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Merry Lee

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

18 Private Acres. Spectacular Views. Relax, unwind, breathe deeply.

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas Chalet Rental Photos and Description

3BR/3BA/Sleeps 2 to 10

The perfect country retreat. Vermont's famous fresh air from the 18 acres of tranquil woodlands and trails surrounding this spacious, comfortable, cheery country house. Picture windows and a wrap-around deck look over Hidden Valley's miles of hills, fields and streams into the next state. With 3600 square feet of living space, the house offers several gathering areas, including two separate living rooms, a game table area, a dining area and a sociable kitchen. Marvelous for retreats, reunions, family gatherings, writers and artists. Great for three couples, one per floor. Furnished down to the cookbooks. There are games galore, hundreds of well-chosen books and over 200 movies on video. Artisan stonemason Simon Shultz created magnificent two-story stone columns that support the outside deck and, at the heart of the chalet, a spectacular three-story stone core with two fireplaces. A charming spiral staircase connects all three floors.

Sleeping accommodations: The total number of beds in the chalet are: two twin beds, two queen beds, two queen sofa beds. The two twin beds are in the ground floor bedroom, the main floor bedroom has one queen bed, the third floor bedroom has a queen bed. The chalet has two livings rooms, one on the ground floor and one on the main floor. The ground floor living room has a queen sofa bed that can sleep two persons. The main floor living room also has a queen sofa bed that can sleep two people.

All within an hour: learn Fly Fishing at the Orvis Fly Fishing School or visit the American Museum of Fly Fishing in historic Manchester village: the Norman Rockwell Exhibition, where Norman Rockwell's models are your tour guides, at the Arlington Gallery in Arlington, hometown of Norman Rockwell 1939-53, on historic Route 7A; the world- famous Simon Pearce Glass-Blowing workshop and restaurant in Quechee, VT and the noted Billings Farm Museum in Woodstock, VT.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Merry Lee (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Merry Lee

For more details, call Dave (808-227-9189) or Merry Lee (808-227-9188).

Merry Lee purchased this chalet in 2005

Why Merry Lee chose Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas

Tremendous view. Marvelous artisan stonework throughout the chalet. Lifelong friends with original builders Olie and Jinny Rye.

What makes this chalet unique

Fresh, fresh air. Relax. Wind down. Escape. Tremendous view.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful stay at the Rye Chalet. It was the perfect place to be for Thanksgiving.

I had the best time ever! Thank you.
Nov 2006
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based on 22 traveler reviews

18 Private Acres. Spectacular Views. Relax, unwind, breathe deeply.
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 27 reviews

Family and Pet friendly chalet

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the chalet and we enjoyed it tremendously! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing, peaceful getaway.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2009
  • Stayed: Jan 2009
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Owner's Response: Thank YOU. Return guests are The Best. And we know you all enjoyed the yummy fresh muffins at the Wells Country Store.
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A quiet place to get away!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a great time here on our honeymoon! We both love being outdoors and scenery and the chalet catered to that. We enjoyed going to ottos quite a few times for soft serve maple syrup ice cream and also spent a day at Lake George. There were several cool places to go within reasonable distance yet we were at a quiet location. We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Perfect space for a large gathering

  • 4 of 5

Rye Chalet works well for large gatherings. The view from the deck is spectacular.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wish we could take credit for the view, but it all belongs to Mother Nature's magnicent work in Vermont.
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Absolutely beautiful, so peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The Rye Chalet is definitely one of a kind! Me and my wife had a wonderfully relaxing time and felt right at home. The view from the deck is breathtaking, we still dream about it! We will definitely look to visit again when the weather is warmer.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Beautiful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The Rye Chalet provided a spacious and comfortable getaway for my family and friends. We all enjoyed hiking around the hills surrounding the Chalet, and the beautiful views from the deck, and the children got to sleep together on the bottom floor, while the parents enjoyed the fireplace and kitchen on the second floor. We definitely recommend it for families, or a romantic getaway. It is beautiful.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Owner's Response: We love it when our guests love the chalet. Nothing makes us happier.
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Amazing view amazing house.

