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This one-level 2,700 sq. foot structure, known as 'Gray Eyrie,' is a locus of action in Wallace Stegner’s “Crossing to Safety.”
Built as their dream house by the friends Stegner describes, a retired professor & wife, the house sits atop Greensboro's Baker Hill with a 180-degree view over the village and 700-acre Lake Caspian, one of Vermont's most pristine lakes. The 80-acre property adjoins The Nature Conservancy's 256-acre Barr Hill Preserve, offering miles of hiking trails and picnic sites with sightings of wildlife and views spanning the Green Mountains of Vermont and White Mountains of New Hampshire. Biking is another popular activity.
A separate guesthouse with two bedrooms, sleeping four, is available at $700/week during May 15-June 30, $800/wk in Sept.-October, and $950/week during July-August. See VRBO/300035. A dock on the lake, 0.6 mile down Baker Hill, offers the house and guest house a canoe and private access to swimming, boating and fishing.
Both the main house and guesthouse are closed for the winter, Oct. 17-May 15.
Greensboro is a preeminently rural community in Orleans County, one of three that make up Vermont's fabled Northeast Kingdom. The village has several dairy farms as well as fields and forests conserved by The Nature Conservancy, the Vermont Land Trust and the Greensboro Land Trust. Greensboro has a richly stocked general store (Willeys), and a country club with tennis and golf that nonmembers can access for daily fees (MVCC). Several restaurants are nearby in the town of Hardwick (Positive Pie, Village Diner, Yummy Wok, House of Pizza). The village and hinterland offer picturesque drives over back-country roads beside rivers, lakes and hills.
Amenities: Large fireplace, phone, broadband internet, fully equipped kitchen and laundry except no dishwasher. Extensive library. Linens provided. Charcoal grill. Garden chairs. No smoking, please.
I am a retired development economist, spent most of my career with the Harvard Institute for International Development, am spending much of my time during retirement in promoting land conservation in Greensboro, the surrounding area and Vermont overall.
clive gray purchased this house in 1963
Property was built by my parents as their dream house, is now owned by a family trust. My four siblings and I grew up spending their summers in Greensboro, to which grandparents first brought their family in 1910.
Greensboro is a beautiful rural area, located in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Much community recreation centers around 700-acre Caspian Lake. Two of The Nature Conservancy's 50+ preserves in Vermont are located in Greensboro, one of them abutting the vacation rental property.
I have rented the Eyrie every summer for years. (While being a granddaughter of the couple who built the house only adds to its enchantment for me, gone, alas, are the days when family members benefited even from a discount!) I am happy to see that this “magical place”—as a great-granddaughter puts it—exerts its powerful charm on others. As another family of regular tenants writes, “S. is forever inspired by the view from the top which benefits us all. For when he is inspired, he turns the “mountain house” into a gourment restaurant! […] It continues to amaze us how the house is a wholly realized aesthetic vision […] I’ve enjoyed listening to the thrushes, loons, hummingbirds, and all the other singing birds […] We hope we are fortunate enough to come back.” Yet a third family had this to say: “Thank you for allowing us to experience the Eyrie—a magical spot. We enjoyed it every day we were here—and I suspect we will think of it on many days after we have left.” The radiance of a house filled with sunlight on warm wood; the cool tones of lake and woods spread beneath it, punctuated by the charm of village steeples; the unfolding mountain horizons beyond; the serenity of a private dock; “always, night and day, […] I hear [them] in the deep heart’s core” (Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree).
When you approach from the road you'll see a house on top of a hill ... and yes that's it! It is comfortable, spacious, well equipped, with large panoramic windows that afford grand views of the Green Mountains and Vermont's ever changing skies. It borders conservation land; you can go hiking right out the front door. Go down the half mile driveway and across the road is your private Caspian Lake dock with canoe. If you are looking for the latest in 21st century amenities and entertainment, this may not be for you (but it has a phone and Internet and you can stream anything you want). But if you are looking for comfort in solitude surrounded by the outdoors, you can hardly do better. And for rainy days the house has more books than some libraries, including children's books.
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My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
50% deposit on booking, remainder + 9% tax at least two weeks before occupancy. Payment by check to family trust, Morgan-Stanley, Waltham, Mass.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.