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Brattleboro Vermont Ski Retreat Converted Church

Entire home/apt

6 guests

3 bedrooms

3 beds
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I purchased this church in 2001 from the Roman Catholic Diocese and renovated for two years into my beautiful home with upstairs/downstairs spaces. This upper level is the Sanctuary. It has 25 ft ceilings, great art, beautiful colors, fantastic large kitchen, open concept living and dining, Saint Martin stained glass windows, house yoga mats with heated radiant floor, ornamental gas fireplace for cozy winter nights and is just minutes from #8 best small art towns in America, Brattleboro, VT.

The space

The stained glass is original and is illuminated each morning by the sunrise coming up over the hill. This stunning space is the result of a three year renovation. The curved walls and archways create a true sanctuary like space that is hard to leave once you are there.
Stratton Mountain is 30 minutes to the access road and under 40 to Mount Snow. Brattleboro, just five minutes away, has been voted consistently as one of the best small towns in America to visit. If you want to ski, snow shoe, shop, eat, sip local brew and explore the town, or never leave the Sanctuary, this is your spot!

The master suite is up in the extended "choir loft" that I built out to make a spacious bedroom and dressing room, and has it's own full bath with double-headed shower and 54" claw-foot tub.
There are two beautiful, small private rooms to the left and right of what used to be the altar. They are cozy Dwell magazine bed niches with full or queen beds, and a large skylight in each. There is a full bathroom for these rooms with European style shower as well as laundry.

The kitchen is a chef's paradise, with a six burner, two grill, double oven gas stove, double soapstone farm sink and beautifully detailed concrete countertops. Lots of counter space and a large farm table island in the middle provide adequate prep, serving and "hang out" space (everyone seems to love to congregate in the kitchen!).

Handmade dishes and glasses…the ceramic cups are part of my years of collecting hand made cups made by different artists. We feel this is an intrinsic part of everyday great living, so we chose to leave them in place for you to use.

The TV lounge under the choir loft has couches and a lounge chair for watching movies, reading and relaxing. We have cable, Netflix and Amazon capability through the Blue Ray player, and of course, high speed Internet.

The heat is radiant floor which is wonderful for this space with 25' vaulted ceilings. There is also a propane instant on-demand glass door fireplace on the "altar" for ambience throughout the space and cozying up to after a day on the mountains.

There are country roads for walking, a wonderful river to visit nearby, a great neighborhood if you want to make friends, and the US post office right in the village.
Our home is a most welcoming and generous space for one to six!

Only the bell tower is off limits. There is a grill outside the front door.

The front door will be open with key and house manual on the table, so guests check in and out on their own.

Def need a car here, though you can walk to many swimming location on beautiful Vermont streams.

This is a first level apartment and we do ask our guests to be mindful of heavy heels, furniture moving and dropping things on the floor, especially during normal sleeping hours.

Guest access

The outside "deck" has to be off limits as there is no railing and a dangerous gap stepping onto it.

The bell tower is off limits as are the small lofts in the two back bedrooms that's why there are no ladders or other access to these spaces.

Interaction with guests

The front door will be open with key and house manual on the table, so guests check in and out on their own. Parking is right in front of the house with space for three cars. Please part perpendicular to the road, with the nose of your cars facing the yellow house behind the church. Be sure to pull completely off the pavement, and be sure no part of a car is in the road for the plow or children and bikers.

Other things to note

Please remove shoes in general when in the house to help minimize foot traffic noise for the first floor apartment. We do ask our guests to be gentle with loud thuds, moving furniture and heavy heels while in the house.

Please be sure the front doors are latched when you leave for the day. They can sometimes not latch well and can swing open.

Please read direction for lighting the oven that are on a ceramic plaque I made on top of the stove before use.

Be respectful of natural resources and shut lights and air conditioner off when you leave for the day.

VERY LITTLE or preferably no bleach in the washer to preserve the health of the septic system and mother earth...thank you!

Sometimes it seems that the vessel sink upstairs is blocked. It's the strange nature of vessel sinks, come to find out; because they have no overflow to release pressure, you have to create one by swirling the water down manually to get air into the pipe.


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

The space
Accommodates: 6
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Property type: Other
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
TV
Heating

Prices
Extra people $15 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $95
Security Deposit $500
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price $275 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Off street parking is limited to 3 cars. NO on-street parking allowed.
Pets allowed with approval from host and $50 pet fee. There is a set of carpeted stairs, but no baby gate. Guests with small children should plan accordingly.
There is also a large collection of valuable and fragile art, so all guests must be able to move about the space with an appropriate level of care.
There are full time tenants living in the space below the church sanctuary, so we ask that guests remove their shoes (this helps keep our space clean, as well!) and walk softly.
Be respectful of natural resources and shut lights and air conditioner off when you leave for the day.
VERY LITTLE or preferably no bleach in the washer to preserve the health of the septic system and mother earth...thank you!
The church is a sanctuary, as opposed to a party house, so many thanks for your respect.


