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Karen Akins

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

Historic Maple Street Dairy-Charm and Convenience in Stowe Village

14 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Stowe Area House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 2 baths, Sleeps 7-8, Walk Everywhere

Located in the heart of one of New England's most vibrant villages, the Maple Street Dairy exudes country charm while offering travelers a Vermont take on Alpine chic.

This well-preserved 1830's farmhouse, with wide plank flooring and beautiful winding staircase, is part of a compound which was the Maple Street Dairy, the first dairy in Stowe. It is within easy walking distance of numerous shops, restaurants, and recreational amenities. World class downhill skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort is just a 12 minute drive away, or if you don't want to drive to the slopes, you can hop on the ski shuttle which stops just down the street.

With three bedrooms and two full baths, the home comfortably sleeps 6 in the upstairs bedrooms. If you need more heads in beds, one adult or two children can sleep on the full-size fold-out couch in the living room downstairs. Two separate living and dining areas provide a spacious environment for apre-ski lounging for adults and kids. HDTV, DVD player, wireless internet access, and plenty of board games and puzzles are provided to keep you connected and entertained.

The property owners, who live on site behind the farmhouse in the renovated barn, are dog lovers and know many guests don't want to have to leave their dog behind when they go on vacation. One well-behaved dog is permitted and more are negotiable. Stowe's famed recreation path and off-leash Quiet Path are both great places to walk or ski with your dog nearby.

Come enjoy village life in Stowe!

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Karen Akins (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

About Karen Akins

The property owners are Karen and Dan Akins, who live on the compound behind the original farmhouse in the renovated barn. They moved to Vermont in 2002 from Austin, Texas via London, England to raise their kids in a wholesome, small town environment that offered winter sports. Both are outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy skiing, snowmobiling, tennis, and hockey. They are now empty nesters and devote much of their time to hiking with their 10 year-old goldendoodle, Sunny.

Dan is from St. Paul, Minnesota and Karen is from Oklahoma and Texas. They met while studying at the London School of Economics. They lived and worked in Washington, DC then Austin, Texas until they moved their family to London. They have two children, one a psychologist and the other an aspiring hockey player.

Karen Akins purchased this house in 2001

Why Karen Akins chose Stowe Area

Being in Stowe village is great because you have easy access to nature along the recreation path but you can also walk to all the village amenities. Maple Street is one of the few areas of Stowe with a real neighborhood feel. In the winter, you can also access the snowmobile path right out the back door!

What makes this house unique

The Maple Street Dairy is located alongside other well-maintained historic residences in Stowe, within walking distance of all of the amenities of Stowe village. This is a perfect location for skiers and non-skiers alike, so that some in the group can take the ski shuttle to the mountain in the morning, while others have use of the car. Or if some drive up, the others are not stuck at a remote location, but can walk into the village to shop or eat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a way to celebrate a 70th birthday with family. The house is so lovely and you have such an amazing attention to detail!



We recommend to anyone the rec path (ski or shine), the scenic by-way to Smugglers Notch, checking out the new Topnoch, and dinner at the Trapp!
Sep 2014
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4.9
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Historic Maple Street Dairy-Charm and Convenience in Stowe Village
average rating of 4.857143 based on 19 reviews
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the farmhouse for six days over the Christmas holidays, 2004. The decor was appealing and comfortable. We enjoyed our stay immensely, and plan a return stay someday. We especially liked the fact that the house was located within a very short walk from shops and restaurants of Stowe.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2005
  • Stayed: Dec 2004
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Beautiful, clean and centrally located home

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about Karen and Dan Atkins, the owners of this home. They made our stay in their beautiful home doubly enjoyable by making suggestions about places to swim, things to do, and went out of their way to make the stay fun for our grandchildren. They allowed us to bring our small dog which was a major plus for us. The house is clean and gorgeous inside. It is very comfortable and well equipped. There are views of the mountains from the home and you can walk into town for coffee, dining, shopping, etc. We definitely intend to rent this property again. We were there for only 3 days over the 4th of July weekend and wished we could have stayed longer. I highly recommend this property especially if you have children or grandchildren. The Lacroix/Legassey Family

