|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Enjoy Jamaica in all its year-round glory: leaf-peep, shop, hike, ski Stratton, snow-shoe, cross-country, kayak, sail,and swim Near Stratton Resort, easy walk to the Village.
Stay at our super-clean, super-renovated 1830's antique with all new appliances, heating system, etc. Large, dog-friendly, enclosed property.
The master bedroom with king bed has a full bath with jetted tub.
A large queen bedroom on the 2nd floor includes a pingpong table.
A bunk bed for kids (and adults :)) completes the 2nd floor bedrooms.
The 4th small, queen bedroom is on the first floor with a full bath.
In the summer months it is wonderful to open the 2 doors onto our huge screened in porch.
I am a writer/contributing editor to New England Home Magazine, living in Lexington, MA. My wife Valery Rockwell (above) is a psychotherapist in private practice. In her spare time she gardens and paints. She fell in love with the house long before we bought it as a summer retreat. Now that our daughters are grown up enough to have outside interests not involving idyllic stays in the Green Mountains, we just haven't been able to go up there as much. We still love every inch of the place. We hope you do, too!
Louis Postel and Valery Rockwell purchased this farmhouse in 2005
I like the fact that it is in a village. A city boy at heart, it makes me a little nervous being out in the middle of nowhere, or what I consider the middle of nowhere. I like having neighbors and I like to walk places. I also like the fact that the house is very old, but very tight and very clean and sunny and there's a brook outside. The lawn is the biggest in town, and the apple orchard I planted on the property looks promising. Hiking to the waterfalls is another thing we do from time to time.
We all like the State Park for its kayak festivals and rail to trail biking and very clean beach.
Valery and I joined the Stratton Health Club and have also discovered the Ball Mountain Dam about 2 minutes from us up RTE 30 -- What huge vistas! (And a back entrance to the Park -- no charge)
Weather aside, everything was wonderful. The house is charming, and truly one of the best equipped rentals I have been in. Everything tidy, well organized and clean.
We really appreciated the bottle of delicious wine and the many staples in the house. Next year, hopefully.
Vermont is beautiful in the fall. The whole state seems to be full of charming small towns. We have never visited a cleaner or more friendly place. One day we drove to Center Harbor NH, the site of Keepsake Quilting (I'm a quilter). The difference in the two places was astonishing. Stay in Vermont! We both loved the Shelburn Museum and getting to see Lake Champlain. We loved southern VT and mainly explored the small towns around Jamica. The house was just as lovely as promised, loved the gas fireplace stove, the kitchen well equipped, the tub lovely. My husband painted, took a million pictures, and we both RELAXED. Loved it, hated to leave.
This is the second time we've stayed in this house. Everything was spotless and well-stocked. Linens and towels are provided, which makes for much lighter packing. The kitchen is easy to negotiate, and there are plenty of pots, pans, utensils, plates and glasses. The cable TV gets plenty of channels, which keeps the children and teens occupied during any downtime. The water pressure is great, and the hot water lasted through four (long) showers.
The location is perfect. You can walk the few blocks to Jamaica Village, where there is a small grocery store, a yoga studio, and some art galleries. Jamaica State Park is only minutes away, and there are hikes and swimming there. Over the years we have been coming to Vermont, we have found many swimming holes, hikes, and lakes, and they are all easily accessible from this area. Manchester is less than a half hour away, with its outlet stores and restaurants.
The area is also great for biking. There are numerous options for short and long rides with varying degrees of difficulty. Everyone is extremely friendly, from the neighbors to the owners at the grocery store to the vendors at the farmers' market.
The bedrooms vary in size, but the master bedroom and one other are very large. The shelves are full of an interesting selection of books, and the area is quiet enough to sit back and enjoy them. Pets are allowed, and our dog had a wonderful time exploring the area and resting on the rugs.
