|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Sunset Cottage has been described by people who have visited as quaint, cozy, romantic, bright, peaceful, relaxing. There is one bedroom downstairs and additional sleeping in the loft area. This fully furnished cottage has lots of light with 2 picture windows on the first floor and one on the second facing South and West with great views of the open fields, trees and the Green Mountains. The cottage has a cathedral ceiling with a large loft area that is a TV/Sitting area and can be used as a sleeping area. There is a Vermont Castings gas stove which heats the cottage with additional heat in the bathroom, which has a tub/shower and washer/dryer. Downstairs also is the living room/ kitchen area. The kitchen is complete with a full size refrigerator, gas stove with oven, microwave, coffee pot, etc. Linens are provided. Nearby are country stores, fine dining, churches, libraries, post office, groceries, beverages. etc.
Summer Sports: Craftsbury Outdoor Center provides bike rentals. Also the cross country ski trails are used for biking trails. The Center also provides professional sculling lakes and instructions.
Snow Mobile: We are located by the trail! Park your trailor and you can ride from Sunset Cottage.
The cottage is really nice, bright and definitely warm in the winter. The kitchen is well equipped for a cottage (microwave, decent selection of utensils, etc.). Bring bottled water and you will be set. There are a few staples in the cabinets, but I brought my own oils, spices, etc. The bed in the master bedroom is great!
I had a great week. Went alone, with my dog, and got a lot of writing done. I am not a nervous person about being alone in the country, but for those who are, this might be a good spot, because there are other houses quite close, but far enough away that you have great privacy. The property is quite large and the view to the north is lovely.
It's an excellent spot for x-country skiing, because there are two centres with groomed trails nearby. It is (sort of) midway between two small towns, one of which was the location for the Hitchcock film The Trouble with Harry. One of the key locations is actually just down the road.
We stayed at the cottage for a weekend with our two dogs. The cottage was clean, cozy, quiet, perfect for a getaway. The dogs enjoyed the large yard, and being farm people, we enjoyed the surrounding location in farm country. We were property hunting and just getting out of town for a bit. We found our way through the back roads to Parker Pie easily. John was easy to communicate with via email, and we had no issues with directions to or inside the cottage. We hope to visit again soon!
My husband and I stayed at Sunset Cottage for a glorious fall weekend. We brought our dog, who definitely loved playing in the huge, well groomed yard. We enjoyed eating an apple from the apple trees alongside the driveway. The cottage is clean and sunny, with lots of windows and a good basic kitchen and bathroom. The location is on a dirt road not far from a dairy farm. You get beautiful views of the mountains while driving to the cottage. It is a short drive to a small village; the Craftsbury General Store has excellent sandwiches and pizza, and a great selection of local beers. There is lovely scenery all around the area, but it is at least 20-30 minutes to a get to a small town (as opposed to a village with just a gas station, general store and post office), so it's best for those who really want to get away from it all. We appreciated that the owners are truly dog-friendly.
Owners: 10/10 - John was very nice and helpful when internet wasn't working
Privacy: 9/10 - Would be more private if further back from the road. Even though the gravel road the house is located on doesn't get a lot of traffic, it does get about one car every few minutes which you can pretty clearly hear go by from inside with the windows open. Other than that really quiet!
Internet: 5/10 - Barely better than dial-up speed unfortunately, but better than nothing. Averaged around 150 Kbps.
Cleanliness: 7/10 - Not as clean as a nice hotel, but probably cleaner or as clean as the average person keeps their house (not me, but I'm a clean freak!)
Location: 7/10 - We had to go to Hardwick (about 20 min away) to get groceries. We also watched a fireworks show there on July 4th which was spectacular!
Overall we enjoyed our stay here, grilling outside, walking through the thick green grass, listening to the little stream right outside the house, and our cat loved doing daredevil walks on the upstairs balcony rail. -_-
This was a perfect retreat for my mom and I and our dogs. The cabin was really bright, cozy and spacious all at the same time. She took the bedroom and I slept in the loft. The setting was gorgeous. We found a long dead-end road to walk our dogs along. It was also convenient to Crafstbury common as well as the general store. It was clean, well equipped, the internet worked. We've stayed in other places in and around Craftsbury and this was by far my favorite! I would be happy to return there again and again.
My family really enjoyed staying in John's cottage. This is the third cottage we've stayed at in Vermont and easily our favorite. The wifi and satellite tv were really nice to have, and the kitchen was very functional. We liked the artwork and the decorating. There's a pretty big flat yard that's great for kids. Everything was clean and well-taken care of. Overall it just felt more homey than your typical cottage.
My only minor complaints would be that the bed wasn't very comfortable (mattress is a little saggy and the pillows are flat), and the water heater and/or purifier is right next to the bedroom, and is a bit noisy. But they don't really make noise unless someone is using the water, which doesn't happen overnight.
The location is great -- you can't make a wrong turn in this area. Everywhere you look there's great views to the valleys and mountains to the east and west. There are very few restaurants and stores in the area but you can find the basics at the general store a few miles away. It's about a 50-60 minute drive to either Stowe or Lyndonville But you don't go to the northeast kingdom for shopping and fine dining.
Enjoy the beauty of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the rural country side, the Green Mountains and the many outdoor activities in any season of the year. Nearby are 5 major skiing & snowboarding areas, Cross Country ski on over 100 km of groomed trails at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, snowmobile to the door on the VAST trails. In the summer, nearby hiking trails, bird watching, numerous lakes, bike trails, sculling, golf, boating and sailing, etc. Stowe is within an hour. Canada is less than an hour and Montreal is about 2 hours.
Other Activities: Near Craftsbury Outdoor Ctr & VATS trails
Golf: Several public and semi-private courses are within an hour of the cottage, including the new championship course at Jay Peak.
Ski: Stowe, Smuggler's Notch, Burke and Jay Peak are within an hours drive PLUS nearby Craftsbury Outdoor Center and Highland Lodge for cross country skiing.
Biking rental and trails at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$750/week; $240/week -end includes tax
Minimum stay is 1 week from June 30th to September 1st and the change over day is Saturday.
Rates for a week-end are for 2 nights.
All listed rates include the 9% Vermont Lodging tax. There are no additional charges for cleaning, pets, kids, in-laws, friends, etc.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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