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Last updated: 01/11/2013

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
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Danby farmhouse description

Close your eyes and imagine a perfect farmhouse. What does it look like? Does it look like this?

Utterly private (on 175 acres), our home boasts an iconic view of the majestic Dorset Mountain from the front rooms, while in the back are our own pastures and forest, extending nearly all the way up to Staples Farm.

The house has SIX BEDROOMS (four with QUEEN BEDS, one with double bunk beds, and one furnished as an upstairs den/writing room), 4.5 bathrooms, an enormous living room (with a magnificent marble fireplace), a den, a breakfast room, a formal dining room (with many leaves for the table), and a rear living room, which is used as the office and is also the home of the Legos and the games table (foosball, Ping-Pong, table hockey).

The house is ideal for a large family getaway – for that matter, for two or even three families – looking for a fabulously comfortable, big, luxurious residence to return to after a day spent
-At the HORSE SHOW (10 minutes),
-SKIING (25+ minutes, depending on where you go),
-SHOPPING at the Manchester Outlets (20 minutes),
-Swimming/boating at EMERALD LAKE (8 minutes),
-HORSEBACK RIDING (several stables within 5 minutes, for trail rides or indoor riding),
-Seasonal APPLE PICKING on our own trees, in the pastures (these are ancient trees that have never seen chemicals, and the apples are amazing)
-Meandering, antiquing, admiring the foliage, heading to farmers markets, and
-ETC.
…And who enjoy cooking, lounging and relaxing in a house big enough to accommodate everyone...and built well enough to *not* hear everyone. It is a gourmet’s delight. It is a child’s delight, with incomparable spots for hide-and-seek and many games, toys and puzzles (grown-up games and puzzles, too). It is a refuge of quiet and serenity, surrounded by green…it evokes an earlier age, and never have we had a guest not specifically remark on how being here has made them feel relaxed, even after only one night.

Stargazers will have a particular treat, because with our acreage comes great seclusion, and on clear nights, the viewing is unrivaled.

While the house has all the integrity and charm (and some of the idiosyncrasies) of a house built at the turn of the last century, in the past two years we have made a substantial investment to the physical plant. Let’s just say it’s been a labor of love, and all systems, hardware, and plumbing are current if not absolutely new.

We hope you will stay in our home and create memories to last a lifetime. We cherish this house – it is a treasure – and we hope you will feel the same.

Property Type

      • Farmhouse

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
          • Children Welcome:

            We welcome children but do have some guidelines we'd like to discuss. Please also note that the house is NOT baby-proofed....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered:

            Must be discussed prior to renting....moreless

          Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 13

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • In addition to all the above, we also have a HUGE generator -- just in case....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Air Hockey
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Foosball
              • Ping Pong Table
              • Pool Table
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • Television:

                (2) Samsung 32' flatpanel and Sony CRT....moreless

              • VCR
              • Video Library:

                We have a small collection of DVDs....moreless

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Paddle Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sledding
              • Walking

              Location Type

                  • Mountain View:

                    Spectacular view of Dorset Mountain and entirely surrounded by pastures and forest. ...moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Hunting Big Game
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Swimming

                  General

                  • Air Conditioning:

                    Some of the rooms have A/C units....moreless

                  • Broadband Access:

                    Password protected, but we'll provide details....moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Covered Parking:

                    We have a carport....moreless

                  • Fireplace
                  • Free Long Distance
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Parking Off Street:

                    There is ample space for several cars....moreless

                  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
                  • Telephone:

                    (6)...moreless

                  • Washing Machine:

                    Front-loading machine, new....moreless

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    We're all set up with wireless, but note that because the house was build with plaster on lathe, the signal doesn't travel to every room!...moreless

                  • Wood Fireplace:

                    Two fireplaces, both recently inspected and swept....moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    Probably even some you've never seen before....moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen:

                    The kitchen has every tool and machine most people could ever want, including but not limited to a Dacor gas cooktop, a GE oven, and a separate Dacor electric cooktop and the oven below, which is convection. There is a KitchenAid MixMaster in a cabinet, a Cuisinart food processor, substantial cooking and baking equipment, a coffee maker, a toaster oven, a microwave oven, an indoor gas grill, and a new Grohe faucet....moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Refrigerator

                  Outside

                  • Outdoor Grill
                   

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                  Location

                  Less than 20 minutes to Manchester or Dorset, and 25 to Rutland, our home is convenient to ALL the Southern VT ski areas and just minutes from some major attractions, including

                  - Vermont Festival HORSE SHOW (10 minutes),

                  - SKIING (25+ minutes, depending on where you go),

                  - SHOPPING at the Manchester Outlets (20 minutes),

                  - Swimming/boating at EMERALD LAKE (8 minutes),

                  - HORSEBACK RIDING (several stables within 5 minutes, for trail rides or indoor riding),

                  - Meandering, antiquing, admiring the foliage, heading to farmers markets

                  - ETC.