  • 4 of 5

We loves the chalet. It was everything I expected and more. We had a mixed group of adults and kids ranging from 4-16 and everyone was entertained. There were plenty of games space outside for the kids to run and get lost. We actually got snow which was a plus. My husband and I went sledding with the kids and we all had a ball. The house was equipped with all the things we wanted. Merry Lee did a great job with communicating and providing us with a wonderful experience. We will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Granville, NY
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Lake St. Catherine Country Club
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Rutland, VT
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Route 149 and Vermont Route 30
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
The Barn, in Pawlet, Vermont
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Bromley, Pico, Killington, Stratton
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lake St. Catherine State Park
Car: necessary

Visit charming Manchester, the original outlet town, the charismatic Northshire Bookstore, Orvis' glorious flagship store and great restaurants. Browse picturesque Vermont towns, antique, craft and art shops, the Vermont Country Store. Professional summer theater at Dorset Playhouse. Fly fish at Orvis Fly Fishing School or local lakes and rivers. History at President Lincoln's son's estate, Hildene, or Fort Ticonderoga. Lake St. Catherine (right in Wells) and Bomoseen Lake (in Castleton) offer canoe and kayak rentals. The private Lake St. Catherine Country Club in Wells has an 18-hole golf course open to the public. Miniature golf in Wells. Hike the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail. Ski resorts Killington, Pico, Bromley and Stratton offer summer alpine slides and scenic chair lifts. Drive to Shelburne Museum, Calvin Coolidge's home in Plymouth, the Robert Frost Trail in Middlebury, the Grandma Moses Museum in Bennington, tour Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury.

Other Activities: Shopping in Manchester, VT, the original outlet town.

Golf: The Rye Chalet has it's own golf pitching area. The Lake St. Catherine Country Club, right in Wells, offers an 18-hole golf course and club house. There are numerous other golf courses within driving distance, such as Castleton, Vermont and Whitehall, NY, both about a 20 minute drive. Two PGA 18-hole championship courses are under an hour's drive: Killington's Geoffrey Cornish-designed par 72 course and the Golf Digest award-winning Green Mountain National Golf Course. Most courses are open mid-May through October.

Ski: The Rye Chalet in Wells, Vermont is central to all the major Western Vermont skiing areas -- Bromley, Killington, Stratton, Pico, Magic and Okemo. All are about 30-50 minutes away. The nearest is Bromley at about 25 minutes. Killington is about a 45 minute drive. Those skiing Killington or Pico often stop in Rutland for dinner at a wide variety of available restaurants en-route back to the chalet. Those skiing Bromley or Stratton often choose to have dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants in Manchester en-route back to Wells.


Rates & Availability

Wells Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Winter 2016-2017
Dec 20 2016 - Mar 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring Special 2017
Mar 16 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

We give a $100 discount for your second week of renting.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Stratton and Bromley Ski Areas Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ground floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Third floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • The Green Room - 2 twin/ single , Ground floor
    The Beige Room - 1 queen , Main floor
    The Blue Room - 1 queen , Third floor
    Living Room/Library - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Ground floor
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Main floor
  • One bedroom and one full bath on each of three floors.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
The chalet has Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Delicious take-out or catered meals are available from Kathryn Vanderminden, a first-rate chef in Wells (, who emphasizes local, fresh ingredients. Full meals, picnics, soups, appetizers and desserts for take-out or serving...or for catering weddings and other events at the Rye Chalet. Second living room seats seven. Washing machine, clothes dryer, iron and ironing board are in the laundry room. Guided hiking, hunting and/or fishing tours with a Certified Hunter-Safety and 'Let's Go Fishing' Instructor can be arranged for an additional fee -- for all levels from child to expert.

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