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Executive Retreat - Available 2018 Middlebury Graduation!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath Beautifully Furnished And Comfortable Home With Views

The Vermont House consists of a a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 story Main House; and a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 story Annex. The sections are separated by lockable double doors in the living rooms and kitchens. Guests may rent either section or both sections as a combined unit, except during Middlebury College Commencement week when the whole house must be rented. When a VRBO guest rents one side of the house, there will not be a guest in the other side.

PRICING (Additional detail):

2017 Fall Rate (9/1/17 - 10/31/17):

Annex Weekly rental rate is $1245.00

Main House weekly rental rate is $3380.00

Whole House weekly rental rate is $4525.00

2017 -2018 Winter Rates (11/1/17 - 3/31/18):

Annex weekly rental rate is $1325.00

Main House weekly rental rate is $3500.00

Whole House weekly rental rate is $4725.00

2018 Spring/Summer Rates (4/1/18 - 10/31/18):

Annex weekly rental rate is $1275.00

Main House weekly rental rate is $3450.00

Whole House weekly rental rate is $4625.00

Note: when renting only the Annex, the deposit amount is reduced. Call for special pricing for the Bread Loaf School of English.

The Main House Description:

30' living room with gas fireplace, Ralph Lauren leather sofa, a love seat, flat screen TV, Blu-Ray player, SONOS sound system, game table, additional chairs and French doors onto the porch.

Dining room with extendable table, China cabinet, wet bar and door to the Robert Frost porch. Counters on the cabinets are Vermont slate.

Modern kitchen with new cherry cabinets and cherry floor, all modern large appliances, laundry and door to enclosed porch. Small electric appliances include skillet, mixer, toaster, waffle iron, and combination blender/food processor.

The dinnerware is the cheerful Charter Club Summer Grove pattern.

Powder room with original marble vanity and porcelain basin.


Queen master bedroom has custom-made furniture including 2 bureaus and night stand, and a small TV.

The master bath features a marble bath with jacuzzi, separate shower and marble vanity with twin basins.

There are two more bedrooms upstairs, each with 2 extra-long twin beds. The two twin bedrooms share a hall bath with combined tub/shower.

All rooms have views of forests, the mountains, open fields, or the Bread Loaf campus.

The Annex is a private 1-story, 1-bedroom unit that is bright and welcoming:

The 30-foot combined living room/dining room has 2 easy chairs, a queen-sized sleep sofa, a china cabinet, flat screen TV, Blu-Ray player and stereo/CD player. The dining area has a dark wood trestle table with bench and 2 dining chairs.

The spacious Annex bedroom has a queen bed, large chest of drawers, two night stands and a large closet. Bedding for the sleep sofa is stored in the closet, as is a small fold-out child-sized bed.

The Annex galley kitchen has a full-sized 4-burner stove, microwave, and refrigerator/freezer. Toaster, waffle iron and Mr. Coffee are provided.

Dishes are the Charter Club Summer Grove pattern.

The Annex bathroom has a combined tub/shower with glass enclosure.

More Details

Neil Bicknell
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 6, 2017

About Neil Bicknell

Pictured - Neil and Judy at Shelburne Inn for a birthday celebration!

Neil grew up in Vermont, Judy in Oregon. We met while employed by IBM in New York. We now live in Boulder, Colorado and visit our Vermont House several times a year.

We enjoy hiking, biking, and fishing nearby, and reading, relaxing and gardening at the Vermont House. We appreciate the presentations and performances provided by Middlebury College and Bread Loaf. Ripton is a unique, supportive community that is a model of environmental stewardship and civic engagement.

Neil Bicknell purchased this house in 1998

Why Neil Bicknell chose Ripton

This home is unique; it is the only private home overlooking Bread Loaf campus. It has phenomenal views of the surrounding mountains and fields and the property is graced with beautiful flowers, old trees and old stone walls.

The original owners of the Vermont House were the Endicott's who obtained the property from Joseph Battell who built the Bread Loaf resort as an escape for city residents from the heat of summer. The property was purchased in the 1950's by the Davidson family. Donald Davidson was a professor at Vanderbilt University and cherished the opportunity to be at the house and near to Robert Frost who taught at Bread Loaf and lived a mile away. Our library contains a novel written by Professor Davidson. We purchased the house from the Davidson family in 1998 and shortly thereafter began a year-long renovation.

