Family Vacations in Charming Village Home - Enjoy Summer Weeks or Ski Season
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Enjoy your vacation in the small, friendly village of Jamaica, located in the West River Valley where so much is within walking distance - swimming, hiking, groceries, coffee shop, State Park, etc.
This is a traditional white frame house (built 200 years ago), on a side street off the Main Street. The big red barn is where we store the firewood, park two cars, and has a door leading into the house.
The house has four bedrooms and two and half bathrooms, all with traditional country furnishings.
The garden is L-shaped and measures about one acre with extensive brook frontage. Wooden steps have been installed giving easy access to the brook. It has a basketball hoop, and hole for putting (with clubs provided). A barbecue grill is outside by the dining room. A large deck overlooks the garden. Fruit bushes provide fresh raspberries, blueberries and gooseberries.
Rocking chairs sit on the front porch where you can relax with a cup of coffee, read your book and greet your neighbors.
The house has been our family vacation home for nearly forty years, and is rented out weekly in spring, summer and fall, and each year for the ski season. [There are no short-term winter rentals.] Thus the house is well set-up for visitors with a detailed instruction book, guide book, history book etc.
A popular feature is the way in which the living room and the country kitchen provide one big open space. They are distinct separate areas, but are open to one another. Thus the person cooking is also a part of the group sitting in the living room around the fire. (The total distance from the end of the kitchen to the end of the living room is 36'.)
The fire is a wood-burning stove in the living room. However, the house has an efficient oil-fired central heating system.
The TV room provides a separate playroom, and the sofa can be pulled out to provide an extra bed.
The two bathrooms are off the kitchen. One has a shower, the other a shower and an old-fashioned claw foot tub. Upstairs is a toilet with handbasin.
A mudroom off the garden enables all boots, toys, and sports gear to be left out of the way. The laundry room is off the kitchen, with a washer and tumble dryer.
The house can be entered by the front door, through the dining room, from the deck, by the mudroom, from the barn, or the kitchen - children love the ins and outs of the old house.
House has been lovingly maintained, is very well equipped, and retains its character. (The furnishings reflect the English background and extensive travels of the owners with pottery, paintings, and wall hangings from around the globe, but especially from Britain.)
The house has Wifi installed, and for those with ATT, cell phone reception is excellent as the relay station is on the nearby church. A CD player is incorporated into the TV set.
The Village of Jamaica has a range of small shops and restaurants: Coffee Shop, Gift Shop, Art Gallery, Swiss Restaurant, Village Inn - and the gathering place for everyone is the Jamaica General Store which sells just about everything including Vermont cheese (and they will hold your newspapers for you -- Wall St. Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, Brattleboro Reformer.)
The location of the house is ideal for children - they can explore the village without crossing a road. For example, our grandchldren enjoy the short walk up to the general store to collect the newspapers in time for breakfast, passing the library where they are members. For older ones, they can walk (just down the road) into the State Park, scramble down to the brook at the bottom of the garden, go and visit the shops, etc.
The Master Bedroom is at the back of the house, has a queen size bed, ceiling fan and wash basin. It has an ante-room with a desk and hanging space for clothes. The second back bedroom has twin beds. In front is a double room connected to a small room that is ideal for a child.
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- 2000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8
- Front Double Bedroom has queen-size and a twin bed. Leading off the Front Double BR is a small room with a twin bed, ideal for a child. Front Double Bedroom has a hand basin and ceiling fan. There are two Bedrooms at the back of the house. One is the Master Bedroom, with a queen-size bed, hand basin, ceiling fan, and dressing room.. The other one has two twin beds, hand basin, and ceiling fan . The half bathroom is accessible by all four bedrooms. It has a toilet and hand basin with power outlets and night light....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms
- Satellite / Cable:
- Autumn Foliage
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Picturesque Village has all the right ingredients - Main Street of white frame houses, large church, old Town Hall, busy coffee shop, Library (was the one-room school house) and bustling General Store...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Broadband Access:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Covered Parking:
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Sofa Bed
Basic phone service, for use of tenants. [I maintain the landline because cell phone reception is sometimes difficult. The AT&T Relay Station is on the nearby Church and provides excellent reception for those with AT&T.]...moreless
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
Large Country Kitchen. Great layout for family and friends to come and help, sit at the counter top . Well equipped with pots, pans, microwave, mixer, dishwasher, garbage disposal. China and glass all provided...moreless
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
- Ski & Snowboard:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Aug 6 - Sep 3, 2016
7 night min stay
Sep 4 - Oct 6, 2016
7 night min stay
Ski Season $12,000
Nov 19 - Apr 15, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Add Vt tax of 9% to week $90 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $200
- Tax Rate 9%
VT TAX of 9% is added to all short term ( i.e. one week) rentals, but not on rentals that exceed 30 days.
