This country Vermont home is located at the dead end of a dirt road. Surrounded by field, forest, the house is situated in a little hamlet of rustic farm-y houses. We have a big house that has held up to 25 guests in the nooks and crannies in the past.
This listing is for the loft above the kitchen. This nook is very homey but only good for nimble people who can climb the ladder. It is not appropriate for very small children, but those who are old enough to not tumble out to the floor below will LOVE it. We call it the "Reading Room" because it is a great place to curl up with a book, especially in the winter. Some guests think of it as the "love nest" though. It is a good place for cuddling, especially in the winter when the woodstove is going. It is good for two people but a third could potentially camp out on the carpeted floor below the bed if they really wanted to, This room is cheaper than Vaughn's room for several reasons. 1. It requires a ladder to get to. 2. It is less private and noise resistant (good for deep sleepers or those who don't mind the din of early morning breakfasters below. 3. It is a futon and not a bed. 4. It is more informal of a space, good for people who are low-maintenance and easy to adapt. We do ask that people using the loft please not wear shoes, eat food, or drink anything other than water in order to keep the cozy white carpet white and clean. There is no door on this room, but it is not easy to see up there as it is a loft. I should note this, however, because the cat might want to join you. If you are not a cat-liker, beware. There is no way to keep out the cat from this room.
Upstairs is a roomy shower clad with tumbled marble tiles. Downstairs is a deep claw foot tub. It is an old tub that has had several past lives, including a stint as a watering basin in a cow field! We kind of like Its old demeanor and its contrast to our new marble floors gives a great shabby-chic impression, so we forgive the basin for its water stains. Almost every guest has taken advantage of this deep tub so I think it is a winner! We'll try to keep a good supply of bath salts or bubble bath nearby for steamy soaks.
We live in the house with our cat, dog, and young child so be prepared for the family atmosphere. Outside is filled with flower gardens, gardens, and more gardens. We have a little glass breakfast table that sits amongst the flowers. Don't mind the chickens, they will peck around but they are harmless. We have an impressive supply of berry bushes (raspberries and blueberries) and will likely share some fruits if you come during the productive season. There are miles and miles of trails for walking, biking, and riding whatever it is that you ride. We ourselves own about 50 acres and there are many more acres of unbuilt land that surround it. We are in close driving distance to Stratton and Mount Snow as well. Wanderlust people and other yogi types are especially welcome.
Vermont is a place of distinct seasonal interests. Come in the spring and you can visit our sugarbush and if my neighbor is boiling you are likely to get a taste of real Vermont maple syrup fresh from the evaporator (if you ask). He also sells it any time of year. Summertime is a time of swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, and eventing (horse and other). We have many trails on the property and there are swimming holes nearby, not to mention several very nice state parks and miles and miles of mountains if you are the Long Trail sort. Autumn is for leaf peeping, apple picking, pumpkin carving, and cozy campfire parties. Winter, of course is time for skiing. Here at Evernest we are avid skiiers and can direct you in the finest places to cross-country, downhill, and even sled or snow shoe.
We have a very unique piece of architecture on our road. The neighboring church, Our Lady of Ephesus, House of Prayer has constructed an exact replica of the Virgin Mary's last known home (in what is now known as Turkey). All are welcome to visit. It is free, open 24 hours and located at the South Hill road end of Mowrey road. There are occasional open masses. If you are interested in knowing more about this, I would look it up on the web under the Church's name.
There are some repeating events worth noting. Every first Friday night of the month there is an open studio art walk down in Brattleboro (40 min) with live street music and art everywhere. Sometimes they even close down the road. The neighboring town of Bellows Falls (50 min) also has these art walks on the third Fridays of the month. Stratton mountain often has free music on Saturday nights in the summer (25 min).
This is a place that is famous for its outdoor activity (skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking), but if you are here when it is both rainy and cold, there are still a few things to see. You might want to go to Grafton and visit their cheese factory and galleries. Check out the downtown Jamaica and find a nice art gallery, gift shop, glass shop, historical society, library (and cheap book sale), and coffee shop. Take the gondola up AND down at Stratton. Go to see historic and quaint Wilmington (even after the flood.) Go to Manchester and shop in the outlets, go to the Northshire (a really great bookstore), or visit the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Go to Brattleboro and visit the art galleries, whether or not it is an art walk night. Do a GEOCACHE (there are quite a few in the area). Check out the local newspaper for indoor events. Find a pumpkin patch and carve a pumpkin. Find a yoga class. Pay for a day pass at the Stratton Sports center, get a massage, play tennis, work out, soak in the hot tub, or go swimming. Get a facial in Manchester or up at Stratton. Go to a movie in Brattleboro's historic Latchis theater. Go to the Montshire science museum in Norwich, VT (1.5 hrs north). Go see a play at the Weston Playhouse. Check out the local cheap antique store (Twitchell House in Townshend) to see a whole (seriously) creaky and barn house filled with dusty steals from auctions, etc. Go to the West Townshend market when they are firing the outdoor community pizza oven. Go early to the thrift shop, called The Thrifty Attic in Londonderry on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Or you can just snuggle up at the house by the woodstove with a warm mug of tea and a book, or maybe even a game of chess.
