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Travel back in time to the quaint villages and outdoor beauty of the Green Mountains in this sprawling Vermont vacation home! You will enjoy all the comforts of home and more as you awaken every morning from a deep and restful country sleep, gaze through the French doors at the beautiful misty mountains, and brew a cup of steaming French Roast coffee to enjoy on the balcony in your bathrobe.
Maybe you don't even need to leave the house today after all. You can wander between our 3 living rooms, Great Room and Sun Room, trying to decide which one has the coziest spot for curling up with your coffee. Or maybe you'd rather decide which of our 3 decks and patios has the sunniest spot. Or you could wander up the back yard to the pond, relax in an Adirondack chair and watch the fish jump. But if all this fresh air has you feeling like a kid again, head for the tree swing in our big, gorgeous maple! You can hardly tear yourself away, but there are so many wonderful things to explore in Dorset and Manchester!
Rush hour (Vermont Style) consists of watching the goldfinches, chickadees and nuthatches take turns acrobatically swooping into the feeders for breakfast. Charming antique shops await 3 minutes away on Dorset Green, and 7 minutes away in Manchester Center. Not to mention the highly-acclaimed Southern Vermont Art Center, the historic Hildene House (former home of Robert Todd Lincoln) and the famous Vermont Country store. There are many activities all year round, including the Manchester Summer Horse Festival, art fairs, Sunday farmers' markets, outlet shopping, golf, fishing, canoeing, horse-back riding and don't forget incredible hiking. Exploring covered bridges in the area is a cherished favorite pastime. All of these activities and more are within a 30 minute radius!
When you return home for the evening, enjoy an outdoor game of badminton, volleyball, croquet or bocce ball in the back yard or relax by the pond. Then head indoors, light a wood fire in the huge stone fireplace in the Great Room and curl up on the overstuffed sofa with a good book, play some Scrabble (we have lots of games), or watch a little TV on our 40' High Def flat screen with DVR and Blu-Ray player. Bring along a few DVD's you've been trying to find time to watch, or try your hand at one of our 17 Wii games and Guitar Hero. We have high-speed wireless internet and unlimited free long distance calling if you need to catch up on a few things. You'll also love our Sonos Rhapsody and Pandora internet-based music system! Listen to just about any song ever recorded at the touch of a button on the 3 music zones around the house and outdoors by the hot tub.
For dinner your first night, bake a delicious Chicken Pot Pie from historic Dorset Union General store on Dorset Green. But be sure to venture out for a great meal at one of the many award-winning restaurants close by. Bring your favorite recipes from home to cook up a feast in our well-appointed and newly remodeled kitchen with breakfast bar, then gather everyone in the formal dining room for a cozy fireside meal. After dinner it's time to relax and watch the sunset over the mountains in our very private 7 person jetted hot tub, or roast marshmallows around the outdoor fire pit while gazing at the incredible Milky Way!
Dorset is a quaint location in every season. In the spring you will enjoy our gorgeous lilac bushes in full bloom and the budding birch trees, and be sure to visit a real maple syrup 'sugar shack'. In summertime, you must take a swim in the local favorite swimming spot, the Dorset marble quarry...and don’t forget the picnic lunch. In the fall our stately maple trees and mountainsides are ablaze with color and in winter you must skate on our pond, sled down our hill and take a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride!
Our little hamlet of Dorset, Vermont is located in the Southwest corner of the state, in the heart of the Green Mountains, only 4 hours drive from New York City and 3 hours from Boston. If you fly in, Albany, New York is the closest major airport, and Dorset is 1:15 minutes northeast by car. Burlington, Vermont is 2 hours north of us, and Manchester, New Hampshire is about 2:30 minutes east of us. We know you'll fall in love with Dorset just as we did. We can't wait to have you as our guests!
Keywords: Sprawling House with Stone Fireplace
Only outside please, not garage! All cigarette butts to be picked up off ground and disposed of in the sand bucket in garage, not in trash. Thank you for keeping our grounds and home beautiful and clean!...moreless
Indoor and outdoor games for all ages! We have numerous board games, puzzles, chess, checkers and playing cards. Outdoors: badminton, volleyball, croquet, bocce ball, corn hole and ice hockey set....moreless
Listen to virtually every song ever recorded! SONOS System with 3 Zones, providing unlimited access to Rhapsody and Pandora. Each zone can play different music simultaneously. One zone is for the Great Room/Kitchen area, one for the Lower Living Rooms, and one outside by the Hot Tub....moreless
Amazing internet-based SONOS music system with Rhapsody, Pandora and IHeartRadio, with 3 separate zones around house, including outside! Also have a separate stereo CD/Casette Player in great room....moreless
5 TV's: (1) 40" Flat Screen HDTV with Cable, DVR, On Demand and Blu-Ray player in Great Room. (1) 42" TV with DVD player and Wii System, (3) cable TV's w/built-in VCR's in all queen bedrooms....moreless
Formal dining room with fireplace, glass table and upholstered chairs. Extra folding tables, same height and width, can extend table to seat 12. Additional new padded folding chairs stored in front hall closet....moreless
Desktop computer with flat screen monitor and ink-jet printer (& supplies) available for guest use. Computer installed with Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office and AOL. Has broadband cable connection....moreless
Baseboard heating via boiler in garage is very effective! Two thermostat-controlled heating zones: one for Great Room, Kitchen, Dining Rooms and Bedroom areas; and one for the lower Living Room area....moreless
All bed linens, sheets, towels and dish towels provided, as well as household items, including laundry detergent, dryer sheets, dishwashing liquid, TP, papertowels, tissue, soap and cleaning products....moreless
Upper and lower living rooms and game area provide lots of entertainment space! Great for kids and teens, since it's away from other areas of house. TV with DVD and Wii system, and a Sonos music zone....moreless
Everything you need to prepare a holiday feast! Roasting pan, serving platters, casserole dishes, crock pot, carving set, pots, pans, strainers, waffle maker, popcorn maker, blender, coffee grinder....moreless
Completely remodeled kitchen, with beautiful granite countertops and breakfast bar. Eat-in pine kitchen table and 6 chairs. Additional new padded folding chairs stored in front hall closet....moreless
Lots of spices, extracts and baking items on hand, such as Pyrex ware, stand mixer, hand mixer, wand mixer, rolling pins and dough cutter, pie and cake pans, muffin tin, loaf pans, graters, cookbooks....moreless
3 decks and patios. Large back deck w/iron table, 6 chairs and umbrella, plus plenty of built-in bench seating. The front slate patio overlooks the Green Mountains, and the hot tub deck furniture is great for hanging out listening to music outdoors....moreless
7 acres of lawn on which to play outdoor games! We have badminton, volleyball, croquet, bocce ball, corn hole, plus a tree swing in the big maple tree! Drop off the kids swing-side on the way home :-)...moreless
Bromley Mountain is great for skiing in the winter and has a water slide park in summer! Stratton is also nearby. The Nordic Ski center has gorgeous trails for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing....moreless
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Deposit of $200 is due within 7 days of booking a reservation. First payment (half of remaining balance) is due 60 days prior to commencement of rental period. Final payment (remaining balance) is due 14 days prior to commencement of rental period. Pets are welcome with prior consent from the owner, Suzanne Dortch. If approved, a Pet Fee of $50 will be charged.