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review! We lived having your family and are glad you enjoyed yourselves. Hope to see you again on your next trip to Stowe!
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Great spot

  • 4 of 5

Cute house in town center. Nicely decorated, very comfortable and cozy. We loved the location, since we weren't interested in cooking, we wanted to walk in to restaurants. Very pleased with our stay, we had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us. At your recommendation we are also putting a drip coffee maker in the rental for those who are not coffee pod people. I appreciate your helpful suggestion!
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Cosy Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Quaint and cosy cottage a very short walk to the main street in Stowe. Our multi-generational family group had a wonderful stay at this cottage for a week of skiing. The location is fabulous and the house is pretty as a picture. Stacks of original details and the cottage is styled well. Loads of extra linens, towels and thoughtful comforting touches throughout the house. The only negative was the fridge and freezer wasn't working during our stay and given it was a holiday weekend the owners couldn't organize a replacement - however they did what they could and shouted us a meal at a local diner as compensation (thanks!). Karen was a very attentive owner and available to assist whenever we had a question. Some kitchen items were a little tired (pots, glasses etc) so if you are culinary focused bring your favorite utensils along and if you have a large group you may need to bring some extra forks/spoons etc. All in all a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Owner's Response: Hi, it was great having you all stay at the Maple Street Dairy. Thanks for the kind review. We really are glad you liked the decor and amenities. Sorry fridge was not working properly, we have now replaced it. Good idea about updating kitchen wear. Hope you'll be back!
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Very clean and put together. Cozy

  • 5 of 5

Very down to earth and easy to settle in. We would stay again.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Comfortable and Charming Home in Delightful Stowe

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week staying at the Dairy in July. The house was perfect for us and our 2 children on holiday from the UK. There is loads of space, a verandas to sit on and lots of places to read in comfort. The decor is relaxed and stylish, the beds are comfortable and everything is spotless. Our daughter enjoyed the collection of Lemony Snicket books on the shelves and there was plenty to read for all the family. Karen is a super host and made us feel at home from the moment we arrived.

Stowe might be the best place we have been on holiday, ever! We went hiking in the mountains, boating on Lake Champlain, zip lining, canoeing, swimming under waterfalls, exploring forests and more. We ate much fine food -- from honest burgers at the Blue Donkey, to a remarkable outdoor feast on an organic farm. And we sampled some of the finest craft beers in the US. Our children went to the local summer camp and created life long memories. The village of Stowe is right on the doorstep, with friendly cafés, a superb ice cream parlour, bike rental, lovely walks and lots more.

We will definitely book the Dairy again for summer time visit to Stowe. And hopefully a winter one too!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Car: not necessary

Ski and snowboard on Mt. Mansfield Cross at Stowe Mountain Resort. Cross country skiing nearby at Trapp Family Lodge. Walk to Stowe's main street, with great shopping, world class restaurants. Grocery store, sledding hill, ice skating rink, movie theaters, Stowe Recreation Path.

Ski: Stowe Mountain Resort is just up Mountain Road, about15 minutes by car. There is also a ski shuttle that leaves from one block away if you don't want to drive.

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Rates & Availability

Stowe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Fall Season
Sep 15 - Oct 20
2 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay
$450
$2,700
$5,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Tax Rate 10.0%

The deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to rebook the property for the dates you reserve.

The cleaning fee does not apply to stays of a week or more.

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Amenities

Stowe Area House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs - toilet , tub , shower
    Downstairs - toilet , shower
  • Downstairs bathroom has grab bars in both the shower and near toilet for elderly or handicapped guests.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king
    Family Room/Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeps 1-2
    Blue Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • We just added a new fold-out couch, so the house now sleeps 7-8. It is located in the den/family room which adjoins a full bath. There's a TV/DVD/VCR in that room so it's perfect for kids.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The farmhouse is located on a compound of 3 buildings. The other two buildings are occupied by the owners, so if you are seeking extreme privacy, this is probably not the place for you. We will be sharing a driveway and walkway leading to our house and your rental.

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