                  In the early Fall, the foliage is spectacular, and guests can enjoy APPLE PICKING on the property -- there are some trees that have never seen chemicals but grow lovely fruit.

                   

                  Manager info

                  Year Purchased: 1968

                  About: I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and have lived in New York virtually my whole life, except for four years in New Haven and two and a half years in the Bay Area, where I met my husband. We moved back to New York and have a daughter, who is in grade school. We are passionate about cooking and food (and have been known to frequent sundry farmers markets), and we love to ski, read, relax, explore and travel.

                  Why Danby:
                  My parents purchased our home in 1968 -- when I was less than a year old -- and my memories here have been etched over a lifetime. Christmases with huge trees, a million presents, blinking lights, sparklers on the porch; stargazing with my father against a pitch black sky; snowmobile rides into the back woods with my father, when I was small and he was strong enough to have been Paul Bunyan. Thanksgivings here almost every year, while my mother was still alive. Originally purchased as our ski house, my mother made this her primary residence in the mid-80s. She passed away two years ago, and we have begun our own traditions. We live in Manhattan, and owning this house has been a crazy labor of love. We have cleaned, fixed, upgraded, invested, weeded, insulated, and so forth. It's refreshed, it's loved, and it's glorious. There is something about it here. We feel it, and our friends feel it. There is something amazing about the expanse of space and nature; it is a definite departure from the 'real world.' It is almost mystical, and it is incredibly serene.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
                  In the warmer weather, we sit on the front porch with our coffee, and gaze at Dorset Mountain -- it is as though it belongs only to us. It is magnificent, regardless of the weather -- dramatic in all light. We look out the picture window in the kitchen when we're cooking, up the back hill to Staples Farm -- and it's our meadows and trees. We pick apples in the fall and sled down the hill in the winter. We also hang out and watch Disney movies, cook, eat, cook some more and eat some more. With six bedrooms and all the additional public rooms, there is a spot for everyone to read, relax, or play. The house at once huge and rambling but cozy, and traditional but current.


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                  Speaks: english
                   

                  Photos

                  • Summertime in Vermont.

                    Summertime in Vermont.

                  • Dorset Mountain, Winter.

                    Dorset Mountain, Winter.

                  • Looking north toward Staples Farm.

                    Looking north toward Staples Farm.

                  • Living room, different aspect.

                    Living room, different aspect.

                  • Taken from the kitchen, looking at the breakfast room and the dining room beyond

                    Taken from the kitchen, looking at the breakfast room and the dining room beyond

                  • Kitchen facing North, 2 of 3.

                    Kitchen facing North, 2 of 3.

                  • Den, with comfy sofa and century-old political humor (Puck prints).

                    Den, with comfy sofa and century-old political humor (Puck prints).

                  • Master bedroom.

                    Master bedroom.

                  • Double Bunk-Bed Room -- so much fun.

                    Double Bunk-Bed Room -- so much fun.

                  • North bedroom.

                    North bedroom.

                  • Master Bathroom has a huge tub, which my father imported from England.

                    Master Bathroom has a huge tub, which my father imported from England.

                  • The MOD bathroom with the round shower!

                    The MOD bathroom with the round shower!

                  • Wintertime. Note the dairy in back, and the hill makes for great sledding!

                    Wintertime. Note the dairy in back, and the hill makes for great sledding!

                  • Outbuildings with the hollyhock.

                    Outbuildings with the hollyhock.

                  • Living room with marble fireplace, slate hearth, oriental rugs. Pure coziness.

                    Living room with marble fireplace, slate hearth, oriental rugs. Pure coziness.

                  • Dining Room.

                    Dining Room.

                  • Kitchen -- 1 of 3.

                    Kitchen -- 1 of 3.

                  • Kitchen, 3 of 3.

                    Kitchen, 3 of 3.

                  • Den 2, with the Queen Anne and the flatpanel in the foreground.

                    Den 2, with the Queen Anne and the flatpanel in the foreground.

                  • Blue Room.

                    Blue Room.

                  • Yellow Room, divided into a sleeping area and sitting area.

                    Yellow Room, divided into a sleeping area and sitting area.

                  • The upstairs den. The sofa is a daybed (standard twin size).

                    The upstairs den. The sofa is a daybed (standard twin size).

                  • Red bathroom.

                    Red bathroom.

                  • Yellow Bathroom.

                    Yellow Bathroom.

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                  6 Bedroom / 4.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 13

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