The owner works hard to accommodate his guests and keep them happy. This A-frame is a bargain for what it offers: a swimming pond, excellent family gathering area in the great room, privacy in the loft bedroom with a queen-sized bed, more privacy in the attached bedroom with twin beds, and an excellent bathroom with spacious stall shower.
As is often the case in Vermont, the inside of this cottage exists so you can enjoy the outside day after pleasant day. Swim in the swimming pond, run with the kids or the dog on the lawn, and enjoy the sunrise and the sunset from the east-facing porch (suitable for family dining in the evening) and from the west-facing porch off the great room.
The cottage is all of 10 minutes from Exit 28, the exit for U.S. 5 between Derby Center and Newport. Shaw's and PriceChopper supermarkets are on U.S. 5 west of Exit 28; the excellent general store at Derby Center will give you many reasons to avoid the big chain groceries. Lake Memphremagog offers the best boating opportunities in Vermont outside of Lake Champlain, and it has a good bathing beach, too -- if the pond at the Derby Chalet suddenly fails to suit your needs. The Haskell Free Library and Opera House in Derby Line is an excellent local library and performance venue; it's all the better because it sits astride the international border, so you can check out a book in Canada and read it in the U.S., all without a passport. (Try that anywhere else along the border and you'll be in trouble!) A few miles to the south of the Derby Chalet is the stirring and beautiful rural Old Stone House Museum at Brownington Center, the home of The Rev. Alexander Lucius Twilight (1795-1857), born a free man in Vermont and the first African-American to graduate from a U.S. college or university (Middlebury College, 1823) as well as the first African-American elected to a state legislature (1836). Brownington is the site of his elegant dormitory built for the academy he ran there. Almost next door is the spectacular 360-degree view from the Brownington Observatory on Prospect Hill -- almost as good as the view from Jay Peak ... and no $10 tram ride! This is just a few miles from the Derby Chalet. Bring your passport and your French, and check out Bleu Lavande, a fabulous celebration of all things lavender, at Fitch Bay on Lake Memphremagog, five or so miles north of the border crossing at Derby Line or Beebe Plain.
Derby Chalet lacks a dishwasher and other fancy kitchen aids.