Charming Vermont Farmhouse with Spectacular Mountain Views, Near 3 Ski Areas(42 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:5-90 nights
- Property type:Farmhouse
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
3 bedrooms/sleeps 6. 1 1/2 bath with 180 degree view, LGBTQ, kids, all welcome
It's early morning. You waken to the chirping of many bird songs, the only sound besides that of the breeze. You take your coffee out to our summer dining room or outside to our picnic area and marvel in the beauty of morning fog evaporating from mountaintops in the distance. Our spectacular views of open fields, surrounding hills and the valley that fronts our direct view of the Magic Mountain ski area inspire you to plan your day's activities. There is much to explore and enjoy in all directions, in nearby towns such as Weston, Chester, Grafton, Woodstock, Manchester, or you can opt for relaxing at home or swimming, hiking, playing tennis or golf at local venues, or shopping for artisanal foods at the local market or nearby farms. Always, you enjoy the peace, quiet and beauty of our home in the southern Vermont countryside.
Dating from the early 19th century, our classic farmhouse in Londonderry, VT, has enormous charm. Many of the rooms are super sized. Our family has owned it for 82 years and have decorated it with family antiques, art, and Oriental rugs. There's a library, a fireplace and grand piano & a dining table that seats 10. Lovely views can be seen from several rooms. Well-equipped gourmet Ikea kitchen with Cuisinart, cookbooks, spices, herbs. and a dish set for entertaining as well as regular meals.Some people enjoy our ''summer dining room" in our old woodshed,next to the kitchen. IT looks at Magic Mountain, as does our lovely outdoor picnic area.
The house is surrounded on all sides by open fields, and there's a maple sugar lot and woods to the west. We are half way up Hell's Peak with a gorgeous view of both Magic (Glebe) and Stratton mts. (and Bromley from our woods) and the 65-acre property is ringed with smaller mountains. Our front yard features these views, and our large lawns extend to the front, rear, and side of the house with many beautiful flower beds. The picnic area overlooks the view of Magic Mt. and fields. Many of our clientele return again and again so great is their enjoyment of our property & the area.
Our three bedrooms, two of which are very large, feature comfortable beds, with a good supply of seasonal blankets. We provide bed and bath linens for a fee; both table and reversible window fans keep the bedrooms comfortable in summer. The queen pullout in the LR is available, but occupancy of six rather then eight people is more comfortable. Our large, sunny dining room abuts the kitchen and a dish closet, and the LR is a very large "floor thru" with a grand piano, fireplace and library. Bring your own CDs. The TV/reading room is downstairs and has a comfortable couch and ottomans.
The land: The house is surrounded on all sides by open fields, and there's a maple sugar lot and woods to the west. We are half way up Hell's Peak with a gorgeous view of both Magic (Glebe) and Stratton mts. (and Bromley from our woods), and the 65-acre property's view is ringed with smaller mountains. Our front yard features these views, and our large lawns extend to the front, rear, and side of the house with many beautiful flower beds. The picnic area overlooks the view of Magic and fields. Many of our clientele return again and again, so great is their enjoyment of our property and the general area.
The area: There's tons to do in the Londonderry, Weston, Peru, Manchester area, and other attractions are within easy driving distance. There are many restaurants, shops, recreational sites. Swimming, hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing antiquing, summer theatre, concerts, shopping, visits to historical sites, a farmer's market are just some of the area's attractions. Londonderry is in the heart of the Golden Triangle ski area, with Stratton, Bromley, Magic and Okemo nearby. Please see the "gogobots" on our site for descriptions of popular places, and read a more detailed description of things to do and places to go under the "attractions" section of our page. Also I welcome phone calls or emails with any questions, and, upon your booking, will send you our orientation letter, which provides information about the house and things to do and places to go in our area.