If you have young children, we can recommend several play groups and indoor play places that are fun and funky. One is in Brattleboro and is called the Play Playce. The other is in Chester and is a Montesori inspired, sunny, wonderful, teacher led place called the Song Yard.
As for nightlife, it is what you make of it. Our place is a nice place to settle down with a beer and some friends. In the winter time we have a cozy woodstove in the living room to liven up the atmosphere. If you really must go out, we recommend the Red Fox in Winhall which has live bands and plenty of live locals as well. The Fat Spy, also in Bondville, has been known to have occasional live music. A place called the Perfect Wife in Manchester also has frequent bands.
Breakfast: We don't include breakfast in the price of your lodging. This is to keep the price down. Most people want to go out to eat. We will provide tea and coffee and sometimes offer snacks if they are available. If you would like us to include breakfast options, please tell us ahead of time and we will provide it. We will make a "special offer" that includes the cost of the breakfast. For $3 per person per day, we will provide a cold selection that may include cold cereal, milk, fruit, yogurt, juice, and toasts. For $6 per person per day, we will make you a warm cheese omelet with toast, french toast, or hot oatmeal with fruit and also choices from the cold selection. Apologies, we do not have meat.
If you want to go out for breakfast, we recommend the following places. The Fox Stop is a new restaurant in Winhall (right near the base of Stratton Access Road) that has outdoor seating on the brook in the summer. The Jamaica Coffee Shop serves some sort of breakfast. The Dam Diner is a very popular, full-on diner in Townshend which will be sure to fill you up. Ask about the restaurant in Wardsboro. It is currently undergoing an owner change, but when it reopens is probably the closest full-service breakfast place.
In terms of pricing, we include a $25 one time cleaning fee. This pays for (some of) the time it takes to prepare and clean the room for the guests. This is separate from the nightly fee and is only charged once no matter the amount of people or length of stay. Some people have been confused by this, so I want to try and explain it here. If you look at the pricing details, it should lay it all out clearly, I think, Upstairs is a roomy shower clad with tumbled marble tiles. Downstairs is a deep claw foot tub. It is an old tub that has had several past lives, including a stint as a watering basin in a cow field! We kind of like Its old demeanor and its contrast to our new marble floors gives a great shabby chic impression, so we forgive the basin for its water stains. Almost every guest has taken advantage of this deep tub so I think it is a winner! We'll try to keep a good supply of bath salts or bubble bath nearby for steamy soaks.
Also note: We rent Vaughn's room and the Reading Room separately. This means that there may be two sets of guests at any given time. This has rarely happened, but please inquire if this makes you feel uncomfortable in any way. We try not to have anyone here that makes US feel uncomfortable, and so far have succeeded!
I stayed in the Reading room and enjoyed it high setting. It was so amazing to be gently awakened by the morning sun! Erica and Rob did much more than I expected to welcome me. They are indeed very caring hosts and lovely people.
The house is specious, you can always find a warm sofa to make yourself comfortable. I also liked the location: views are fabulous!
I stayed in the Reading Room for 4 days with a friend, while attending the Wanderlust yoga festival. We had to get up early and go to bed late so the room was ok: as it's said in the presentation, it's really tiny, you can't stand up, and there's no privacy. The house in itself is great, in the middle of the hills: the landscapes around are gorgeous. Rob was really welcoming!
Erica and Rob were kind and welcoming. My friends and I had a pleasant stay with these great hosts. The reading room had enough space for 3 guys to comfortably spread out and pass out after 6.5 hour drive and a full day of snowboarding/skiing at Mount Snow. Although the loft is open and directly above the kitchen, you are high enough that it does feel private. We had a great stay!
Erica and Rob were wonderful hosts. We were coming in late on a Friday night, but they rolled with the unexpected delays that come with long road trips and were incredibly understanding. They're friendly, chatty, and fun to be around.
The house was gorgeous, clean, and most of all, a piece of architectural eye candy. We stayed in the loft above the kitchen--it felt like a hideaway in plain sight. The mattress was soft and put me straight to sleep.
When you wake up in the morning to the sunrise over the mountains through the little window next to the mattress, you'll know you picked the right place.