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This one-level 2,700 sq. foot structure, known as 'Gray Eyrie,' is a locus of action in Wallace Stegner’s “Crossing to Safety.”
Built as their dream house by the friends Stegner describes, a retired professor & wife, the house sits atop Greensboro's Baker Hill with a 180-degree view over the village and 700-acre Lake Caspian, one of Vermont's most pristine lakes. The 80-acre property adjoins The Nature Conservancy's 256-acre Barr Hill Preserve, offering miles of hiking trails and picnic sites with sightings of wildlife and views spanning the Green Mountains of Vermont and White Mountains of New Hampshire. Biking is another popular activity.
A separate guesthouse with two bedrooms, sleeping four, is available at $700/week during May 15-June 30, $800/wk in Sept.-October, and $1,000/week during July-August. See VRBO/300035. A dock on the lake, 0.6 mile down Baker Hill, offers the house and guest house a canoe and private access to swimming, boating and fishing.
Both the main house and guesthouse are closed for the winter, Oct. 15-May 15.
Greensboro is a preeminently rural community in Orleans County, one of three that make up Vermont's fabled Northeast Kingdom. The village has several dairy farms as well as fields and forests conserved by The Nature Conservancy, the Vermont Land Trust and the Greensboro Land Trust. Greensboro has a richly stocked general store (Willeys), and a country club with tennis and golf that nonmembers can access for daily fees (mvcc). A nearby gourmet restaurant is available (Claire's/Hardwick). The village and hinterland offer picturesque drives over back-country roads beside rivers, lakes and hills.
Amenities: Large fireplace, phone, broadband internet, fully equipped kitchen and laundry except no dishwasher. Extensive library. Linens provided. Charcoal grill. Garden chairs. No smoking, please.
Dock on Lake Caspian, 0.6 mi. down Baker Hill, offers house & separate guest house private access to swimming, boating, fishing. Aluminum canoe provided at dock. Property abuts 256-acre Nature Conservancy preserve (Barr Hill)....moreless
Books for all ages, former English professor's library...moreless
Spring & Fall (Fall: 9/1-10/15 May 16 - Jun 30, 2015 4 night min stay
$200 Fri, Sat, Sun
Changeover Day: Saturday
My Standard Rate 4 night min stay
$275 Fri, Sat, Sun
Changeover Day: Saturday
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
50% deposit on booking, remainder + 9% tax at least two weeks before occupancy. Payment by check to family trust, Morgan-Stanley, Waltham, Mass.
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About the owner: I am a retired development economist, spent most of my career with the Harvard Institute for International Development, am spending much of my time during retirement in promoting land conservation in Greensboro, the surrounding area and Vermont overall.
Why the Owner Chose Greensboro: Property was built by my parents as their dream house, is now owned by a family trust. My four siblings and I grew up spending their summers in Greensboro, to which grandparents first brought their family in 1910.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Greensboro is a beautiful rural area, located in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Much community recreation centers around 700-acre Caspian Lake. Two of The Nature Conservancy's 50+ preserves in Vermont are located in Greensboro, one of them abutting the vacation rental property.