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Serene Mountain Hide Away

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 3,850 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

* 8 bedrooms, including 3 with private baths

* Sits on several hundred acres of land, bordered by Mount Mansfield State Forest

* Wrap-around covered porch, 2 decks, and a patio

* Babbling mountain brook runs next to the house

* Spacious barn provides indoor recreation: ping-pong, darts and play space

Tucked under Vermont’s tallest mountain, our family home, Squabetty, provides an escape parallel to none. The setting, on the western slope of Mount Mansfield, is breathtaking with the mountain towering behind the house, its flanks to the north and Pleasant Valley to the west. Squabetty’s magical charm appeals to both young and old, active and less active. The location is the ideal backdrop for all kinds of activities – quiet or active. Some people prefer to read, paint or write; others enjoy swimming in the brook-fed pool, playing in the stream, hiking the myriad of trails, or playing ping pong and listening to music in the spacious barn. This retreat, secluded as it may be, offers amenities of modern living -- a fully equipped kitchen and Wi-Fi internet. In addition to having eight bedrooms, Squabetty has multiple places for alone time as well as places for gathering. When the day is done, enjoy a campfire by the brook when the stars come out.

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Duncan McLane
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2017

About Duncan McLane

We are the third generation to enjoy the serenity of this mountain setting. As children, we summered here, enjoying making dams in the brook, playing dibble dabble in the pool, making up skits and performing them for our parents in the barn as well as enjoying ping pong tournaments. Hiking up the mountain, camping in the lean-to and walking local trails created wonderful memories.

Duncan McLane purchased this chateau / country house in 1931

Why Duncan McLane chose Vermont

Our grandparents bought the property after summering in Stevensville for several years. Family lore has it that they found the place while exploring the back roads of Underhill. It was an abandoned farmhouse, but they could see its potential and fell in love with it.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Aside from our memories, the beauty of the setting -- its integration with nature, its privacy -- along with the wide range of possible activities is what we find so unique. It's a place to find solitude as well as spend quality time with family and friends.


Underhill Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Community - toilet , 1st floor Main house off Dinning room with washer and dryer
    Helen's and Guest - toilet , tub , 2nd Floor off hallway
    Towner's - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private to room
    Ginny's - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private to room
    1st floor Addition - toilet , tub , outdoor shower , Shared off Addition hall and outside shower
    Mom & Dads - toilet , shower , Private to room, sink in bedroom
  • 5.5
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Grandpa Towner's - 1 double , 1st floor, full bath and sitting area with Mt. view
    Helen's - 1 double , 2nd floor, small room
    Guest Room - 2 twin/ single , 2nd floor, Lazy window
    Dick's - 1 twin/ single , Exterior doors only, sink in room
    Addition brook side - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1st floor addition
    Addition Ravine side - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Mom & Dads - 1 queen , Private shower, toilet and sink
    Ginny's - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor with full bath and viiews of Mountain and Brook
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (6), Baby Cribs (1) Portable, available upon request., Bunk Beds (1) Bunk Room
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shuffleboard
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Campfire by brook, Lean-to behind house with rope bridge over brook, photocopier, spacious barn with electricity.


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Serene Mountain Hide Away
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
New York, NY

Doesn't get any better than this

  • 5 of 5

The house, the barn, the pool, the sauna, the brook, the woods, the history!

If you're looking to get away from it all and enjoy some nature with friends and fam, this is THE place. Really versatile property that has something for everyone and the price is absolutely right! Really just a joy to be able to spend time here, right at the foot of Vermont's tallest mountain and space for everyone. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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magic in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

We choose to have our wedding at Squabetty this summer. We were so enchanted by the property when were went to see the property that we turned our weekend event into an entire week. We were enjoyed hiking, swimming, yard games, barn dancing and quiet time on the deck watching the sunset. So many little places tucked away for private conversations or afternoon naps and yet the venue is large enough to accommodate a large crown for a celebration. The views of Mt.Mansfield are breathtaking. I think our favorite part was the sound of the river that lulled us to sleep each night. You'll never want to leave!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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country retreat unique

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend SQUA Betty and have always found it to be a beautiful quiet retreat with a charming rustic flair on our visits with the Deane's. A perfectly serene place to enjoy. We live nearby the property and own the very large field (optional rental ) along the road. Our Valley Dream Farm and farm stand offers certified organic produce - open seasonally, farm to table dinners with hayrides- reserved, rehearsal dinners and even floral arrangements for weddings. We can add to your experience at the Squa Betty mountain retreat.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burlington, VT

My New Favorite Spot in Vermont

  • 5 of 5

After searching through endless venues for our wedding this summer, we were lucky enough to find Squabetty. Immediately after our first visit, we knew it was the perfect place for us.

