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SAVOR THANKSGIVING IN THIS BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED ANTIQUE HOME; $450 A NIGHT

Louis Postel and Valery Rockwell

Advertiser since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Louis Postel and Valery Rockwell

Advertiser since: 2007
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Calendar last updated:
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SAVOR THANKSGIVING IN THIS BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED ANTIQUE HOME; $450 A NIGHT

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Jamaica Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8 comfortably)

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.

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Louis Postel and Valery Rockwell (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2007
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About Louis Postel and Valery Rockwell

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

Why Louis Postel and Valery Rockwell chose Jamaica

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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)

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.



Thank you!
Jun 2011
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 10 traveler reviews

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Savor Thanksgiving in this beautifully restored antique home; $450 a night
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Jamaica Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas
Johnson City, Tn.
5

Retirement Trip

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: thank-you! You were wonderful guests. Please come again. I am so glad that you enjoyed your first trip to Vermont and stayed in our house.
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Jamaica Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas
Union, NJ
5

A perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Great family house

  • 4 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: thanks so much for your feedback...it is ideal foe family gatherings and a straight shot up from both Manhattan and Boston. We hope you will stay with us again. You are great tenants!
Valery
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Jamaica Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas
Brooklyn, NY
5

Wonderful Summer Stay!

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank-you so much...you are lovely guests and we hope to have you again!
Valery
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Jamaica Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas
Fredericksburg, Virginia
5

Summer 2012

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Wow John — we were very touched by your feedback.
We always wonder whether visitors will have the time, energy, curiosity, whatever it is that will allow them to really “get” Jamaica which you and family clearly have.

Not just this house but the world around it, the rivers and dams, mountains and little villages tucked away. There is an exhibit planned for our little brick Historical Museum of the Indian artifacts that were just discovered, but for now that fishing village remains invisible. So much to see and do…and eat: especially, as you say, our caretaker Karen Ameden’s pies and homemade chili from her and her husband Dale’s general store.

We are glad you found some prints you liked. Just as an aside, Elaine Beckwith published a book last year about Jamaica’s non-conformists in the 1940’s and 50 is called “Almost Utopia.” She carreis copies at her gallery and so does Karen at her store.

In any case, the book is a treasury of old photos taken of the Jamaica community built up around Helen and Scott Nearing who wrote the seminal back to the land book, “The Good Life.”

And now we must confess — after commending you on “getting Jamaica” in a week we have yet to visit the remaining structures of this “almost utopia” after five years off an on. It's not more than five minutes up the hill; just ask Karen or Dale how to get there.

Soon, John, soon.
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Jamaica Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas
Rochester, NY, USA
4

New York State

  • 4 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport, VT
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Asta's
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Stratton Mountain Resort
Nearest Train
29 Miles
Amtrak Station, Brattleboro, VT
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Route 30
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Asta's
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Stratton Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
West River to right of house
Car: necessary

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.

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From $350 Per night

Jamaica Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
fall
Sep 15 2014 - Oct 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
$350
$2,000
 
 
Holiday Weeks
Nov 15 2014 - Apr 15 2015
7 night minimum stay
$2,600
$4,500
 
 
summer
Jun 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$350
$1,100
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$350
$1,100
$3,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%
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Amenities

Amenities

Jamaica Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Heated floor lower level bath. Jet whirlpool on second.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) With memory foam topper, Queen size Beds (2) Also with memory foam topper, Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Shed
  • Tennis
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Large property and lawn surrounded by white picket fence. Great for badminton and croquet. We're also proud of our library occasionally added onto by guests (from Phillip Roth to local author Norman Mailer)Some CDs, kids' videos. But best of all: Radiant heat in first floor bath.Garden furniture, swings, hammock.

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