Spectacular Retreat Overlooking Caspian Lake, Private Dock
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Greensboro house description
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.
- 2667 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Living Room seats 12:
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Iron & Board
- Parking Off Street
- Wood Fireplace
- Ping Pong Table
- Wireless Internet
- Free Long Distance
- Lawn / Garden:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Freshwater Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Miniature Golf
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Fitness Center
- Sight Seeing
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
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The Eyrie is a magical placeGuest comment entered by owner
The Eyrie is a magical place
I have rented the Eyrie every summer for years. (While being a granddaughter of the couple who built the house only adds to its enchantment for me, gone, alas, are the days when family members benefited even from a discount!) I am happy to see that this “magical place”—as a great-granddaughter puts it—exerts its powerful charm on others. As another family of regular tenants writes, “S. is forever inspired by the view from the top which benefits us all. For when he is inspired, he turns the “mountain house” into a gourment restaurant! […] It continues to amaze us how the house is a wholly realized aesthetic vision […] I’ve enjoyed listening to the thrushes, loons, hummingbirds, and all the other singing birds […] We hope we are fortunate enough to come back.” Yet a third family had this to say: “Thank you for allowing us to experience the Eyrie—a magical spot. We enjoyed it every day we were here—and I suspect we will think of it on many days after we have left.” The radiance of a house filled with sunlight on warm wood; the cool tones of lake and woods spread beneath it, punctuated by the charm of village steeples; the unfolding mountain horizons beyond; the serenity of a private dock; “always, night and day, […] I hear [them] in the deep heart’s core” (Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree).
- Guest Margot
- Date of stay 07/20/13
- Review Submitted 01/14/14
Guest comment entered by owner
Spectacular setting, comfortable, enjoyed private access to Caspian Lake and hikes on abutting Nature Conservancy Preserve (Barr Hill)
- Guest Jim
- Date of stay 07/01/08
- Review Submitted 04/21/10
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|Spring & Fall (Fall: 9/1-10/15
May 15 - Jun 29, 2014
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
|My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
50% deposit on booking, remainder + 9% tax at least two weeks before occupancy
- Tax Rate 9%
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- Nearest Airport: Burlington at 70 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Lake Champlain at 80 Miles
- Nearest Train: Montpelier-Barre at 35 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Vermont Routes 15-16 at 6 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Eyrie at 0.6 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Hardwick at 6 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Mountain View Country Club, Greensboro at 2 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Several in Hardwick at 6 Miles
Year Purchased: 1963
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.
- Primary: (802) 533-2609
View of Greensboro village from Gray Eyrie
Eyrie living-dining area with view of lake
Eyrie view towards Green Mountains
View from Eyrie living & dining room
Additional living room nook
Eyrie second bedroom
Eyrie breakfast nook
Sunset from Eyrie - 1
View of Gray Eyrie from driveway
Eyrie locarion near north end of Caspian Lake
Eyrie dock on Caspian Lake
Eyrie .living room & fireplace
Eyrie master bedroom
Eyrie master bathroom
Eyrie view towards Green Mountains
Sunset from Eyrie - 2
Guesthouse living room & kitchen
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