Margaret-copyeditor; Kevin-baroque/modern violinist/host & caregiver
We're raising a small family, restoring an early 19th c. home, and hoping to have some fun, too.
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We had a very nice stay .... the place is amazing...friendly: every body was happy about are night there!!
Kevin was a fantastic host. The house is amazing, very clean, and in a beautiful area. Kevin even went so far as to fully stock the fridge. When he realized in the morning that he had forgotten to include eggs, he was amazing and brought them over. Highly recommend renting either of Kevin's properties.
Fabulous stay in this rustic yet cozy Shaftsbury getaway. The little wood stove is an absolute joy. The kitchen is gorgeous and stocked with anything a traveler could need. Kevin was quite friendly and knowledgeable about the area as well. Any history or antiques buff will appreciate the original finishings of the property--exposed beams, a beautiful hearth. I highly recommend JR!
This was our second booking with Kevin -- first at Joshua's Retreat and this time for a full week at Mending Wall -- and we definitely hope to be back soon. Kevin is a very attentive and kind host (as you'll see from all his reviews) and Mending Wall is a huge and beautiful converted barn, warm in every sense of the term, with enough private and shared spaces to very comfortably vacation with friends for a week. The weather wasn't perfect for many outside adventures while we were there, but the house is so well equipped -- with four full-sized beds, one single bed, a big soft futon couch, several lounging chairs, a big open fully stocked kitchen and large dining table, loads of movies and board games, big windows with gorgeous views -- that we never needed to leave. Indeed, by the end of our week, we never wanted to leave and hope to be back soon.
This was quite a find near Bennington where there isn't much in the way of quality accommodations. Very clean and spacious. Nice to have such a well equipped kitchen. And the perfect cozy decor / rustic Vermont setting!
Mending Wall is a great place with lots of character--like loft living in the countryside. Kevin is the wonderful combination of a quick draw over email and a low key host in person. We felt completely at home as soon as we arrived, and really appreciated the well stocked kitchen that put everything from eggs to fig newtons at our disposal. Would definitely consider going again.
Once again, Joshua's Retreat was great! This was our second time there, and we'd happily stay once again! Kevin is an extremely considerate and understanding host.
Spacious, clean, comfortable, homey.......fully equipped warm refuge on a cold Vermont weekend. We loved our stay. Very unique space with a great kitchen and living room/common area. Kevin was a great communicator and quite helpful.
One usually expects the place to not look as nice in real life as in the pictures, however I'm happy to report that Joshua's retreat was even more welcoming in real life than it appeared online! Kevin was an excellent host, showing us how to use the wood stove (which I nonetheless managed to let go out), and leaving the kitchen well-stocked with delicious food. The historic house is beautiful and fascinating to read about. We liked the retreat so much that we're hoping to stay there again on the return leg of our road trip. Thank you!
Mending wall was the perfect place for our weekend gathering. The place is huge, warm, nicely appointed and very well equipped. A great and unique space within the beautiful Vermont countryside. Kevin was always easy to communicate with and welcoming. I would definitely recommend this place.
Kevin was a great guest! Welcomed back anytime!
It was great having Kevin and his family stay with us. They're very kind and friendly. They are welcome back anytime.
lovely couple! pleasant, talkative, knowledgeable, a pleasure to have them.
I have known Kevin for over 10 years. He is an excellent colleague and professional in every way, and I would recommend him highly as a businessperson. I expect that everyone who stays in his home will have a positive and lovely experience. Enjoy!