Southern Vermont Mountain Village, Traditional Home

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Last updated: 09/23/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Our home, probably one of the original village houses, is the traditional white clapboard with dark green shutters and a red barn out back. We have added a deck with a picnic table which makes a great place to sit in the sun and drink morning coffee or to have a candlelight dinner at night. From the deck, you look out over the musterfield (yes, where the militia mustered), a long open space with raspberry bushes along one side and apple trees along the other. Neighbors are close enough to wave hello, but still have privacy.

Across a field to your left there is a high bank above a wide brook. You can hear the water running over the stones all day and all night. This is the Ball Mountain Brook that flooded during Hurricane Irene. The banks have been repaired and replanted and the new winding course of the river has been allowed to stay, which means that the next time we get a hurricane that sits right on our watershed, the flood will slow down and spread out.

The house is small but has many windows so as the sun moves across the sky, there is always light shining on the floor.

Parking is never a problem; just pull over beside the house. Most people enter from the deck. Coming in from the deck, you are in the kitchen. It's a long narrow room with blue walls, three windows and a small table for eating in or cooking. The laundry, to your right, shares space with pantry shelves. The dining room has an expanding table that can seat 8-10 people. One door from the dining room opens onto a small covered back porch, a good place to sit and take off your ski boots or stand your skiis. Another door goes into the bathroom (shower, sink, toilet).

Two other doors lead across to the living room, or you can make a left turn into the master bedroom. You can also open a door and go down into the cellar. We often show people the cellar because it gives you an idea of how old the house is: the walls are made of river stones.

The master bedroom has three windows, one facing east that catches the first sun rising in the morning. There are two dressers in that room.

The living room has a comfortable, newly re-upholstered couch and overstuffed armchair faciing a wood stove.

if you enter from Factory street (named for a chair factory that stood long ago where the street meets the brook), you have the living room to your right, the dining room to your left, and the stairs in front of you. At the top of the stairs is a small bathroom with a sink and toilet. To your right upstairs is a room with two single beds and a desk. We use this room as a study and a child's bedroom. To your left is a long room with only one window that has a queen futon bed. We call this the chimney room because the old chimney runs up through it.

The character of the house is an old New England family house. Nothing in it is from Ikea. The main pieces of furniture are sturdy enough and comfortable, but some others, mostly in corners, show their age.

When we decided to try renting our house, we went through the extensive inspection and upgrading process required in Vermont called Essential Maintenance Practices. This includes wired-in smoke detectors, railings, fire extinguishers, and, among other things, lead inspection and remediation. All the painted buildings in Vermont built before lead paint was banned for household use in 1978 probably have lead paint in them. The Vermont standards are higher than Federal Lead Safe Housing standards. Our house has been inspected, remediated (including extensive new painting of both house and barn) and is in compliance with lead-safe maintenance practices.

Keywords: Traditional, charming, comfortable, cozy, village,


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    No cats; dog negotiable...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) One double futon bed in upstairs chimney room, Twin or Single Beds (1) Two single beds in upstairs bedroom...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Although this little house is right in the center of the village (in fact, if you walk up the road 50 yards you are at the General Store) it overlooks the old musterfield and the river and feels as if it's out in the country. Thus it combines easy access to everything you need with peace, quiet and privacy. We are a retired academic couple who live in the San Francisco Bay Area most of the year. We come here regularly with grandchildren, and rent it out while we are away. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Plenty of books (owners are retired academics)...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Small flatscreen TV that plays DVDs...moreless

  • Toys:

    Check cabinets on back porch for toys. ...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Downtown Jamaica means a general store where you can buy staples, gourmet foods and wine/beer as well as fireworks and fishing poles. There is a PO, a B&B, a yoga studio, & a Swiss restaurant. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The house is in the center of a small valley with steep mountains on both sides. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    House is sited on old musterfield, which then became town baseball field. Apple trees at edge of property. ...moreless

  • Ski-In:

    Cross-country skiing starts off the back deck; short distance down Depot Street leads to State Park where old railroad bed makes great ski route...moreless

  • Village:

    The house is tucked away behind the general store, screened by lilacs and looking across to the river and mountains. The town is a small, close-knit old community of year-rounders. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    Mountain brook across field; short walk to swimming hole and Jamaica State Park...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Dining room is next to kitchen. Table expands to seat 8. Plenty of chairs. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    Boiler in basement; hot water baseboard throughout house. Uses oil fuel....moreless

