11 Mins from Stratton Ski/Golf Resort
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Enjoy Vermont in all its summer glory: cozy hammock, screened porch, beautiful lawns, babbling brook, gentle breezes, river swimming, and Stratton golf.
Come visit our lovingly renovated 1830's antique original set on a green acre with fragrant fruit trees and traditional white picket fence. It is an easy five-minute walk to town and wonderful 'rail to trail' State Park running through the heart of a beautiful Valley.
Once owned by the local legend and sawmill owner Bruce McCray, this classic 1830's Greek Revival home invites you to indulge in a luxurious country lifestyle, starting with a dreamy screened-in porch, wide plank floors, exquisite Oriental rugs, fine library, cable, wifi, whirlpool tub, radiant flooring, ping pong table, comfy king bed with hand-made quilts, babbling brook, Matisse-like oil paintings, leather sofa by Roche Bobois, even Venus de Milo in the master suite -- mistress of the weeping cherry outside. Large baths upstairs and down. Cozy gas fireplace (no running out for wood!)
Freshly painted exterior. New York Decorator and next-door neighbor Enrique Chavez chose the new paint palette, and it works! Our caretakers, Dale & Karen Ameden, run the general store. Karen's sister Duffy does the cleaning.
We think you will never want to leave this heavenly haven in Vermont.
The village itself is unique, the home of Helen and Scott Nearing who started the back-to-the-land movement with their book The Good Life. Some of the old houses like ours owe their Greek Revival sophistication to the incredible wealth generated by the introduction of Merino sheep to the area.
There is no stoplight in town, but you will find an excellent art gallery, revitalized grocery store, library, historical association, restaurants and coffee shop.
Stratton Ski Resort is a straight shot up Rt 30. About 11 minutes to the base of the mountain.
The West River running through the Jamaica State Park is a joy. Many people learned to cross-country ski there. Even the most sedentary city dwellers will enjoy wonderful walks and short hikes all through the park.
Twice a year the United States government releases the dam, and there is a kayak festival. Locals and visitors alike celebrate a sheep-shearing festival in the spring. Watch a 250-pound sheep are sheared in a minute and a half without a knick!
Jamaica is near enough to Manchester to do some outlet shopping, but you can easily avoid that if you want to get away from it all. Foodies will relish the Three Mountain Inn down the street. Prix Fixe -- excellent!
Whether you treasure peace and quiet, fresh air, the great outdoors, breathtaking views – or eighteen holes of golf – you will never forget the time you spend at our fabulous Jamaican Greek Revival. Book your vacation now before someone else!
From a recent guest:
My family, including a 6-year-old and 2-year-old, rented this lovely home for the whole ski season. It's a really welcoming, comfortable old house that's been nicely updated. We affectionately called it 'the Vermont House' all winter.
A quick 15-minute drive to Stratton made it a really convenient place to stay. The owners were helpful and available for questions, though we really didn't have any issues with the house. I would definitely recommend the house to friends and family looking for a getaway.
Overall, it was a great experience!
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
It's a great place for most kids but not for rough-housing indoors or chocolate ice cream on the $4,000 Roche Bobois sofa in the living room. There's a lot of antiques but nothing so perfect and priceless it can't be touched....morecollapse
- Pets Considered:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Non Smoking Only
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- 2.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Gas Fireplace:
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Washing Machine:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Parking Off Street
- Towels Provided
Large property and lawn surrounded by white picket fence. Great for badminton and croquet. We're also proud of our library occasionally added onto by guests (from Phillip Roth to local author Norman Mailer)Some CDs, kids' videos. But best of all: Radiant heat in first floor bath.Garden furniture, swings, hammock....morecollapse
- Video Library:
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Music Library
- Ping Pong Table
- DVD Player
Pool & Spa
- Jetted Tub
- Deck / Patio:
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
- Fly Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Hunting Small Game
- Mountain Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Recreation Center
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Paddle Boating
- Bird Watching
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Overflow guests? Invite your friends to camp at Jamaica State Park, or (fancier) the Jamaica House or Three MTN Inn in the Village. Another very basic activity for us: Reading and reading in the hammock. I have some of my best books there -- WS Merwin's new collected poems which are great by the way and hundreds of other tomes....morecollapse
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Six of us (my wife, my two kids (ages 11 and 9), my parents, and I) stayed at Valery and Louis's house during the first week of August, along with our two dogs, and we had a wonderful time. The house itself is lovely, inside and out. Comfortable, clean, loaded with good books and art, and full of interesting architectural features. Not to mention satellite TV, which came in handy during the Olympics. The master bedroom has a jumbo King bed, which was useful because my kids were determined to sleep with me and my wife (the old house being clearly haunted). The outside property is huge, with plenty of room for my dogs (and kids) to run around while I dozed in the hammock. We slept with the windows open at night, an unbelievable treat in August (we came from the steamy DC area, where it was 100 degrees and humid all summer). The town of Jamaica is literally a stone's throw away, and we visited it several times. I bought a small print at the Elaine Beckwith Gallery, my folks bought a glass bowl and some Christmas ornaments from the Hot Glass Works, and we made repeated trips to the well-stocked D & K Grocery, where we bought local cheese and maple syrup, as well as homemade pies and cookies (and some wine!). Karen, who runs D & K and bakes the most amazing strawberry rhubarb pie, is also the caretaker for the house. She's the one to call if you need anything. Very helpful and responsive if you have questions. We took full advantage of the Jamaica State Park, which is a 5 minute drive away (if that). We swam in several wonderful swimming holes, went on some vigorous hikes in the park, and also took a few leisurely strolls along the very level and wide rail trail which runs along the West River. This trail was nice in the summer, but it must be truly breathtaking in Autumn. We took lots of day trips to the picturesque villages along Route 100 (Weston, Londonderry, Townshend, Newfane), visited a few farmers' markets and dairy farms, took a ton of pictures, and relaxed. I highly recommend this house. I'm pretty sure we'll be making it an annual pilgrimage from now on.