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- 2500 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 8
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Property conducive to outdoor play with safety. House itself interests kids, with nooks and crannies. Parents report that their kids love the place and want to return. Happily, adults want to return, too, and we have several sets of returnees...moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- 1 bedroom with one double bed, huge MBR room with two double beds, 1 large bedroom with 2 twin beds, huge living room with queen sofa bed. Beds are clean and comfortable, bedrooms charming. Mattresses are firm, but not overly so. All 3 bedrooms on second floor. Nice views from windows. TO SAVE money, you can bring your own bed & bath linens. Kitchen & DR are provided free, and, if we provide them, the bed and bath linens price fee depends on the number of guests. ....moreless
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- full bath upstairs; half bath downstairs
- MBR: two double beds; bedroom#2: two twin beds; bedroom #3: one double bed; queen sofabed in LR. Well-equipped kitchen with toaster oven, Cuisinart, blender, large assortment of utensils, dishes, cookbooks. Lawn furniture, gas grill & gorgeous picnic area. Blankets & pillows, kitchen & table linens provided, but bring your own sheets, towels unless you pay house linen fee of $30 minimum. House linens stored in linen closet & MBR built-ins. PLEASE BRING OWN SWIM TOWELS ***Internet access is via DSL wireless broadband internet coverage thru our satellite TV connection. .** Newer, more powerful cell phones work for long distance, but we have a household phone for local calls. Skiers can pay extra for long distance coverage season-long on the house phone. *The beautiful views, gardens, charm of 200 yr. old house and open space surrounding the property as well as many area attractions are remarkable. We have many repeat customers. ** Please see our guestbook for 40 five star reviews...moreless
- Audio Tape Player
- Books For Adults
- CD Player
- DVD Player:
- Games For Kids
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Coin Laundry
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Water Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Our farm is only one mile to the main road, and from there to the shopping center only another quarter mile or so. Privacy and natural beauty of our farm is maintained on our 65 acres outside of town...moreless
We live half way up a small Mt., and our views of mountains and a valley give our property a special distinction. One of the most beautifully sited homes in Southern VT, say local real-estate agents...moreless
We are half way up a small mt. called Hell's Peak and can see three major ski areas from our property, Stratton, Bromley and Magic.. Surrounded by views of open fields, small mts. and a big valley ...moreless
Manchester, only 15 miles away, is considered a resort town because of The Equinox hotel, an excellent golf course, art museum, Orvis , outlet shopping center, and Lincoln estate. Eateries, movies...moreless
Our 65 acres comprise active and former farm land. The whole area was mostly farm land until the late 1960s , when some parcels began to be sold to development. We are keeping our land undeveloped. ...moreless
NB: cross country ski on property; good sliding hill. WE RENT FOR WHOLE SEASON ONLY, and the 2016-17 season is taken. Our direct view is of Magic Mountain. Stratton & Bromley are very near by ...moreless
Londonderry is one mile south of our house. Mt. Marketplace, at the western edge of town on Rt. 11, has everything you need: groceries, wine, hardware, drugstore, post office, restaurants, gifts. ...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Water Tubing
- Child's Highchair
A large, sunny room with an antique mahogany family table from Ohio that seats 10. Two sets of dishes for entertaining. One booster chair for toddler. Nice view of Magic Mt. and smaller hills...moreless
- Dining Room
- Seating for 8 people
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning:
- Alarm Clock
- Clothes Dryer:
Wood provided except for whole ski season rental. Please don't build a wood fire on barbecue gas ring to roast marshmallows. One renter did and ash clogged the vents. Very dangerous and destructive...moreless
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Parking Off Street:
- Sofa Bed
- Thermos Bottle
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Lobster Pot
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
Lawn / Garden:
House surrounded by several lovely perennial flower beds and very large lawns that are kept well mowed. Lawns ideal for badminton, croquet & general child's play. Spray for ticks or avoid tall grass!...moreless
Stored under barn overhang near large picnic area overlooking wonderful view of Magic Mt. across open fields and valley. DONT make wood fire in gas barbecue as it wrecks it, and it could BLOW UP...moreless
- Outdoor Grill Gas
Pool / Spa
- Housekeeper Included
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Whole Ski season TAKEN 2016-17
Nov 19 - Apr 23, 2017
90 night min stay
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
- bed/bath linens minimum $30
- cleaning/wk minimum $90
- Tax Rate 9%
If you want to make two payments by check, please contact owner. WE PREFER full week Sat to Sat summer and fall rentals at $900. Off season, we'll consider 3 to 5 nights at $150-$175 per night. No smoking, no pets. NB: we rent by the whole ski season only; rate is $10,000 plus all utilities, firewood, plowing, dump runs. $1000 returnable security fee. Easy drive to Stratton, Bromley, Magic. Okemo 35 min. Continue for cancellation policy below.
