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Chandler House: Quintessential Vermont

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 8)

Chandler House provides an ideal retreat for families and friends looking to experience the quintessential Vermont experience. The house is set up as your own 'Private Inn,' featuring four bedrooms and four and one half baths in addition new country kitchen and dining space, as well as a comfortable living room.

The house is located in postcard-perfect Craftsbury Common, one of the Northeast Kingdom's most photographed villages. The town served, for example, as Alfred Hitchcock's stage set for 'The Trouble with Harry.' Chandler House, in fact, makes several appearances in the film, including the moment when 'Hitch' makes his signature, on-screen cameo.

The Town, founded in 1789, sits atop a plateau surrounded by forest and farmland. Federalist architecture, white clapboard, and the classic church steeple encircle the ideal village green. The town is additionally home to Sterling College, a celebrated four-year institution specializing in environmental education. The Common itself is a hive of activity, farmers markets, summer concerts, soccer camps and town parades. Local artisans abound. Craftsbury Common is sleepy and sophisticated at the same time.

Craftsbury's sits as the southwest gateway to Vermont's Northeast Kindom, an area noted for its abundant wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Warm days and cool nights characterize the area’s summer season. Fall foliage is spectacular throughout the region, and is considered the best in the State. During the wintertime and located within a snow belt, Craftsbury's visuals are those of a Robert Frost poem. Native photographer, John M. Miller, captured the land and its people in his work, whereas the writer, Howard Frank Mosher, has underscored the unique essence of the area in his famous novels 'The Fall of the Year' and 'Where the River Runs North'

Outdoor activities abound in Craftsbury and the region. Hiking, mountain biking, swimming, golf and downhill skiing are all close-by. Adjacent Greensboro is home to Caspian Lake, which is surrounded by summer cottages and estates. The hiking and biking trails around fjord-like Lake Willoughby are spectacular.

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center encompasses two smaller lakes in the area, Great and Little Hosmer. The Center offers sculling camps in the summer and some of the most extensive and best-regarded cross-country trail systems in the State. The annual Winter Marathon attracts upwards of 1500 athletes each January who compete and take in the area’s well known hospitality. According to one participant, the terrain has '...a delightful mix of vistas –snow laden balsam firs, silver-gray or red barns, expanses of farm fields, frozen lakes and beaver ponds, white birches against sometimes blue skies, and small beech trees still clinging to their dry golden leaves.”

Keywords: Country House, Federalist Architecture, Village Setting, Family, Friends

More Details

John Ashworth
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About John Ashworth

As the owners of Chandler House, we feel that Craftsbury Common has a remarkable spirit and sense of place unlike any other that we have visited. One of us is an architect who specializes in the design of resort facilities throughout North America and abroad. The other is an actor and child psychiatrist specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome or PTSD. Craftsbury is a great place to recharge. It unfailingly reminds us what is important in our lives and why we do what we do.

John Ashworth purchased this house in 2009

Why John Ashworth chose Craftsbury Common

Craftsbury is the perfect Vermont Village: picturesque and unspoiled; an architectural gem and a perfect place to unwind and reflect on what is truly important in life.

What makes this house unique

Outdoor Activity, wildlife and leaf viewing, family gathering, reading, fire-making, relaxation, and time away from cell phones and email.


Craftsbury Common House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Ski in/Ski out
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Town
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double Sinks
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • 4 1/2 Bathrooms, 3 1/2 newly renovated.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Fireplace, sitting area and ensuite bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Fireplace, sitting area and ensuite bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Sitting area and ensuite bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sitting area and ensuite bath
  • King size beds (1) King can be converted to two twins, Queen size Beds (4)
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Shed
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • water sports
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Daily housekeeping available, historic square view, weekend farmers market, weekend outdoor music in the Common


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Chandler House: Quintessential Vermont
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews

Wonderful place to convene old friends

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful three days, cooking meals and eating together and skiing the Craftsbury trails during the day. The house was comfortable, easy to find, well stocked for preparing meals,a Dan right on the Commons.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Waterville, ME

Beautiful house, lots of bathrooms. Perfect for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to stay in Craftsbury!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely house in a picturesque New England town

  • 5 of 5

Chandler House is wonderful. The house is peaceful and very well maintained. The kitchen and bathrooms are all updated with a full bathroom in each of the 4 guest bedrooms. Perfect for a family reunion or 4 couples. I loved being right on Craftsbury Common. We had a chance to visit the library which was beautiful. And you can access ski trails from town right to Craftsbury Ski Center. We’ll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beauty and tranquility for a restful vacation

  • 5 of 5

This house is wonderful. It is beautifully decorated with attention to quality, comfort and privacy. Many lovely watercolor paintings adorn the walls, all professionally framed. It is in a very picturesque setting, with appealing views both from the outside the house, and from the inside looking out the windows. The only things we found lacking were pantry space in the kitchen (deep windowsills made suitable shelves for non-perishable food) and adequate hot water in the shower in the bathroom of one of the bedrooms. It is located just 2.6 miles from the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, for those who enjoy X-C skiing. In fact, you can ski to the Outdoor Center from the Common Trail to the Catamount Trail, which passes through the area just a block or so from the house. We plan to return next year.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vermont country experience!

  • 5 of 5

Great experience! Lots of ambience and warmth. The updated kitchen and bathrooms were great. It was fun to be in a community with ringing church bells every evening and school children playing soccer in the common directly across the street. If you’re looking for a true New England experience this house will fit the bill!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nevada City, Ca.

Superior property in a superb location

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this property is perfect! Location, layout, large newly renovated kitchen, four very nice bedrooms with private baths, clean and well cared for. We will most definitely be back!

Keoni and Peg Allen, Nevada City Ca. August, 2017.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Burlington International
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Craftsbury Outdoor Ctr, Stowe, Smugg's , Jay Peak
Car: necessary

Located in the heart of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom including spectacular scenery and Fall foliage; unparalleled outdoor activities, abundant wildlife and local crafts.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $350
Tax Rate 9.0%

No smoking or pets, please. 10 person maximum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.