Great House for a Group Trip
Submitted: March 16, 2010
Stayed: July 2009
We organized a trip with 3 families who stayed at Barnard Lodge for a week last summer. We had a total of 6 adults and 6 kids, not to mention 2 visitors mid-week who stayed for 2 nights. This house was great.
The open kitchen and dining room area is good for group cooking and evening meals. The living room area has lots of seating and was great for evening games of charades and scrabble. The three couples had their own bedrooms with private bathrooms, and the kids (junior high, high school, and college) loved the sleeping dorm and bedrooms at the other end of the house. They felt like they had their own place for hanging out and playing ping pong, and we liked it because we couldn't hear them.
The house has a lot of little touches that made our stay easier. The laundry room is near the kitchen and has a new washer and dryer. The garage has inner tubes for floating on Silver Lake. There is lots of room outside for kids to play. We used the charcoal grill for most dinners. I liked sitting around late-night fires in the back yard.
One of the best things about the house is the location. Barnard Store is five minutes away for getting breakfast or picking up cooking supplies or a NY Times. Silver Lake's state park is next door to the store for swimming, sunning and our ultimate frisbee games. Barnard and nearby Woodstock had excellent restaurants the two nights we needed a break from cooking. We played 3 different golf courses within 30 minutes. And we had no trouble coming up with destinations for day trips. This is a great part of Vermont, with covered bridges, historic sites, and great scenery.
The owners were easy to deal with, and the house is clean and well cared for. We definitely will return, maybe in the winter so we can ski.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
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