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Joannah Merriman

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, a tiny bit of Italian

The Cottage at Stone Walls, Beautiful Cape

15 Reviews
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Ludlow / Okemo Mountain Area House Rental Photos and Description

3+ BR, 2+ BA, Sleeps up to 9.

Private wooded setting on 11+ acres, mountain views, spacious living room with wood stove, sun room. Beautiful mixture of antique & contemporary furnishings. Writing desks in every room for the contemplative visitor. Satellite TV, VCR, DVD player, stereo with cassette and CD players. We now have WIRELESS internet as well! Jenn-Air stove and oven, microwave, and fully furnished kitchen. We even supply the cottage with good sharp knives for the gourmet cook! Grill, picnic table, hammocks on the property.

My response time: I always respond promptly to any inquiry by phone or e-mail. My spam catcher occasionally stops these e-mails from getting to me, so if you don't hear back quickly, please try calling.

The area: Cavendish is a quiet town, located 7 miles from Ludlow and the Okemo Ski Resort. The Cottage at Stone Walls is situated on 11+ acres outside of the village. There are many historic, tourist, and outdoor attractions in the area, but if you want peace and quiet, you have only to stay around the property and you will not be disturbed. Writing tables in every room, beautiful sunny views to inspire you. Plenty of room for your children to play and run around outside, tire swings, hammocks, etc.

References: I would be happy to put you in contact with previous guests of the Cottage, many of whom return year after year. Better yet, you can read the reviews many happy visitors have written.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Joannah Merriman (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, a tiny bit of Italian

Reviews

4.9
based on 15 traveler reviews

The Cottage at Stone Walls, Beautiful Cape
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
5

Wonderful house and location

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed two year in row, and intend going back. It is in an ideal location for a relaxing week in Vermont and the house is perfect for famalies. The pond is great fun for the kids and the large grounds are safe to let them run around in. We highly recommend the house.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful winter stay

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great weekend staying at the cottage over Martin Luther King weekend. The pictures of the cottage don't do any justice. The cottage is so cute and cozy, and made for a great stay. Only about 15 minutes from Okemo for some skiing on Saturday. And exploring the area on Sunday. Overall great stay, and highly recommend staying here. We definielty would love to come back.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you all had a great time and appreciated the Cottage. It was a labor of love for me when I built it, and you have joined hundreds of people who have enjoyed it over the years. I will welcome you back any time!
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5

Our home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends absolutely love this beautiful vacation home! It was our second year in a row returning to this lovely property. Once again we were blown away by this beautiful county home and it's surroundings. We will keep coming here for years to come!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely setting.

  • 4 of 5

Just back from our second trip to the Cottage. We can't say enough about the beautiful setting and convenience to Okemo/Ludlow. The house was meticulously clean on our arrival and as everyone else has commented, the owner provides lots of information to make your stay enjoyable. The only negative that we would advise guests to be mindful of is that the one TV in the house is very old and small. I know it's VT and for the most part we were not there for watching TV but we would have really enjoyed a newer TV for our nightly movie in front of the fire. Also, staying with a couple of teenagers it would have been really nice to have a second operational TV somewhere in the house. There is a second set in the sitting room but there was no remote or cable box so it is virtually unuseable. My only other comment is that, while the kitchen has a lot of dishes,glasses etc. the pots, pans etc are rather old...some rusty even. I remembered from the last time and brought my own griddle for pancakes! You will also need to bring or buy all ingredients for whatever you are cooking. Overall, we have truly enjoyed our times there...just feel a couple of things could be brought up to 2015.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andy: Thanks so much for your thoughts. Yes, since I am not a TV watcher at all, and since I only come to Vermont in the summer (to my own house on the property), I do forget that others actually like to watch the tube. I will take your suggestions to heart, and also I'll check into those pans. You were great guests, and praised by my super-wonderful cleaning person! And no, we don't furnish ingredients for the most part, because so many people come in and out during the winter, use up what's there, and don't replace things. I'll work on having a basic kit of herbs, spices, flour, sugar, etc. Any suggestions? You are welcome to e-mail me! I appreciate return guests such as your family. This summer when I come to Stone Walls, I'll work on updating the TV and adding one in the sun room for the teens. Thanks again. Joannah
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5

Beautiful Dog-Loving Home in a Fantastic Location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were joined by several of our close friends for a ski weekend. I was so excited that we were able to bring our dog, who seemed very comfortable and was such a good girl :)

There was plenty of room for everyone to sleep comfortably. The house was clean and there was an abundance of extra towels and sheets, if needed.

Saturday morning, the guys went off to the mountain and us girls stayed behind and relaxed over a few pots of coffee. The guys came back fairly quickly, as the weather that day was brutally cold and really windy. Okemo gave out vouchers for them to use another day since the lifts couldn't run and it was dangerous on the mountain. So, we all just ended up spending time together catching up and cooking some good food!

I want to mention how wonderful it is to communicate with Joannah, the owner of the property. She spends her time answering any and all questions and it is clear that she cares about her guests enjoying their time spent in her home.

In addition, Joannah had put together a lot of information on the surrounding area, like where to shop, eat, and see sights. Her information booklet also contained detailed information on how to use everything in her home. It was very helpful and done really well. We even received our security deposit checks back in the mail just days after returning back home.

