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A Peaceful, Conveniently Located, Home Away from Home for Your Family

(4 Reviews)

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

A gorgeous 3 bedroom house on 4 acres with meandering gardens and a large pond

Good news! I've decided not to sell the property yet! I've just opened the calendar up for bookings. Hope to see you soon. ani

Welcome to Serenity, a gorgeous post-and-beam house sharing 4 acres of woodland with Ganesh Gardens and a fabulous pond for swimming and frog-hunting. :)

Serenity is 1750 square foot traditionally pegged post-and-beam house built around a 12 foot chimney and hearth. This means that wooden pegs, rather than nails, are used to construct the frame and all structural beams are exposed beneath wood paneled cathedral ceilings with skylights. All flooring is solid wood (oak downstairs; pine upstairs), as are all furnishings.

Serenity sits on just over four acres, of wooded land, with Ganesh Gardens, a profusion of cultivated flower and herb beds spilling out on the hill behind it. At the base of the slope is a lovely pond, inhabited by peepers, frogs, turtles, and visited by deer, ducks, and, when we are lucky, a beautiful grey heron.

Serenity is not alone on the land. A smaller timber-framed guest house is attached to Serenity. Beginning in July of 2017, the guest house will serve as a home to Angela and John, a young couple who will be managing Serenity for me while I serve for Peace Corps in Rwanda. I will continue to be available to guests via this electronic messaging system but Angela and John will be the faces that you see and the people to whom you can address questions in real time on site.

LAY-OUT: There is a kitchen, living/dining room, three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, plus a sun room where you can sleep under the stars during spring, summer and early fall. A deck complete with outdoor grill and deck chairs also overlooks Ganesh Gardens.

KITCHEN: The kitchen is fully equipped with a refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, toaster oven, blenders, food processor, waffle iron, dishes, pots and pans, cooking and eating utensils. The kitchen is stocked with tea and coffee Keurig cups and a Keurig machine, common herbal mixes, salt, pepper, and a range of other staples that previous guests have left, such as flour and sugar.

BEDROOMS: There are three bedrooms, each with a double bed, dresser for your possessions, blanket boxes for linens, several lamps, and a writing table. The upstairs rooms also have individual refrigerators.

Master Bedroom: Upstairs, the master bedroom is doubled-sized.

Loft Room: Also upstairs, another has a large loft where the futon mattress has been placed under the skylight, leaving a full-sized room free for your use. The loft room is a favorite choice for teens and young adults, but is not recommended for young children unless they are accompanied by an adult. There is plenty of room for two -- the loft itself extends 20 feet along the length of the ceiling and is kept warm and toasty with the chimney as a side wall. The two upstairs room share a bathroom.

Accessible Room: The first-floor bedroom is directly off the living room, and is wheelchair accessible with direct access into one bathroom.

SUNROOM: Located off the dining room, this room has double futon bed, with glass on all three exterior walls, in addition to the interior wall, plus a glass ceiling. It's fabulous if you'd like to gaze at the stars while in bed or wake up to a blue sky with clouds drifting by and the branches of a lilac tree nuzzling the window next to your bed. Roll down bamboo curtains provide privacy from the dining area.

LIVING ROOM: The living room has a fireplace and a woodstove. The house is heated with the woodstove which I manage due to insurance requirements. I am available 24/7 to get the woodstove started up for you. There is also a fireplace where you can light your own fires at any time.

ENTRY: Shoes are not worn in the house; there are slippers available if you need them, as well as thick clean socks. There is a covered porch and small interior room for storing shoes, sports equipment, plus a pocketbook library for your use while at Serenity or to trade in the book you just finished for another.

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS: Beds have futon mattresses with memory foam and hypoallergenic mattress covers, 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, and 100% cotton quilts. Additional linens provided are 100% cotton blankets or snuggly fleece blankets.


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, french, Swahili
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1750 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6-8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • Toys:

    Huge stuffed animal collection and children's books....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa

Location Type

  • Water View:

    Deck and living room overlook the pond on the property...moreless


  • Dining:

    Two additional folding tables with chairs available...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating:

    Choice of woodstove or forced hot air oil heating...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker:

    Keurig machine with a variety of tea and coffee cups...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, some herbs, staples left by previous occupants, dried milk, maple sugar...moreless


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Pond behind house, shared with owner...moreless



from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$1,100 $3,500

Rates are based on 3 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9%


$180 / night is for three guests. Additional guests are $15 per guest per night.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/24/2017
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80 Miles
Nearest Airport
bradley international

Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1983

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, Swahili
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/24/2017

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  • Kitchen


  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Balcony overlooking living room

    Balcony overlooking living room

  • Room with loft

    Room with loft

  • A midsummer afternoon

    A midsummer afternoon

  • Living and dining rooms

    Living and dining rooms

  • First winter storm

    First winter storm

  • Pond in late fall, from living room window

    Pond in late fall, from living room window

  • House from south end of pond

    House from south end of pond

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Loft


  • Entry in early spring

    Entry in early spring

  • Lilies in mid-summer

    Lilies in mid-summer

  • Pond from south end, below the house

    Pond from south end, below the house

  • Looking up from living room, photo by a guest

    Looking up from living room, photo by a guest

  • Pond in early winter

    Pond in early winter

VRBO #696435

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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