Serene Mountain Hide Away
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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.
- 3850 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Pets Considered:
- Events Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Ice Maker
- Wood Fireplace:
- Wood Stove
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
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
- CD Player
- Ping Pong Table
Pool & Spa
- Deck / Patio:
- Lawn / Garden
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
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So... I was reluctant to write a review about this house. My reluctance came from the fact that I wanted to keep wonderful secret all to myself. SquaBetty is a magical place. My husband and I chose the house as our wedding venue. I cannot say enough how beautiful and wonderful the house and the surroundings are. When you are there you feel like you time has stopped and you can relax. The house was clean for us when we arrived and the caretaker was there to greet us. We felt accommodated and so lucky that the family allows people to experience this wonderful property. I hope that those who rent the house in the future will take care of it and treat it as a piece of history to allow the family to keep on renting it for generations to come.
- Guest Emily K.
- Date of stay 08/27/13
- Review Submitted 10/15/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway.
I cannot say enough about this place. Every year myself and 10 of my closest friends play in a charity wiffleball tournament in Jericho, VT. For the past 10 years we have stayed at different places year after year, some good, some bad, but nothing stuck until we came here. We will try to book this every year! What an amazing place. The house has incredible character and history, the location is gorgeous, the space and property make you feel refreshed, there is a ton of activities to do from swimming to fishing to hanging out in the barn, firepits, shuffle board, you name it they have it. You are at about 1,000 ft in elevation and have breathtaking views of Mount Mansfield. I met the caretaker and the cleaning lady and they were super nice people that all seem to have a love for this place. I love the porch and the sound of the stream. It was the perfect location for us, we had plenty of room, everyone had a bed and I would recommended this place for a wedding, family reunion, class reunion, friends getting together, family vacation, just about anything.
- Guest Brendan (Vermont, United States)
- Date of stay 08/08/13
- Review Submitted 08/13/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
Perfect Wedding Spot!
Perfect Wedding Spot!
We have sadly returned from an outstanding week stay at Squabetty! Our daughter and her fiancé chose this beautiful location for their wedding and what a find it was. To begin with everything that we could ever need was there. The property was spotless and ready for out arrival. It was wonderful that we could house both families in the house as they came throughout the week and still had space to work/prepare for the wedding. The barn was a perfect venue for the bluegrass band and we truly rocked the house the night of the wedding. We were also able to set up a tent for the reception and house some campers as well. The wedding guests were awed by the beautiful location and the trip up the road just added to the ambience. Each night we were lulled to sleep by the stream running next to the house. Overall it was a fabulous stay and we hated to leave. What wonderful memories were made on the mountain!
- Guest Deb (Jericho, Vermont)
- Date of stay 07/29/13
- Review Submitted 08/07/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, pet owners.
We were blown away! Can't wait to go back.
We were blown away! Can't wait to go back.
Squabetty is a magical place to stay. The property has everything you could want in a vacation getaway. We were there for a week long family reunion and I can’t say that there was ever a minute where there wasn’t something to do or explore. As a matter of fact, having some knowledge of the area, we had plans to do some activities that we never got to, because there was simply no reason to leave for entertainment. We utilized everything that Squabetty has to offer – cooking and eating big family meals in the open air (the kitchen was very well equipped and the grill worked perfectly), swimming in the river fed pool, hiking and stacking rocks in the river, hiking the mountain trails, settling disputes on the tetherball court, evening long ping pong tournaments in the barn, taking the daily challenge of running the driveway – easier down than up! The homey comfort of the house made us feel as if we were hanging out at my grandmothers’ house – everyone from my 87 year old mother to my 13 year old daughter found something to love about this place. Just reading a book and enjoying the view from any of the many porches or the sun room at the back of the house was a treat. There was plenty of room for anyone to have privacy and enjoy the mountain in their own way – but also great common areas to gather for our crazy family games and story-telling. The bedrooms and beds were really comfortable, and the sound of the rushing river and the fresh mountain air were awesome. And I can’t forget to mention the fabulous sunsets every night – no matter what the weather was during the day – you want to be on the deck for sunset every night and watch the show. Even though it felt a world away – it was fairly easy to get to town for groceries and supplies. Our family thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this property for a great vacation – as relaxed or active as you choose. Thank you to the Deane family for sharing this treasure.
- Guest Mary (Enfield, CT)
- Date of stay 06/29/13
- Review Submitted 07/22/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway.
A magical retreat with historic charm
A magical retreat with historic charm
I stayed at Squabetty with a group of old friends. We had 10 adults and 3 children staying in this sprawling house and we were comfortable and not cramped at all. The house cannot be described in pictures or words. The approach to the house seems to remove you from civilization until you suddenly arrive at your own private Vermont paradise. There is a fresh, gurgling mountain stream with small waterfall that you cross to arrive at the house. There are trails in the woods surrounding the house and plenty of yard-like area around the house for children or pets to play. We did take our dog who was overjoyed, until a moose showed up in the yard! The house itself is a rustic antique with updated bathrooms and fully equipped kitchen. It is comfortable and clean with linens/towels provided. There is an "addition" that is immediately adjacent to the main house (accessible by the same porch) which has another small kitchen along with bedrooms and sitting area with beautiful view. We were there in the fall, so we did not use the tennis courts or swimming pool, but we did enjoy the barn which has table tennis and darts in a unique setting. Most of all, we enjoyed going for long walks, building fires in the outdoor fire pit and indoor fire place to play games and talk, and looking at the stars. During the fall, the colors here were stunning, so an excellent place for "leaf-peepers" as well. Everyone in our group was lamenting the end of our long-weekend - next time, we will go for at least a week. This property cannot be believed (or adequately described), until seen!
- Guest JAV (Boston, Massachusetts)
- Date of stay 10/05/12
- Review Submitted 10/26/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, pet owners.
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|My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
3 nights $1,725
7 nights $ 2,750
Additional Nights $450.00 each
3 Nights $750 7 Nights $1,000
1st half of rent due 60 days before arrival
2nd half due 14 days before arrival
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $1000
- Tax Rate 9%
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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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Our beloved family home, Squabetty
Main House Living Room
Guest room, complete with 'lazy' window
Mom and Dad's room, with private bath
Inside the barn
Brook fed pool and log sauna
S'mores after sunset round the campfire
Purchased in 1931
From the lower field
Private sitting area in Granapa Towner's room
Ginny's room, with private bath and views of Mountain and Brook
Nightly game of ping pong in the barn
Bell atop house (yes, it rings!)
Watching the sun go down
Purchased in 1931
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