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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Susan User Profile
August 2017
My partner and I spent a wondrous week with our twin 15 year old nephews. Nick and Natslie 's home is beautiful with pottery, glass, and other art work decorating the large airy space. The beds were all very firmly comfortable, the kitchen is nicely equipped to cook every meal, and the location was perfect. We spent our days biking, kayaking, and hiking. There is easy access to covered bridges, supermarkets, and galleries. There is a complete comprehensive entertainment system with TV and speaker system. The house is in a very quiet neighborhood with a post office, library and field. We set up a badminton court and had a blast. We recommend this place to any family for groups of people who want a Vermont get away.

Stephanie User Profile
July 2017
We loved staying in this Church home! It was unique, beautiful, well appointed, and comfortable. The kitchen is amazing and fully stocked with everything you need if you love to cook. The beds were so comfortable that my children slept in later then usual which was a treat! I hope to stay here again in the future.

Kim User Profile
November 2016
It was wonderful to visit this artist-made space in the wonderful Brattleboro area. The Church Sanctuary reflects the makers' imagination, beautiful design ideas and creations. Dwelling here, even for a short time, is a visual and tactile pleasure. We enjoyed the decorative paintings, sculptures and glass works, the dozens of functional and beautiful handmade mugs, and the interior design and build out which included curved plaster walls and three-dimensional shower tiles. This is a special, cozy home for a family or group of friends who are comfortable in a shared, open-plan arrangement, but wouldn't be suitable if group members needs visual and auditory separation.

Sarah User Profile
October 2016
The neighborhood is quiet and cute. Short drive to darling downtown brattleboro with lots of boutiques and restaurants. The space is so full of beautiful artwork you feel like you are staying a gallery. I spent over an hour wandering around looking at the all the different prints, sculptures and beautiful ceramics.

Ashley User Profile
June 2016
This place wasn't really for me. The reason we booked this is because we thought it would be interesting place to stay with some Vermont history. I wish that it was better disclosed that there is a rental unit in the basement of this church. There is mention of a “tenant” in the house rules. We didn’t find out till the day before when notified that shoes should be removed at the front door due to the noise for the tenant below. I also was not aware that animals have been in the home, as it doesn't state that animals live in the house as we had someone with animal allergies. When I asked the home owner, they said they had their dog in the home over the week but made sure to vacuum. There was a box for cat litter box, cats outside the home, but they denied there were cats in the home. The owners have done nice things in the conversion of the property, but it is still a work in progress. What is meant by this is lights are missing light bulbs and glass globes, in some parts of the home there are wires exposed, walls with holes, and some windows do not have screens on them, but they are left open.
Nick And Natalie User Profile
Response from Nick And Natalie:
Ashley, Im sorry you had a difficult stay. I would like to address some of your comments. We do have guests downstairs, however we ask that shoes be taken off no matter what to keep the house clean as well as to minimize the noise downstairs. This is stated in the description. There are no cats in the house. Apparently you saw a box that we use for storage in the front hall, way up high very out of normal view. That was a box for a cat litter machine I purchased that lives in the basement of our home next door. There has never been a cat in the church. It is stated clearly that the church, however, is a pet friendly home, and we do allow dogs to come. If you knew of such allergies, you should not have choosen airbnb an home that clearly stated being pet friendly. It is too bad that given the architecture, the stained glass, the abundant art, the hand made tile, the amazing space that you were provided, you somehow noticed only the bulbs that were missing (even though there is plenty of light) and the yellow wire that is, in fact, not live, and could only be reached if you hauled in a ten foot ladder and climbed up it to touch this wire. Our homes are inspected, stamped and approved. There is always room for improvement from us; perhaps there is room from you for appreciation of beauty and happier, finer things in life, like original art, artisan touches, and a truly amazing space blessed by the men and women who created in from 1929 until present. How was that gorgeous stained glass in the morning when you woke?
June 2016

Shai User Profile
June 2016
My family and I spent a long weekend at the church and Natalie and Nick's home next door. There was plenty of space for all of us and the home had everything we needed to prepare meals. The large dining table in the church allowed all of us to be together for meals. The surrounding community is breathtaking and accessible to many areas including Putney and Brattleboro. The Dummerston covered bridge is within walking distance! Take a walk down the steps near the bridge and take a dip in the river. I highly recommend staying here.

Holly User Profile
February 2016
We loved this artistic and magical space. Our hosts were gracious and flexible and my family (group of 4 siblings and a few spouses) took walks to a nearby waterfall, skied at Mount Snow, visited the art-filled town of Brattleboro. What we enjoyed most, however, was our time inside this beautiful space -- cooking meals together, playing games, laughing, reminiscing. Thank you, Nick and Natalie, for providing the perfect spot for my fun-loving family to gather. We hope to return!

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Nick And Natalie User Profile

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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