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!
Other side of the great room....couch to hang out in near the dinner table and kitchen while people are making food or finishing dinner.
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!
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.
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.
Not at all. You need a car here.
Our home is situated in a rural village. Evening outside noise out on the deck needs to be moderate. Extra cars should be parked across the street going with traffic.
I stayed at the Church for two nights with my family. The space has an amazing warm vibe and we felt at home right away. The house has everything you could possibly need and more. Nick and Natalie were great hosts and were very accommodating. We definitely hope to come back in the future. There is also a great cross-country skiing place just 5 minutes away which we loved.
Thank you Nick and Natalie for letting us stay in your lovely home. From the moment we stepped in we were transferred to your beautiful world of art. Thank you for sharing it with us. The house is very comfortable and cozy and very well equipped. It was perfect for two families. We will definitely come back.
My boyfriend and I stayed at the beautiful Church house for 3 nights. The house was warm and welcoming and we absolutely loved the master bathroom and very comfortable bed in the bedroom. The neighborhood was quiet, yet close enough to downtown which was filled with fantastic food choices. Natalie was SUPER helpful and created an itinerary for us once we got there suggesting fun things to do and fantastic places to eat. Overall, it was a great stay and wonderful experience. We loved the paintings and the beauty of the home and neighborhood.
We felt totally welcome. It was clear that we were living in a home that Nick and Natalie Live in themselves so it definitely felt like home. The things they had in the house were things that we would have found in our own - handmade ceramics, book titles and great art.
We decided to take a few days away from the city in order to work on a project, in the quietness of nature. We were more than happy when we got a positive answer from Natalie for their Craftsmen's home in the village of Dummerston. This was the quiet, luminous and vibrant space we were looking for. The house has been remodelled by the owners as a true showpiece of craftsmanship. The description in the listing is very accurate. Although the space is bigger in reality that what appears in pictures. It is a vast space for two and I suppose still very intimate for a number of guests.
Clean and well-maintained, cozy, comfortable and inspiring.
Brattleboro a few miles away for groceries or anything needed.
We went for a hike on Black mountain, as recommended by Natalie - it was so good and uplifting! The fall season as its best in Vermont.
Natalie and Nick are wonderful hosts to this truly wonderful house. It's not just a place to stay: it's a place to be at home, and you'll feel that the moment you walk in. And you can't help but be dazzled by the exceptional craftmanship throughout the house--Nick's handiwork--and by Natalie's ceramic artistry. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen well-stocked, the sofas generous, the deck delightful. If you're a walker, it's the perfect spot (prepare for hills! and then reward yourself with the gorgeous falls on Stickney Brook), and the little settlement of West Dummerston is almost impossibly picturesque. Nick and Natalie are quickly responsive, easy-going, and gracious. It would be hard to ask for more.
Natalie was quick to answer any and all questions. She left a nice welcoming note in their home. Their home is just as special as the photos portray. The house was very clean.
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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!