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Pristine Mountain Farm (w/optional Barn, Ponds, Meadows..)

Bedrooms 12
Half Baths1
Space 3,995 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Completely private farm, 12 BR house, barn, field, ponds...

(Newer listing) Spacious and comfortable retreat (13 beds, 3.5 baths via 8 bedrooms with 4 lofts) with wood stove/fireplace, large country kitchen with six burner range. Ideal for large gatherings for skiing, hiking, biking, relaxing among a setting of rolling fields, ponds and mountain views all in the center of Vermont's highest mountains. 30 and 40 mins to Sugarbush and Killington, 30 to Middlebury, but AWAY from the crowds - this is real Vermont, not a "resorty" location on a ski access road or the like. 20 minutes or less to Rikert Nordic ski center and the Middlebury Snow Bowl alpine area.

(Pricing on this site is for house only.) Inquire for other features described including retreat/reunion barn weddings.

Soaring timber-frame 3 story barn for events and house to host. House sleeps 23 in beds depending on couples numbers, up to 25+ with kids on sleeping pads. Organic sheets. Low/no odor natural cleaning products used throughout. Kitchen and main house can handle 25 or so if needed. World class skiing and biking out the door. 30 mins between Middlebury and Bethel, just south of the Mad River Valley.

This is a place for people who want to get away from the hustle. There's no TV, no sound of a road, no artificial light dimming the stars, no bars close at hand, etc. For those that really want to leave the city behind and enjoy the solitude, beauty, and wonder in an authentic rural Vermont setting.

House is 8 bedrooms 4 of which have lofts above which are connected to and open to the bedroom below. They are individual lofts, some with queen some twin. Happy to email a floor plan to you.

More Details

Ben Falk
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Ben Falk

I'm a landscape architect and organic farmer that loves to ski, swim and play in central Vermont.

Ben Falk purchased this chateau / country house in 2012

Why Ben Falk chose Rochester

It's an amazingly pristine yet accessible place that we've looked to find for 15 years.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The remoteness, quietude, accessibility, beauty, light, ponds and rolling fields with access to the best of the center of Vermont's Green Mountains is hard to find anywhere else. And we looked!


Rochester Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3995 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 separate bathrooms.
  • 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • queen master - 1 queen , has private bath with shower and private sunroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , second downstairs room, shares a bath, has two twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , upstairs queen with private half bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , upstairs queen with shared bath
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 9 - 1 double
    Bedroom 11 - 1 double
    Bedroom 12 - 1 twin/ single
  • Nice simple rooms, very clean. Cozy. Tons of space.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Pristine Mountain Farm (w/optional Barn, Ponds, Meadows..)
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
Boston, MA

Rustic Cozy Wintery Beauty!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of young scientists from a research university in Boston coming for a weekend retreat to have fun and relax bringing spouses and a couple kids. 21 of us total including two little ones. This place was perfect for a large group with the large kitchen, multiple bathrooms, and plenty of bedrooms. The views were spectacular, and the fireplace was so cozy. We had a fantastic time relaxing, enjoying nearby skiing, exploring Rochester, and just lounging to shared meals and playing games in the evening in the spacious living room. Ben (landlord) was very gracious, providing a gift of some chocolates & local brew for us, offering plenty of firewood, and being just a text away if we needed anything. We would absolutely stay again!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your stay. It was wonderful having your group and would love to have you visit again. Best, Ben and The Falks
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Spectacular Wedding Venue

  • 5 of 5

This was such a special place to have our wedding weekend. After a thorough search of similar locations throughout Vermont, Satoyama Farm caught our eye and it took about 3 minutes of being on the grounds for us to know that this was the place for our special weekend. We were taken back by the stunning views, relaxed vibe and by our positive first-impressions of Ben.

After booking the venue, the lead-up to the wedding was positive in terms of communication and straightforwardness. Ben and his father were responsive to our questions within a reasonable timeframe and were both helpful. Our only frustration throughout the process was involving the event insurance, which felt convoluted at some points. Streamlining this process could take away some significant hassle, especially for fellow DIY-ers like ourselves.

With the event insurance frustrations aside, the rest of the process was smooth and allowed for our wedding weekend to be even more glorious than anticipated. Ben and family were on site throughout the weekend, which turned out to be reassuring and made for quick solutions to our questions/problems. They easily blended in and were busy doing their own thing, and we were more than happy to share some of our food, drink and conversations with them.

