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Serene Mountain Hide Away

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Last updated: 11/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Underhill house description

* 8 bedrooms, including 3 with private baths
* Sits on several hundred acres of land, bordered by Mount Mansfield State Forest
* Wrap-around covered porch, 2 decks, and a patio
* Babbling mountain brook runs next to the house
* Spacious barn provides indoor recreation: ping-pong, darts and play space

Tucked under Vermont’s tallest mountain, our family home, Squabetty, provides an escape parallel to none. The setting, on the western slope of Mount Mansfield, is breathtaking with the mountain towering behind the house, its flanks to the north and Pleasant Valley to the west. Squabetty’s magical charm appeals to both young and old, active and less active. The location is the ideal backdrop for all kinds of activities – quiet or active. Some people prefer to read, paint or write; others enjoy swimming in the brook-fed pool, playing in the stream, hiking the myriad of trails, or playing ping pong and darts in the spacious barn. This retreat, secluded as it may be, offers amenities of modern living -- a fully equipped kitchen and Wi-Fi internet. In addition to having eight bedrooms, Squabetty has multiple places for alone time as well as places for gathering. When the day is done, enjoy a campfire by the brook when the stars come out.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 3850 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Events Allowed
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Renting party must have at least one adult 25 or older....moreless

          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered:

            Additional fee, deposit and contract addendum....moreless

          Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

          • Grandpa Towner's: 1 double

            1st floor, full bath and sitting area with Mt. view...moreless

          • Helen's: 1 double

            2nd floor, small room...moreless

          • Guest Room: 2 twin/ single

            2nd floor, Lazy window...moreless

          • Dick's: 1 twin/ single

            Exterior doors only, sink in room...moreless

          • Addition brook side: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

            1st floor addition...moreless

          • Addition Ravine side: 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed


          • Mom & Dads: 1 queen

            Private shower, toilet and sink...moreless

          • Ginny's : 1 double, 1 twin/ single

            2nd floor with full bath and viiews of Mountain and Brook...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (6), Baby Cribs (1) Portable, available upon request., Bunk Beds (1) Bunk Room...moreless

          Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Community: toilet

            1st floor Main house off Dinning room with washer and dryer...moreless

          • Helen's and Guest: toilet, tub

            2nd Floor off hallway...moreless

          • Towner's: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Private to room...moreless

          • Ginny's : toilet, combination tub/shower

            Private to room...moreless

          • 1st floor Addition: toilet, tub, outdoor shower

            Shared off Addition hall and outside shower...moreless

          • Mom & Dads: toilet, shower

            Private to room, sink in bedroom...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Campfire by brook, Lean-to behind house with rope bridge over brook, photocopier, spacious barn with electricity....moreless


              • Games:

                Many Board games, Ping Pong table, outdoor games (shuffleboard, tether ball, croquet), rainy day activities: children's art supplies, puzzles, boardgames (Scrabble, Chess, Pictionary, Clue...)...moreless

              • Ping Pong Table
              • Stereo:

                Amplifier in Barn with 2 mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm inputs for smart phones, digital music players and laptops....moreless


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic

              Leisure Activities

              • Bird Watching
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shuffleboard
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Mountain View:

                Unique view of Mt Mansfield behine the house...moreless

              • Rural

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Hiking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Swimming


              • Dining
              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 10 people


              • Clothes Dryer
              • Free Long Distance
              • Garage:

                Attached to Barn for staging event supplies...moreless

              • Heating:

                Oil furnace in Main House, portable electric in Addition...moreless

              • Linens Provided
              • Mobile Phone:

                Coverage dependent upon carrier...moreless

              • Telephone:

                Land line available for local calls...moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet:

                Wireless Internest in Barn Main House mostly limited to 1st floor. ...moreless

              • Wood Stove


              • Coffee Maker:

