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Margaret-copyeditor; Kevin-baroque/modern violinist/host & caregiver; Anna-college student, chair yoga teacher, and mother.
We're raising a small family, restoring an early 19th c. home, and hoping to have some fun, too.
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This place is perfect -- charming, comfortable, clean, with a terrific wood burning stove to keep you warm. There is nice light from the large windows giving out onto snowy landscape in the winter, a cozy library, blankets, rocking chair, loveseat, and breakfast table. Everything is simple, tasteful and nice. The kitchen was beautifully stocked -- butter, milk, extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, fresh eggs from the chickens on his property -- and there was plenty of dry firewood to keep the fire going.
Kevin is a wonderful host. He was very responsive via email and had everything set up just right. Kevin will let you be if you want to do your own thing (virtually no interaction required). Should you reach out, he is very friendly and happy to share stories of the history of the house and the region.
It's hard to do better than this!
Exceptionally Cozy. And Kevin and Anna are some of the best hosts you'll ever meet. They're really good at giving you your space but also being there for you in the event you need anything. The space has a great style and warm quality that make you feel at ease. Somehow the place was the perfect temperature despite the cold. The kitchen is great for whipping yourself up something tasty. The kitchen is stocked with pretty much anything you'll need to cook: spices, appliances, cutlery. I've stayed at a bunch of places up here and none of them come close to making me as happy as Joshua's Retreat.
Kevin accommodated my family for a birthday gathering for my father, brother and his wife. The space was great for this, with a cozy living area + gas faux fireplace, books, and games. The kitchen was very well stocked. Parking and accessing the building was easy. Despite the close appearance of other buildings when viewed on a map, the house feels very private. We were very satisfied.
Kevin was so great in our communication prior to and throughout our stay at Mending Wall. He made us feel welcome by putting some delicious chocolate cake out for when we arrived, made up all the beds and made sure there were eggs, milk and tons of other fixings in the kitchen. The best part? The DVD/VHS collection was incredible!! Some of our favorite current and throwback movies were in stock and we LOVED it! Mending Wall was a perfect place for our weekend. Thank you Kevin for being such a gracious host!
Kevin (the host) was a pleasure.
- Simple instructions
- Easy access to Barn/House
Listing was very accurate
- Barn is lovely with a lot of character
- The barn isn't "luxurious" but what's the point when you are skiing
- More space then described in the listing
- Kitchen and living room setup promote a good-time
Thank you for a great weekend. I wanted to veg, by myself, and hibernate. This apartment was perfect for that. I was surprised at how 'outfitted' the place was - fully outfitted kitchen with food staples (oatmeal, fruits, cereals, spices, eggs, etc.) available and toiletries in bathroom. Nice surprise! Make sure to have (website hidden)d and verified with Kevin about finding the house, especially if arriving at night, lol. Thanks for a revitalizing weekend, it was lovely!
This was my first experience with Airbnb and it definitely set the standard high. I met Kevin, Margaret and Anna separately and they were all so warm and welcoming. When we came, there was a toasty warm fire set- which was most appreciated because it was a very cold day. As you go through the apartment, you notice all the thoughtful details they did- from setting the table for two, to having frozen raspberries in the freezer, which made it so cozy and perfect. They left an information folder about the house which was quite intriguing and was a good read by the wood stove. We had most everything we could think of for breakfast (again, they thought of everything) The hardest part was leaving! It was very quiet and the view from the windows was idyllic. a perfect home away from home. and it certainly felt like that- a home. I will be very happy to come back to this place!
Kevin left the entire apartment filled with a basic starter kit and lots of groceries to help us feel right at home. The space was exactly like it was described/displayed. We loved out stay at Joshua's Retreat and will definitely recommend this place to anyone who would like a getaway to VT!
From the moment that we started to plan our trip Kevin has been more than helpful and responsive in regards to questions/accommodations we needed in order to make our reservation. Once we made our reservation, he was also always very helpful with questions we had and very quick to respond. The house is super charming and great space. They have a huge kitchen that was fully equipped, even with a stocked fridge! Coffee machine AND expresso machine, with grinder, super plus. The whole house was very comfortable, it was freezing outside but you would never know by the temperature in the house, was super warm. we loved everything about the house and the host, definitely planning on staying here again next time we are going snowboarding. Very conveniently located to the slopes (about 30 mins) as well as to Manchester center. Thanks again!
Our hosts were very welcoming and helpful with working the wood stove. The space was welcoming and well-stocked. We had a lovely stay and would come again.
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!