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Paradise Found: Stellar Post and Beam House on 30 Private Mountain Acres

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

4 bed, 2 bath, sleeps 9, vaulted ceiling living room, 3 levels

We built this house 20 years ago as a vacation property, but then moved to California for work. We decided instead of selling we would rent. We've had a stable group of renters since then, but now as they get older they aren't renting as much - so there's good availability again. MRT-10105887

Up a winding private driveway, flanked by maple trees lies this beautiful quiet and secluded mountainside post-and-beam home. Surrounded by 30 acres of forest, with views through the trees, the house sits high above the valley floor. The trees, birds and wildlife serenade you by day, while the quiet solitude lulls you to sleep at night. Large deck, living room and separate family room, plus private office with computer. Extensive private hiking/snowshoeing trails from just outside the back yard. All amenities, casually but tastefully furnished. Also includes the fastest internet in the US - with gigabit fiber delivering amazingly fast internet to all parts of the house!

More Details: The house is located about 1/3 of the way up and into a 30 acre property, which means you are deep in the woods with no one else around. The land slopes up reasonably steeply to where the house is, and then flattens out above it. You could walk out of the house, and hike for 10 miles without seeing another person or house (I've done this).

The house itself is a post and beam three level house. The first level has two bedrooms, laundry room, and a playroom that includes a couch, TV and a video game player as well.

We also have the FASTEST INTERNET in the US here. We have gigabit internet, delivered via an active fiber optic cable from VTEL. Cellphone service is spotty, but the internet is the best you can get!

The playroom opens up and out onto the hillside, and the driveway as it snakes down to the town road. A slate patio sits outside, along with a grassy hillside.

The second level has a bathroom with shower and an office. The rest of the second floor is wide open, the living room soars up 2 stories, the dining area is encased in glass above and on 2 sides, and the open kitchen is well equipped.

In the living room are a large couch, a second smaller couch, a flat screen TV and a fireplace.

On the second floor, a large deck wraps around the house. The deck overlooks the hills, the trees, and really makes you feel like you are living in a tree house. A table and chairs are there for outdoor dining, along with two other chairs and a gas weber grill.

On the third level - a master bedroom with king size bed, a full bathroom with tub, and another bedroom with a loft bed - queen size, and underneath a smaller couch, and room for either an inflatable bed, or the crib.

The house itself is all built in wood. Huge hand-hewn pine timbers are exposed in post and beam style. The floors are wide pine planks, while the walls and ceiling/sloping roof is painted white sheetrock.

Wildlife abounds. Birds chirp and flit about. Owls hoot and hunt at night. Turkey, deer, chipmunks and many other animals are all around. A nice hiking trail loops around from outside the back door.


Testimonials: Jim, thanks for a wonderful time in Vermont. The house was lovely. The snow was beautiful. Peace and solitude. .............and those alpacas were the best (there is a one week old baby now too!)

Randall and the Thanksgiving gang.


Sue and I just spent 5 wonderful, cool and relaxing weeks in this beautiful house. We were surrounded by woods and greeted daily by the songs of birds.

The house felt like home and our two sons could visit with their families and find spacious bedrooms - even toys for the grandchildren. Our young grandchildren loved the deck because they were able to go in and out of the house at will and play without getting into trouble or falling. Our sons want us to do this again next year.

More Details

Jim Louderback
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Jim Louderback

I bought this land originally to camp on, but over time we decided to build a house. Then as soon as we finished it, the company I was working for moved us to California. So it was either sell or rent. We decided to rent! So we live in the San Francisco bay area, but have a house in Vermont! You can read more about me here -

Jim Louderback purchased this house in 1997

Why Jim Louderback chose Danby

Vermont is amazing, and this area is some of the last truly wild southern vermont. Close to great food, hiking, and even not so far away from an airport. It's got everything.

We have a core group of renters that have been coming up for 15 years or more, so the house isn't always available. But when it is you should definitely come up!