- Guest John
- Date of stay 08/04/12
- Review Submitted 09/10/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, age 55+.
Owner response: Wow John — we were very touched by your feedback. We always wonder whether visitors will have the time, energy, curiosity, whatever it is that will allow them to really “get” Jamaica which you and family clearly have. Not just this house but the world around it, the rivers and dams, mountains and little villages tucked away. There is an exhibit planned for our little brick Historical Museum of the Indian artifacts that were just discovered, but for now that fishing village remains invisible. So much to see and do…and eat: especially, as you say, our caretaker Karen Ameden’s pies and homemade chili from her and her husband Dale’s general store. We are glad you found some prints you liked. Just as an aside, Elaine Beckwith published a book last year about Jamaica’s non-conformists in the 1940’s and 50 is called “Almost Utopia.” She carreis copies at her gallery and so does Karen at her store. In any case, the book is a treasury of old photos taken of the Jamaica community built up around Helen and Scott Nearing who wrote the seminal back to the land book, “The Good Life.” And now we must confess — after commending you on “getting Jamaica” in a week we have yet to visit the remaining structures of this “almost utopia” after five years off an on. It's not more than five minutes up the hill; just ask Karen or Dale how to get there. Soon, John, soon.
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The house is charming. We stayed in the master bedroom. We were pleased with the handicapped handles on the edges of the shower, and by the size of the bed. I am tall--the king sized bed is low and I had trouble getting out of it--only a problem if you are tall. The dining room table was spacious enough for all eight of us. We loved being able to walk into the town of Jamaica and go to the general store where Karen gave us helpful information. We enjoyed kayaking on the nearby reservoir. Perhaps because of the reconstruction following the flood damage, there was more truck traffic than usual--the house is near a hill and near the town dump--there was a LOT of road noise, and the town trucks started rumbling by at 8 AM. The downstairs bedroom holding the queen size bed is just slightly larger than the bed--the couple using this room found it tight. We loved the screened in porch and the hammock in the side yard. The stairs were steep and smooth and felt risky when we came down.
- Guest tall man
- Date of stay 08/18/12
- Review Submitted 09/10/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, families with teenagers.
Guest comment entered by owner
Weather aside, everything was wonderful. The house is charming, and truly one of the best equipped rentals I have been in. Everything tidy, well organized and clean. We really appreciated the bottle of delicious wine and the many staples in the house. Next year, hopefully. Thank you!
- Guest Steve
- Date of stay 06/24/11
- Review Submitted 07/06/11
2010-11 Winter Season Rental
2010-11 Winter Season Rental
My family, including a 6 year old and 2 year old, rented this lovely home for the whole ski season. It's a really welcoming, comfortable old house that's been nicely updated. We affectionately called it "the Vermont House" all winter. A quick 15 minute drive to Stratton made it a really convenient place to stay. The owners were helpful and available for questions, though we really didn't have any issues with the house. I would definitely recommend the house to friends and family looking for a getaway. Overall, it was a great experience!
- Guest Rhode Island Skiers
- Date of stay 12/01/10
- Review Submitted 05/22/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Owner response: We have put much love and thought into making our Vermont house a comfortable "home away from home " for families and friends. We are pleased to see that it continues to be a great place with character for those who want a little of old Vermont. I hope our next renters will enjoy the house as the previous family did. Thanks for the review.
