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Spectacular Retreat Overlooking Caspian Lake, Private Dock

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 2,667 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5-6)

This one-level 2,700 sq. foot structure, known as 'Gray Eyrie,' is a locus of action in Wallace Stegner’s “Crossing to Safety.”

Built as their dream house by the friends Stegner describes, a retired professor & wife, the house sits atop Greensboro's Baker Hill with a 180-degree view over the village and 700-acre Lake Caspian, one of Vermont's most pristine lakes. The 80-acre property adjoins The Nature Conservancy's 256-acre Barr Hill Preserve, offering miles of hiking trails and picnic sites with sightings of wildlife and views spanning the Green Mountains of Vermont and White Mountains of New Hampshire. Biking is another popular activity.

A separate guesthouse with two bedrooms, sleeping four, is available at $700/week during May 15-June 30, $800/wk in Sept.-October, and $950/week during July-August. See VRBO/300035. A dock on the lake, 0.6 mile down Baker Hill, offers the house and guest house a canoe and private access to swimming, boating and fishing.

Both the main house and guesthouse are closed for the winter, Oct. 17-May 15.

Greensboro is a preeminently rural community in Orleans County, one of three that make up Vermont's fabled Northeast Kingdom. The village has several dairy farms as well as fields and forests conserved by The Nature Conservancy, the Vermont Land Trust and the Greensboro Land Trust. Greensboro has a richly stocked general store (Willeys), and a country club with tennis and golf that nonmembers can access for daily fees (MVCC). Several restaurants are nearby in the town of Hardwick (Positive Pie, Village Diner, Yummy Wok, House of Pizza). The village and hinterland offer picturesque drives over back-country roads beside rivers, lakes and hills.

Amenities: Large fireplace, phone, broadband internet, fully equipped kitchen and laundry except no dishwasher. Extensive library. Linens provided. Charcoal grill. Garden chairs. No smoking, please.

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More Details

Owner
clive gray
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, norwegian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
60%
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About clive gray

I am a retired development economist, spent most of my career with the Harvard Institute for International Development, am spending much of my time during retirement in promoting land conservation in Greensboro, the surrounding area and Vermont overall.

clive gray purchased this house in 1963

Why clive gray chose Vermont

Property was built by my parents as their dream house, is now owned by a family trust. My four siblings and I grew up spending their summers in Greensboro, to which our grandparents first brought their family in 1910.

What makes this house unique

Greensboro is a beautiful rural area, located in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Much community recreation centers around 700-acre Caspian Lake. Two of The Nature Conservancy's 50+ preserves in Vermont are located in Greensboro, one of them abutting the vacation rental property.

Guestbook comments from the owner

You get the feeling that you are on top of the world! (It's only the Northeast Kingdom) Great views, spectacular sunsets, a large, eclectic collection of books, spacious living and dining area and a wonderful fireplace for chilly days and nights. We love this place, the beautiful Caspian Lake and the interesting town of Greensboro that it is in. There is the largest general store you've ever seen, a world famous brewery, close to neighboring town of Craftsbury Common with it’s outdoor center where Olympians train and the Saturday farmers market. If you are there in the fall of course the color can be breathtaking! All this is within an hours ride to the Canadian border and Southern Quebec. The owners are terrific; clearly committed to serving the needs of the renter.
Sep 2016
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Amenities

Greensboro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2667 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Dock on Lake Caspian, 0.6 mi. down Baker Hill, offers house & separate guest house private access to swimming, boating, fishing. Aluminum canoe provided at dock. Property abuts 256-acre Nature Conservancy preserve (Barr Hill).

Reviews

5/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

Spectacular Retreat Overlooking Caspian Lake, Private Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Arlington, Massachusetts
5

Location, Location, Location

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When you approach from the road you'll see a house on top of a hill ... and yes that's it! It is comfortable, spacious, well equipped, with large panoramic windows that afford grand views of the Green Mountains and Vermont's ever changing skies. It borders conservation land; you can go hiking right out the front door. Go down the half mile driveway and across the road is your private Caspian Lake dock with canoe. If you are looking for the latest in 21st century amenities and entertainment, this may not be for you (but it has a phone and Internet and you can stream anything you want). But if you are looking for comfort in solitude surrounded by the outdoors, you can hardly do better. And for rainy days the house has more books than some libraries, including children's books.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Burlington
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Highland Lodge (Greensboro), also Hardwick
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Lake Champlain
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Mountain View Country Club, Greensboro
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Montpelier-Barre
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Vermont Routes 15-16
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Hardwick St. Cafe(Greensboro), several in Hardwick
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
Eyrie
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Greensboro House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
$275
From
$275
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,850
$6,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

50% deposit on booking, remainder + 9% tax at least two weeks before occupancy. Payment by check to family trust, Morgan-Stanley, Waltham, Mass.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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