Lake Dunmore House Rental Photos and Description
6 bedrooms, 9 beds, 2 full baths, 1 sofa sleeper, 1 full futon sleeps up to 18
Kingsley Mill Manor was the mill owner's house built in the late 1800's. Total privacy is yours while vacationing in a Vermont wonderland in all seasons. Just beyond the back yard flows a river through our new private swimming area. The waterfall there can be viewed from the back deck. Music from the falls bathes the house.
Hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and snowmobile trails start at the back door and connect to the VAST statewide trail system. Lake Dunmore is less than 2 miles away, a five minute drive or an hour hike via the trails. Middlebury College is 10 minutes from the house.
Watch the sun rise over the mountain. Enjoy bonfires in the back yard fire pit. A wrap around porch with a hanging loveseat defines easy living, and our new four seaon screened porch offers privacy, river music, and a fireplace.
There is plenty of lawn for large or small tents, plenty of parking and a large propane grill for outdoor eating. Pets are always welcome.
Historical Experience: Our lovely vacation home provides a homey and spacious surrounding for a family gathering, reunions, weddings, or simply to get away from it all in pure Vermont privacy. Built over 175 years ago, you can witness the only standing mill in Salisbury. Please enjoy the multiple trails to other sites along the natural waterways. One of our trails now includes a footbridge over the falls to a private island for your fun and adventure.
Sandy beach, private swimming, suits optional.: With no visible neighbors bask in the sun on the banks of our sandy beach. This private swimming area is four feet deep, shallow enough for children, deep enough for real swimming. Adult supervision required for children. Jump into the water from the dam, sit under the waterfall or in our natural whirlpool and let your worries be washed away. There is a picnic table for a real beach experience. A paradise for all ages.
Our rebuilt, enlarged four season screened back porch overlooks the swimming area and the waterfall. We just installed an efficient and automatic fireplace/stove in the porch. Watch the snow fall in cozy, warm comfort. Great place for breakfast, barbecue, and sleeping.
Snowmobile and cross country ski heaven: Middlebury Snow Bowl is very close for downhill skiing, Killington less than an hour away. Literally from our back door you can cross country ski on challenging trails with no trail fees For snowmobilers it is heaven. Access to the VAST trail is direct from the backyard. There is a pond for Ice fishermen as well as a private trail to Lake Dunmore. Ice skating in the wild or at the rink just ten minutes away. Snow shoeing on our ski trails will take you through the woods and open land. From here you can roam the entire state of Vermont on the VAST trail system.
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair accessible
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
Guestbook comments from the owner
When we decided to have our wedding in Vermont we started looking right away at different locations. I found Kingsley Mill Manor on the internet and set up an appointment to view the house and meet the owners. Kingsley Mill Manor was covered in snow but we fell in love with it! The house was perfect for our family and wedding party to stay in. We soon picked a day and reserved the house for our special event Jalna and David were generous and flexible, and allowed us to come back again in summer to choose where to put a tent and have our ceremony. We even got to take a dip in the swimming hole! When we arrived in September to have our wedding,the house was clean and well prepared for us. The property was perfect for what we had planned. Our wedding party and cook stayed in the house with us. On Friday, Alfresco Tent Co. set up a large tent on the far end of the lawn. Our ceremony was to take place on the beach by the swimming hole. Everyone felt comfortable and relaxed in the space. As we had a truly do it your self wedding there was lots of space for a busy group of friends and family; and we could still find nooks to rest in. The day of the wedding started of overcast but the sun popped out just before we started. It was all we could have wanted and more! We had a fun, beautiful ceremony next to the waterfall,followed immediately by dancing on the lawn with a brass band and appetizers. As the weather started to cool off we headed to the tent for dinner. After dinner our guests spread out around property and found areas that they enjoyed. As it was a cold night we had a fire going in the fire pit; dancing in the tent; and people picking at left overs in the kitchen. There was even space for sleepy guests to take naps. Our guests loved the wedding. Everyone felt relaxed and at home. Our wedding was perfect thanks to the beautiful home of Jalna and David. Shawn and I stayed for 3 more nights at Kingsley Mill Manor to start our honey moon. We enjoyed the quiet and calm of the space and spent hours reminiscing about our wedding day. We had amazing nights gazing at the stars around the fire and listening to owls. There was even a bit of warm weather for a dip in the cold water! We also really enjoyed the town Middlebury and the Moosalamoo Recreation area for hiking. There is so much to do in the area but once you have food there is no reason to leave the manor! We did not want to go home. Thanks Jalna and David.
Tonya and Shawn
Jalna Southwick or David Southwick
Jalna and David met later in life in 2003. We were married in 2008. Our choice was to live up north at David's place and turn the house where Jalna raised her family into Kingsley Mill Manor. It's our favorite place to vacation.
Our passion is to continue working on the Manor to make it ever more comfortable as a vacation rental. Currently David is improving the driveway and entry. Our dreams include a new master bedroom suite with a balcony overlooking the waterfall. Someday we'd like to restore the last standing Kingsley mill, which is on the property and go green with water power from the river.
Kingsley Mill Manor has location, location, location. It's very private with no visible neighbors, yet a quarter mile from the village. A river runs through the property with two gorgeous swimming areas and a waterfall. Behind Kingsley the land is owned by the Middlebury Land Trust so will remain undeveloped. A trail runs from our back door to Lake Dunmore. This trail is part of the VAST system of snowmobile/cross country skiing trails that spans Vermont. It's also a gorgeous hike.
The house is large, comfortable, with a long history. It is the perfect setup for a vacation rental, for family reunions, for ski teams, organizational meetings, weddings and just plain fun.