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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.

More Details

Duncan McLane
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

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 Underhill

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
  • Children welcome
  • 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 16 reviews

Incredible Mountain Wedding Venue

  • 5 of 5

From start to finish, this was more than I ever thought possible for a wedding venue. My family stayed in the house and we had about 15 people camp on the property for a jam packed wedding weekend. We had about 85 guests total and the barn was roomy enough for food and dancing! The place was spotless, the communication was clear and quick through the whole process and Pete, the groundskeeper was so friendly and helpful we actually invited him up for some BBQ on our wedding! The place is absolutely beautiful from the old house, full of history and stories, to the grounds which include a running stream, pool and sauna. We hope to revisit our wedding venue many times in the future. In fact, our friends were already planning a reunion at Squabetty by the end of the weekend!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Erie, CO

It is indeed a Magical Place! All-time VRBO.

  • 5 of 5

This is the best VRBO home I've ever rented. Hands down. The house is a living entity, and the grounds are a warm blanket. When you arrive, you can spend a whole day just uncovering the lids and reaching in for goodies. The house, the barn, the brook, the sauna, the pool, the lean to, all of it is the best part of the experience of Squabetty. The owners have thought of everything, they have you covered. The caretaker, Pete, is awesome and you kind of want him to stick around and hang. Hike, fish, relax, whatever. My guess is you won't leave the property once you arrive. We didn't.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Underhill Vermont


  • 5 of 5

Squabetty is a gem from another era tucked into the side of mount Mansfield

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fairfax vt

Beautiful, magical place

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was so amazing and wonderful. It was the perfect spot for our wedding and our friends and family loved the place. The owners and care taker were so helpful throughout the whole process and we could not have picked a better place! We will definitely be back!

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

See Notes below $0
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 9.0%

Over 12 guests: $250 surcharge (waived with event)
Additional Nights: $500.00 Peak $550.00
Campers: $25 per person per night
Pets: $100
Events with 3 night minimum:
Standard / (July & August)
0-25 Guests:$325 / $360
26-50 Guests: $1,000/ $1,100
50-100 Guests: $2,000 / $2,200
100-150 Guests: $2,500 / $3,250

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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