What makes this house unique

It's got its very own hiking trails, is far away from neighbors and there's lots of wildlife. It's like living in a treehouse!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Jim- The house was great! Perfect location and size for our family. Thanks again-Linda
Jun 2007
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Danby House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Four Wheel Drive Car required for winter renters
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    main floor - toilet , shower
  • Big walk in shower on the main floor, full sized tub on the top floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • master - 1 king
    downstairs - 1 queen
    downstairs - 2 twin/ single
    upstairs - 1 queen , Loft style
  • Also a downstairs playroom with couch, and an inflatable bed, and a separate room set up as an office.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
1 king, 2 queens, 2 twins, 1 sleeper sofa, crib. 1/4 mile loop hiking, snowshowing and x-country skiing out of the back of the house


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Paradise Found: Stellar Post and Beam House on 30 Private Mountain Acres
average rating of 4.888889 based on 16 reviews

Absolute Bliss

  • 5 of 5

We spent Christmas 2017 and into NewYear 2018 here. The house is set in a tranquil woodland with its own drive, and so no one passes to interfere with the unwinding process! Everything in the house is there to make your stay as comfortable as possible, and Jim the owner has gone out of his way to ensure this. Local household supplies are within a few miles, with ski resorts within 20 miles. There is plenty to explore on or off the beaten track, and as a base most of New England is easily accessible and also a taste of Canada. Thank you very much!!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time! You were awesome guests..
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Good looking house, you feel like your living in a tree house.

  • 4 of 5

The house feels like you're in a cabin in the woods, but you're in a nice house. The house has a great second story deck that looks into the woods. It was very spacious for my family of four. It was well worth what we paid for it.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, it was great having you as a guest!
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Love our Summer Treat in Vermont

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have been coming to the Lilly Hill House in Pawlet since 2003. We spend all of August and leave the week-end after Labor Day. It is large enough to accommodate all our family when they visit from NH and CT. When you are in the midst of a 30 acre wood, you get quiet and peace. During the day hummingbirds visit the feeding stations on the deck and at night you hear the sometimes unworldly call of the Barred Owl.

We absolutely love this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! So glad you love it. We do too!
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed during winter recess through New Year 2015-2016 in this beautiful home. It was clean, well provided for, and the perfect location for skiing and relaxation. The owners were extremely attentive and had the caretaker in touch with us to ensure our comfort.

Thank you for a fantastic family holiday break!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! So glad you had a great time...
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North Richland Hills

Wonderful Property!!

  • 5 of 5

Pictures cannot do this property justice. It is beautiful, well maintained, clean and comfortable. The owner was a delight to work with. We hosted family here for our son's wedding. The wedding was only 10 mins away at The Barn. We look forward to returning to this wonderful property in the future!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Annandale, NJ

Thanksgiving 2009

  • 5 of 5

We (myself, my Husband, and two daughers - ages 3 & 5) stayed in this lovely home for the week of Thanksgiving 2009. It was just perfect. We hiked everyday (up the hill and to locations close by), read, had fires, took naps, cooked, watched movies, etc. The house has a great layout and is very well kept. A few minute ride to The Barn (restaurant) with very good food (and inexpensive)! A 20 minute drive to Manchester and lots of shopping. This house had everything we needed and was close to many excursions. Our daughters loved the bunk bed! We look forward to coming back for future visits! Beautiful house surrounded by lovely property and country!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2009
  • Stayed: November 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
95 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Barn Restaurant
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Lake St. Catherine
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
Northway & Glens Falls
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Barn Restaurant
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Lake St. Catherine
Car: necessary

Beautiful post and beam house sits high above the valley floor. The expansive porch and windows make it seem like you're in a tree fort in the summer, and on top of the world in the winter. Then step out of the front door and onto your very own private hiking/snowshoe trail that snakes through our 30 wooded acres. In the middle of rural southern Vermont, but close to great restaurants, outlet shopping and even Lake George. 35 minutes to Bromley, Killington and Stratton; 20 minutes to Manchester. 10 minutes to Lake St. Catherine and the shops and restaurants of historic Dorset. A perfect place for family and friends to get away and enjoy beautiful Vermont!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59

$900/week, $2,900/month
Inquire about full season Winter / Summer rental - heavy discount

No Hunters

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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