Please note that the SKI SEASON lease is for 5-month minimum period ONLY, for a total price of $12,000. There are NO short-term leases in the winter -- unfortunately the system insists that a monthly rate is given, but there is NO monthly lease arrangement. There is no Vt tax due on a long lease.
The SKI SEASON has a $1,000 non-refundable deposit at time of signing of lease, to be returned at the end of the lease.
Please note this is a NO SMOKING and NO PETS house
Non-refundable Deposit of $200 when making reservation; balance due one month before rental begins.
All cleaning fees are included. Taxes are added on to the rental fee.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Enjoy your vacation in the small, friendly Vermont village of Jamaica, located in the West River Valley. (Rates one star in the Michelin Guide.) This is a perfect area for any season - so much to enjoy, especially summer sports, Fall foliage, and skiing in winter. Nearby you can swim in lakes or under a waterfall.
This is a traditional white frame house (built about 200 years ago), on a side street off the Main Street with a big red barn. The garden is about one acre, with brook, basketball hoop, and clubs for putting.
The Village of Jamaica has various small shops: Coffee Shop, Art Gallery, Swiss Restaurant, Village Inn, library and church - and the gathering place is the Jamaica General Store.
The location of the house is ideal for children - they can explore the village without crossing a road. For older ones, they can walk (just down the road) into the State Park with swimming and hiking.
Other Activities nearby: canoeing, golf, tennis, riding (horses and mountain bikes), mountain biking, tennis, country auction, antiques. The Clark Institute in Williamstown and the Music Festival in Marlboro are each about two hours away. The Southern Vermont Arts Center offers galleries to enjoy and courses to take. Local Theatre is available in Weston and Dorset.
Sking: House is located on a plowed tarmac road, just off the Main Street. Stratton Ski area is just ten minutes down the road, 20 minutes to Bromley, and 30 minutes to Mt. Snow.
House has mudroom for storing skis and boots, sports gear and swim suits.
Year Purchased: 1976
About the owner: Nearly 40 years ago, this was intended as the 'retreat' from the academic life in Boston. Over the years it has been our family holiday house, the children have grown up, and now the grandchildren consider it their vacation home. There is something for every generation - soccer and basketball in the garden, sports in the neighborhood (such as hiking, swimming, canoeing, riding, tennis), fresh fruits and vegetables, summer theatre, and flea markets. And the pace of life is different - we all agree, it's the perfect place to unwind.
Why the Owner Chose Jamaica, VT, USA:
This is place where you can unwind - and have a group gathering or independent activities. Lots of space for each person to do their own thing. It was been a haven for artists, writers, and musicians.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Children love the house, because from an early age they can be independent. They can explore the area but stay on the sidewalk, with no roads to cross. They can walk up to the library and to the general store - which are just up the road. They can also walk to the State Park which has both long and short hiking trails plus a sandy beach and good swimming in the West River, and scramble down to the brook as wooden steps lead down from the garden. There have also been numerous games of hide-and-seek in and around the house and barn as there are so many ins and outs. It is peaceful and quiet, yet only a short walk to shops and post office with Sunday services at the Church on the corner.
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Dining Room, just off the kitchen.
Kitchen - dining room off to left; 2 bathrooms lead off kitchen - doors L and R
Bathroom with shower and tub
TV Room (with CD Player and Cable)
Anteroom to Master Bedroom, with hanging space.
Room with twin bed, off front double room. Can also be accessed from half bathrm
Back bedroom with two twin beds, ceiling fan and wash basin.
Acre of garden, steps to brook at back. Basketball hoop. Fruit bushes at rear.
Top of Depot Street, showing Community Church. (War Memorial beside flag pole)
House is down from Church (just visible at the top of street on RHS)
General Store on Main Street - sells just about everything!
The welcoming entrance hall with old school bench
Living Room with Wood Burning Stove, big picture windows onto the deck.
Kitchen is a great gathering space, as it links to the living room. deck off LR
Bathroom with shower
Master bedroom, at rear, queen size bed, hand basin, ceiling fan, and anteroom
Bedroom, at front, queen bed and a twin bed, ceiling fan, hand basin.
Half bathroom, upstairs, door opens into room with twin bed
Enjoy the rocking chairs on the front porch
The river is just down the road.
Deck, accessible from living room or mud room. Looks out over the garden.
The grill sits outside the dining room.
This listing was first published here in 2006.
Date last modified - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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