I am offering a couch and floor space in my living room and/or dining room on the first floor of my house.
If you sleep in the living room, there is a chance one of us may be up for a little while on the computer or quietly watching TV, though your comfort is paramount, so please do not hesitate to communicate with any of us if you need more privacy or quiet.
If you sleep in the dining room, you will have more privacy over all, though it is right next to the living room, separated by a partial wall with two doorways in it. I will provide blankets or curtains in the doorways, one or both of them...whatever makes you most comfortable...just let me know :) If you are very sensitive to noise, you may need ear plugs to block out out noises from any of us whom might be up and (respectfully but not silently) about. I can also lend you use of my white noise machine if you like. Additionally, the dining room is not carpeted so it can run on the cooler side. Please let me know if you are cold and the heat can be turned up, you can have extra blankets, or an electric blanket if you like! Fans are available if you prefer a cooler temp.
I am happy to provide air mattresses (I have two twin size), linens, blankets, pillows, and towels, though I take no offense if you prefer to bring your own.
Besides the living room and dining room, there is a brand new full size bathroom, an old kitchen (which you should feel free to utilize), and a smaller bathroom all shared with myself, my well-behaved teen, our 2 kitties, and my roommate and her kitty.
Additionally, feel free to pitch a tent outside when the weather works for you! The back yard is plenty big enough for several tents, and a bathroom and shower is just inside the double back door (which is the private entrance to the house...the main entrance is the front door, and you are welcome to use either). I have a small firepit on which you can cook hotdogs, s'mores, or whatever on, if you like doing that. The back yard is partially home to my flock of ducks, but they are friendly and there are parts of the yard which are duck free that you may use if you prefer duckless areas for tenting.
I have a French press and a Keurig single serve coffee maker with a reusable filter, and you are invited to enjoy whatever I have on hand for coffee, k-cups, and/or tea, but if you have special needs (decaf) or other preferences, feel free to either bring your favorite K-cups or coffee/tea (I do have a bean grinder). There will be eggs, cereal, fruit, yogurt, and bread for toast available to you if you would like them for breakfast.
I will make room for you in the frige and/or freezer if you need space, just let me know! Washer and dryer (free) are available as well if you find you need them.
There is Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon streaming, and basic cable available on the TV in the shared living room. There is a DVD/BluRay player, also, and many movies (and books!) on the 3rd floor, and you are welcome to see if there is anything up there you would like to watch or read while you are here. There is also a Wii, a Gamecube, and a Roku (angry birds!). Fun!
Internet is available in wireless form, or if you need to use a computer, there is a guest account available on our big rig (desktop).
My house is an old place that used to be rented out to the quarry workers in the granite quarrying heyday, since Rock of Ages is near. It looks pretty big from the outside, but the setup of the inside makes the living spaces pretty cozy, though comfortable. Things generally look old too, in my house, and I am in varying stages of constant renovation to parts of the house. Both of those things can work together to make my place look shabby and unkempt, though it's not really. One of my good friends describes it as having the "lived in" look and feel. Works for me, since it is lived in! Hope it does for you, too :)
Overall, I'm not an OCD house cleaner, but I'm not an unsanitary hog either. I have a fair amount of stuff which can kind of make my place look cluttered, but everything has a place and it's not Hoarders here. I think if you are not an absolute clean freak, if you have the expectation of staying in a home and not a hotel, and are happy with a place to sleep, a hot shower, a kitchen to use, and friendly people (all for such a reasonable price!), you will be comfortable here.
I have 2 cats who will most likely keep to themselves at first, though after a little while they may be curious about you, and may want to sit or sleep with you if you let them. It is fine to not let them if that is your preference. Just let me know if they bother you, and I will work something out :) As mentioned above, I have a flock of 33 friendly ducks, mostly Muscoveys, with few Pekins. They will always walk towards you when they see you, in hopes that you are a bearer of food. My roommate has a kitten (as of Oct 21) who is very timid, so she will most likely not interact with you, if she even lets you see her :)
Our neighborhood has access to great views (Camel's Hump, FTW!), old quarry holes (some you can swim in, ask me! You can fish in any of them you want to try), and other natural scenery. There is a system of trails to walk, bike, or snowshoe on in the woods surrounding us...one trail starts almost in my own back yard!
