Seven years of sharing my home, and I've met the greatest people- just wonderful guests for the most part, I am not happy unless my guests are happy - 20-25 minutes to Midd.-year round- A cute, sweet, colorful happy cottage with lots of books, oil paintings, gas fireplace, private slate beach, ldeck hovering almost OVER the lake, look-out, canoe, great fishing, NO TV!!!!! Wireless Internet, lots of games, gas grill of course, full kitchen, everything you need. A.C.! Great for doggies - but with my experience, must have fee of 100 for your baby! chewing detected! private dead end country road directly on the lake - Particularly intense sunsets due to the large mountain range across the lake. Just off Vermont Bike touring route. Middlebury- galleries, college, bistros - waterfalls, hiking, revolutionary forts..Beautiful in all seasons. Finish your novel here, or start one. lake breeze keeps the bugs at bay. There are weeds in the lake, not great for swimming, (great for raft floating) Otherwise, it's pretty much paradise. Ceiling fan A.C. if needed, warm quilts, cozy furniture, great deck to grill and sit and eat and watch the mountains.
Revive both mind and body, read, write, sleep, eat, read, sleep, eat. - I am a writer and this place is quiet. i mean, quiet except for the birds. And, as a native Vermonter, I can give you plenty of tips on where to go that others may not know about. This place loves to be full of life as it should be, and also has a special feeling to it. Maybe it's because the lake, so active, so changeable, so close to the house... really soothing water sounds.!
Silent night: Most places, you hear distant traffic, or some kind of man-made noise, a dull vibrating hum, so that although you feel like you are really in the country, you aren't. This is the country. You hear the wind, the crickets, the birds, the squirrels, a fish jumping, and the achingly beautiful train whistle moaning across the lake. It's amazing to sit on the deck and watch the geese and the sunset and hear yourself breathing. Martini on the deck, reading Thomas Merton or Henry Miller, the lovely viewing of sailboats drifting by and bird watching is spectacular. Two bald eagles nest nearby! quiet fishing at an good inlet across the lake. Nice big open kitchen to cook in, as you look out a big bay window to the lake. The lake hasn't many cottages on it, you look North and see only trees for a couple of miles, so you don't feel like other people are breathing down your neck.
There are two neighbors hidden away up the road if you need to borrow a cup of sugar, but you would never know they're there. My art studio one-bedroom cottage up the hill as well, one bedroom, usually empty, if not, it's very private- behind fence- has own look out and stairs to beach and private beach area. Apple and berry picking in the late summer and fall. I know where the private swimming holes are up in the mountains if it gets really hot. Also a terrific river falls near Middlebury. -- Once in a while, very rarely, but I want to mention it- a field mouse gets in the house -You can't keep them out all the time... period. Not in the fields of Vermont. AND three times a year the farmers up the road spread manure on the fields. I can't prevent this either. Bridport, VT is a rural farm community. You won't be happy here if this bothers you. You WILL be happy here if you love to hike, canoe, bird watch, bike, sit and watch the sunset, play scrabble, read, write, cook, grill, take little day trips to Vermont towns, tour micro-breweries, sleep, have fires on the beach, build slate castles, do art, walk, talk to chipmunks. I say the place is funky because it isn't a Holiday Inn. Cleaning lady does her best, but it's on a lake, in the middle of nowhere, basically, - She does her best to make sure everything is fine- but even she doesn't have time to rewash every dish in the house. Part of the reason people have complained about the dishes, organic soap only! No phosphates! To protect the lake, Dishes might not look sparkling, but they're clean. If you want absolute flawless perfection, and will freak out if there is a tear on one side of a tablecloth, this house is not for you. It's a CAMP that has been decorated to look like a HOUSE. I mean it IS a house but it's also a CAMP, in the Vermont sense of the word.
Please give a call and chat with me before you make a decision. I am straight ahead and can tell you if it's a good fit for you. I would rather not rent than have people unhappy. Fact is, I like to stay there as much as I can!!