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Southern Vermont Mountain Village, traditional home

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Our home, probably one of the original village houses, is the traditional white clapboard with dark green shutters and a red barn out back. We have added a deck with a picnic table which makes a great place to sit in the sun and drink morning coffee or to have a candlelight dinner at night. From the deck, you look out over the musterfield (yes, where the militia mustered), a long open space with raspberry bushes along one side and apple trees along the other. Neighbors are close enough to wave hello, but still have privacy.

Across a field to your left there is a high bank above a wide brook. You can hear the water running over the stones all day and all night. This is the Ball Mountain Brook that flooded during Hurricane Irene. The banks have been repaired and replanted and the new winding course of the river has been allowed to stay, which means that the next time we get a hurricane that sits right on our watershed, the flood will slow down and spread out.

The house is small but has many windows so as the sun moves across the sky, there is always light shining on the floor.

Parking is never a problem; just pull over beside the house. Most people enter from the deck. Coming in from the deck, you are in the kitchen. It's a long narrow room with blue walls, three windows and a small table for eating in or cooking. The laundry, to your right, shares space with pantry shelves. The dining room has an expanding table that can seat 8-10 people. One door from the dining room opens onto a small covered back porch, a good place to sit and take off your ski boots or stand your skiis. Another door goes into the bathroom (shower, sink, toilet).

Two other doors lead across to the living room, or you can make a left turn into the master bedroom. You can also open a door and go down into the cellar. We often show people the cellar because it gives you an idea of how old the house is: the walls are made of river stones.

The master bedroom has three windows, one facing east that catches the first sun rising in the morning. There are two dressers in that room.

The living room has a comfortable, newly re-upholstered couch and overstuffed armchair faciing a wood stove.

if you enter from Factory street (named for a chair factory that stood long ago where the street meets the brook), you have the living room to your right, the dining room to your left, and the stairs in front of you. At the top of the stairs is a small bathroom with a sink and toilet. To your right upstairs is a room with two single beds and a desk. We use this room as a study and a child's bedroom. To your left is a long room with only one window that has a queen futon bed. We call this the chimney room because the old chimney runs up through it.

The character of the house is an old New England family house. Nothing in it is from Ikea. The main pieces of furniture are sturdy enough and comfortable, but some others, mostly in corners, show their age.

When we decided to try renting our house, we went through the extensive inspection and upgrading process required in Vermont called Essential Maintenance Practices. This includes wired-in smoke detectors, railings, fire extinguishers, and, among other things, lead inspection and remediation. All the painted buildings in Vermont built before lead paint was banned for household use in 1978 probably have lead paint in them. The Vermont standards are higher than Federal Lead Safe Housing standards. Our house has been inspected, remediated (including extensive new painting of both house and barn) and is in compliance with lead-safe maintenance practices.

Keywords: Traditional, charming, comfortable, cozy, village,

More Details

Property Manager
Helena Worthen
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 24, 2018

About Helena Worthen

We are a retired academic couple. Our family bought this house in the 1950s and has been very involved in the life of the village over the years. We spend the rest of the year in California. Tenants will be provided with contact information of craftsmen. We have a property manager in Jamaica who will take care of mowing and plowing.

Helena Worthen purchased this house in 1960

Why Helena Worthen chose Jamaica

Out of every window you can see mountains. The rivers - this is an important aspect of Vermont economic development policy - are clean and swimmable. In the summer, there are music and theater festivals all over the place, Brattleboro is a center of creativity for young musicians and artists. Manchester, just to the north, has serious outlet shopping. Stratton (fifteen minutes) and Mt Snow (twenty minutes) are major ski areas.

What makes this house unique

Having a home which is both in the village at the same time as it has a lot of privacy and a feeling of being out in the country is unique. On the one hand, you can go next door to the D&K general store and buy just about anything you want, including today's NYTimes. Because you're on a town street, you don't have to worry about getting snowed in and waiting for someone to come plough you out. On the other hand, you have quiet and privacy.


