
Kitchen: garbage is located in the large pantry unit, bottom left on a slide-out. Three (3) small blue recyclable buckets are located on the bottom pantry slide-outs right and left (one for GLASS WHICH MUST BE KEPT SEPARATE, another for plastic/aluminum/tin containers only—ALL RINSED AND CLEANED, NO CAPS/LIDS). When full, place individual bags of recyclable types in the green receptacle bin labeled “recyclables.” Stinky, un-rinsed recyclables left will incur a $30 charge from your damage deposit---be green, be responsible!
Bathrooms: there are wastebaskets under each sink, and a separate container for feminine products/personal wipes/disposable diapers next to each toilet.

**NOTE: Nothing but Scott septic-safe toilet tissue (provided) down the toilets! No “flushable” personal wipes or feminine products. Be sure all guests understand this!

The breaker box is located on the basement wall that you face when at the bottom of the stairs, far right corner. Flashlights available in hallway and entryway; emergency candles in a box marked such on the basement stairwell.
The hot water heater is located in the basement area beneath the kitchen. Please phone Heidi or Robert if the pilot light goes out causing you to lose hot water.

Laundry: You may do your laundry in the basement laundry room (a hard right at the bottom of the basement stairs) The washer is a front loader and requires He environmentally–safe detergents provided (or that you can bring with you). USE 1/8 cup liquid detergent per load. (No bleach or fabric softeners, please--they are toxic to the septic system and the environment. Also, fabric softeners ruin the natural absorbency of towels.)

Cleaning Supplies: located in totes in the basement stairwell. If children are present, please keep the supplies out of reach.

Pond: Swim at your own risk. Careful of the large boulder front-left. No diving.

See house manual. Or go to (website hidden)

Advice: My house is in the woods, so please be respectful of the wildlife! Do not leave any food waste outside as it attracts an occasional bear! No bird feeders---bears love them! Keep crumbs off the floor and off the counters as much as possible to avoid attracting mice. If you have dogs, please keep them tied up (a dog cable is provided, in a bin on the side porch) or in a kennel--- there are skunks and porcupines that may roam about. In the spring/summer/fall months, there may also be deer ticks and fleas, so protect yourself and your pets with the proper applications.

Also, I have neighbors on either side of the house, so please be respectful and avoid loud noise after 11pm and before 7am.

Children: Keep children supervised at all times, inside and out. Don’t let
them wander or play near the outdoor storage shed or the basement, as many sharp objects are in and around these areas. The pond may be used for wading and cooling off, but use at your own risk. No diving! Careful of the large boulder front-left in the pond.

Guestbook/Suggestions: I love to hear from my guests! Please consider a note in the guestbook located in the downstairs hall on top of the desk. Suggestions? A “Kind Suggestions” pad to record them, thank you!

Checkout: On the morning of your checkout, please do the following to avoid charges to your damage deposit:

Bring all trash and rinsed/cleaned recyclables to the basement containers located at the bottom of the stairs. If dirty, smelly recyclables are dumped in the bin, or mixed with the trash, you will incur a $30 deduction from your damage deposit! (Vermont has STRICT RECYCLE LAWS that went to effect July 1, 2015, so please take this seriously.)
Place all damp towels and beach towels on hooks in the bathrooms. Strip used bedding and place sheets/pillowcases in wicker baskets located in each room.
Please leave no dirty dishes---- run the dishwasher, and hand wash any cutting knives/special pottery-type dishes/cups, leaving them to air dry in the rack.
Report any damages to property or losses by writing a note describing damage/loss. Take a photo, if possible. I take a fresh photo library of the house and belongings before each guest’s scheduled stay, so please be honest about any damage.
Turn to “off” the thermostats on both upstairs gas fireplace units.
Turn dining room gas fireplace thermostat down to 50 degrees in spring, fall, and winter months.
Turn off all lights, including basement lights.
Shut and lock all windows and doors.
Place keys on the dining table as you leave and close door firmly as you exit, checking to make sure the door is shut and locked.

Gracious thanks in advance for treating my unique home and belongings with the respect and care you would want yours treated; I’m deeply grateful and want you back! Please, please relax and enjoy your stay.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher

1 night minimum stay
Side porch entrance---welcome home!

Side porch entrance---welcome home!

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Woodstock, Vermont, United States
Member since October 2012


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