                12 cup drip, Keurig K-Cup K10 Mini Plus Brewer ...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Well stocked with pots, pans, etc....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Full settings for 12+...moreless

              • Dishwasher
              • Kitchen:

                Includes blender, food processor, coffee maker, outdoor mini-icemaker, large beverage cooler on porch, 2nd refrigerator on site, 2nd freezer (small) in basement....moreless

              • Microwave:

                Convection & Microwave...moreless


              • Deck / Patio:

                (3) Decks at both front and back of house, stone patio off of private sitting area of first floor master bedroom suite. Elevated wraparound porch provides lots of covered outdoor space....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Outdoor Grill:

                5 burner plumbed in to house supply...moreless

              Pool / Spa

              • Private Pool:

                Stream fed, in-ground cement pool, a refreshing dip....moreless



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              from 8 traveler reviews
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              My Standard Rate
              3 night min stay

              Rates are based on 11 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
              • Pet Fee $50 + tax
              • Tax Rate 9%


              3 nights $1,725

              7 nights $2,750

              Additional Nights $450.00 each

              Reservation/Damage Deposit:

              3 Nights $750 7 Nights $1,000

              Event Fees:

              Up to 25 guests $250

              25 - 50 guests $750

              50 - 100 guests $1,250

              100 - 150 guests $1,750

              1st half of rent due 60 days before arrival

              2nd half due 14 days before arrival

              Cancellation policy:

              Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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              Last updated: 11/30/2014
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              24.5 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Burlington International

              Car: Necessary

              Located 45 minutes from Burlington, Squabetty is within an hour's drive of Smuggler's Notch, Ben & Jerry's factory, Vermont Teddy Bear Company and the Shelburne Museum.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1931

              About the owner: We are the third generation to enjoy the serenity of this mountain setting. As children, we summered here, enjoying making dams in the brook, playing dibble dabble in the pool, making up skits and performing them for our parents in the barn as well as enjoying ping pong tournaments. Hiking up the mountain, camping in the lean-to and walking local trails created wonderful memories.

              Why the Owner Chose Underhill:
              Our grandparents bought the property after summering in Stevensville for several years. Family lore has it that they found the place while exploring the back roads of Underhill. It was an abandoned farmhouse, but they could see its potential and fell in love with it.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              Aside from our memories, the beauty of the setting -- its integration with nature, its privacy -- along with the wide range of possible activities is what we find so unique. It's a place to find solitude as well as spend quality time with family and friends.

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              Speaks: english


              • Our beloved family home, Squabetty

                Our beloved family home, Squabetty

              • Main House Living Room

                Main House Living Room

              • Dinning room

                Dinning room

              • Guest room, complete with 'lazy' window

                Guest room, complete with 'lazy' window

              • Mom and Dad's room, with private bath

                Mom and Dad's room, with private bath

              • Inside the barn

                Inside the barn

              • Brook fed pool and log sauna

                Brook fed pool and log sauna

              • S'mores after sunset round the campfire

                S'mores after sunset round the campfire

              • Purchased in 1931

                Purchased in 1931

              • From the lower field

                From the lower field

              • Private sitting area in Granapa Towner's room

                Private sitting area in Granapa Towner's room

              • Ginny's room, with private bath and views of Mountain and Brook

                Ginny's room, with private bath and views of Mountain and Brook

              • Elevated porch

                Elevated porch

              • Nightly game of ping pong in the barn

                Nightly game of ping pong in the barn

              • Bell atop house (yes, it rings!)

                Bell atop house (yes, it rings!)

              • Watching the sun go down

                Watching the sun go down

              • October colors

                October colors

              • Purchased in 1931

                Purchased in 1931

              VRBO #429197

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              This listing was first published here in 2012.

              Date last modified - Sunday, November 30, 2014

              $575 per night (USD)

              8 Bedroom / 5.5 Bathroom
              Sleeps 12

              View calendar: Updated 11/30/14
              Minimum stay: 3 nights
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