This house is fantastic and has everything you need for a comfortable ski vacation... your 15 min to Stratton on VERY well maintained roads, 45 min to Okemo (check online for winter lift ticket specials FYI) and 30 min to Snow. Forget bread? No problem--- Jamaica's town market is a 5 min walk and they have it all. So back to the house--- it has a spacious kitchen which plenty of counter space to prep and cook, HUGE dinning room, bedrooms are large, master bathroom is heated (so is the downstairs bath room), the yard is great for snowmen and snowball fights, plenty of parking and an enclosed porch for your skis/boards... In short, you could throw away a lot of money to tell your friends "I live on the mountain" or rent this house which has it all and save money for lift tickets and post-ski cocktails!
- Guest Winter 2010 renter
- Date of stay 01/19/10
- Review Submitted 05/22/10
Owner response: David, you are too kind. If houses have memories which I think they do -- you and have will always have a secure place in its heart.
Guest comment entered by owner
>To: Louis Postel; Valery Rockwell > Subject: a homemade dinner... > >...we are just about to sit down to a homemade meal of a chicken and vegetable soup...and a chopped salad topped with crumbled feta - in your cozy dining room! > >The place is lovely. > >After unpacking - we're easily/lazily settling in.... > >The DVD (and wine?) was a wonderful surprise - which we'll look forward to watching back in New York - with our Russian friends in tow! > >Delighted to be here! > >My daughter is calling me to table.... > >More, anon! > >Katya, Natasha and Stewart
- Guest Stewart
- Date of stay 10/31/09
- Review Submitted 04/09/10
I rented this house for the whole 2008/09 winter season.. the location in Jamaica is very convenient to Stratton, Bromley, and downtown Manchester.. house was very nicely decorated, warm, sleeps a lot of people and I would stay there again!!
- Guest Craig30
- Date of stay 05/22/09
- Review Submitted 05/22/09
This house is beautiful and cozy with a lovely screened in porch. It is close to Jamaica State Park, the town center, and a nice swimming hole. My family stayed here for my wedding weekend, and no one---children or adults---wanted to leave.
- Guest Heather113
- Date of stay 07/29/08
- Review Submitted 07/29/08
Owner response: As a beach going family we had no idea how exhilarating a swim in fresh water can be. That swimming hole reminds me of those Swimex pools you see in The New Yorker. Swimming against the current in this tiny space. Very cool. Thanks for reminding me a year or two later! but better late than never. Hope all is well! Louis
900/wk rental from Saturday to Saturday short term 9% VT rental tax Full Season Rate for 2013-2014 ski season $17,000 Security Deposit as a % of total rental & Cleaning Fee $200 (with dogs $250.) The 9% Vermont Meals tax is additional
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- Nearest Airport: Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport, VT at 37 Miles
- Nearest Train: Amtrak Station, Brattleboro, VT at 29 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Route 30 at 0.2 Miles
- Nearest Beach: West River to right of house at 0.2 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Asta's at 0.2 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Stratton Mountain Resort at 10 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Stratton Mountain Resort at 10 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Asta's at 0.2 Miles
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: I am a marketing consultant living in Lexington, MA. My wife Valery Rockwell (above) is a psychotherapist in private practice. She fell in love with the house long before we bought it as a summer retreat. Now that our daughters are grown up enough to have outside interests not involving idyllic stays in the Green Mountains, we just haven't been able to go up there as much. We still love every inch of the place. We hope you do, too!
Why the Owner Chose Jamaica:
I like the fact that it is in a village. A city boy at heart, it makes me a little nervous being out in the middle of nowhere, or what I consider the middle of nowhere. I like having neighbors and I like to walk places. I also like the fact that the house is very old, but very tight and very clean and sunny and there's a brook outside. The lawn is the biggest in town, and the apple orchard I planted on the property looks promising. Hiking to the waterfalls is another thing we do from time to time.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
We all like the State Park for its kayak festivals and rail to trail biking and very clean beach. Valery and I joined the Stratton Health Club and have also discovered the Ball Mountain Dam about 2 minutes from us up RTE 30 -- What huge vistas! (And a back entrance to the Park -- no charge)
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1830's Greek Revival North View
Come on in - note river rock steps
The deck looking out to the hummingbird feeder and stream
The kitchen with view of babbling brook and even (once) a moose in the drive
The gas fireplace in the living room is easy to operate
A Roman matron makes herself at home in the master suite
The North Lawn with stream to left and firehouse in background
Our caretakers, Dale & Karen Ameden, own the fabulous D&K market in town.
Exterior color palette courtesy of our neighbor the designer Enrique Chavez
South Lawn with apple trees and rose arbor
We love having coffee on this screened-in deck furnished in mid-century modern
Time for coffee around the fire
The master suite has a whirlpool bath in the next room behind the camera
south side of property -- not shown crab apple trees and a colonnade of spruce
Co-Owner Louis Postel writes about design for New England Home magazine.
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