Our guest reviews honor the Meadow-House experience far better than any words we could come up with in summary. So grateful for the positive energy MH guests and friends have shared with us; we look forward to sharing this with you as well.
The Meadow-House rests at the base of the Worcester Mountains across from the Western trailhead to Hunger Mountain. The inside spaces offer a spacious floor plan accommodating groups of up to 20 guests comfortably. Outside spaces include a secluded 1/2 acre pond, maple sugarbush, and a trail system that connects with the Skyline trail, White Rock, Hogback Mountain, Stowe Pinnacle, and Worcester Mountain summits to the North.
Originally a ski dorm cabin, the Meadow-House was recently remodeled and includes a curved cathedral ceiling that delivers lush acoustics and dynamic ambiance.
The Meadow-House functions as both vacation rental and as an artist residency program in conjunction with a few established arts-oriented foundations in the area.
Additional services can be added to the experience including on-site chef, yoga/massage, recording engineer, and/or outdoor videographers.
The Meadow-House is ideal for active families looking to share a unique experience in the heart of Vermont’s mountains or small teams looking to work and play in an inspired setting. The expansive hillside meadow in front of the Meadow-House delivers the residencies’ namesake- as well as enough clearance to provide 360-degree views from the roof deck.
The Western views are abundantly incorporated into the design of the house and span roughly 50 miles from Mt. Abe in the South to Mt. Mansfield up North and includes Camel’s Hump as well as the entire Bolton range due West.
Meadow-House breakdown floor-by-floor. Whole house rentals have access to all of the rooms below. Specific sleeping arrangements are preferred if and when known so we can schedule the room to be set appropriately. There is a shared pantry and bar that MH guests are free to access and contribute towards. **Room names are in parentheses- plus added context. Let me know if/as questions arise. Have a great day!
2-car garage/industrial design studio
Bedroom #1 (Meadow Dew... name is still a work still in progress): Currently there is a queen foam memory bed with a custom white birch bed frame harvested from trees grown locally on-site. The space has radiant concrete floors, an organic modern wood-panel / copper vibe going on right now with library built-ins, and walk-out french doors to the western patio. Includes full use of dresser / closet spaces. (Sleeps 2 people total)
Multi-functional curved roof studio space w/ loft (Cabin Walls)
Open flow hall to 500 sq. ft. Northern balcony overlooks pond & views to Mt. Hunger
In the hallway is a narrow 1-person sleeper sofa chair that can be shifted around into other rooms. It works well for kids but is rather narrow for adults.
Bedroom #2: (Forest Curves) 1 double bed, with a 2-person futon in the loft above. A twin bed is currently set up in here as well. Includes full use of closet space. (Sleeps 2-5 people total)
Bedroom #3: (Northern Exposure) 2 double beds with two twin air mattresses stored under the beds. Includes full use of closet spaces. (Sleeps 5-6 people total).
Bedroom #4: (Western Sky) 1 King Tempurpedic. A twin bed is also currently set-up in here and a twin air mattress is stored under the bedframe for easy access. Includes full use of large walk-in closet space. (2-4 people total)
Full Bathroom #1 - tub/shower, toilet, and double vanity.
3RD FLOOR SUITE: (Treetop Flyer) We've had groups set this space up for sleeping of up to 6 or 7. Air mattresses are moved around easily enough from closet storage in the bathroom area.
Some groups like to stack all of the sleeping into the 1st / 2nd floor rooms and open this up as a low-key space to hang and enjoy the elevation- and also because of the access to the roof deck. The treetop flyer suite is a play on the backcountry treehouse vibe- and a nod to the forthcoming treehouse pool or hot tub we will be suspending in the forest canopy as part of a future artist residency program.... still in design stages on that, but guests will have access to it when completed. A bunch of the materials in the treetop flyer come from the original log cabin- like the pine flooring or the stained glass doors that have been repurposed.
Bedroom #4: (Live Edge) 1 memory foam King with 2 twin euro futons optional. Includes full use of dressers/closet spaces. (Sleeps 4-8 people total).
