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Situated in a meadow amidst walking trails, and a rushing brook at the foot of the property, Hound's Hollow is comfortable, spacious, and beautiful: oak beams, maple floors, traditional woodworking and divided light windows, and eclectic tile work. Everyone loves the house. It is somewhere between fancy, traditional, and rustic.
There's no TV reception, but we think that's a plus. You can watch DVDs, stream Netflix, or listen to CDs on the home theater system if you are all tuckered out hiking the great outdoors. There is high-speed DSL Internet access with a WiFi box so you can write your great novel under the apple tree. Or you can enjoy the cook's kitchen, or nestle up by the very toasty woodstove, or soak in the jacuzzi tub.
Guests can leave the house as they found it, or can choose to pay for cleaning services. Please see details under the House Rules tab.
This is a unique and very special place. Please read the "IS THIS OUR DREAM VACATION?" section.
Please scroll down to see specials priced below our standard rates. We have specials for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, ski-season, mid-week stays, early November, and April. For Christmas and New Years, please check with us first before using "instant book." Holiday weekends are four nights.
Please see our listing at the same location if you just want a room by the night. When we are here we operate B-and-B style: http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/179202
The house was built in 1985, but was done with a traditional, if slightly eclectic, feel. There is a main section that is 30'x45'. In this, 1/3 of it has a loft, with the kitchen and dining room beneath, and master bedroom and bath above. The 2/3 of the main section is an open greatroom, about 25' to the peak of the ceiling, and lots of floor space.
Another section of the house has a lower roof, but is still two story. This other section is 30'x20', with a laundry room, mudroom, bathroom with shower, and a private bedroom off the kitchen downstairs, and one bedroom upstairs attached to the Master bedroom, separated by a curtain.
The construction is "Timberframe", which means the 8"x8" beams are all exposed, and the stress-skin (R-40) panels are on the outside, so it has the framed barn look.
The house has maple floors and tile throughout. The traditional farm-house woodwork and windows, and the exposed timbers give the house an old-time feel.
There's a big fireplace separating the kitchen from the living room, with a big Jotul woodstove with a nice glass door in it, facing the living room. In Winter, this is the social focus. It is very inviting and warm.
The house is furnished with a mix of antiques, traditional and funky/cozy. Couches, comfy chairs, extra beds, etc., are in the living room, as well as an upright piano.
The upstairs bedrooms are in the loft of the house, and are arranged as a suite, separated by a curtain. These upstairs bedrooms have access to the master bathroom.
-- One room has a very tall ceiling, we call that the master bedroom. This has a Queen coil mattress.
-- The other has a cathedral ceiling that goes from 8' on one side, to a pitch of 12', then down to floor level on the other side. We call this the "Friendship Nook." The Friendship Nook has a Queen coil mattress, and also a Futon on the floor.
There is a downstairs, private, small bedroom with a Queen coil mattress.
The kitchen is fully furnished with dishes, utensils, and cookware.
dual-fuel range/oven (5-burner gas range + large electric convection oven)
another 4-burner electric cooktop
a small, secondary electric convection oven
clothes washer and drier
propane on-demand water heater
In the master bath is a two person jacuzzi bathtub.
In the living room is a home theater system with a 37" LCD widescreen (720p), DVD/CD player, and two studio monitor speakers. There is also a Roku box with Netflix streaming.
The house has bedding and linen for the three queen coil mattresses and the fold-out couch and futons.
Outside, the house looks like a traditional Vermont barn farmhouse. Clapboard siding, divided light windows, tall pitched roof. The house is well off the road, nestled against Mt. Ascutney. When you are at the house, you can't see anyone else. The property is twenty four (24) acres, comprising woods, fields, creeks, walking trails, and a rushing, year-round brook. The immediate yard is two acres landscaped with a lawn, old apple trees -- a rolling, park-like feel. In Winter, there are two excellent sled runs -- one down the lower lawn, and one in one of the upper pastures.
The views from the house are short range, but beautiful. You can see out across the large yard into the woods, with a small view across the valley. Walking around the property affords better views across the valley, which has a few large farms and a few residences. From down the yard, you can see up Mount Ascutney.
The woods are mixed hardwood and softwood, so "leaf season" is beautiful, and Spring is thrilling and verdant. The Hemlock, Spruce, Fir, and Pine trees retain their greenery in Winter, so the woods are both open and green, and retain the privacy of the other seasons.
In some seasons, usually Summer and Leaf Season, we are next door at the caretaker's cabin. The cabin is out of sight of the main house, but you can reach us via eMail or phone if you need any assistance.
IS THIS OUR DREAM VACATION?
This house is unique. Most folks who stay here agree, and can't believe such a cool place is even available to rent. Read our reviews to see the glowing reports. Also, our photos are up-to-date and accurate.
However, about 5% of renters somehow feel it is not a great match. If you are entertaining the question "I wonder if I should book this, or just get a hotel" then you might be in this 5%. This house is nothing like a hotel, or even a modern condo. The entire house was built by hand. It has lots of character and eccentricities. We have worked over the years to respond to every request by guests, and that has made the house very user-friendly: keyless entry door code, new appliances, comfy bedding, fluffy towels, fully equipped kitchen, kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, maps, and on and on. However, if you look at handmade windows and wonder "these aren't as exacting as my Pella/Andersen/Marvin windows..." then you might be in that 5%. If you look at handmade windows and say "Oh, cool, handmade mahogany windows and handmade stained glass, so much character!" then you will probably be in the 95% of guests who are wowed that they can stay in a very, very clean mountain house with all the comforts of home and lots of beauty, reminiscent of a farmhouse or converted church.
Do put your dates into the Airbnb calendar on the upper right, as it reflects special promotions we run for vacant nights. The Airbnb price check tool will give you accurate prices, but for the dates below, we offer specials that the price check tool can't capture. Send us an inquiry and we'll reply with a special offer, as shown below.
Mid-Week Special: please contact us to get a mid-week rate for a Monday to Thursday stay, two-night minimum.