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Headwaters-Very secluded, quiet, mountain views, babbling brook, country living

Dorset, VT, USA
  • Lodge3400 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps9
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms total compound (main house 3 bed 3.5 baths sleeps 9)

32 forested acres bordering 2000' of the Mettowee River. Vintage-Adirondack glass and timber frame home. A private distance behind stands a three bay carriage house with a Grizzly Adams studio apartment and deck, fifty feet from the rocky brook. All is located at the end of the town maintained meandering dirt road in rarefied Dorset Hollow. The spacious lodge consists of old and new. It comprises a gourmet state of the art kitchen with breakfast nook, steam shower, double and single jacuzzi tubs, radiant heat, massive river rock Rumford fireplace, old brick fireplace in Tavern room. Nestle in front of the fireplace. From the bedroom bluestone terrace watch the sunset, the night descend and the Vermont moon rise over the mountain. Listen to the babbling brook, the hoot owls, and enjoy the starry, starry nights. Hike, walk or bike on nearly isolated dirt roads in "The Hollow". The main house sleeps 9 guests and if there is a need to sleep more then there is a separate apartment above a 3 car garage called the carriage house which is available for an additional $150 per night and sleeps 2 to 3 guests. The carriage house apartment contains a full kitchen, queen & double beds, full bath and delightful deck overlooking a babbling brook. The is also a guest cottage for an additional $50 per night with heat and a fireplace but no running water. The cottage is 30 feet from the main house with a bathroom just inside the front door.

Property Manager

Ira Wickes

Member Since 2004
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Jan 20, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 2 twin/ single
      • Bunkroom 1
        2 twin/ single
      • Carriage studio
        1 queen, 1 double
      • Master bedroom
        1 queen
      • Bunkroom sleeps 2, Two bedrooms with private bath, bedroom with twin beds. The carriage house studio has one double and one queen bed and can sleep 3


      • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Master Bathroom
        toilet, shower, jetted tub, steam shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, tub, shower, clawfoot tub
      • Hall Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, jaccuzi tub
      • Downstairs Bathroom main house
      • Carriage Apt Studio Bathroom
        toilet, shower
      • Master bath has a steam shower and a jacuzzi tub with changing lights for two. Old fashion claw-foot soaking tub in other bedroom suit plus tumbled marble shower. Hall bathroom has jacuzzi tub plus shower. Carriage house has shower and full bath

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Rural


            • Away From It All


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Fireplace
                    • Firewood
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Telephone
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Grill
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Blender
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • VCR


                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Patio
                                    • Terrace


                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Jacuzzi
                                            • Steam Shower
                                            • Whirlpool


                                                • live theater
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • cinemas
                                                • coin laundry
                                                • forests
                                                • library
                                                • churches
                                                • museums
                                                • pond
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues
                                                • waterfalls

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • whitewater rafting

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              18 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Overall great stay!

                                                              Anna V.Glen Rock, NJ

                                                              The house is lovely, the location is great as it hides your from Vermont' fierce winds.

                                                              The house is large with plenty of space and its beautiful timber build. They have a carriage house as well on the property so if the party is larger, you can get that space for extra $ which is convinient. The owners stayed in the carriage house while we were in the main house. We did not have a problem with that as its quiet and private and the lot is large , they stopped by a few times to check up on us or get something from the house. They don't charge deposit, I am guessing this is why, they are in the vicinity to make sure things are ok.

                                                              Few things. The owners have a dog, I am allergic to dogs and the house was not cleaned well as on my socks we all had dog's fur. We paid $250 cleaning fee, I am sure tenants before us did the same, when we do that we hope that good cleaning has been done to the house prior to our arrival. The other limitations are, that none of the bathrooms lock, master bedroom, bathroom doesn't have a door. Not sure what the owners were thinking there, but I highly urge them to put locks in or fix them at the very least to the bathrooms that have doors. Also the house has radiant heat which is very nice and healthy, but the bedroom upstairs apparently was freezing during the night and our friends were cold. I recommend checking that out for the future guests, it maybe broken.

                                                              Overall we had a good stay and would come back hoping the items above would get attention.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Anna. Thanks for the feedback. I have suggested in the past to install latches on bathroom doors and this is being implemented. As far as the master bathroom is concerned the open design is actually what the owners wanted and there is a latch on the master bedroom door. I am addressing the cleaning company to implement better vacuuming to eliminate dog hair that gets stuck on rugs. It is unfortunate that the people in your group that stayed upstairs neglected to see the thermostat on the wall above their bed. This thermostat controls the zone for the upstairs of the house and it was left at 55 degrees. As per instructions in the kitchen we have 5 heat zones in the house. Thanks!

