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A peaceful & uplifting retreat with amazing views in the heart of the mountains.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

CONSTRUCTION COMPLETED IN LATE 2016! We are close to Vermont's premier skiing, hiking, and outdoor adventures. Burlington and Montpelier, as well as the beer, coffee, and ice cream mecca of Waterbury, are nearby. You’ll love the sunset views (6 of VT's highest peaks), the atmosphere (calming and uplifting), the coziness (huge sheepskin in front of the fireplace), and the attention to detail (live-edge wood details, spa-like bathroom). This is an incredible retreat for couples (families too), solo adventurers, and business travelers.

Our Space

Our Above the Clouds guesthouse was built with attention to every detail and a commitment to creating a peaceful, uplifting environment. While you're likely to travel to Vermont to partake in the natural beauty and outdoor adventures that abound, you may never want to leave this enchanting nest.

Located at the end of a quarter-mile long driveway that wends its way through birch and hemlocks, you'll find yourself perched at the top of the world overlooking a 180-degree mountain vista -- Camels Hump dominates the direct view with the Mad River Valley below, Mount Ellen to the south and west, Mount Mansfield to the north, and Hunger Mountain to the northeast. Jay Peak (on the Canadian border) can even be spotted on a clear day. Other than the adjacent main house (located nearby but placed so both houses have privacy), the only signs of life are lights twinkling across the valley at night and the various forms of wildlife that share the land and soar over the valley.

The queen bed in the open-concept upstairs is peerless: an extraordinary mattress plus top-tier linens and pillows. The hand-crafted headboard designates the west-facing gable, with stupendous views of mountains—and sunsets—outside (and the fireplace inside), from the open-plan living room. The living room also has a reading nook with a sheepskin-covered day bed that converts into two twin mattresses that can be set up for kids. The couch downstairs converts into a comfortable queen size bed with a high-end memory foam topper for those who want it. All bed linens, towels, and pillows are hotel quality. Down and non-down blankets and pillows available for all beds.

Our spa-like bathroom has a shower for two with both a rainshower and a hand-held shower head, plus a pebble floor to massage your feet. The sink is made from a hand-carved boulder and sits atop a spaulted maple live-edge counter held up by a silver maple tree base lovingly harvested from our property. For those who want to bathe in the midst of Vermont's great outdoors, there is an outdoor shower that affords complete privacy and incredible views.

The kitchen, with Euro fridge and dishwasher, is equipped with gourmet appliances, including a fondue pot for a treat while in your mountain retreat and a well stocked pantry with an array of spices. There are amazing views from every window and a granite counter (surrounded by super comfortable leather bar stools),which is so mesmerizing that you could get lost in its beauty.

The open-plan living room, with views in every direction, adjoins a 8'x20' deck with clear walls, providing an amazing place for outdoor living high up in the trees. During deck season, it is fully furnished and has a gas grill. We can even provide an outdoor mattress for those who want to sleep under the Milky Way.

For your viewing pleasure, there is a TV downstairs with DirecTV and Roku. Your digital music collection will sound great when played through the Bluetooth Fugoo speaker. And, for some old-fashioned fun, there is a generous store of board games, books, and puzzles.

Guest Access

The whole guesthouse, including the deck, outdoor shower, and private side garden are yours alone. Parking available for 2 cars.

Interaction with Guests

Bob and I live in the adjacent main house. We are semi-retired and work from home, so we're generally available to answer questions and provide any support you may need. On special request, for a fee, Bob and I (both seasoned environmental entrepreneurs, specializing in financing clean energy projects) can set up business coaching sessions with you. Please contact us if you are interested in this additional package.

Things to Note

We have three tiny, elderly dogs. They may bark when they first see you but are otherwise just bundles of waggling tails and soft, hypoallergenic fur. Sorry, we are not able to accommodate any visiting pets.

Neighborhood

While you'll feel like you're at the end of the world, Above the Clouds is conveniently located 10 minutes off I-89, 20 minutes from Sugarbush, 30 minutes from Stowe village (the ski area is another 10 minutes up the road), 15 minutes from Montpelier, and 40 minutes from Burlington. Plus the beer, coffee, cheese, and ice cream mecca of Waterbury is only 20 minutes away. Come summer, the food artisans and talented crafters at the Waitsfield Farmers Market attract people from far and wide, and there are many points of access to the nearby Long Trail. Or you can start your outdoor adventures closer to home: paths that start on the property lead all over the mountain and are great for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Bicyclists have easy access to Vermont's picturesque Route 100 and many more off-the-beaten paths, roads, and trails.