CANCELLATION POLICY: No return of payment if less than 30 days notice before planned occupancy. We will "CONSIDER" partial repayment on a sliding scale if notice is given 30 to 60 days before planned occupancy. Full repayment., except any credit card usage fee or homeaway site service fee, can be expected if we receive at least 60 days notice before planned occupancy.
Manager's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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We are very near Stratton, Bromley, Magic Mountain and Okemo downhill ski areas and several cross country ski areas. For summer and fall vacationers, many sports are nearby: hiking the Appalachian Trail, swimming and and canoeing at Lowell Lake and Hapgood Pond, fishing the Battenkill in Manchester or Arlington, golf and tennis in Londonderry and Manchester, horseback riding locally. The Equinox resort spa, excellent North Shire book store, So. Vt. Art Center, Hildene mansion (Abe Lincoln's son Robert's home), discount shopping outlet center, many restaurants and a movie house are in Manchester. Antique stores abound in the whole area, but I like the ones in Chester, 15 miles east of Londonderry. Weston, just north of Londonderry, deserves a whole day's expedition, as it features the famous Vermont Country Store, the wonderful Weston Playhouse summer theater and concert venue, the Weston Priory, Farrar Mansur house, and a couple of 4-star restaurants. Besides choosing toys and games at the Vt. Country store, children will especially enjoy the above-mentioned swimming and picnicking spots, Lowell Lake and Hapgood, not to mention the animals at Taylor Farm just west of Londonderry. This farm is also a great place to buy maple syrup and artisanal cheeses, of which VT has many. Children can be easily entertained and play safely on the large lawns surrounding our farmhouse, but they should not venture into our fields without wearing insect repellent.. The whole family will love Londonderry's Saturday morning farmers' market, which features produce and many other products made by local farmers and other artisans.
Other Activities in the area: sightseeing all around (our house has many flyers and guides to help plan your trips). The world-famous Marlboro Music Festival is an hour's drive to the south. President Calvin Coolidge's house is an hour to the north, near a big swimming lake, and the well-known, lovely town of Woodstock and natural wonder, Queechee Gorge, are just a bit further north. There is another good summer theater in Dorset. There is wonderful leaf-peeping in the fall, culminating in early to mid- October.
NB: we rent by week in summer and fall, but only by the WHOLE SKI SEASON. Skiers can avail themselves of four different ski areas nearby, but the favorite seems to be Stratton or Bromley mountains. We have travel guides and flyers galore in the house for summer and fall renters (winter too), and they're frequently updated. For more detailed information on several popular spots, explore the" gogobot" site on our listing. There I have described several highlights of the immediate area, including some of our favorite places to visit, sports and shopping locations, and restaurants.
If you're vacationing, I recommend spending a day in Manchester, another in Weston. People enjoy Grafton and Chester too. Of course, some people just enjoy staying home and enjoying our house, lawns, gardens and wonderful views. Our skiers just enjoyed their sixth winter in a row (2015-16) because they love the house so much. We also have summer returnees and a guest book full of 5 star reviews. I was born in the house, so I'm prejudiced, but local real estate agents have told us that our home is one of the most beautifully sited in all southern VT. You're sure to find peace and quiet in a charming house on a beautiful farm, with many books, art, antiques and a grand piano. OR you can choose to participate in many locally available sports and explore the area, which is loaded with many fun things to do and see. Plus great places to eat. Please come enjoy our property and beautiful southern VT.