Full Bathroom #2: (Western Rain) Kohler jetted tub, vanity, toilet, wooden shower- from one of most recent artist residency collaborations.
Exercise Equipment Space: (Permanently Unnamed) Treadmill, some small weights, yoga mats, and a few other odds and ends.
Office Space: (Mid-night)
Desk with Internet connectivity and inspiring views. ***This space is currently plumbed for a kitchenette / wet bar space and the office may be replaced by a bar-stool eat-in counter, w/ fridge/oven/range before your stay. Alternate inspired office spaces can be arranged- please let us know in advance if this is critical to your group's needs.
4th FLOOR: Roof deck with 360 degree views.
Interaction with Guests
For whole-house rentals, only at check-in / check-out or unless previously discussed. Always available to guests by text/phone as/if needed.
So much goodness here. From mind-bending trail systems to locally brewed pleasures, there is just a lot around here to share. More to come...
Hopefully more to come... currently working on a shuttle service for MH guests to connect with the public mountain transit systems to Stowe/Smuggler's Notch to the North, Bolton to the West, and downtown Waterbury, Sugarbush, and Mad River Glen to the South- all within a 15-30 min. drive from MH.
While rules help maintain continuity, they can also inhibit the creative expression and enjoyment of life in the moment. So, to that end, there are few rules at the Meadow-House. Mostly though, please respect this home and surroundings with a leave no trace ethic. In backpacking, there is a phrase, "take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints." How does that translate to a house rental? Well, if you have pets for instance, keep them on the first floor where there are "fewer" carpets to pee on, or down comforters to chew apart- both things that have happened to us over the years with our own pets- and incurs real costs to replace.
Every stay is transitioned by a team of professional cleaners that manage the property so that your own experience is guaranteed to be positive and not impacted by the group before you. The cleaning team knows the property well, and will inventory the condition before and after every visit. You will be expected to replace anything (within reason) that is broken or missing. If you need laundry services during your stay or additional cleaning, feel free to pick up the phone and speed-dial #1.
Snowplowing is taken care of, and if you have more than two cars in the garage, we ask that you work with the plowing folks to move around accordingly when they come- they are there for your benefit. Landscaping services are typically scheduled along with cleaning however Vermont weather always factors into the equation. If your stay requires uninterrupted blocks of quiet time (e.g., for recording, video, or yoga sessions) please give them a day's advance notice and work with them to find a 2 hour block where they can get in and out for the weekly upkeep.
Likewise, local farmers hay the meadow 2-3 times a year- please be respectful and appreciative of the experience as it is part of what makes this place so special to be part of. There is also a glider runway in the meadow. Our neighbors are pilots and keep this maintained for gliders to safely land if the thermals above the Worcesters (the Hungries) are not enough to get them to the Morrisville airport or the thermal lifts off of Camel's Hump. While cell-phones have reduced their need to come a knockin' we still maintain a trail to the strip and access to our phone as needed.
Being located across from the hiking trailhead for Mt. Hunger we ask that you respect those that come here to find their own passions and joy on this beautiful mountain. Since 1994 we have been volunteer stewards of the trail- grunting away with hazel-hoes and chainsaws for the benefit of all backcountry enthusiasts and have enjoyed hosting the DFPR, VYCC, and GMC trail crews / volunteers on-site whenever needed. The MH sugarhouse is literally by the side of the trailhead parking and offers kids a perfect spot to share trail magic by way of Lemonade & Hot Chocolate. Feel free to use this space similarly.
Be aware though that before the State of VT purchased and placed these lands into the public recreational domain (now CC Putnam State Forest). The site had been used commercially as a quarry for construction material of I-89 in the late 50's with the stretch through Waterbury completed in 1960. Almost a half century later, it's use has transitioned into a recreational destination for mountain enthusiasts- just do an internet search on Mount Hunger, Waterbury Vermont. Better yet, go visit the Green Mountain Club HQ and Hiker Center only 5 miles down the mountain (on Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe). The quarry currently offers beautiful views to the West, has been a local favorite for young romantics to connect under the stars, includes a few unofficial light-use camping spots, and has been the canvas of creative artists using the rocks as their paints- photos forthcoming.