The facilities were more than sufficient to have 50 people for our event, and we are really happy that we decided to stay in the house with close family and friends for 3 nights. This allowed for ourselves and the other house guests to get to know one another and to explore the grounds, and we absolutely utilized all that the farm had to offer, especially the ponds to cool off on our oppressively hot weekend. Also, guests walked the grounds, we had dinner and dance in the barn, had our ceremony in one of the open fields, took pictures in multiple picturesque locations and also had a fire the night of the wedding.

The house itself was well stocked with enough kitchen utensils and appliances to prepare our wedding food, community breakfasts and other meals. It was critical to have the additional refrigerator space in the barn, which allowed us to better house our prepared food.

Overall, we had a wonderful experience at Satoyama Farm, and strongly recommend it to other people who are looking either for an exceptional, serene location for an event or for just a relaxed weekend away.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the thorough feedback Shayne. It was great meeting you and your family and were very happy to have you here. We appreciate such a respectful group of folks who appreciated the special nature of this place so much - especially the cool water on the historic heat wave. We are continually working on simplifying the insurance process but the requirements are quite unchangeable by us - I think we might be able lay it out more clearly at the outset perhaps or at least emphasize that parties really read it all initially when we send it so additional clarifications and back/forth aren't needed. A conversation at the outset is probably what we'll aim to do for sure, at the very least. Thanks again... Best, Ben and the Falks
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

We had our wedding on the property. Just like us, our guests were floored with the set-up. The place was perfect for our wed-fest event. Our friends stayed in the house and camped. House has a campy feel and there isn't much to it, but everyone was comfortable and able to spread out, given the use of the property, yoga studio etc. You just can't beat the pristine natural beauty of this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming! .... We appreciate your stay very much and are continuously improving the place... Best, Ben and Family
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A naturalists/ modern farmers dream!

  • 5 of 5

Our entire experience was flawless from start to finish. I was looking for a location to host my cousins' bachelorette party, and this fit the bill in every way. Laurel is a farmer who loves to jump in bodies of water and spend nights under the stars.

Ben kindly gave us a tour of the property, explaining how the land was zoned, what was planted, and how his work would shape the nearby area in years to come. We swam in the pond, hiked around the property, enjoyed the sauna, and had champagne & s'mores around the fire at night. The house itself is enormous, and we all gaped at the amount of bedrooms and how nicely they were decorated. The kitchen and living area are lovely, and well suited for cooking group dinners, relaxing and playing games. We even utilized the yoga studio before leaving!

Ben was more than accommodating, and the property itself is majestic. Just listening to the wind move through the trees is enough to make you want to book your next stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed your stay Helen. Thanks too for leaving the place in good order, your group was really nice to meet and show around. Glad they were so interested! best, Ben
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A Fantastic Place!

  • 5 of 5

We went with a large group for four days. We had an amazing experience. The house is really well set up, comfortable beds, very good kitchen with everything you need. The barn and the yoga studio are so lovely to be in. And the land is magical. Two ponds to swim in and a gorgeous view of the mountains. Ben is really taking care of the place. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying on the farm - so glad you appreciated the place. We look forward to your return!
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AMAZING getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most magical time at Ben's farmhouse. First of all, the love that he has put into the space is palpable- he has handmade furniture, perfectly curated each room-- to give it an incredibly warm and welcoming feel. We had 20 people stay there including a 6-year old and a 4-year old kid and we didn't feel cramped at all - yet it still retained its intimacy. Ben was also incredibly helpful- i was getting an order of flowers to the house for my wedding and he put a note up for fed-ex so they would leave it at the door.

The property is also incredible- ponds, mountains, and stillness. It also boasts a yoga studio with huge glass windows and a porch-- we practiced there every morning and meditated as a group.

We all left feeling like we walked out of a magical fairy-tale.

Thank you so much for making our wedding weekend incredible-- our families and bridal parties got to bond and we all made new friends and unforgettable memories. I highly recommend this place for anyone wanting to get away, reconnect with themselves, and the pure essence of Vermont.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for coming and for being a respectful group who appreciated the special place. Best, Ben
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Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Sugarbush, Killington, Middlebury Snow Bowl

Heart of the Green Mountains and Vermont - epicenter of the best skiing in the east. Wold class mountain and road biking literally out the front door. Woods and dirt road walks endlessly. Pond and river swimming and much more. A natural playground.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,850
Cleaning & trash removal $277 + Tax

Minimum rental for exclusive use of house is $575 per night, $55 additional p/p beyond 6 people.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.