All in all, we had a great experience in this house both years we stayed here. The only caveat I would offer is that the stairs to the second floor are rather steep with a low railing, so keep that in mind if anyone in your group might have difficulties. Of course, there is a bedroom and a bathroom on the first floor if that is the case.
I highly recommend this property!
Open plan full kitchen and dining area makes this a great house to gather the family. If you're coming up 91 to Stratton, the house is on the way, making the drive shorter on a Friday night and easy to drop off or pick up your stuff at the house on your way home from skiing on Sunday.
My family (husband and two children, ages 6 and 8) stayed at this wonderful house for the second straight summer! We had an amazing time. My kids loved the house, with its ping pong table, large backyard, hammock and swing. Jamaica is a sweet town, and it's near so much- Okemo, Stratton, Bromley, etc. The Postels are really the best people we've ever rented from-- they are very conscientious, helpful, and did so much to make our stay comfortable. We had a great experience here (for the second time!) and we would highly recommend it.
Six of us (my wife, my two kids (ages 11 and 9), my parents, and I) stayed at Valery and Louis's house during the first week of August, along with our two dogs, and we had a wonderful time. The house itself is lovely, inside and out. Comfortable, clean, loaded with good books and art, and full of interesting architectural features. Not to mention satellite TV, which came in handy during the Olympics. The master bedroom has a jumbo King bed, which was useful because my kids were determined to sleep with me and my wife (the old house being clearly haunted).
The outside property is huge, with plenty of room for my dogs (and kids) to run around while I dozed in the hammock. We slept with the windows open at night, an unbelievable treat in August (we came from the steamy DC area, where it was 100 degrees and humid all summer). The town of Jamaica is literally a stone's throw away, and we visited it several times. I bought a small print at the Elaine Beckwith Gallery, my folks bought a glass bowl and some Christmas ornaments from the Hot Glass Works, and we made repeated trips to the well-stocked D & K Grocery, where we bought local cheese and maple syrup, as well as homemade pies and cookies (and some wine!). Karen, who runs D & K and bakes the most amazing strawberry rhubarb pie, is also the caretaker for the house. She's the one to call if you need anything. Very helpful and responsive if you have questions.
We took full advantage of the Jamaica State Park, which is a 5 minute drive away (if that). We swam in several wonderful swimming holes, went on some vigorous hikes in the park, and also took a few leisurely strolls along the very level and wide rail trail which runs along the West River. This trail was nice in the summer, but it must be truly breathtaking in Autumn.
We took lots of day trips to the picturesque villages along Route 100 (Weston, Londonderry, Townshend, Newfane), visited a few farmers' markets and dairy farms, took a ton of pictures, and relaxed.
I highly recommend this house. I'm pretty sure we'll be making it an annual pilgrimage from now on.
The house is charming. We stayed in the master bedroom. We were pleased with the handicapped handles on the edges of the shower, and by the size of the bed. I am tall--the king sized bed is low and I had trouble getting out of it--only a problem if you are tall. The dining room table was spacious enough for all eight of us. We loved being able to walk into the town of Jamaica and go to the general store where Karen gave us helpful information. We enjoyed kayaking on the nearby reservoir. Perhaps because of the reconstruction following the flood damage, there was more truck traffic than usual--the house is near a hill and near the town dump--there was a LOT of road noise, and the town trucks started rumbling by at 8 AM. The downstairs bedroom holding the queen size bed is just slightly larger than the bed--the couple using this room found it tight. We loved the screened in porch and the hammock in the side yard. The stairs were steep and smooth and felt risky when we came down.
Overflow guests? Invite your friends to camp at Jamaica State Park, or (fancier) the Jamaica House or Three MTN Inn in the Village.
Another very basic activity for us: Reading and reading in the hammock. I have some of my best books there -- WS Merwin's new collected poems which are great by the way and hundreds of other tomes.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|cleaning||$100 + Tax|
|Notes||we accept paypal, check, or cashier's check|
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