That said, and unlike the Bolton Quarry 20 min. to the West or White Rock Summit 2.5 miles up the trail, the bouldering/climbing is not the safest due to the past commercial activity so it is not wise to let young children play there unsupervised... not a rule, just advice with intentional gravitas.
Finally, we moved into this place back in 1994 and bought it in 2000 because of the remote location and recreational setting. The property is surrounded by lands in residential, recreational and conservation zoning, the pond is stocked with trout and bass, and on a daily basis you might see any of the following: beaver, moose, deer, snowshoe hares, black bear, turkey, river otters, coyotes, foxes, a family of red-tailed hawks that hunt the meadow critters, great blue heron that hunt the fish in the pond, a variety of owls that hunted our cats, and weasels that hunted our chickens- among so many other species that forage, hunt or are hunted around and in the meadow. For this reason, an old-time legend named Bobby has carte-blanche to hunt on our lands. Respect that. He is an unassuming authority of this ecosystem with respect to the balance of man and nature- he is also very aware of the MH and mindful of everyone's safety and enjoyment.
That's pretty much it. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Beautiful house! House is much better than the pictures posted. We had a great time and Glenn took care of any need we had. Definetly a place to go. We were a large group that wanted to hit the slopes of Stowe and everything was amazing!
We had a large group of 11 guys stay here in Feb 2015. The house was awesome. Plenty of room for everyone to have their own bed and space. The picture don't do this place justice (Glenn, upload more!). We had an issue one night with the propane being used too quickly that had us with no hot/hot water for a few hours. I contacted Glenn and he had a guy come over right away and fix the issue. Great communication through the entire process, from before we got there to the moment we left.
It's about 10-15 min drive to downtown Waterbury with awesome food, 20 minutes to Stowe. Not right in the town area so it's nice and quiet to get away and have your own space.
Absolutely recommend this place.
Meadow-House was a beautiful and welcoming space, and Glenn was an absolute pleasure in the days leading up to our trip, and during our time there. He really went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and to make sure that we knew how everything worked. We had some trouble with the internet and he sat with us until it was working.
The beds were very comfortable, the bathrooms clean, and the kitchen great for cooking meals. Plenty of space and lots of interesting corners to explore; perfect for a large group getaway. The views outside were spectacular. Great for a ski trip, and we could only imagine how beautiful the space would be in warmer weather. Highly, highly recommend Meadow-House and Glenn as a host!
Our large group had a wonderful time at Meadow House over the holidays! The house and surroundings are beautiful and provide all of the amenities of home. The home was very clean, well stocked, and comfortable for a large group. The open kitchen and living room with fireplace allowed for family-style dinners and cozy nights. Glenn was a wonderful host and incredibly gracious. We hope to get back to Meadow House soon!
Our group has an amazing time staying at the Meadow-House. Between the short drives to nearby mountains, the stunning views out the back window, and incredible amenities provided by the house we would have been happy staying the rest of the winter on the property.
Glenn was communicative and enthusiastic about our stay and was constantly in contact trying to help make our stay the best it could be. Would recommend to any big group staying in the area.
Glenn was a fantastic host - he was always in contact if we needed anything or had any questions and was 100% committed to making sure we were enjoying ourselves and had what we needed. This is different from other Air BnB listings as it's not just a cabin in the woods. This place has been a creative space for many and the special vibe is one that you are likely not to find elsewhere. The house itself is gorgeous, and the grounds are perfect - endless meadow, surrounded by mountains, and at night there are all the stars you could ever want to see. There's very little I can describe that will do this place justice but if you want to relax with some friends, make food and sit around the fire in the great outdoors then this is the place for you. Cannot recommend highly enough.
There is a lot that I live for and prioritize in life. My kids & family, quality friendships, fulfilling work, positive societal contributions, and of course complete recreational bliss in the mountains, on the water, behind my drumset or wherever this crazy river of life takes me.
I embrace serendipitous connections and meeting others through this community- possibly even you reading this now.
I look forward to discovering new places to go and stay through this site as well as connecting with those of you that appreciate what we are trying to create here at the Meadow-House.