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Every Sunday stroll around to local music while sampling locally grown fruits & vegetables, organic honey, meats and of course maple syrup! There are even local artisans displaying crafts such as pottery, wood work and watercolors of covered bridges! http://www.dorsetfarmersmarket.com/...MoreCollapse
Experience all the fun and charm of the old theater barn days at the Dorset Playhouse, where the original barn has been faithfully restored and incorporated into the multi-million dollar modernization project. The local Dorset Players stage productions year-round, with a New York-based summer stock company of actors joining in each summer season. Come see what's playing! http://www.dorsetplayers.org/...MoreCollapse
Unique opportunity to swim and picnic at one of the country's oldest marble quarries right down the road! And don't miss a great performance at the well-renowned Dorset Playhouse, which has been newly renovated but still exudes all the charm of its 'old theater barn' beginnings in the 1930's. The Dorset Farmer's Market is a must, as well as the Southern Vermont Arts Center and Hildene House, the gorgeous, historic estate of Robert Todd Lincoln.
Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: Hi, I'm Suzanne and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I moved there in 2000 when I was hired as an airline pilot. Cincinnati is a fantastic city, but I love coming back to the beautiful peace and quiet of the Green Mountains in Dorset, Vermont any chance I get. I know you will too!
Why the Owner Chose Dorset:
My mother purchased our family vacation home in Dorset, Vermont in 1999. It was always her dream to own a home in Dorset ever since at age 18 she joined the Dorset Playhouse Players and did summer stock theater in 1959 with Dom DeLuise, his wife Carol Arthur and many others. Dorset made its way into all their hearts, and they also own homes in Dorset. After long days rehearsing plays and building sets they would cool off by jumping into the marble quarry down the road. It's still our favorite family tradition every summer! Dorset will find its way into your heart too and become a beloved destination you will cherish always.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
What I love about our home is how spacious and sprawling it is. No matter how large your group is, you can always find a quiet place to call your own. From the numerous comfy couches and living areas inside, to the many decks and patios outside, the picnic table and kids' barn shed hangout by our pond, or the tree swing in the big maple, there are so many places to relax and enjoy! But what I love most is throwing open the French doors at night and sleeping with the cool fresh mountain air breezing in, then waking up to the sound of the birds. It is so peaceful and quiet that I forget the rest of the world exists.
Welcome to beautiful, sprawling Owlswood, your home away from home!
Cozy up in front of a wood fire by the huge stone fireplace in the Great Room!
Our Vermont pine kitchen table offers a great sunny spot to watch the birds.
Gather for a feast in the formal dining room with a cozy fire!
What a perfect summer's eve for playing croquet and barbecuing on the back deck!
The Master bedroom has French doors, a private balcony and mountain views!
Open the French doors and breathe the fresh mountain air from the Cranberry room
The Maple Room's antique twin beds and Grandma Moses prints are so cozy.
Watch the beautiful Vermont sunset with a glass of wine and fresh local cheese.
The serene pond is so relaxing for a picnic or hanging out in the kids' barn!
Sled down our front hill, then warm up in front of a roaring fire sipping cocoa!
After a day of fun in the snow gather around to play board games or watch a DVD.
It's hard to take your gaze off the ever-changing beautiful mountain views!
Serve maple leaf-shaped pancakes on the granite breakfast bar in the new kitchen
Enjoy our 3 living rooms with floor to ceiling windows facing the mountain view!
Being perched on the side of Owl's Head Hill gives us incredible mountain views.
Relax away in the secluded hot tub with a jetted massage and gorgeous view!
The en-suite Master bathroom has double sinks and tiled tub and shower.
Pineapples, the symbol of hospitality, welcome you for a restful night's sleep.
Kids love to bunk down in our equestrian-themed 'Tack Room'!
The spring irises and rhododendrons appear just in time to greet the birds.
Toast marshmallows over the outdoor fire pit and star gaze at the Milky Way.
Don your skates and play ice hockey with our hockey set on the frozen pond!
Two minutes away, the Dorset Marble Quarry is the local favorite swimming hole!
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