The SpaceOur guest house is located on our 750 acre organic farm near Middlebury, VT. Beautiful views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains; dirt roads and fields for long walks, biking, and xcountry skiing/snowshoeing.
We have two larger bedrooms each with a queen bed, as well as a small bedroom with a full futon/couch which would best accommodate one adult or two children. A full house would accommodate 5-6 people. The house is provided as one unit so even if you are single or a couple, you have it to yourselves.
We stock the fridge (for self-serve breakfast) with our organic free-range eggs and homemade granola, local yogurt, milk, bread, cider and apples, and other Vermont and/or organic items. The kitchen has a full stove/oven.
Centrally located for skiing, hiking, kayaking, biking. Two kayaks, snowshoes, and shuffleboard are complimentary for use. Wi-fi in living room. Great sunsets and star gazing on deck. Kids welcome. Dogs considered. Ideal for Middlebury College activities (scenic and easy 18 min. drive) and its summer language or Breadloaf school.
$150/first bedroom/night. $100/second bedroom/night. $50/additional person/night. Weekly and monthly rates also available, at discounted rates. Discounts for children as well. Dogs or cats $25/stay. There is 9% tax (if stay is less than 30 days).
Guest AccessOur guests are welcome to explore the farm, use the shuffleboard, say hi to the cows and chickens! Walks across the various fields are shown on maps provided in the information folder found on the dining table and we can also describe them in more detail once guests are here. Interaction with GuestsWe always look forward to meeting our guests and answering any questions they have or accommodating any needs or concerns that arise. We aim to respect our guests privacy and independence. We ask guests to call before walking into our personal yard, just to make sure there are supervised greetings with our invisibly fenced-in dog, Cordelia; however, guests are welcome to come over when we are here and we are happy to show them our garden, if they are interested in that, or to have a larger tour of the rest of the farm. The NeighborhoodOliver Hill Farm is an 18 minute drive to Middlebury and a 10 minutes drive to Brandon, two charming towns full of great restaurants and cultural resources. It is a one hour drive north to Sugarbush or south to Killington and a half-hour to Middlebury Snow Bowl for downhill skiing. Rikert and Blueberry Hill X-Ski Centers, and the Catamount Trail, are a half-hour drive and we have x-country skiing and snowshoeing right out the back door in snow season, with the VAST trail's endless path running through the lower portion of our property. Hiking, boating, swimming, biking are found near by at Lake Dunmore and Branbury State Park, the Long Trail, Moosalamoo National Recreation area and there are many other places we can direct you to as well, into the mountains and towards Lake Champlain.
Great spot for a mini-retreat! Getting AroundBranbury State Park on Lake Dunmore is just a few miles away and offers wonderful lake swimming, with beach and picnic areas. The various trailheads up into the Moosalamoo area are nearby there. If you hike up to Silver Lake, there is another smaller beach on the campsite side and other trails around the west side. For river swimming, it's fun to go up to the falls in Lincoln, just up from Bristol. Kayaking when the water is higher in late spring, early summer, and fall is great right on the farm, down through the Leicester River area or on Otter Creek. Lake Dunmore and Goshen Pond are other spots close by and the reservoir in Pittsford is another favorite of ours. Kingsland Bay on Lake Champlain is more of a drive, but also fun.
We are located on a network of dirt roads that are great for biking. Paved road bike trips around Lake Dunmore, into Brandon (perhaps for lunch at Cafe Provence), over to Shoreham and western Salisbury are fun rides locally... the choices are endless.
There is great cross country skiing with groomed trails at Rikert Ski Center up in Ripton, a beautiful 25 minute drive up the Middlebury gap. They make snow. We love Rikert and often go ourselves. If you need to rent your equipment, they offer that as well. (URL HIDDEN)
Also, about a 20 minute drive up the Brandon gap and into Goshen is Blueberry Hill Center. (URL HIDDEN) Those are not groomed trails nor do they make snow, but it is very beautiful as well. They also provide rentals. Both centers connect with the Catamount trails and the VAST trails, with many accesses between the two centers.
You can also xski out the back door of the guest house, depending on the conditions! Here you can connect to the VAST trail by skiing across of our big field to the northwest, down in and through the magical swamp to the north here or just off Lower Bullock Road. That trail goes on for miles and miles. There is also often great snowshoeing. Even just hiking on the frozen terrain in the swamp or down the dirt road networks is an adventure right from the guest house.
Other Things to Note*The newer thermostat on the wall by the couch controls the heat.
*More wood for the wood stove is located in the basement.
*We recycle so please use the labeled straw basket in the kitchen for that.
*Meditation cushions are located in the closet of the small bedroom. Enjoy.
*Please close windows if you go out for extended periods. We get quite sudden rainstorms with strong winds, at times.
*It can get muddy and wet around here, so, Vermont style, please take your shoes and boots off at the door. There is an apple crate for them by the door. There are raggedly towels in the closed basket adjacent to the shoe crate, for wiping off your doggies, if need be too. We appreciate it greatly.
*We have a washer and dryer at our house if you need something dried in the rainy or snowy weather and there is a laundry line in the yard. There is also a laundromat in Brandon, for full-fledged laundry needs.
*Shuffleboard playing, walks or skiing in the fields and to the cow barn, and visits to the chicken house are welcome. Two pr snowshoes are in the closet.
*Two kayaks are available for use. Please ask if you are interested.
*Our dog Cordelia is invisibly fenced within our personal yard. Please don’t tempt her to come interact with you outside of our yard. Please enter the yard between the cars on to the stone walkway to our north porch or west office. She is more used to people coming in from that direction. Thank you.
*When you have visitors, please ask them not to park on the grass.
*Last but not least, no smoking inside the premises.
Please let us know if you need ANYTHING. Suggestions are welcome.
Sincerely, Suki and James