Year Purchased: 1934
About: Our parents bought the farm in the middle of the Great Depression. For 20 years we dairy farmed the property. We three sisters are now the owners. There are four grandchildren of the original owners, and four great grandchildren. The sisters and their families all live off-site but use the home as a vacation spot too. For that reason, it is kept in very good condition, with improvements added each year, and the house's charm and amenities have been preserved. We all grew up on the farm and were largely educated in the area. I, Kathryn, the eldest sister, am the renter contact, and my younger sister, Judith, is our treasurer.
Why Londonderry, VT, USA:
PARTLY BECAUSE THE OWNER, KATHRYN PHELPS, WILL DEAL WITH YOU DIRECTLY if you have questions. After you've booked, I email you our ''orientation'' letter, which, besides the detailed info you see on this website, gives more useful details about the house and the area, and provides other specific information. If YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL OR PHONE ME. I HAVE A MESSAGE MACHINE at 914-232-8098. Please read more below. Just a quick look at our visitors' guest book and its many 5 star reviews gives a good overview of the reasons to choose our property for your vacation. Three ski areas are nearby: Stratton, Bromley and Magic Mt. The mountain and valley views are spectacular; the 200-year-old classic farmhouse colonial house is charming ( with several large, sunny rooms), as is the property itself, a mixture of wide lawns, lovely flower beds, large fields and pastures and a picturesque woods. The house is furnished with antiques, Oriental rugs, art and a wide selection of books that belong to the family, and the kitchen and dining facilities are very well equipped. All the beds are comfortable, and amenities include two kinds of fans in summer for cool sleeping. Outside there is a picnic area that features our best view of Magic Mt. There are many recreational, shopping, and tourist sites in the area, and the house is furnished with guide books and other tourist information. Please look at our enthusiastic renter reviews for trustworthy reactions to this great location...NB: we rent for WHOLE SKI SEASON, not weekly or monthly as in summer and fall. So far, two ski families have stayed five to seven winters in a row, because of our house's location and charm. There's even a big sliding hill and cross country skiing in our woods and fields.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Location, location, location. Tons to do. Good restaurants, museums, recreation, shopping, antiquing, summer theatres, tourist sites. Wonderful privacy at an uniquely charming house and gorgeous rural property. Good amenities and well-kept house and landscape that features lovely gardens as well as a spectacular views of nearby ski mts. We have WIRELESS, DSL as well as satellite TV. It's a perfect place to kick back and relax, or shop, go antiqueing, or to the theater, good restaurants and museums. Several popular tourist sites are within easy driving distance. Sports, such as swimming, hiking, tennis, golf, canoeing and horseback riding are available nearby. Finding a property with such a combination of warmth, charm and beauty is rare. Our father was smitten by the property's mountain views in 1934, and we-- his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren-- have taken pleasure for 24 years now in sharing our love of the property with our renters. ALL 3 MAJOR SKI AREAS--Magic, Stratton & Bromley-- CAN BE SEEN FROM OUR WOODLOT to the west of house, and it has nice trails for walking or cross country skiing.. The whole face of Magic Mt is the lovely view from our front yard and picnic area.
- Primary: +1 9142328098 pls. don't call after 10 p..m EST
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Beautiful gardens surround the house
Gardens and rock walls abound
Classic farmhouse in family for 3 generations
Bedroom #2 with two single beds
Large dining room
Beautiful breakfast nook
Piano in living room
Downstairs half bath
Barn next to house
Morning mist on mountains
Large front and back lawns and mountain views
Our house is spacious, our grounds beautiful
Bedroom #3 with double bed
Master bedroom with two double beds
Large, sunny DR with table that seats 8
Modern Ikea kitchen
Large living room with fireplace
Upstairs full bathroom
Stunning view of Magic Mountain Ski Resort
Come sit and breath the country air!
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