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Summer in Vermont : The Essence of the Green Mountain State - Smugglers' Notch

Jeffersonville, Cambridge, VT, USA
  • Studio1024 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Spacious private studio with an open floor plan with mountain and pond views.

The Pondhouse is perfect for travelers seeking to combine vacation with a space in which to create, find solace, seek connection with nature and/or significant other….

This region of Vermont has long been a favorite to outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy skiing & riding, biking, hiking and paddling. Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort is ~ 3 miles away with alpine and Nordic skiing. Stowe is one hour away (in winter months) and Jay Peak is 45 minutes away. This area is popular with painters, writers, photographers and to the art community at large. Equally a favorite for foodies and craft beer lovers. If you enjoy locally grown and the slow food movement, this is a place to explore. Discover the best of the country's best craft beer and savior locally grown.

The Pondhouse is a totally separate home/studio (30' x 32') with a private entrance that leads to fully equipped kitchen, dining room, bathroom with shower, queen bed, comfortable living room with faux wood fireplace. Enjoy the private patio overlooking gardens, a pond, and mountains.


- Full kitchen with pots, pans, spices, etc.

- TV/ Satellite


- Coffee maker, French Press, toaster, microwave oven

- Fantastic drinking water from a 320' foot well



Ellen Hill

Member Since 2013
Premier Partner
This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
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Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Ellen Hill

I am honored to have a home that allows me to share the beauty of Vermont. I lived in Vermont since 1974 take great pride in our cultural heritage and environment. If you are a lover of nature and culture--or desire a quiet, private get-away, this place will offer you many options. As an advid biker, skier, kayaker and all-around general outdoor enthusiast, I'd be honored to share the magic of the region.

Ellen Hill purchased this Studio in 2013

Why Ellen Hill chose Jeffersonville

The Pondhouse has been called magical and enchanted. I've travelled and lived overseas and have served in the Peace Corps. To own a home (that actually has two homes) and allows me to host people from all over the world is a unique privilege. Now that I have offered The Pondhouse to others and I read the reviews and the notes that are left behind, I know that others cherish their time here and create special memories. I have been meeting the nicest people who love the magic of Vermont!

What makes this Studio unique

The Pondhouse has been described many ways: "The "home" as well as the outside surroundings with the gardens and the mountains in the background are spectacular, peaceful and pristine." "Perfect weekend getaway to escape the city and find true peace and quiet. The house was tucked away and all you could hear were birds and frogs." "The Pondhouse felt like a home away from home." "If you are looking for a convenient, well- appointed, lovely spot to get away from it all, this is your place. The photos can't possibly do it justice." "It is a perfect place for a couples getaway, great space for cooking and enjoying a meal and each other." "It's peaceful with beautiful surroundings, yet conveniently located just down the road from the bustle at Smuggler's Notch." Come discover the magic for yourself!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Please note
        only a queen size bed and a couch. The Pondhouse is suited for a couple or an individual.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Ski-In
            Cross country ski right to the door of the Pondhouse.
          • Water View


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Rannai gas heater for main heating source and a faux wood stove for ambiance.
                      • Internet
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Wood Stove
                        Faux woodstove.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Coffee maker and a French press.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            Full kitchen stocked with coffee pot, French press, pots, pans, spices, cooking oils, baking pans, etc. The drinking water is from a deep underground well and has been described as 'fantastic water'.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Propane gas stove.
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • Games
                                  • Music Library
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                    Backgammon, cribbage and cards.


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Enjoy the private patio with a table and four chairs, two Adirondack chairs and a small table. Beautiful perennial gardens and a view of the pond and the mountains.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        Three miles to Smuggler's Notch Ski Resort; 45 minutes to Jay Peak; one hour to Stowe Mountain Resort (due to route 108 closed for winter).


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • forests
                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • churches
                                              • coin laundry
                                              • festivals
                                              • caves
                                              • library
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • waterfalls
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • sledding
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • ice skating
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • mountain climbing
                                                          • skiing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            91 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Clean, Warm & Close to Smuggs

                                                            Ben V.Mystic

                                                            My wife & I went for a long weekend trip. This place is in a perfect spot. It’s close enough to Jeffersonville & Smuggs. I cannot complain and certainly far cheaper than staying on the resort. Has great views of Mt. Mansfield. I would love to go back in the fall to do some hiking. I’m sure the colors are spectacular. Ellen the owner was great gave me some great recommendations for some local dining options. 158 main is the way to go. Thanks for a great stay and I look forward to booking in the near future.

                                                            Very nice!

                                                            Cody J.

                                                            Enjoyed the Pond House very much!

                                                            Spacious, relaxing home, with a postcard-like view of the mountains

                                                            Joanna S.

                                                            Ellen was an amazing host-warm, friendly, accessible, and respected our privacy. The space is gorgeous. I would be content just sitting in front of the window all day, enjoying the view. The furniture is super comfy and the kitchen well-stocked. I will definitley be coming back.

                                                            fab place!

                                                            Kristin L.

                                                            Enjoyed out weekend at the Pondhouse. Beautiful location and lovely space. Highly recommend. Thanks Ellen

                                                            The property is absolutely beautiful! The pondhouse is romantic and wonderful!

                                                            Sammie G.

                                                            Staying at the pondhouse was spectacular, it is beautiful and fully equipped with all the cookware needed. It was spotless upond arrival, of course, and provided cleaning materials to use. It is very spacious and the heat keeps the entire place warm and cozy for chilly nights. The view is magical and you can watch wildlife, such as deer and small creatures browse the property, right from the pondhouse couch. The furniture and bed is comfortable. Ellen was a fantastic host and was readily available to answer any questions we had. I would most definitely stay at the pondhouse again. It would be perfect for individuals and families who are visiting Smugglers Notch.

                                                            A place you’ll fall in love with!

                                                            Vicky R.Round Mountain, NV

                                                            This is our second time in 4 months staying at the Pondhouse. We plan on visiting many more times and we will be staying at the Pondhouse! You won’t regret it! It’s beautiful and in a great location! We can’t wait to go back to that little slice of heaven!


                                                            Jeffersonville, Cambridge, VT, USA

                                                            The Pond House is located in a region that offers: * skiing- Smuggler's Notch Ski Area is 3 miles away; Jay Peak ~45minutes and Stowe is an hour away * hiking - Mount Mansfield/ Smugglers Notch is 3 miles away as well as rivers with waterfalls and gorges * biking - excellent road biking and mountain biking are right out the door, plus the Stowe bike path and the Missisquoi bike rail trail (27 miles of trail from St. Albans to Richford, VT) are close by * canoeing - rent a canoe or kyak and paddle down the Lamoille River * Art - Jeffersonville (3 miles away) is an art lovers community with Bryan Memorial Gallery (Yankee Magazine: 'Vermont's primary showcase for landscape art') and other galleries.


                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Tax Rate

                                                            Rates are based on double occupancy. Best suited for one to two people. An additional charge or $25.00 per person per night / guest will be assessed. Occasionally I will allow well behaved dogs. Owner must sign a Pet Addendum; charge is $25/night for one dog. Cancellation Policy: If Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation, the deposit will be refunded as follows: - 100% if cancelled 30 days prior to the Check-in Date LESS transaction fees (4% per transaction fee) - 50% if cancelled 5 days prior to the Check-in Date LESS transaction fees (4% transaction fee) - No refund if cancelled less than 5 days prior to the check-in date.

                                                            91 Reviews
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