  • Internet:

    Fairpoint, good enough to stream...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    On shelves in master bedroom and in dresser in chimney room...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Comfortable sofa and chairs, wood stove...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking along road in front of house...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Driveway; ploughing is included...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided:

    On shelves in bathrooms...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Stacked washer-dryer in kitchen...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Fairpoint wireless...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Typical black metal wood stove in living room. Firewood stored on back porch...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Various kinds of coffee makers, including drip cones, papers and plug-in pot....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full range of typical cooking equipment...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full range ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Eat-in for 2 or three persons. Overlooks deck with picnic table...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Small, typical microwave...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Some basic staples will be on shelves; feel free to use. ...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Picnic table on deck overlooking musterfield and across river...moreless



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  • Tax Rate 9%


Ideally, I'm looking for a family who will rent for the whole 5-month ski season, November -March. For the full season rental I will ask for a $1000 security deposit. The $1400 per month includes utilities (wireless, electricity, plowing and mowing) but not the oil for the furnace. I will bill you for the heating oil, which may come to $250 per month if the winter is very cold. I will document this for you so you know what the costs are.

Cancellation policy: No cancellations for the season rental. One a reservation has been made and paid for, that time has been reserved. If it is possible to find a substitute renter, the difference will be returned to the original renter.

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Last updated: 09/23/2015
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17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Corky's in Newfane
100 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Across Lake Champlain
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
26 Miles
Nearest Train
Brattleboro, AMTRAK
27 Metres
Nearest Motorway
50 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Asta's Swiss Restaurant and Inn
12 Miles
Nearest Ski

Car: Necessary

Jamaica is a tiny town on the edge of the Green Mountains, 15 minutes from Stratton base lodge and 20 minutes from Mt Snow ski areas, 23 miles north of Brattleboro (exit off Rte 91). it is in the center of a lively youth arts-and-music area. Summer is full of music festivals and summer stock theaters. Kayakers (skilled ones!) zip down the rivers. Cycling clubs spin up and down Route 30. Fall is for brilliant leaf color, and winter is for skiing, downhill and cross country. Jamaica State Park is ten minutes walk from the house and has the West River Valley trail (old railroad right of way) for cross-country skiing.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1960

About: We are a retired academic couple. Our family bought this house in the 1950s and has been very involved in the life of the village over the years. We spend the rest of the year in California. Tenants will be provided with contact information of craftsmen. We have a property manager in Jamaica who will take care of mowing and plowing.

Why Jamaica:
Out of every window you can see mountains. The rivers - this is an important aspect of Vermont economic development policy - are clean and swimmable. In the summer, there are music and theater festivals all over the place, Brattleboro is a center of creativity for young musicians and artists. Manchester, just to the north, has serious outlet shopping. Stratton (fifteen minutes) and Mt Snow (twenty minutes) are major ski areas.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Having a home which is both in the village at the same time as it has a lot of privacy and a feeling of being out in the country is unique. On the one hand, you can go next door to the D&K general store and buy just about anything you want, including today's NYTimes. Because you're on a town street, you don't have to worry about getting snowed in and waiting for someone to come plough you out. On the other hand, you have quiet and privacy.

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  • Master bedroom, downstairs. Two closets, one walk-in with shelves.

    Master bedroom, downstairs. Two closets, one walk-in with shelves.

  • Chimney room overlooking deck. Two dressers. Queen futon bed. One closet.

    Chimney room overlooking deck. Two dressers. Queen futon bed. One closet.

  • One of two identical single beds in upstairs room also used as study.

    One of two identical single beds in upstairs room also used as study.

  • Looking at house from musterfield. Our barn on left, deck, picnic table center.

    Looking at house from musterfield. Our barn on left, deck, picnic table center.

  • Dining room looking into kitchen

    Dining room looking into kitchen

  • Dining room

    Dining room

  • Living room looking through dining room toward bathroom

    Living room looking through dining room toward bathroom

  • Back porch; gravel path leads along barn for walking in snow and ice

    Back porch; gravel path leads along barn for walking in snow and ice

  • Pike's Falls, one of the best of the innumerable swimming holes

    Pike's Falls, one of the best of the innumerable swimming holes

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Date last modified - Friday, November 27, 2015

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Southern Vermont Mountain Village, traditional home

Jamaica #369383

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