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Last updated: 07/12/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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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Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    See notes above - property works particularly well for families with children as the youngsters can explore many local areas without needing transportation....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Because the two bathrooms are downstairs, and the sofa in the TV room can be pulled out into a bed, the house is suitable for those who cannot easily manage stairs. However, there are two stairs into the house....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 7-8

  • Single Room, sloping ceiling: 1 twin/ single

    Accessed from either front double room or half bathroom...moreless

  • Double Room at rear: 2 twin/ single

    Two twin beds, ceiling fan, hand basin...moreless

  • Double Bedroom at Front: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    .Room with twin bed accessed from here. Ceiling fan, basin...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    At rear of house. Hand basin, dressing room, ceiling fan...moreless

  • 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

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    ...moreless

  • Half Bathroom

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

    Antique claw foot tub....moreless

  • Two Full Bathrooms are located downstairs, off the country kitchen. Tub is an antique with claw feet. Both bathrooms have convenient power outlets....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The house has a mud room. This is the ideal place for dropping sports gear, wet swimsuits, storing skis and boots. Firewood is stored in the big red barn, which is attached to the house. There is a separate laundry room with washer and dryer. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable:

    House is connected to the Southern Vermont Cable service, which provides about 40 channels....moreless

  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Some tapes and CDs are provided....moreless

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Jamaica is a picturesque rural community with a population of 1000....moreless

  • Village:

    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

  • Water View:

    Brook at the bottom of the garden...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets and Towels, Dish Cloths and Bath Mats are all provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Seating for 8/10, large picture windows onto deck; wood burning stove....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for up to two cars in the barns. Others in the back of the garden, along driveway....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Can be put in the barn....moreless

  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    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:

    Energy-saving front loading machine....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Living Room has a wood-burning stove....moreless

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Very well equipped....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Very well equipped with pots, pans, glasses, china, blender, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    Top section of refrigerator is a freezer...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    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

  • Microwave

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Wooden deck, reached by doors off living room or from mud room. Has built-in seating. Ideal for sitting outside and enjoying the garden. Rocking chairs on the front porch....moreless

  • Golf:

    About 5 miles at Stratton Mountain...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Canoes can be rented nearby....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    About one acre, with access to the brook at the end of the garden, down a set of stairs....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large grill....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Within 20 minutes of Stratton and Bromley Mountains. 30 minutes to Mt Snow....moreless

  • Tennis:

    About 5 miles away at Stratton Mountain...moreless

  • Wood Deck
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2016
Aug 6 - Sep 3, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,000
Fall 2016
Sep 4 - Oct 6, 2016
7 night min stay

$900
Ski Season $12,000
Nov 19 - Apr 15, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,400
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$900
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Add Vt tax of 9% to week $90 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

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.


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Last updated: 07/12/2016
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Location

100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Hartford, Ct. or Albany, NY - both 2 hrs away
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Stratton Mountain
20 Miles
Nearest Train
Brattleboro
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Swiss Inn
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
Stratton, Bromley
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Lakes and rivers nearby

Car: Necessary

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.

 

Owner info

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.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french

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Photos

  • Dining Room, just off the kitchen.

    Dining Room, just off the kitchen.

  • Kitchen - dining room off to left; 2 bathrooms lead off kitchen - doors L and R

    Kitchen - dining room off to left; 2 bathrooms lead off kitchen - doors L and R

  • Bathroom with shower and tub

    Bathroom with shower and tub

  • TV Room (with CD Player and Cable)

    TV Room (with CD Player and Cable)

  • Anteroom to Master Bedroom, with hanging space.

    Anteroom to Master Bedroom, with hanging space.

  • Room with twin bed, off front double room. Can also be accessed from half bathrm

    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.

    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.

    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)

    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)

    House is down from Church (just visible at the top of street on RHS)

  • General Store on Main Street - sells just about everything!

    General Store on Main Street - sells just about everything!

  • The welcoming entrance hall with old school bench

    The welcoming entrance hall with old school bench

  • Living Room with Wood Burning Stove, big picture windows onto the deck.

    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

    Kitchen is a great gathering space, as it links to the living room. deck off LR

  • Bathroom with shower

    Bathroom with shower

  • Master bedroom, at rear, queen size bed, hand basin, ceiling fan, and anteroom

    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.

    Bedroom, at front, queen bed and a twin bed, ceiling fan, hand basin.

  • Half bathroom, upstairs, door opens into room with twin bed

    Half bathroom, upstairs, door opens into room with twin bed

  • Enjoy the rocking chairs on the front porch

    Enjoy the rocking chairs on the front porch

  • The river is just down the road.

    The river is just down the road.

  • Deck, accessible from living room or mud room. Looks out over the garden.

    Deck, accessible from living room or mud room. Looks out over the garden.

  • The grill sits outside the dining room.

    The grill sits outside the dining room.

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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