The SpaceThe house is perfect for two couples or for a family with two children (or three, if one is the adventurous sort and would like her own little house). One master bedroom and bath upstairs, with two double bed rooms and bat downstairs. Open living room with a woodstove keeps the house cozy in winter.
There is a south-facing balcony for reading in the hammock, an outside campfire for grilling and smores, a grand stone fire site—and a bocce court is on its way.
It is an ideal retreat, no sounds of civilization, clear skies with natural wonders all year round, yet minutes away from ski areas, cultural events and shopping.
On 5½ acres, large forests with trails on two sides, the octagon features an open plan that brings in lots of winter sun. The high-ceilinged master bedroom occupies the entire second floor, with a piano alcove, while a wing comprises the other main bedroom. The kitchen, dining room and living room occupy the downstairs area, with a small office/guest room to the side. A post & beam barn provides ski and boot storage.
Ski areas abound. Aside from several beautifully groomed X-Country areas, there are Bromley Mountain (10 minutes away), Magic (8 minutes), and Okemo and Stratton (20 minutes). Lowell Lake State Park is minutes away, for swimming, fishing and kayaking.
There are four golf clubs to choose from; Manchester (20 minutes) has loads of shopping (outlet heaven), Orvis (for trout fishing on the Battenkill), as well as many galleries, the Southern VT Arts Center, the Equinox Hotel (resort/spa), Hildene and the Dorset Theatre Festival. The Weston Play House is minutes away, and great music of all kinds abounds.
Please see note about VT room tax below! Interaction with GuestsYes, by all means call me if you need anything! The NeighborhoodThis is a well-known bicycling, skiing, hiking fly-fishing, and cultural destination. Stratton, Bromley, Magic and Okemo ski and summer resorts are all within easy reach, as are beautiful lakes and rivers, the Weston Playhouse, Dorset Theater Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Equinox Hotel, Hildene, the Lincoln home, the Southern VT Arts Center. The Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail both have trailheads within minutes of the house, which sits right in the middle of the Green Mountain National Forest. Other Things to NoteVermont charges a 9% rooms tax. This is not covered in the daily rate, but must be added to the total, and due upon arrival.