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Colonial-style solid-timber home in a quiet setting

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,232 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 8

'Sanctuary' describes this green-built, two-story solid-timber home perfectly. Peaceful, quiet, nestled on a wooded mountainside in Vermont, it's the superlative place to get away from the noise of everyday life. A fully furnished screened back porch, complete with soft patio lights, padded porch swing, and small dining table completes the picture. A glassfront woodstove (fall/winter) adds charm and warmth. All flooring random-width pine finished with natural oils. Bedrooms are spacious and include sitting areas. And yes, I have Wifi! Unique shopping and art galleries await you in quintessential Woodstock, only 5 miles away. Silver Lake State park with beachfront, kayak and paddleboat rentals, and playground area is 4 miles away. After a day at the beach, there's the famous Barnard General Store for deli/ice cream, Tozier's drive-up, or fine dining at the Barnard Inn and Max's Tavern. Live theater/concerts within 30 minutes distance at Northern Stage, The Hopkins Center, and Lebanon Opera House.

LONG TERM RENTERS: 30-day or longer means a better deal! Often as low as $900-$1100/week! Ask for rates.

Reserving the property: Once you're ready to book, the dates you desire are secured with at least a 50% rental deposit (one months rent if you're a monthly renter) and the signed booking confirmation form emailed to you.

More Details

Owner
Heidi Gennaro
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Heidi Gennaro

Meet Heidi---an ordinary woman with an extraordinary tale of working beside her (now late) husband, Paul, their master-carpenter friend, Randy, and Heidi's three children to build their dream log house in Vermont. Thrown into this project quite by the surprise of Providence, she realized in those four years of 'amateur family logging' on their 24 acres, sawing up the felled white Eastern pine on a portable sawmill, and finally building, that only by testing a dream can you know if you have been given both the faith, perseverance, and grit to complete that dream. Though Heidi lost her husband Paul in 2007 to heart disease, she endeavors to share this uniquely peaceful and beautiful home to weary travelers in search of respite and sanctuary from the demands of the world we live in. Enjoy and be at home in this magical place nestled in the calm beauty of Vermont!

Heidi Gennaro purchased this house in 2000

Why Heidi Gennaro chose Vermont

You will find peaceful seclusion here: a uniquely beautiful, green-built home nestled among 24.5 acres of sugar-maple laden forest, yet easy access to Vermont Rte. 12 just 1700 feet down the mountainside driveway. Quintessential Woodstock is 5 miles south, Silver Lake and the Historic Barnard General Store 4 miles north, Mt. Tom hiking and horseback trails 3 miles south, and Hanover, NH and Dartmouth College 23 miles east. Northern Stage and the Lebanon Opera House are 22 miles east.

What makes this house unique

After over 400 guests and five years of vacation renting Heidi has heard nothing but 'Wow--better than the photos!' Comments left in Heidi's guest book and numerous 5-star posted reviews on two listing sites say it all. Heidi has accommodated many varied guests: families with children, couples wanting a romantic getaway, bridal parties, groups of eight '20-something' weekend skiers, and everyone in between, each group leaving behind rave reviews about the home, the setting, and the entire experience.

Map

Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Burlington International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Barnard Inn/Max's Tavern
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Woodstock Golf and Fitness
Nearest Train
19 Miles
White River Junction - Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Vermont Rte 12
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Barnard Inn
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Suicide Six Ski Area
Nearest Beach
4.5 Miles
Silver Lake State Park
Car: recommended

Located equidistant from quintessential Woodstock and beautiful Silver Lake State Park in Barnard, you'll get the best of both locations: unique shopping, art galleries, Billings Farm, Rockefeller mansion and national park, outdoor concerts, kayaking, sailing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, skiing, all on a secluded, quiet mountainside. Trails on my 24.5 acres, so bring your hiking shoes, snowshoes, or your ATVs! LONG-TERM RENTERS: BOOK A YEAR IN ADVANCE FOR BEST AVAILABILITY.

Amenities

Barnard House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2232 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , upstairs bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , master bath
    Bathroom 3 - combination tub/shower , basement bath
  • Both bathrooms have separate sink/toilet areas, custom built-in cabinetry, and are very luxuriously decorated. The upstairs toilet has a built-in 'kiddie' seat for toddlers. The basement tub/shower is located in the laundry room and is great for larger parties when everyone's trying to get a shower at once.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , west upstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , east upstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , first floor master bedroom
  • All bedrooms are very spacious and have sitting areas: 20 x 15 feet and the rare beauty of 6 x 12 logs and 6 x 8 log ceiling beams. Both upstairs bedrooms have romantic gas stoves for warmth and ambiance. All interior walls have Williamsburg-color pallet wallpaper and wainscott/chairail; all have ceiling fans for your comfort, spacious closets, and beautiful views of the forested mountainside. Master bedroom: one queen bed; attached bath. Upstairs west bedroom: one queen bed; one queen sofa sleeper; shared bath. Upstairs east bedroom: one queen bed; shared bath. Two twin mattresses available by request for extra sleeping on floor.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This is a beautiful, two-story, center-hall colonial log home decorated in classic Williamsburg colors and built in 2000. It has gorgeous paneled wainscot/chair rail/wallpaper on the interior walls, classic 6 x 12 flat logs on the exterior walls, with wood beams and painted board ceilings. The screened-in back porch, 8 x 32 with six cushioned chairs, two cushioned love seats, a dining table and padded porch swing is worth gold during summer months, attached to the dining area with french doors. Washer and dryer in basement. Dogs considered, but let's discuss first. LONG-TERM RENTERS: Book early! A year in advance will give you the best availability. Willing to negotiate a fair rental price. COLD WEATHER GUESTS: The two main heat sources are THREE gas fireplaces on thermostat (dining room; two upstairs bdrms) glass-front woodstove (living room) requiring you to start/maintain a fire in winter. POND: Pond has a small sand beach for play/relaxation. SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Reviews

