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Spacious Post & Beam Home with Stunning Mountain Views!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Post & Beam four level home with open floor plan in a sunny south-facing meadow

This 10+ acre private property is surrounded by gorgeous mountain, meadow, and forest views. The finished basement has a large TV/game room and walkout door to the outdoor stone patio and lawns. A gourmet kitchen and breakfast bar, dining room, living room, private bedroom with double bed, half-bath, porch, and large outdoor deck are on first level. A master bedroom with king bed and large closet; two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and closet, and one with two twin beds and closet; a full bathroom with deep porcelain tub, oversize custom tiled shower, and custom maple vanity comprise the second level. A ship's ladder provides access to the third level loft with one twin bed and built-in shelves and drawers.

The house is provided the best tasting and naturally cold water in all of Vermont from a deep bedrock well with a prolific yield.

The topmost ski lifts for Mad River Glen, Sugarbush North (Mount Ellen), and Sugarbush South (Lincoln Peak) are visible on the mountaintop ridge to the east. The Long Trail, a 275-mile hiking trail that extends the length of Vermont, from Massachusetts in the south to Canada in the north, crests the ridge and is accessed via the Jerusalem Trail, within walking distance.

The hardwood forest on and surrounding the property provides wonderful walking, hiking, and snowshoeing opportunities on woods roads, paths, and well-traveled deer trails. A mountain stream and Hallock Brook flow through the property. Mountain-biking can be had on the many dirt roads and trails in the vicinity. Road bicycling is very popular on nearby Route 17, mountain gaps, and the Champlain Valley to the west.

More Details

Bill Norland
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2018

About Bill Norland

A lover of the outdoors, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, fishing, entertaining, and relaxing, I moved back to Vermont following College and have an established professional career as a Hydrogeologist.

Bill Norland purchased this house in 1993

Why Bill Norland chose Starksboro

The quiet beauty and spectacular views attracted me to the undeveloped property during a walk with a friend in 1991. A few weeks later the 10+ acre property was listed for sale, and was then purchased in 1992 and developed with the Post & Beam home in 1993. I welcome you to enjoy the peace and quiet beauty of my mountain retreat.

What makes this house unique

With plenty of privacy and quiet, and the ever-changing seasonal mountain views, sunrises, and alpenglow sunsets, Sweet Mountain Retreat offers many nearby amenities as well.

The bustling fun, excitement, and beauty of Burlington and its waterfront is a short drive to the north. Wintertime skiing and snowboarding, shopping and exploring, is a short ride over the mountain (Route 17 & ApGap) in Waitsfield, Warren, and Waterbury.

Cultural and social events exist throughout the Champlain Valley, including world-class restaurants (Mary's at Baldwin Creek, Tourterelle, Black Sheep Bistro, Bearded Frog...), concerts, opera, the world-famous Shelburne Museum, and many fine establishments for creative and unique shopping events.

Vermont is widely known for wonderfully creative breweries, and many of the best are located here in Addison County and nearby: Drop-In Brewing, Otter Creek Brewing, Lawson's Finest Liquids, Alchemist Brewing, The Shed Brewery, Magic Hat Brewing Co., Fiddlehead Brewing, Switchback Brewing, Vermont Pub and Brewery, and many more. Lincoln Peak Winery, Shacksbury Cider, and the home of Woodchuck Hard Cider are nearby in New Haven, Vergennes, and Middlebury.


Starksboro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half Bathroom - First Level - toilet , Toilet and sink, pocket door access.
    Full Bathroom - Second Level - toilet , tub , shower , 160 sq. ft., sink, deep porcelain tub, tile shower.
    Large Outdoor Shower (Seasonal) - outdoor shower , First level, on outside deck, shower and hand spray, seat
  • The finest tasting water in Vermont is provided to the house from a deep bedrock well on the property that taps a naturally cool and clean aquifer. Leave your bottled water at home since you cannot get enough of the high quality water!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - Second Level - 2 twin/ single , 160 sq. ft., closet, drawers under beds.
    Bedroom 1 - Second Level - 1 queen , 160 sq. ft., closet, chest of drawers, two night stands.
    First level bedroom - 1 double , 160 sq. ft., desk with chair, chest of drawers, night table
    Master Bedroom - Second Level - 1 king , 380 sq. ft., closet, 2 chests of drawers, door to bathroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Spacious Post & Beam Home with Stunning Mountain Views!
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Great Family Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great family getaway weekend in Starksboro, Vermont. We enjoyed 2 days of downhill skiing at Sugarbush. When a snow storm on Friday prevented us from getting through the pass to Sugarbush, we enjoyed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the property and surrounding trails. We even made it to the Alchemist Brewery and the Ben & Jerry's factory for tours and sampling. The house accommodated the 8 of us very comfortably and was very well equipped.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a space for overflow folks during a film shoot. The rental was peaceful and comfortable. One of the guests said the bed was more comfortable than theirs at home!

100% recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved staying at Bill's house

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at Bill's house in Starksboro. The house features gorgeous views of the beautiful fall foliage everywhere you look. The location was close by local hiking trails (we checked out Camel's Hump which was great) and also only ~30 minutes into Burlington. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning setting

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay this summer! The property offers gorgeous views, huge yard, a wonderfully equipped kitchen, very comfortable beds, and a lovely setting. This was a perfect family spot, with 4 adults and 2 kids in our party. We especially appreciated the beds with kid rails and gate at the top of the stairs for young kids. The owner was very responsive and easy to work with. We would certainly return if our travels take us to Vermont again - a truly terrific area!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montréal , Canada

accueillant , charmant, magnifique location

  • 5 of 5

Maison bien située, accueillante, grande fenestration et vue sur la montagne

cuisine très bien équipée

nous avons beaucoup apprécié notre séjour


  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable Rustic Country Home

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed in this home shortly after Christmas through New Year. This is a wonderful home with a lot of personality and provides most every amenity you could want. The most extraordinary of which was the pull-up bar in an upstairs door frame. The kitchen has a great layout and provides everything the chef could need from knives to tupperware! There are huge windows overlooking fields and mountains. My kids loved playing fussball and darts. The homeowner left many toys, games, topical books (local birds, animals, fauna, geology, children's books, etc.), baseball gloves, etc. which adds to the fun and personality of the home. The location provides a great deal of peace, quiet and country but we drove very easily to Sugarbush, Mad River, Bristol, Middlebury and Burlington. Note that the home is rustic, a bit creaky and noises carry which means people in the home should know each other well. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Burlington International Airport (BTV)
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Mary's At Baldwin Creek, Bristol
Nearest Ferry
28 Miles
Charlotte, VT to Essex, NY Ferry, Charlotte
Nearest Golf
21 Miles
Rocky Ridge Golf, Williston
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Amtrak - Essex Junction
Nearest Motorway
26 Miles
Interstate 89, Exit 9, Middlesex
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Mary's At Baldwin Creek, Bristol
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Mad River Glen, Fayston
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Button Bay, Lake Champlain
Car: necessary

Spacious 4-bedroom Post & Beam vacation home on 10+ private acres with spectacular 270-degree views of the high mountains and nearby cliffs. Located on a south-facing open meadow hillside, there is plenty of warm sunshine and privacy with surrounding woods and forest. Close to skiing, snowboarding, and recreational activities at Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, walking and hiking trails, solitude, swimming, exploring, and fishing. At an elevation of 1,500-feet the winter snows beckon X-C skiing and snowshoeing, and sledding for the kids (and big 'kids') outside on the hillsides. A cool mountain stream with wooded banks attracts wildlife including fox, grouse, woodchuck, whitetail deer, black bear, moose, coy-dogs, and birds. The lush verdant meadow and quiet woods of Spring and Summer are perfect for outdoor walks, relaxing, hiking, and exploring the natural areas and villages of Lincoln, Starksboro, Bristol, Middlebury, Fayston and Waitsfield. Bright fall foliage colors of reds, oranges, and yellows, are unsurpassed, with the nearby hiking trails offering colorful distant views from the many open peaks and lookout vantages.

Nearby villages of Bristol and Middlebury offer shopping and a myriad of restaurants to enjoy. The Jerusalem Corners Country Store is 2 minutes away for maple syrup, groceries, fuel, snacks, beer & wine, and more!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

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.

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