Craftsmen's home in the village

House - Entire home/apt · West St, Dummerston, VT 05301, United States
Nick And Natalie

Nick's builder mastery is seen in every detail of our warm home. Near Mt Snow, Stratton and Brattleboro, one of the "best small art towns in America." Our house is a beautiful retreat. Enjoy our deck, cozy TV den, great kitchen and loved space!

Your host, Nick And Natalie
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Nick's builder mastery is seen in every detail of our warm home. Near Mt Snow, Stratton and Brattleboro, one of the "best small art towns in America." Our house is a beautiful retreat. Enjoy our deck, cozy TV den, great kitchen and loved space!

The Space

This property was the original barn for the saloon horses in the early 1900's. Later it became the barbershop. We purchased it two years ago from our neighbor, and created a true gem of home with incredible craftsmanship and detail, marrying the original timbers and frame with a lofty great room addition filled with light and warmth.

Every part of this house has been hand crafted by Hand of Man Artisan Builder, Nick Marchese, including the doors, cherry spiral staircase, pencil post master bed and master bath soapstone sink. Concrete radiant floor and basement glass-door woodstove heat the home as well as passive solar. Walls are lushly painted with plaster-like clay paint in sumptuous colors. The owners' art tile embellishes the master bath double-headed shower.

Cherry kitchen cabinets from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Dharma Meditation Center in Hartland, Vermont, soapstone counters, extra capacity refrigerator and double drawer dishwasher, create a wonderful kitchen in the open concept great room. Huge triangle windows flood light into this room. The mahogany deck with large grill is nestled in the backyard trees for a private tree house feeling.

Two bedrooms in the original part of the house have their own full bathroom with skylight and curved glass door shower. The cozy entertainment den has a 40" flat screen with full surround sound system, couch surround and dark clay painted walls for the ultimate in movie watching.

Located in a quant village next to one of town churches also restored by the owner, there is a large baseball field next door that is available for all to use. Walks down country lanes to our local gorgeous granite rock falls, the nearby West River with covered bridges, or a walk across the baseball field down to the gas station market for that forgotten dozen eggs makes for lovely morning walks.

Surrounding towns include historic Newfane (3 miles north), Dover and West Dover which are lovely towns to peruse at the base of the ski mountains, Putney, filled with craftsman, apple orchards and a quaint downtown, and of course Brattleboro, Vermont, listed in Smithsonian Magazine as one of the top eleven best places to live and visit in the country.

Brattleboro is full of opportunities for leisure and entertainment. Stroll the downtown, sample our local brewery by the water, the famous Fireworks wood fired pizza restaurant, large new Food Coop, Grafton Cheese company store tasting room, Vermont Country Deli, Sam's outdoor Outfitters. Shop some of our unique carpet, jewelry, art galleries, wine stores, boutiques and bead stores, local bakery and acclaimed unique thrift stores. Catch a show at the Vermont Jazz Center, New England Youth Theatre, New England Center for Circus Arts, or a movie at the historic Latchis Theatre.

A full list of shows, events and calendar listings will be ready for your arrival, and can be requested beforehand for planning.

Come during one of our town events: The Brattleboro Literary Festival, Strolling of the Heifers, Marlboro Music Festival, Women's Film Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Putney Craft Tour, Rock River Open Studio Tour, Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale, Cherry Hill Artists Tour, the Annual Ski Jump competition.

This is a great area for fishing, kayaking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing, or walking down country lanes. So much to do any season!

Guest Access

The whole house!

Interaction with Guests

We like you to feel you can arrive when you need to, and generally check out by 2. So we leave the front door unlocked and the keys on the table with the house manual. House manual and ideas for things to do around town are on line here in the manual section.

The Neighborhood

Great little quiet Vermont hamlet with a post office next door, a little public library and a convenience store/gas station just down the hill for basic amenities.

Getting around

Not at all. You need a car here.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Extra people: $50 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1200 /week
Monthly Price: $2800 /month
Security Deposit: $350
Cleaning Fee: $100
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 1:00 PM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Natalie and Nick's house is unique and full of character. Hardly anything without their personal artistic touch. Loaded with conveniences, very comfy, close enough to Brat yet, still rural. Worked for us since we often headed north via the super windy East West Road. (The closets hilltop is about 15 minute drive away and a short hike.) Just want to note that it did get a little hot inside on hotter days, there's no AC. You might want to rearrange the fans, but we liked it nonetheless.