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(33 traveler reviews)

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Colonial-style solid-timber home in a quiet setting
average rating of 4.969697 based on 33 reviews
5

Lovely stay, would definitely come back again

  • 5 of 5

My family (husband, wife, 2 daughters) likes to travel but doesn't like to cram into hotel rooms, so we have done a lot of vacation rentals and also a number of home exchanges. This stay was more like staying in someone's home than like a rental -- the house is generously furnished with supplies in the kitchen, bathrooms, etc., so you really don't lack for anything. The home is lovely and the location is great, with lots to do in any season. Would definitely rent here again, and will recommend this house to my friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

If you like the outdoors, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, this is a great place to go. Our family of 5 adults recently vacationed here. The home was clean, had a full kitchen with all the cooking utensils necessary to make all our meals, an adequate supply of bath towels, comfortable beds, and a large screened in porch in the back of the house. There is a large washer and dryer available, so you can pack light too!

The property has blazed walking trails for easy morning walks. We hiked several beautiful sections of the Appalachian Trail, canoed and kayaked at Silver Lake state park, and baked bread at the King Arthur Baking school.

A friend recommended a book titled "Take the Plunge" (you can purchase this in the Woodstock book store) which outlines many remote, clean, water holes to swim. We hiked to one and had a wonderful afternoon swimming, and having a picnic lunch.

We spent our evenings playing board games, toasting marshmallows, star gazing and listening to the moose calls in the distance.

There is no TV here, (which we knew before hand) but there is wi-fi to get netflicks programs.

We chose to prepare most of our meals at the house, and enjoyed relaxing on the porch afterwards with a glass of wine and good conversations.

There are several markets in Woodstock to get fresh meats, produce and local products.

We had dinner out once, at the Worthy Kitchen, (after our day of baking breads), which did not impress us. They make you wait on a long line (45 minutes) to order your food, then you must find a table, (we had to clean our table before sitting down) and then the food took another 45 minutes for it to be served. 3 of us ordered burgers, and each of them were served differently, 2 had 2 patties, one was missing cheese, another missing tomato. The chicken was dry and tough. They serve locally crafted beers in small 10 once glasses and charge as if they are full pints. And, they poured it full of foam, so you basically get about 6-8 ounces of beer after the foam settles for $8. Our advice is to go to the Woodstock market, buy freshly ground local beef and grill it at the house.

This was a beautiful family vacation, and we all a wonderful time relaxing, unwinding and and enjoying each others company and the many outdoor activities available.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautifully appointed home that is in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned after our second stay at Starry Hill. This visit was just as magical as the first! Heidi's home is warm and inviting. It was our base camp for a week of day trips to Montpelier, Stowe and course the charming next town over of Woodstock. We spent countless hours using the screened in porch, sipping our craft beer finds. The living room is a great place to curl up with a book. Bedrooms are spacious and beds are so comfortable! And, the kitchen is simply amazing. Pictures don't do this home justice. We had a very peaceful week and look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Feels good!

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful lodging for our son's Dartmouth graduation weekend, although perhaps 30 minutes from the school. Distance was not a problem. Wonderful breakfast on screened in porch. Fully stocked kitchen. My mother in law found the design and detail of the house inspiring -- wants to include some similar changes at her own home! House functioned VERY WELL for a party of 6. Went hiking, wonderful dinner at the Palmer House in Quechee. Thank you Heidi!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you loved it!! So why "four stars"?? I'd love to hear why Starry Hill was not rated "five-stars"---please let me know so I can work to improve, or let me know if this was a mistake, and thank you very kindly in advance.
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5

The property was amazing! The house was beautiful and it sits on a forested piece of land.

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time at Heidi's house. The home is beautiful and absolutely perfect for the forested surroundings. There is a small pond down the driveway and the towns of Woodstock and Barnard are both easily accessible. Heidi is extremely helpful and hospitable! We could not have asked for a better stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Feels like home!

  • 5 of 5

Heidi left no detail undone. From the moment you pull up to this house you feel at home. The pictures don't do it justice! We had such a wonderful time being unplugged from the world that it really brought our family closer! Great house built with such character you can't help but to fall in love!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $40
Damage Deposit $350

Monthly rental is greatly encouraged and often negotiable and will range from $3,300 to $4,995, depending on the season; 3 months rates mean greater discount. Thinking of staying 28 days? Make it 30 or more and you will likely pay LESS!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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