|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Located about 100 yards from the Floating Bridge in the Pond Village section of Brookfield, Vermont, this house is large, bright, and beautiful. Centered around a gourmet kitchen, it has an open floor plan; a large, yet friendly space that is nicely set up for up for music and musicians–there is even a dance floor! At the same time it is intimate enough for two people to feel very cozy watching the sunset from the Master bedroom deck or sharing a candlelit dinner for two beside the Big fireplace.
A very pretty brook also runs through the property.
This Luxury Mini-Lodge is centrally located near Montpelier; and an easy drive to Stowe, Waitsfield-Sugarbush, Woodstock, and Hanover N.H. (Dartmouth College).
This is a special place for people who love books, self-made music, dancing, and long talks by a huge fire with the lights out. It is one of the most unique houses in Central Vermont!!
This place is absolutely beautiful! It is warm and welcoming from the moment you walk through the door and just keeps getting better! The owners are wonderful - they seem to truly enjoy sharing their home with guests..and you do feel like a guest and not a renter! They spared no detail in the house - beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms, a giant gourmet kitchen, and great room with an awesome fireplace, surrounded by great books and music...all you need to do is supply the people, wine and conversation. It is a great place for a couples getaway or for families traveling together. The kids (teens and pre-teen) loved having the lower level "dorm room" to themselves and adults enjoyed the privacy of a ensuite bedroom! We are already planning our next visit!
This is a breathtaking property! The home, décor, & views are priceless. If you are looking for relaxation, luxurious charm, and a beautiful atmosphere- this is your place! The home is very updated, clean, has a well equipped kitchen for those who like to cook like me, large spaces, bedrooms & entertaining areas. There is plenty of room for singing, dancing, sipping wine by the fire, and reading-- there are 1,000's of books here! It does have wireless internet if you must use your phone. There is kayaking, snowshoeing, ping pong and other sporting activities to do. It is a beautiful little town, and Montpelier is also a short (20-25 min) ride away. There is a shortcut to Sugarbush, so it is only about 30 min away, I would recommend an SUV to take this "pass." Sandy is friendly & accommodating; I really can't say enough good things about this property- you just have to experience it for yourself!
Side note- Most reviews say for "55+"... the 6 of us who stayed are professionals in our low-mid 30's and loved every minute!
My family has stayed at Fern Hill for one week each of the past three winters. Having rented several homes in Vermont and New Hampshire, we appreciate the extraordinary quality of the home and its thoughtful appointments. It is without question the most beautiful home we have ever rented in Vermont. Built in 2004, the house is a pleasure to be in whether sitting by the enormous fireplace, celebrating with family in the vast kitchen/dining area, playing ping pong, or browsing the ample library and collection of cultural artifacts. (The library alone deserves its own review!) Featuring a piano in the living room, this house has hosted numerous musical and festive gatherings. This is a happy place.
The layout includes a king bed master suite and a queen suite on the top floor, a queen bedroom on the second/main floor, and a kids room on the ground floor. The home is extremely clean and well maintained and the owner as well as the housekeeper and snow plow driver are completely responsive.
When at the house, our favorite activities are reading by the fire, cooking, and taking walks. For outdoor activity, we downhill ski at Sugar Bush or Mad River Glen, or cross country ski at Morse Hill Farm in Montpelier, the Strafford Nordic Center, or the Three Stallions Inn in Randolph (but be sure to bring your own skis as they don't rent). Our favorite restaurant is the Black Krim in Randolph (see it on Yelp!).
I would recommend this home to anyone who likes getting away to a rural location for outdoor adventures or to enjoy family and friends.
This is an amazing home in a magical place! The pictures don't even do it justice, is even more beautiful when you get there. Absolutely great for bigger parties or just a romantic get away. Since I discovered it, we keep going every season and we enjoyed it every single time! The description is spot on about location, amenities etc. Does not have a TV (only one in lower level) which is the best thing - but tons of books and games. Home was spotless every time. The restaurant across the street - Ariel - is amazing as well. I would recommend it to all my friends that I love. Thank you to Sandy (the owner) for building such a beautiful home and sharng it with others!
We stayed in this home for a week in February. It is exactly as pictured and is a great place to get away and entertain. The home is large and well designed. The only thing not shown in the pictures is the 4th bedroom which is actually in the basement and is not quite as nice as the other 3. If you have kids, however, they won't mind since it has a large TV. This is a great home if you want some peace and quiet. There is not much nearby except an exceptional restaurant (Ariels) about 100 yards down the road. (A MUST IF YOU STAY HERE). The only minor issue was that the ski resorts are actually much further away than described above. Sugarbush is about 70 minutes not 35 each way. The closer one that we liked better was Bolton, which is still about 60 minutes drive each way. Since this was a ski vacation, we were very tired of the 2 hours of driving by the end of the week.
I just want to say thanks so much for opening your lovely house to us this past weekend. It was gorgeous and spacious, all the while being warm, cozy and familiar. We especially loved the piano and the fireplace and the enormous kitchen and dining table, which we put to good use with huge feasts both nights among friends, and great wine and conversation. We even put the dancefloor to good use, and brought a karaoke machine to fill the house with (some good and some bad) singing! We will definitely recommend your place to our good friends, and hope to return ourselves. So thank you, Sandy. We really appreciated your hospitality, your house, your books, your kitchen, your interesting pictures, and all the other accoutrements of your place.
Best wishes to you and your family, and thanks again!
Kristin (and Lee)
Pond Village in Brookfield is from another time. Vermont, 1949. There are only about 80 full time inhabitants, and the main street is a dirt road (Brookfield’s citizens fought the state to keep it from being paved.) The center of the village is the somewhat famous Floating Bridge, a structure that sinks into the waters of Sunset Pond when a car crosses it. Day and night the bridge is a converging place for strollers, swimmers, fishers, bicyclists, and–tellingly–many year-round inhabitants of the area who drive over in the evenings just to get a taste of the “Old” Vermont. Ariels-- one of the best restaurants in New England-- is located next to the small town park at the east end of the bridge.
Brookfield is in Central Vermont and is very well situated. Montpelier is a 17 minute drive ; the ski and summer towns of Warren and Waitsfield are 35 minutes while Stowe and Hanover, NH (Dartmouth College) are around 45 minutes. Burlington, Vermont’s largest city is 55 minutes away.
Other Activities: Culturally, there is literally something going on in the area every day and night. A local farmer can provide buckboard and sleigh rides.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$160 + Tax|
$375-$395--- Some Holidays are more.
$375-$395 Base Rate Per Night is Among the Best in Vermont--Especially for this House which would be $1200 per night in Stowe. Some Holidays are more. Weekly rates may be cheaper.
This is a magical place-- a house for families and old friends to retreat to and spend time by the fire.
Interesting people and likability can enter into the rate negotiations.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.