Jamaica House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Downstairs bathroom has shower (no tub). Upstairs half bath, toilet and sink.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) One double futon bed in upstairs chimney room, Twin or Single Beds (1) Two single beds in upstairs bedroom
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Although this little house is right in the center of the village (in fact, if you walk up the road 50 yards you are at the General Store) it overlooks the old musterfield and the river and feels as if it's out in the country. Thus it combines easy access to everything you need with peace, quiet and privacy. We are a retired academic couple who live in the San Francisco Bay Area most of the year. We come here regularly with grandchildren, and rent it out while we are away.


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Southern Vermont Mountain Village, traditional home
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful visit

  • 5 of 5

Very sweet and comfortable home. Great location near all the things we love to do in the area. We've been vacationing in the area over 20 years. Stayed in this home the past two. We will be booking again for next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lafayette, LA

A wonderful house. We enjoyed our stay so much and attended Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and property with such a wonderful ambience!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Family of owner, not an "outsider" review here

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little house.

  • 4 of 5

Kids loved exploring the barn and the great back yard. Did some star gazing on the deck a few nights. Great location near Jamaica park. House was clean and had comfy furniture. Will definitely return. Was a bit warm and humid a couple of nights. Small air conditioner would go a long way for a good night's sleep. Overall, another nice visit in Jamaica.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family stay in Jamaica

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time in the house with our family. The house, the town, and the park were the perfect escape for us all. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kansas City metro area

A wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

I can't imagine a more pleasant place to stay. We spent almost three weeks in this lovely area. The house can accommodate six people quite comfortably. It was well equipped with everything we needed. The surroundings were lovely and the community was welcoming. I would return here with no hesitation. I was worried a bit about having no television since I'm a news junkie but quickly realized I could get most everything I wanted from the internet. Speaking of the internet, there is a strong signal and we didn't have a single interruption the entire time we were there. And, a copy of The New York Times was easy obtained every day. Our cell phones worked perfectly since we had AT&T service. It seems to cover the area significantly better than some of the other services. The house is not air conditioned but was quite comfortable with a couple of fans during the heat of the day. While we were there the weather was unusually warm (upper 80's) but it was never a problem in the house. At night the temps dropped enough that we used a light blanket. The few questions we did have were answered promptly by the caretaker. The general store, with at least one of everything it seemed, was a 60 second walk away but since the property was surrounded by lots of trees and foliage we never heard any noise. In fact the creek was close enough that we were able to hear the water. This is a great place to get away and we highly recommend it. You could not ask for more pleasant owners.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Northern General
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Across Lake Champlain
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Train
26 Miles
Brattleboro, AMTRAK
Nearest Motorway
27 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Asta's Swiss Restaurant, Coffee shop on main st
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Car: necessary

Jamaica is a tiny town on the edge of the Green Mountains, 15 minutes from Stratton base lodge and 20 minutes from Mt Snow ski areas, 23 miles north of Brattleboro (exit off Rte 91). it is in the center of a lively youth arts-and-music area. Summer is full of music festivals and summer stock theaters. Kayakers (skilled ones!) zip down the rivers. Cycling clubs spin up and down Route 30. Fall is for brilliant leaf color, and winter is for skiing, downhill and cross country. Jamaica State Park is ten minutes walk from the house and has the West River Valley trail (old railroad right of way) for cross-country skiing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Payment is due upon finalizing the reservation. It covers electricity, wifi, heat and propane for the stove and one clean-up after you leave, so no additional payments should be required. During the winter, wifi, elect and propane are included but heating oil is billed separately, and can range from $100 - $300 per month depending on the temperature.
Cancellation policy: No cancellations for summer rentals. Once a reservation has been made and paid for, that time has been reserved. However, if a substitute renter is found to take your place, you will get your payment back in full minus tax and $100 cleaning fee. I will re-open the vacancy on VRBO to find a substitute renter.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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