Terrific family stay!
Submitted: August 12, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
This rental truly had everything we needed for our family of five (plus the addition of three extended family members during the last two nights of the trip), and the town of Shelburne also far exceeded our expectations as a vacation spot.
As for the house itself, we loved having so much space to spread out. For example, there were four full bedrooms (including a private bath for the master) and also a futon in the pool table room as an extra sleeping spot. Also, we found that there were lots of great spots for hanging out: the living room (with a TV and DVD player plus fireplace), the beautiful screened-in porch, the pool table room and the backyard with a firepit. There are several dining spaces in the house: the kitchen table, the dining room area (in the living room) and some small tables on the porch. Our kids loved making s'mores around the firepit and playing in the large, flat backyard and wooded area. Each room had an a/c unit, which was helpful during the heat wave of our vacation (98 degrees in Vermont!)
Jessica and Simon were great hosts, even though we never met them during our stay. (They were out of town that week but had a friend help us get settled in the house.) Both Simon and Jessica were readily available by email and phone both before, during and after our stay. They made a real effort to be accommodating. We also loved that they created a large display of brochures and magazines focused on area activities and attractions.
The final thing to mention is that the town of Shelburne had way more to offer than we had imagined. The Shelburne Museum was truly spectacular, and all three of our kids loved it. We spent two afternoons there and didn't even cover everything. We also loved visiting Shelburne Farms (amazing!), the Shelburne Inn, Vt Teddy Bear Factory, the Saturday Farmers' Market, the thoroughly charming general store, the playgrounds up the street and some fantastic restaurants. We never even got to the lake, and we also didn't get a chance to go berry picking, check out the Maritime Museum, etc. This is a wonderful area of Vermont (a very short drive to Burlington, Stowe Vergennes, etc.) that doesn't feel touristy at all.
Highly recommend across the board! :-)
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
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