                                                              Very cozy, unique Carriage House

                                                              Jill O.-

                                                              Our weekend in the Carriage House was the perfect Vermont getaway. Very private and close to the quaint Dorset village. Looking forward to returning soon!


                                                              D. A.

                                                              This property is simply stunning. Wonderful hosts.

                                                              The Alves Family

                                                              Beautiful setting, not the cleanest

                                                              Bethany S.Morristown, NJ

                                                              We stayed in the carriage house over Columbus Day weekend, and the property is truly beautiful. The carriage house was a great size for my husband, daughter, dog and myself. That being said, the space was not adequately cleaned. Upon arrival we discovered mouse droppings on the kitchen counters, stove, dish drying mats and floor. The floors appeared to have been swept with a broom, but the rugs had crumbs and hair all over. Cobwebs and dead insects could be found in corners and almost all window sills. The entry to the space is through the garage and the fumes form the garage could be smelled in the space. Not an easy fix I am sure, but perhaps a more substantial door with a better seal. The vast majority of the large windows have no treatments. Including the bathroom. This made night time showers very uncomfortable as the shower is directly in front of the window. While we were staying on the property, there were other renters in the main house and it felt a bit uncomfortable with the amount of exposure. We were charged a cleaning fee, yet at the end of the stay, were expected to do all of the laundry. So the morning of departure, when we would have liked to have headed out early and catch a few sights before beginning our drive home, I had four loads of laundry to do. The small washer meant each bed had to be laundered separately and bath and kitchen towels also required two loads. Pillows were unbelievably lumpy and there was no hand soap in the bathroom. All in all, the property has tremendous potential, but needs to be maintained more diligently.

                                                              A spectacular home.

                                                              D. A.

                                                              This was our first time renting here, everything was as advertised and more. Our intention was to relax and enjoy, and we did.

                                                              We do a lot of traveling and have never stayed in a house as well stocked as this one. I enjoy cooking and was impressed with the ample work space and gourmet chef amenities in this massive kitchen. This is the best equipped, most friendly house we've ever rented.

                                                              The owners bent over backwards to ensure our privacy and comfort. They thought of everything right down to radiant floor heating, steam shower, jetted tubs, comfortable beds & linens and an ample supply of firewood.

                                                              One day during our week long stay the outside temp dropped as low as 16F below zero (and a blizzard), but we didn't notice. The dog and I were warm & cozy inside by the massive fireplace (and loved the radiant heated floors) while my husband and son went skiing. Bromley Mtn. and Stratton Mtn. Resort are only minutes away. I ventured into the quaint town of Dorset and shopped the Manchester Designer Outlets once the weather settled. An ideal location to do everything on our vacation bucket list.

                                                              Thank you Ira & Ester for sharing your absolutely magnificent property with us.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              This house was built over a four year period with much thought and love pounded into each board. The same thought and love is extended to every one of our guests. It is our intent to make their stay enjoyable and to make this special place a home away from home.

                                                              Clean, well-stocked, secluded, impressive compound

                                                              Matthew C.Chicopee, Massachusetts

                                                              Awesome House. Neat situation with second living quarters above garage. Ira and Ester were very pleasant and helpful. No cell service was a surprise. Land line on site. Kitchen was very stocked and very modern. Main room with cathedral ceiling and wood fire place. Worked great for group hang outs due to rainy week. We rented the whole compound. If you don't rent it all you may have owners or others staying right close on site. Went hiking in rear of property. Excellent hike but not easy at all. Summit had limited to no views. Backyard was great for yard games and grilling. Fire pit centrally located in center. Wifi was clutch with no cell service. Still able to send Iphone texts on site with wifi. Close to town and all the stores you could need. I would definitely recommend this property. Stream located adjacent to property wasn't much to speak of but this was of course the dry season in August. Look forward to staying again.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              It was our pleasure to have ex Marines celebrate their annual get together at our home. Semper Fedelas to all those who have fought for this great country of ours. From one WW2 Navy veteran.


                                                              Dorset, VT, USA

                                                              Marble quarry for summer swimming. Dorset Playhouse. Many Golf Courses. Country estates. Manchester shopping outlets. Ski centers that are close-Bromley 30 minutes. Killington 1 hr 20 minutes. Stratton 45 minutes. Okemo 1 hr.

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              This property has a main house and a separate carriage house and both can be rented together or separately. Pricing is negotiable If there is no address provided on your traveler account we reserve the right to request a copy of your driver's license.

                                                              18 Reviews
                                                              Excellent 4.4/5
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