The house has been lovingly renovated, retaining charming original wood work, and completely updated with modern utilities and conveniences resulting in a wonderfully comfortable home.

Cross Country skiing is next door at the Rikert Center. Hiking is available everywhere; one may fish for brook trout (in season) along the river accessible from Route 125, and the Long Trail is only 2 miles away.

A drive to the center of Middlebury takes only 20 minutes; the Snow Bowl is 1.7 miles to the east; a 45 minute drive takes you to Sugarbush. Burlington and the airport are an hour away.

What makes this house unique

The light is unique, especially in the afternoons and the air is fresh and clear. Sunsets are glorious. Stars are brilliant and star-gazing in August rewards you with a view of shooting stars. One sleeps late here and rests well!

Sit in a rocker on the porch with a beverage nearby and a book in hand; walk to the Bread Loaf campus for a public event. Jog along the road and get a chance glimpse of a moose. Walk the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail. Go to Blueberry Hill and pick wild blueberries in the most magnificent setting. ....


Ripton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out
  • Village ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main House Powderoom - toilet
    Main House Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Marble floor and vanity
    Main House Upstairs Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared Bath for 2 Twin Bedrooms. Marble Floor.
    Annex Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Marble floor.
  • The Main House has a powder room downstairs. Upstairs, the marble master bath has a jacuzzi bath, a separate shower and twin porcelain basins in a marble vanity. The Upstairs hall bath has a combined bath/shower with glass shower doors. The tub has air jets. The Annex bathroom has a combined tub/shower with glass shower door. It is adjacent to the bedroom. Two sets of towels are provided.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Upstairs Room with view towards Snow Bowl and open fields.
    Main House Twin Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , 2 Extra long twin beds
    Main House Twin Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 Extra Long twin beds
    Annex Bedroom - 1 queen , Beautiful 1st floor room; view towards Bread Loaf campus.
  • The Main House has 3 upstairs bedrooms: a queen-sized master bedroom, and 2 bedrooms each with 2 twin-sized, extra long beds. The Annex has a queen-sized bedroom and a queen-sized sleep sofa in the living room. All beds have comforters as well as available lighter weight blankets. Beds are made and an extra set of linens is available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Executive Retreat - Available 2018 Middlebury Graduation!
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Williamstown, MA

Heaven on Breadloaf Mountain

  • 5 of 5

We have had the pleasure of staying at Judy and Neil's home twice now - each time with friends for a Middlebury College reunion + extra vacation. We are now thinking we need to rent yearly - not just every five years! The home is spacious, well-equipped, comfortable, clean and inviting. I could spend all day on the porch admiring the gardens and the mountain views.

If you are sporty - it's a perfect spot to run/bike/hike/ski/walk from. If you want relaxation - it's a perfect spot for reading/meditating/napping! If you are visiting with friends - it's ideal for preparing and enjoying meals inside and out. It is so easy to feel at home here - we are always sad to leave.

Communication with Judy and Neil has always been easy and they provide excellent information and quick responses to any questions or needs. They go above and beyond to make us feel welcome. We would recommend this property over any B&B, hotel or inn in VT!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harrisburg, PA

A Writer's Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I am a perennial attendee of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, which takes place for ten days in mid-August. I have stayed in the Annex every year since 2006, and have every intention of making this an August getaway, whether I participate in the conference or not. I travel a lot, often staying in private accommodations. This property is unmatched in terms of beauty and comfort. The kitchen is state-of-the-art, the furnishings are not only functional but lovely to look at and to use.

Staying here, I have the privacy and solitude I need as a fiction writer. Neil and Judy are superb hosts. Often, during my stays, they are in residence in the main house, but there have been times when I was there alone. No problem, such as intermittent satellite service or a shower door that was not operating properly, has ever gone unsolved, whether they were there or not. Security is not a problem, even though the location is remote

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Waybury Inn
Nearest Ski
1.7 Miles
Middlebury Snowbowl
Car: necessary

The Vermont House is located on the eastern edge of the Bread Loaf Mountain Campus of Middlebury College, the home of the Bread Loaf School of English and The Writer's Conference. The Bread Loaf campus is also home to the Rikert Nordic Center. This is a private, quiet, and beautiful location.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,200
Tax Rate 9.0%

Please call us to discuss your housing needs and so we may answer any questions.

Rental deposit upon contract signing; remainder of rental payment and security deposit 6 weeks prior to arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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