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18 Private Acres. Spectacular Views. Relax, Unwind, Breathe Deeply.

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Last updated: 07/27/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The perfect country retreat. Vermont's famous fresh air from the 20 acres of tranquil woodlands and trails surrounding this spacious, comfortable, cheery country house. Picture windows and a wrap-around deck look over Hidden Valley's miles of hills, fields and streams into the next state. With 3600 square feet of living space, the house offers several gathering areas, including two separate living rooms, a game table area, a dining area and a sociable kitchen. Marvelous for retreats, reunions, family gatherings, writers and artists. Great for three couples, one per floor. Furnished down to the cookbooks. There are games galore, hundreds of well-chosen books and over 200 movies on video. Artisan stonemason Simon Shultz created magnificent two-story stone columns that support the outside deck and, at the heart of the chalet, a spectacular three-story stone core with two fireplaces. A charming spiral staircase connects all three floors.

Sleeping accommodations: The total number of beds in the chalet are: two twin beds, two queen beds, two queen sofa beds. The two twin beds are in the ground floor bedroom, the main floor bedroom has one queen bed, the third floor bedroom has a queen bed. The chalet has two livings rooms, one on the ground floor and one on the main floor. The ground floor living room has a queen sofa bed that can sleep two persons. The main floor living room also has a queen sofa bed that can sleep two people.

All within an hour: learn Fly Fishing at the Orvis Fly Fishing School or visit the American Museum of Fly Fishing in historic Manchester village: the Norman Rockwell Exhibition, where Norman Rockwell's models are your tour guides, at the Arlington Gallery in Arlington, hometown of Norman Rockwell 1939-53, on historic Route 7A; the world- famous Simon Pearce Glass-Blowing workshop and restaurant in Quechee, VT and the noted Billings Farm Museum in Woodstock, VT.


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Property Type

  • Chalet
  • 3600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Responsible renter must be an adult....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • The Green Room: 2 twin/ single

    Ground floor...moreless

  • The Beige Room: 1 queen

    Main floor...moreless

  • The Blue Room: 1 queen

    Third floor...moreless

  • Living Room/Library: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Ground floor...moreless

  • Living Room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Main floor...moreless

  • One bedroom and one full bath on each of three floors.

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Ground floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Main floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Third floor...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The chalet has Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Delicious take-out or catered meals are available from a first-rate chef in Wells, using local, fresh ingredients. Full meals, picnics, soups, appetizers and desserts for take-out or serving...or for catering weddings and other events at the Rye Chalet. Second living room seats seven. Washing machine, clothes dryer, iron and ironing board are in the laundry room. Guided hiking, hunting and/or fishing tours with a Certified Hunter-Safety and 'Let's Go Fishing' Instructor can be arranged for an additional fee -- for all levels from child to expert....moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • DVD Player


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    Spectacular view down valley and into New York state....moreless

  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Wood provided for first 1-2 days. Available for purchase thereafter....moreless


  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    Delicious take-out or catered meals available from first-rate chef in town, using local, fresh ingredients. Catered weddings or other events....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Regular pot coffee-maker, not the single-cup maker....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    All kinds of spices....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Refrigerator - freezer...moreless

  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Pitching green on property...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.8
from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2015-2015
Dec 15 - Mar 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,770 $5,999
Spring Special 2016
Apr 1 - May 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$1,350 $3,999
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,540 $4,999
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 9%

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Last updated: 07/27/2015
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Albany, NY

Car: Necessary

Visit charming Manchester, the original outlet town, the charismatic Northshire Bookstore, Orvis' glorious flagship store and great restaurants. Browse picturesque Vermont towns, antique, craft and art shops, the Vermont Country Store. Professional summer theater at Dorset Playhouse. Fly fish at Orvis Fly Fishing School or local lakes and rivers. History at President Lincoln's son's estate, Hildene, or Fort Ticonderoga. Lake St. Catherine (right in Wells) and Bomoseen Lake (in Castleton) offer canoe and kayak rentals. The private Lake St. Catherine Country Club in Wells has an 18-hole golf course open to the public. Miniature golf in Wells. Hike the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail. Ski resorts Killington, Pico, Bromley and Stratton offer summer alpine slides and scenic chair lifts. Drive to Shelburne Museum, Calvin Coolidge's home in Plymouth, the Robert Frost Trail in Middlebury, the Grandma Moses Museum in Bennington, tour Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury.

Other Activities: Shopping in Manchester, VT, the original outlet town.

Golf: The Rye Chalet has it's own golf pitching area. The Lake St. Catherine Country Club, right in Wells, offers an 18-hole golf course and club house. There are numerous other golf courses within driving distance, such as Castleton, Vermont and Whitehall, NY, both about a 20 minute drive. Two PGA 18-hole championship courses are under an hour's drive: Killington's Geoffrey Cornish-designed par 72 course and the Golf Digest award-winning Green Mountain National Golf Course. Most courses are open mid-May through October.

Ski: The Rye Chalet in Wells, Vermont is central to all the major Western Vermont skiing areas -- Bromley, Killington, Stratton, Pico, Magic and Okemo. All are about 30-50 minutes away. The nearest is Bromley at about 25 minutes. Killington is about a 45 minute drive. Those skiing Killington or Pico often stop in Rutland for dinner at a wide variety of available restaurants en-route back to the chalet. Those skiing Bromley or Stratton often choose to have dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants in Manchester en-route back to Wells.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1994

About the owner: For more details, call Dave (808-227-9189) or Merry Lee (808-227-9188).

Why the Owner Chose Wells:
Tremendous view. Marvelous artisan stonework throughout the chalet. Lifelong friends with original builders Olie and Jinny Rye.

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
Fresh, fresh air. Relax. Wind down. Escape. Tremendous view.

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Speaks: english

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Main Floor Living Room

    Main Floor Living Room

  • The kitchen

    The kitchen

  • The Green Bedroom

    The Green Bedroom

  • The Beige Bedroom

    The Beige Bedroom

  • Magnificent artisan stonework

    Magnificent artisan stonework

  • Lots of woodland walks on the Rye Chalet property.

    Lots of woodland walks on the Rye Chalet property.

  • Dine on the deck.

    Dine on the deck.

  • Enjoy the deck in the evening.

    Enjoy the deck in the evening.

  • Left side of valley view - from deck.

    Left side of valley view - from deck.

  • Walkway outside chalet ground floor.

    Walkway outside chalet ground floor.

  • Dining area and game area

    Dining area and game area

  • The Blue Bedroom

    The Blue Bedroom

  • Ground Floor Living Room

    Ground Floor Living Room

  • An aerial view of the Rye Chalet and it's 20 acres of privacy.

    An aerial view of the Rye Chalet and it's 20 acres of privacy.

  • The magnificent stonework and spiral staircase that connects all three floors.

    The magnificent stonework and spiral staircase that connects all three floors.

  • View over Hidden Valley from the chalet deck.

    View over Hidden Valley from the chalet deck.

  • View down the valley from Rye Chalet.

    View down the valley from Rye Chalet.

  • Right side of valley view from the deck in early autumn.

    Right side of valley view from the deck in early autumn.

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18 Private Acres. Spectacular Views. Relax, unwind, breathe deeply.

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