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This was one of the best vacation rental experiences we've had. Prior to our arrival Pepper provided information about the area and the house and was very accommodating when we asked to bring our dog at the last minute. When we arrived he greeted us and showed us around the house and grounds and answered all of our questions. Higher Ground exceeded our expectations -- moving and renovating the barn was an obvious labor of love and it shows -- the house is impeccable in detail, from the handcrafted furnishings and charming details to the space itself. The kitchen is a true highlight -- a cook's dream. And the downstairs master suite is charming. Upstairs there is a wonderful bedroom and private bath as well as a sitting room with its own bathroom complete with clawfoot tub. The beds are amazingly comfortable and to wake up to the mountain views in autumn is truly a treat. The wraparound deck is also spectacular -- a perfect place to do yoga in the morning and sit out with a glass of wine in the evening. Extra amenities include a dishwasher and washer/dryer, which are real bonuses in a vacation rental. Pepper and Cynthia were incredibly gracious and informative. Higher Ground is a wonderful base to explore the area, from Manchester to Middlebury to Rutland and the quaint town of Middletown Springs. It's a very special place, a hidden gem. We can't wait to return.
As a previous guest had written so well : "Higher Ground" is more spacious, architecturally interesting and well-appointed than the images indicate. It really is much more like borrowing a friend's house for the weekend than a vacation rental. The views and grounds are bucolic, peaceful and beautiful.” We can say the same.
We weren't able to stay at the house as much as we would have liked because we traveled to different places during the day. From this location, it was very easy to go to different places. We drove to Middlebury, Burlington, Montpelier, Ben and Jerry’s factory, King Arthur Flour, Sugarbush Farm, Simon Pearce glass blowing, and Hildene.
We did not meet Cynthia and Pepper until our last day but we communicated through e-mail and phone calls. They were very nice and responsive. We didn't have any problems and found all the necessary amenities during our stay.
We had a wonderful and relaxed vacation. We would not hesitate to repeat the experience.
Cynthia and Pepper were gracious hosts -- warm, welcoming, communicative and informative. We were even invited to use what we wanted of their marvelous raspberry patch, herb and vegetable garden!
Even when they were in the cottage on the (impeccably maintained) grounds, we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.
"Higher Ground" is more spacious, architecturally interesting and well-appointed than the images indicate. It really is much more like borrowing a friend's house for the weekend than a vacation rental. The views and grounds are bucolic and beautiful.
We had a wonderful, relaxed stay. I highly recommend several area restaurants: Roots (Rutland), Taps (Poultney) and Sissy's (Middletown Springs).
Pepper and Cynthia's "Higher Ground" was great! Their beautifully finished, antique studded home, is a reclaimed barn that's been in the family for generations. Their commitment to more sustainable practices permeates every aspect of the home and property. We cooked lots in the full and well supplied kitchen. The view is spectacular and we spent many hours sitting on their grand porch just watching clouds and sun roll through the valley. We swam daily in their refreshing spring fed pond and in many of Vermont's nearby swimming holes. At the end of each day, we took advantage of the outdoor shower (didn't shower inside once). One of highlights of this vacation was being able to bring our four-legged family member (woof) along. She enjoyed the pond even more than us!
Regarding our hosts, Pepper and Cynthia: they were great too! We arrived on Friday evening and they welcomed us warmly. They were relaxed, enthusiastic and provided lots of helpful information about their space including a tour of the property. They encouraged us to use some of the fresh herbs from their garden. They stocked the house with bottles of local wine, available for $18. While they were easily accessible by the house phone or their high speed internet, we had the house to ourselves for the whole week.
Also a treat, Sissy's Cafe, a fantastic gourmet breakfast and lunch spot, is just a 3 minute walk at the base of their hill. Be sure to bring cash or personal check, they don't take credit cards!
We highly recommend a stay at "Higher Ground"!
Had a great stay at the apartment. The hosts were friendly and helpful. This is a great apartment - modern, clean, comfy bed, and it has everything you could need to cook. Wifi is important to me for work, and it was a very strong fast signal. The apartment itself is situated on a nice property including a pool. The location is very convenient to get around. Yes, this is a great place to stay in Boulder, CO. It is always tough to tell from photos, but the apartment exceeded our expectations.
Our guests stayed at our property for over two weeks this fall (a great time to be in the Bradenton area). They took good care of the property and were a pleasure to host. We would welcome them back in the future.
Pepper contacted me at 8pm to inform me they would not be staying as they were unsatisfied with the yard.