Getting Around

You'll definitely need a car to get here. Winter visitors will certainly want front-wheel drive and snow tires. Under certain circumstances, we may also be able to arrange to pick you at the Moretown General Store (located only 3 miles away) if you can't make it up the mountain. Please reach out to us if you think you'll need this service.

More Details

Owner
Marianne Barton
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

About Marianne Barton

Bob and I are semi- retired "green" investment bankers. We work from home and enjoy spending a lot of time gardening, hiking, traveling, and reading. We delight in our three small dogs, family, and many friends (both the old ones and the new ones we make through our travel and our hospitality hosting).

Marianne Barton purchased this guest house in 2014

Why Marianne Barton chose Sugarbush, Mad River Glen

After decades of living in southern Vermont, Bob and I decided to move to the heart of the Mad River Valley because it's profound beauty and access to nature made our hearts sing. We went to see at least 60 houses before finding this one and knew this was the one as soon as we stopped at the end of the driveway (you'll understand why when you get here). After moving here I learned my parents' favorite place in all of Vermont was within a mile of here, so perhaps they "chose" it for me without my knowing it.

What makes this guest house unique

You can see four of Vermont's highest peaks from the sweeping 180-degree of the Mad River Valley. In fact, many Vermont veterans say ours is the most beautiful view they have ever seen. Where there aren't mountains there are gorgeous rock outcroppings, beautiful gardens, gentle forests, and magnificent stars (the Milky Way shines its magic on all clear nights and sometimes the northern lights bewitch the sky).

We designed the retreat to embrace this view --including using an abundance of windows and clear walls on the large deck -- and the very essence of nature -- our use of natural wood, fire, and stone elements will delight you. The effect is simultaneously peaceful and uplifting.

Amenities

Moretown Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower with complete privacy & 180-degree views
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Spa-like amenities and natural features abound
  • Spa-like bathroom with 2-head, 2-person shower, spa bench and pebble floor. Sink is carved out of a river boulder and the vanity counter base is a beautiful tree from our property. The sky light overlooking adjacent forest top fills the room with light. The live-edge wood sliding door is so beautiful you'll want to hug it. You have to experience it to understand... There is a completely private outdoor shower with a view that will make you feel like you're showering in heaven.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Open concept with big privacy headboard, facing sunset views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Downstairs sofa uniquely coverts into comfy full bed
    Reading Nook Daybed - 2 twin/ single , Pop-up twin/king daybed in reading nook upstairs
  • The queen bed upstairs is peerless: an extraordinary mattress plus top-tier linens and pillows. The hand-crafted headboard designates the west-facing gable, with stupendous views of mountains—and sunsets—outside (and the fireplace inside), from the open-plan living room. Other touches include a hand-crafted bentwood rocker and other "natural" touches. The sectional couch downstairs has a unique way of converting into a comfortable double bed. A 3" memory foam topper is available for those who want it. Tucked into the far side of the living room, is a sheepskin covered reading nook (with amazing mountain views) that converts into two twin beds or a king, if needed. Sleeping is ideal for 4 as 2 can sleep upstairs and 2 can sleep downstairs. Six people can be accommodated (with less privacy) by using the two twin beds in the reading nook. The six-person arrangement is best for families and couples who are very comfortable with each other.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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A peaceful & uplifting retreat with amazing views in the heart of the mountains.
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5

Fantastic getaway retreat

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying here...we only had time for a short 2 night stay, but Marianne and Bob were fantastic hosts with just enough touch to be spectacularly helpful and wonderful hosts, but to also leave us to our own devices to relax and enjoy.

Waking up here in the morning is amazing, the space has wonderful energy, and we found our short stay to be completely reinvigorating after we had both had a rough few weeks before. As much as I hated to have to go back to work on Monday, I was renewed and ready to go at it!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding experience

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed every aspect of our stay. The venue was great, the view was terrific, and our hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. We had a very relaxing time reading, looking out at the view, and exploring the area. We felt very welcome and refreshed. We recommend this retreat fully and without reservation, and we look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We loved having you and welcome you back anytime...
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5

lovely.