If we ever plan to stay in the area again, I can definitely see wanting to stay here. Thank you Joannah, for everything!

Warm regards,

Paula and Rick

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paula and Rick: It is with great pleasure that I read your review of your stay at both of my homes at Stone Walls. I do try to make everyone feel as welcome as if they were staying in their own well-cared-for home, and it sounds like you and your friends, as well as your dog, settled comfortably despite the brutal cold weather in that area. I certainly hope to see some of you again. Summer and autumn are lovely seasons as well, and perhaps you will visit while I am in the area in the summer. Thanks so much for your review. Sincerely, Joannah
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5

The perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

First let me start by saying the pictures do not do justice to this beautiful property. It was much more up to date and modern than the pictures let on. It is a really interesting design. All the charm of a traditional cape with many modern touches that make it just that much more comfortable and enjoyable. An abundance of fresh towels and 2 full bathrooms was a huge plus because we were staying with another couple.The owner was amazing in her communication with us and help with where to go and what to see. It was the perfect vacation with the perfect place to stay and we will definitely be back! Thank you so much Joannah!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jesse: Thanks so much for the kind words. I was very happy I had the opportunity to meet you and your wife/partner, and to help in any way I could. Looking forward to your return next year!
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Map

Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Best is Bradley Int'l - Hartford, Ct.
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Ludlow, Vt.
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Bell. Falls, Vt.,tho Spgfld, Ma. is more efficient
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
I-91, Exit 8 (Vt. Route 131)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Sam's Steakhouse
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Okemo Ski area
Car: necessary

10 minutes to Okemo, easy access Ascutney, Bromley and Killington/Pico.

Wonderful walks in the woods, bicycling through back roads, holing up to read a good book (or write one!)

Horseback riding is not far away, and there are several golf courses in the area.

30 minutes to Woodstock, perhaps for a delicious meal at the Woodstock Inn or dinner at Simon Pearce just a few miles farther on the road. The Children's Science Museum is less than an hour north, between Norwich and Hanover. Other villages to visit: Chester, Weston, Grafton, to name a few.

Walk down the side road to the 20-mile stream and the flat rocks or a favorite swimming hole. Take your drinks and picnic to the dock at the small pond on the property and just enjoy the day.

It's also a relaxing place to stay while helping your son or daughter consider colleges in the area!

Whatever your desire for a getaway in New England, The Cottage at Stone Walls will welcome you.

Golf: I am not a golfer, but know there are golf courses in the area (Woodstock, Weathersfield, Ludlow/Tyson). I'd be happy to help you if this is what you are interested in doing during your visit.

Ski: Okemo Ski area is about 10-15 minutes from here.. Also within an hour are Killington, Bromley, Stratton, and Magic Mountain Ski areas. We are approximately 2 hours from Stowe.

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Rates & Availability

Ludlow House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
Jun 17 2016 - Sep 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
$190
$1,250
$4,800
 
 
Autumn
Sep 16 2016 - Oct 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,400
$5,500
 
 
Low Autumn
Oct 24 2016 - Nov 17 2016
2 night minimum stay
$165
$1,000
$3,500
 
 
Thanksgiving Extended
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 27 2016
5 night minimum stay
$260
$1,700
 
 
Winter I - non-holiday
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,600
 
 
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,975
 
 
Winter II
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
$275
$1,800
$6,000
 
 
President's Week
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
$295
$1,950
 
 
Winter III
Feb 27 2017 - Mar 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$270
$1,750
$6,000
 
 
Spring/Early Summer
Mar 31 2017 - Jun 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
$165
$1,000
$3,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $150
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates vary by season.
**The Cottage Full Winter Season December 1-April 30 $12,000 plus utilities. (Less than $79 per night!) Shorter term rentals include utilities, but cost more per night, of course. Full Winter Season also includes a cord of firewood and all snowplowing in the driveway.

Special rates for late spring/early summer and early winter.

Owner's house may also be available for minimum stays or for Holiday week stays. Please contact for photos - rates and other information

Pay by check, BillPay or PayPal (farmily and friends method), with signed lease agreement. I am not set up for Credit Cards.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Ludlow / Okemo Mountain Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , extra large additional shower in laundry room as well.
  • 1 full bath and one large shower in laundry room upstairs. Main floor has 3/4 bath with shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • 1 bedroom with queen, one with double, one with double on bottom and twin on top. Main floor sun room/den has queen sofa sleeper. Living room couch could sleep a child if need be, though I don't count it as a bedroom space.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
10 minutes to Okemo, easy access Ascutney, Bromley and Killington/Pico. Wonderful walks in the woods, bicycling through back roads, holing up to read a good book (or write one!) Antique writing tables in every room. Horseback riding is not far away, and there are several golf courses in the area. 30 minutes to Woodstock, perhaps for delicious dinner at the Woodstock Inn or at Simon Pearce just a few miles farther on the road. The Children's Science Museum is less than an hour north, between Norwich and Hanover. Other villages to visit: Chester, Weston, Grafton, to name a few. Walk down the side road to the 20-mile stream and the flat rocks or a favorite swimming hole. Take your drinks and picnic to the dock at the small pond on the property and just enjoy the day. It's also a relaxing place to stay while helping your son or daughter consider colleges in the area! Whatever your desire for a getaway in New England, The Cottage at Stone Walls will welcome you.

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