    July 2014
    Nick And Natalie
    Response from Nick And Natalie:

    Geez mike!! This is our home! Not sure what stuff you had to move in order to put down your own? Would love to bedrooms, living room, kitchen? Where is there too much stuff? The bowls are all handmade from different friends, so they don't stack well; I have collected for years of doing shows with many friends. In any case, would still love to know where there was too much stuff.

    July 2014
  • Communication was clear all along. The house is beautiful. We didn't use the TV viewing den but it would be a great place to watch a flick and the hosts supplied a stack of DVDs. Kitchen has all you need in cookware and utensils. Music lovers will note speakers in nearly every room. Lots of light. Efficient design of sleeping spaces and public spaces. We shared with another family, which worked perfectly. Beautiful throughout-- decorations, loads of handmade pottery, beautiful tile work and art.

    June 2014
  • Thanks for the lovely stay. House was absolutely one of a kind. Every detailed was well taken care of. Natalie and her husband has been so nice all the time. You will be so amazed the moment you enter in the house. It has every comfort you can (website hidden) is also pretty close to both snow and stratton ski centers if you consider skiing. Lots of to do at the town as well. We really enjoyed our stay for three days. Nothing could be any better. We will definitely come back soon. I highly recommend anyone who consider a stay in this house. You wont be disappointed . I approve this message:) Baris

    January 2014
  • Nick and Natalie's house is wonderful! We had a wonderful stay over New Year's Eve. The was was very warm and welcoming - partly thanks to the radiant heating, and partly thanks to the beautiful art throughout the home. Nick and Natalie were also great hosts - very communicative and helpful with our requests. Stay here!

    January 2014
  • Natalie and Nick have created a very special atmosphere in their home, with incredible attention to detail and ambiance. This is a one-of-a-kind experience, and we feel fortunate to have discovered it!

    October 2013
  • My parents and I recently visited Vermont. We had a wonderful time at Nick's & Natalie's place. It was cozy and very comfortable, we had everything we could possibly need. Their home was beautifully decorated and there was handmade pottery throughout the house, it was such a treat! The house is in a perfect location and easy to get to, little town of Dummerston. There's lots to do near by, check out Saint-Gaudens National Historic site and Simon Pearce glass. Thank you Nick and Natalie for making my parents first trip to VT so memorable. Elizabeth & Family.

    September 2013
  • Beautiful, well decorated and maintained home!
    Loved our stay in the house, and on rainy days we all 6 loved being there, especially in the cosy TV room!
    Very clean house with original and stylish furniture.
    We also really appreciated the welcome pack from nathalie and nick, with great tips on what to do.
    Thanks again for a great stay!
    The Brasey Family

    August 2013
  • A wonderful space to share a long weekend with friends! Very close to Brattleboro and with all the amenities and then some. We highly recommend this space.

    July 2013
  • Staying at Nick and Natalie's home was exactly what we were looking for. We were both graduating from SIT Graduate Institute and were looking to find a calming, relaxing home to spend our capstone week in peace. Both of our parents stayed with us too (easily accommodates 6) and we all had the chance to cook, talk, share and enjoy the week together. The house was every bit what we were looking for during our 10 day stay. Thank you so much Nick and Natalie for your hospitality and love for the arts. We would love to stay again when coming back thru town. All the best!

    June 2013
  • Great house and great hosts. Really enjoyed stay. Nick and Natalie were super to work with. Everything was there that you would need to make your stay complete. Will definitely come back again.

    March 2013
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I am a ceramic artist and singer. I run a full time business created custom tile murals. My partner Nick built the Craftsmen's Home in the Village and the Church's new kitchen and curved wall bedrooms. He is also a yoga teacher, concrete and wood furniture maker, spiritual seeker. I am the liaison, photographer, lister of our two properties, "Craftsmen's Home in the Village" and the "Church Sanctuary." Nick is the builder, master craftsmen, fixer, sound system gear head and co facilitator of our vacation rentals. Together we are your hosts!
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