Property is absolutely no cigarette smoking, other smoking outside only, please.
If you are in the market for maple syrup, I can get it for $40.00 a gallon for you!
Price of $25.00 is for one person, $10.00 for each additional person. I have listed that my property accommodates up to 6 people, but I can only provide two twin size air mattresses and a couch for sleeping...if you have more people in your party, you will need to be okay with sleeping directly on the floor (bring a sleeping bag!), or bring your own bedding (airbed, cot, foam mat...whatever works for you!)
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
Below is more information on things to do in the area:
Rock of Ages visitors center (they have a nice tour, check their website for hours) and Thunder Road race track are minutes away, skiing is about 45 minutes away, Burlington is about an hour north of here and tax free shopping in West Lebanon, NH s about an hour south of here.
There is a older looking but very tasty restaurant called the Hilltop (not to be confused with the Hilltop Inn in Berlin) across from Thunder Road, and the general store down the road from us has pizza, sandwiches, burgers and such. There is a Hannford and McDonalds, and local smoke house/deli/Shell station about a 5 minute drive away.
The city of Barre (exit 7) is about 10 minutes north of Graniteville and there you will find some more restaurants, SPA Art gallery, a history museum on the second floor of the Aldrich Library, local thrift, antique, and other small shops, and also many lovely granite statues (Robert Frost memorial, War Memorial, Italian hertiage monument). There is also a farmers market and concert in the park in the summers on Wednesdays. Hope Cemetery, famous for its intricate and unusual headstones, sits just outside Barre City and is totally worth a trip to the area.
Berlin (also exit 7) is a tiny little 1 mile by 1 mile city about 15 minutes away. It is home to the Edward F. Knapp airport (cute little thing that is mostly for locals prop planes and Fed Ex deliveries), and the only mall in our area (the mall has a Walmart, a Payless, an eye place, a hair place, a Game Stop, a local business selling neat household furnishings and decoration, JC Penney, a kids bouncy house play place, and a couple clothing stores and odds n ends stores). The famous mom and pop restaurant, The Wayside, is located on the town line between Berlin and Montpelier and is worth a stop for a lunch or dinner special or a slice of homemade pie!
Also, we are about 20 minutes south of the VT state capitol, Montpelier (exit 8, though accessable via exit 7). There is a nice tour of the lovely Capitol building, and Montpelier has many cute and quirky shops and restaurants if you enjoy shopping and dining out. Hubbard park is in Monpelier, as well, and has trails for hiking all year long, at least one shelter with a fireplace, and in the summer, lots of cookout/picnic areas. Be sure to take the short hike to the stone tower...the views make your spirit soar!
There is a great hike up Camel's Hump...about a 20 minute drive north from my house, off exit 9. Spruce mountain is also near for another good hike.
Groton, an excellent state park and place for lake swimming and beach enjoying, is located about 30 minutes east from me off route 302.
We just needed a place to sleep, on our way to New Hampshire, so we didn't need any frills. Though the price was amazing, it was not the place for us. We need more privacy and quiet as we did not sleep well. The location was convenient and easy to find between our GPS and Melyssa's directions. Melyssa was very kind to let us bring our blind dog.
Melyssa was completely flexible and hospitable. The space was exactly as described and easy to find. I would hole heartily recommend this space to anyone in need of a place to stay in Central Vermont.
My friend and I really enjoyed our stay with Melyssa and her family. It's like a home away from home. They made us feel so comfortable. We were offered delicious homemade food. We talked into the night. The air mattresses worked out very well. I would love to stay with them again.
Melyssa & her daughter are very nice; they shared their dinner with me & were very generous with letting me use their dryer, and so forth. It's a comfortable air bed on the living room floor, just as advertised.
Melyssa was an incredibly friendly host! She offered me some of the dinner she and her daughter had had from the night of check in and breakfast in the morning. I didn't eat dinner, but I did have coffee and yogurt in the morning. She even encouraged me to try Maple Syrup in my morning coffee - that was well worth it! Something this Southern girl had never tried! I slept on the air mattress which she had put fresh clean linens on, and she also provided fresh clean towels. Melyssa made sure I was happy and comfortable and I look forward to staying with her again if I make my way back to Vermont! Also excellent communication prior to check in! Arriving was a breeze :) Thank you Melyssa for helping to make roadtrip of Vermont memorable!