About this listing
Everyone who has stayed here agrees that it is one of the most beautiful locations they have ever been to. A unobstructed view of the undeveloped Green Mountain National Forest across idyllic hayfields cannot be beaten!
Located on a plateau in the "Valley of Vermont," this vacation villa - originally constructed in the late 1700's and renovated in French country style in the 1940's, provides a beautiful 6 bedroom, 3 bath house on 120 acres of hay fields, wild meadows and forest. The massive kitchen/dining room is perfect for feasting with friends and family and the outdoor dining looks out over the fields at the lush Green Mountain National Forest - for which this State was named. All linens and towels are provided, including beach towels for swimming.
Though Amtrak reaches Rutland, Vermont 20 minutes away, you must have or rent a car in order to enjoy this property. Nearby attractions include stream and lake fishing (Vermont requires fishing licenses); cycling, hiking and camping; lake swimming and boat rental; golf & tennis; outlet shopping; antique shopping; farmer's markets; horseback riding; summer theaters and concert series; Vermont State Fair (Labor Day Weekend only) and historical sites.
NEW in 2013 and 2014 - this house will be available during the heating season, so for Fall colors and for skiing, this is a very good option. For skiers, Bromley is roughly 30 minutes; Stratton roughly 45 minutes; Killington roughly 60 minutes. For cross-country skiers, other options are available - please inquire. Modern heating is provided.
Four bedrooms have full or queen sized beds. Two bedrooms have double beds. No smoking or open flames on the premises.
Appliances: Washer; dryer; stove/oven (electric); coffee maker; coffee grinder; microwave; refrigerator/freezer; hand mixer; food processor; electric griddle; outdoor charcoal grill; toaster.
Guests will have access to the house, including the basement where the washer & dryer are. The barn is not locked, but use due caution if you or kids go in there. Guests will have access to the entire spread of the property.
Interaction with Guests
We live in New York City and are available by phone, email and text to answer questions. But the guests will not see us during their stay. There is a caretaker just a few houses away in case of emergency.
We are situated on a glacial plateau overlooking the "Valley of Vermont." We are at the foot of Mt. Dorset, which is the very end of the Taconic Mountain Range and we look at the Green Mountain National Forest across the valley. The way the property is situated gives you a constant view of natural splendor.
You need a car to enjoy this property unless you are a really fit cyclist, in which case the cycling distances aren't too bad - you could take Amtrak to Rutland and then cycle to our house. There is a public bus running between Rutland and Manchester, which stops at the "Danby Cash Market" on Route 7. But it runs infrequently. I have never managed to catch it. There are taxis in Rutland and Manchester but they are very expensive.
Other Things to Note
The main dining/Kitchen area is ideal for entertaining. There is an outdoor cooking area just off the kitchen for which we usually use wood but you can also use charcoal. Grills are hanging on the wall of the woodshed, which is an open structure attached to the grey barn. You can't miss it.
No smoking. No open flames inside the house including no candles. Pets by permission only. Do not put wine glasses in the dishwasher - wash them by hand.
This place was magical. The farmhouse was charming and full of character. I hosted our annual family trip and had 13 people attend. There was plenty of room for all. The kitchen was well stocked and the large farmhouse style table was a real treat. We all fit around it and had wonderful family meals. It was like being in a movie. The property is breathtaking and we enjoyed hiking, playing games and stargazing. There was a meteor shower while we were there and it was like the cherry on top. Sydney was a great host and always got back to me right away.
Sidney was great, answered many questions, and provided helpful tips.
The house was described accurately. It is a beautiful setting!
The town was fine, and nearby Manchester has alot going on.
It truly is a Grand Vermont Estate and my extended family from New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and France had an excellent two week stay. The house is lovely, well-kept and well-equipped with plenty of space for our group. Sidney was highly responsive to all of my questions before and throughout the stay and would definitely rent from him again
Had a great long weekend at the house. Very relaxing and peaceful.
The view of the mountains in the backyard is fantastic.
Lots of farmers markets in the area with really great veggies. House has a big and well equipped kitchen that was fun for our group to cook in.
Sidney is great and was easy to communicate with.
House is larger than it looks in pictures. The large living room has three couches plus comfortable chairs. The yard and grounds and very well taken care of.
Manchester has lots of great food shops and it’s a pretty quick drive from the house. Wines by George, a great butcher shop, Al Duccis Italian speciality store, and many others.
Would definitely rent here again.
This is a truly wonderful property with fantastic views, right on the Appalachian trail. The meadows surrounding the house are beautiful and the house itself is full of history and very comfortable. Sidney was extremely prompt and helpful as a host. We had a lovely time staying here.
My family and I stayed in the Vermont Estate from May (phone number hidden) to celebrate my graduation from the Green Mountain College graduate program. We had an excellent stay. Sid was great about answering questions and responding in a very timely manner. We easily received the keys and had no trouble getting into the house. The house was incredible; full of history and character but was also very comfortable (there were three sofas and numerous cozy chairs). My mom said "It's like visiting a museum only we get to go past the ropes!" There was plenty of room for 12 adults, two children and a baby to spread out and feel at home. We slept comfortably in the six bedrooms, four of which contained queen sized beds, the other two bedrooms had two twin-sized beds in each. The house had everything we needed (soap, toilet paper, linens, dish soap, etc.) It was also full of books of every genre (shelves in every room!) and interesting things to look at and do (board and yard games, a guitar and fake books!). My eight-year-old cousins appreciated the big box of Lego and had fun building the train. The adults had fun guessing the use of the contraption hanging above the kitchen mantel--we still have no idea... The two tables in the kitchen accommodated all of us for meals and card games. There is no WiFi or TV and cellular service is spotty but I think that was more of an asset than a challenge. It was nice to unplug for while and focus on being together. The view of the mountains was breathtaking and it was a pleasure to spend time outside walking and enjoying the grounds. We are incredibly grateful to have had such a wonderful place to bring our family together for a weekend. We only wish we could have stayed longer!
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About the Host, Sidney
My goal is to provide a private, safe, clean, convenient, inexpensive, comfortable, well-appointed and well-designed property for the traveler or the local person in need of temporary furnished housing. I am available when needed but I do not intrude on my guests. In addition to being an AIRBNB host and property owner in both New York and Vermont, I am a real estate agent by professsion and have a passion for matching people with properties. I am a lifelong New York City resident and know the City well - ask me for tips. I speak enough French and Spanish to assist travelers in those languages if need be. English is my primary language. I am a culinary enthusiast. Also I am a guitarist and love many kinds of music. I have recently re-started my music career so if you're interested you can check out Sid Whelan Band on Bandcamp, Twitter, Facebook or Reverbnation. My band is inspired by roots American music form before 1960, primarily blues but also folk, country, tin pan alley, jazz, early rock'n'roll and Broadway.
I like to run and have joined New York Road Runners. I know some good routes in the area for runners.