|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
We love this view. Marvelous artisan stonework throughout the chalet. Lifelong friends with original builders Olie and Jinny Rye.
Vermont's famous fresh, fresh air. We can feel ourselves relaxing.
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.
We had to revamp our vacation due to hurricane matthew and decided on Vermont. This chalet is large and spacious with plenty of room and space for everyone. Everyone had their own floor to themselves for quiet time. It is so quiet and dark at night which was perfect for us as we were all looking to relax and recharge.
Kitchen is pretty well stocked, could use some new pans. Laundry, linens and towels were nice to have there.
The property was wonderful to walk around to soak in the beautiful fall colors. The landscape was breathtaking- we visited at the peak of fall foliage.
Be sure to try the muffins at the Wells country store. Delicious!!
We would recommend this chalet and the owner was very thorough in communication with us.
We enjoyed how close this property is to Lake St. Catherine, Dorset ( fun marble quarry to swim in), and the beautifully placed Lakeside Pub & Grill in a nearby town. The chalet's fireplaces, spiral stairs and hardwood floors are just beautiful. It was also very quiet, which we enjoyed. The chalet is quite close to the road, not as nestled in as expected. There is a large deck which could offer a beautiful view but the growing trees across the road blocked it. The deck boards are splintery dry and unsteady and in need of replacement, as are the rusting deck chairs.The couches in the living room and foot stools are extremely worn, very old and also need to be replaced, as does the long somewhat gooey wooden kitchen table, pots and pans, many of which had not been cleaned well. The new fridge worked very well, however. But the dishwasher door is finicky. Two windows had to be closed from the outside to shut. Hearing movement during the nights kept me wondering (and awake), but then we saw a cute field mouse the next day in the house along with and it's droppings on the kitchen counter--this mouse needs a new home. Being 6'3, the solely queen size bed options were too small for my husband and I, so we did not sleep as well as we hoped. The back door is home to large biting flies (clags) that greated us upon arrival. The patio on the ground floor was full of weeds in between the stone. The directions binder for guests also needs to be updated and cleaned. The bathrooms were well kept, and pleasant. The movie and book selection was very good, but the small box TV is from the late 1980s/early 90s. The communication with the owner via email was good.
I rented this home for my 7 person bridal party getaway. We all had a great time and want to visit again together next year. The only downside was that one of the pull out couches is really uncomfortable. But the beds are very comfortable. We plan to bring a blow up mattress next time to avoid that pull out. The home has so much character and we spent so much time out on the great balcony porch. There is also a cool old bell that you ring by a pulley system out on the porch. So fun. We all would Highly recommend this home for a relaxing, comfortable time away in nature.
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!
My family and I recently stayed at the Rye Chalet. We found the home to spacious and relaxing. The bedroom linens were clean and the home was beautifully decorated in true rustic fashion. During our stay the weather was abnormally warm so we spent many days out on the lake. My only recommendation would be to fix the windows on the back side of the home so that the windows open and screens can be put in, this would allow a nice cross breeze through the home on hot days since the home isn’t equipped with air conditioning. We would definitely recommend this home and we look forward to staying here again. The views were spectacular!!!
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.
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
You may choose either a $200 refundable damage deposit, or a $59 non-refundable insurance policy. The refundable damage deposit appears as our default option, but it is easy for us to change it to the non-refundable insurance policy if you prefer.
We give a $100 discount for your second rental week.
10% Friends & Family discount for your second visit and all visits thereafter.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.