The Cook's Country House looks beautiful on television and if possible, it's even more beautiful in person. This was by far the best rental we've ever stayed at. As a thank you for our wedding, my husband and I decided to rent the house for six nights and invite my parents, as well as my sister, brother-in-law--and the family dog! It was a great place to stay in a beautiful area of Vermont.
The house was immaculate. We tend to be persnickety. My mother, who is something of a clean freak, spent about four straight hours cleaning our last rental in the same area of Vermont. Even she was impressed by the cleanliness. There was also a remarkable attention to detail. The house is outfitted for kids (with pack-and-play, baby swing, and more); there are board games, books, and a whole library of America's Test Kitchen/ Cook's Illustrated books and magazines. A homemade pie, box of cookies, eggs, bacon, milk, orange juice, and fruit were waiting for us upon arrival, as well as a signed cookbook and bottle of maple syrup from Christopher Kimball's farm.
I am sure most guests will get as much enjoyment out of cooking in the Cook's Country House as we did. It has most every appliance you could want. The professional-grade washer and dryer in the basement were also convenient, especially after muddy hikes!
We have spent time in the area of Vermont before and love it. It is really peaceful and remote. The Merck Farm Center up the road has great hiking trails as well as farm meat for sale. The Barn Restaurant in West Pawlet is the best (almost worth the trip alone). The neighbors in Rupert are very friendly. People crossed the street to meet our dog (she's never received so many compliments at once!) and introduce themselves. It's a lovely house in a lovely town.
We hope to stay here again--and we have referred this rental to several friends.