We had a lot of friends and family coming in from out of state, so we were looking for a place where a lot of people could stay. Squabetty was able to accommodate most of our friends and family, including everyone in the wedding party and their significant others. There are so many rooms in the house it's easy to get lost.

In addition to the amazing house, the location is spectacular. After the long drive up the driveway, you are quite literally on the side of Mt. Mansfield, with one of the peaks towering above you at all times. It is a perfect representation of the Green Mountains, and was a great way to show our friends why we are so proud to call Vermont our home.

Every morning I would walk down to the pool for a refreshing dip, and then stop at the blueberry bush on the way back for fresh fruit for breakfast. There are so many charming little touches and fun activities, you'll never get bored.

The owners were alway very easy to deal with, and it was clear that they have a great love for this place and take a lot of pride in it. We feel lucky to have spent time there, and hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fantastic stay

  • 5 of 5

Three generations just spent five beautiful days at Squabetty and had a wonderful time despite some cool and some rainy days. The house has an unusual layout which made the stay all the better figuring out where to go. We were four families : grandparents and 3 families with children between 2 1/2 to 10 (9 of them). The barn was a great hit with ping pong as well as a large area for the 2 year old to use the old tricycle.

The suspension bridge was fun every time we crossed it. The kids thought it was an adventure.

Some other activities: hiking to the waterfall and beyond; use of the pool briefly (very cold) ; tether ball; swing set; great games and toys in the sun room.

we had great dinners in the living room where we set up a double table to hold all 16 of us.

We highly recommend this very comfortable, homey, remote place. The driveway about 1.5 miles was a challenge the first time but afterwards just a 10 minute ride.

The only thing that could be improved was water pressure.

the house was very clean and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

I rented the Squabetty property for a wedding and I couldn't have imagined a better location. First, it took us a full day to figure out where we were in the house. It is a rambling structure with so much to look at and explore, it was an adventure in itself. The high point included finding a Harvard yearbook photo of the original owner in top hat and tails in one of the countless bookshelves. When you walk in, you realize you aren't in a rental, but you are in someones home. It feels like generations of the Deane family have just stepped away for a few hours to go to town and said "make yourselves at home". The kitchens had every imaginable cooking utensil, there were extra blankets for colder nights, and plenty of extra towels, band-aids, tp (although we brought extra and left it there for the next guests)

The wood-burning sauna worked great. We had it going in the afternoons a bit to keep warm between shuffling around in the stream and dipping in the stream-fed pool. We used it again on a couple of the colder nights. There isn't anything on the property we didn't use! We shuffle-boarded, we dipped in the pool, an adventurous friend slept in the lean-to. We played ping-pong until way too late. We sent a group of 5 hiking to the top of Mount Mansfield... We referenced old trail guides in the house in search of a "lake in the clouds" to no success. We ate dinner on the porch and watched fireflies. We saw foxes, chipmunks, and I heard rumors of someone in the party seeing a moose.

The barn is plenty large enough for any dance party to hold and is so charming on its own, I almost didn't bother with the decorations I had brought for the wedding.

The caretaker, Pete, was great. He showed us every last detail of the property and called to make sure everything was going well. When I panicked because we had ran out of water (the whole house is spring-fed and takes about an hour to re-fill once you've emptied the tank (pro tip: don't do laundry, dishes, and have 10 people showering all at the same time))he was there in no time to help us out. The owner was a serious pleasure to work with and was great about getting us things like barn-layouts for party-planning and a porta-potty for the wedding.

The ONLY thing I would do differently is to bring a set of walkie-talkies. The property is huge and easy to get away in (which is kind of the best part, too).

We're already saving our pennies to return, and hopefully return often.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24.5 Miles
Burlington International
Car: necessary

Located 45 minutes from Burlington, Squabetty is within an hour's drive of Smuggler's Notch, Ben & Jerry's factory, Vermont Teddy Bear Company and the Shelburne Museum.


Rates & Availability

Underhill Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Pet Fee $100

Over 12 guests: $250 surcharge (waived with event)
plus $50 per person per night
Additional Nights: $475.00
Campers: $25 per person per night
Pets: $100
Event Fees: Standard / (July & August)
0-25 Guests:$300 / $350
26-50 Guests: $975 / $1,000
50-100 Guests: $1,850 / $2,000
100-150 Guests: $2,350 / $3,000

Damage Deposit is fully refundable within (14) days of departure, provided the provisions of the agreement are met.

Reservation/Damge Deposit due with signed agreement provided by owner
1st half of rent due 60 days before arrival
2nd half due 14 days before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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