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous place to reconnect, muse, laugh, adventure, peace out ....clean and bright yet very settling. Outdoor shower refreshes after a long day biking. Just what we needed. Marianne and Bob were very welcoming and full of knowledge about area and activities.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden Oasis Amidst Green Mountains

  • 5 of 5

Marianne and Bob exude a calm, but intently focused, serenity and have crafted the ideal retreat. Every detail, from pre-preparation planning to post-checkout correspondence occurred instantly with flawless execution. That same attention to detail has been applied to their guest house where no need arises...they have thought of everything which rewarded my five senses at every opportunity! We sought a space that would "nurture our souls" for a week of active vacation in the Mad River Valley. Above the Clouds excelled in this regard, incorporating modern convenience with art gallery, at harmony with Nature and worthy of a spiritual retreat. I remain grateful that Marianne and Bob willingly share this paradise, and look forward to returning. They exemplify the sort of people you wished you had met decades earlier, to share laughs, stories and grow ever richer on shared experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Writer's/Artist's Dream Come True

  • 5 of 5

Life changing — that’s what seven days at Above the Clouds Retreat was for my teenage daughter and me. The previous reviewers did a fantastic job describing the accommodations and beauty of the house. Let me describe the impact of that beauty on us.

I came thinking I was going to have a writing intensive, but it became a transforming experience, more like a vision quest, that deeply affected the direction of my writing… and me, in ways I didn't expect.

The house is designed to bring nature indoors. Secluded from the noises of humanity, the house is impeccably clean and quiet. Soothing sounds of nature reach your ears — bird song and the low rushing waters of a river from the valley. There is movement on the mountains — dynamic skies, clouds skimming over mountaintops or bending down to flow through the valley.

You can see it all from your bed, in front of the fireplace, standing in the kitchen. The deck is an invitation for listening to the wind, drinking in the sky or sustaining yourself on mountains. Also for dancing in a gentle rain with your daughter. The night stars are so close you could fall into them.

I woke up every night with anxiety like I have for decades, and watched it lose interest in me as it was drawn to the silhouette of mountains and valley beyond the wide windows at the foot of my bed. Turning over I could see a panorama of long mountain ranges in the distance and sweet maple trees standing just outside my deck. I felt safe and comforted, loved.

This was a profoundly spiritual experience for me.

There’s a nice T.V. in the house. I did not watch it. There’s a fine blue tooth speaker for music listening. I did not use it. I listened, watched and communed with nature. And when I wasn’t spending it in silence, I spent it talking with my daughter, face to face, heart to heart.

Artists talk of priming the pump, refilling your well of inspiration. Above the Clouds Retreat refilled my soul. There was no cabin fever for me nor, surprisingly, for my teenage daughter who’s an extrovert. We were happy to stay at Above the Clouds Retreat the entire week but for one day, when we explored Burlington. It was fun and there are places to visit and things to do, but for us, we needed to go nowhere else.

Above the Clouds Retreat is an inextricable part of me now. I’m sustained by it, and the warmth and graciousness of its owners, Marianne and Bob, still, almost 400 miles away. I will be back. I left a piece of my heart there.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Artisan's Dream Nest with amazing mountain views

  • 5 of 5

Above the Clouds is a luxurious retreat rental, beautifully curated with top notch artisanal furnishings & details. Marianne & Bob are wonderfully warm & friendly hosts that welcome you with a delicious gift basket along with a grand tour of the guest house in all its splendor & character. If you appreciate fine craftsmanship in architecture & decor you will absolutely fall in love with this rejuvenating space and NOT want to leave; from the spa bathroom with dual head shower and foot reflexology stone flooring, plush towels & bathrobes, one-of-a-kind tree vanity & stone sink, not to mention their Gentle Gian wooden door. The fully decked gourmet kitchen will meet all of your needs and then some. The cocoon effect from the comfortable furnishings & gas fireplace (complete with sheepskin rug) adds to the healing nature that surrounds you among breathtaking ski mountain views and stars galore. There's even a book exchange in the cozy book nook. If you are an artist, writer, photographer or craftsperson that needs a well deserved respite or boost of inspiration, STAY HERE - your heart will glow with gratitude! We will definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $80
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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