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Historic Maple Street Dairy-Charm and Convenience in Stowe Village

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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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Karen Akins
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 12, 2017

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

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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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.


Stowe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
  • Family
  • Historic
  • 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
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • 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
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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Historic Maple Street Dairy-Charm and Convenience in Stowe Village
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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: December 2004
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Stowe getaway.

  • 5 of 5

This house is lovely and the perfect walkable location for a Stowe getaway. The house is very clean, well appointed and the owners are extremely nice. We really enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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LOVED our stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Karen and Dan’s cute late 1800’s farmhouse! It was perfect for our family and had enough room for us to invite extended family as well.

What we loved:

• The house was very clean with plenty of linens and even the added touch of Burt’s Bees shampoos and Tom’s soap.

• Upstairs bath has a large sunken bathtub and large shower; downstairs bath has a shower

• Two large tables to seat everybody at meals

• Lots of games/puzzles and even a table that converts to a ping pong table (our son loved this!)

• Everything we needed in the kitchen for cooking

• The house was only steps away from main street with all the shops/restaurants/theater and only a mile or two from many other restaurants, the ski hill/gondola and grocery stores. The location could not have been better!

The house sits on a busy street with a fair amount of traffic that is kind of loud at night. Karen put sound machines in every room to help with that. If you are light sleeper, I’d bring ear plugs and you will be fine. We stayed in the summer and I really wish we could have opened up all the windows (storm windows, no screens) in the house to enjoy the cool summer temps.

Karen was extremely helpful and accommodating. She let me check in early. She brought out four bikes for us to use on the recreation path and gave us chairs to use for the antique car parade that came through town. She also offered recommendations of things to do and restaurants. She was the perfect hostess. We would go back in a second!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful house for a wonderful weekend

  • 5 of 5

My four sisters and I planned a bucket list trip to Vermont for our mom's 60th birthday. We found the Maple Street Dairy and fell in love with it immediatly and know our mom would love it too.

After months of planning and waiting, it was finally time to throw 7 adults in a van and drive from Cleveland, OH to Stowe, VT.

As soon as we got to the house we knew we had made the right choice!! The exterior is beautiful and manicured perfectly and the porches and outdoor furniture are so welcoming.

The interior is spacious and beautiful. Even though we had so many adults we never felt like we were on top of each other.

The kitchen had everything we needed to feed a family of 7. Even when there ended being no dishwasher detergent the owner was a text away and brought more to us.

There's a master bedroom, 2 smaller bedrooms with 4 single beds and a pullout couch in the living room. All the bed rooms were well decorated and very pretty. The pullout couch was a joke if you need 2 adults to sleep on it. There isn't a bed that pulls out, the cushions unfold onto the floor. I didn't even use it and just slept on the regular couch.

The locations is AMAZING!! It's a quarter mile walk(tops!!) to get to downtown and all the shops and restaurants Stowe has to offer!! We walked everywhere!!

All in all, this house helped make my mom's birthday picture perfect. If we ever get back to Vermont The Maple Street Dairy would be the only house we'd want to stay in!!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you all had a great stay. Yes, the flip out sofa definitely not big enough for two adults but the kiddos love it. We are glad to be a part of a wonderful family weekend. Hope to see you all back someday!
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It was lovely inside and out. The pictures on VRBO represent this property very accurately.

  • 4 of 5

We were thrilled at how charming this home is, and very impressed with how well-stocked the kitchen and linen closet are. Towels were plentiful for our group of 7 and we found everything necessary to make several meals there. We went to Shaw's Market for perishable items and, while it is fairly small, we found everything we needed for our stay. Loved being able to walk to shops and restaurants, and to have off-street parking for our vehicles. We went to the Butlers Pantry for breakfast our first morning and liked it so much we went back again the following day. We enjoyed having games available at the house and spent a couple nights playing Scrabble and board games, which was a nice way to relax after hiking during the day. The trip was planned around a birthday weekend, but we lucked out that it was British car show weekend. The guys loved all the vintage vehicles, and we all enjoyed the free concert on Maple Street.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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