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Charming Vermont Home on 7 Acres w/ Hot Tub, Pond and Fireplace!

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Sunroom w/ Extra Sofabed, 3 Full Baths, (Sleeps 11 in Beds)

Travel back in time to the quaint villages and outdoor beauty of the Green Mountains in this sprawling Vermont vacation home! You will enjoy all the comforts of home and more as you awaken every morning from a deep and restful country sleep, gaze through the French doors at the beautiful misty mountains, and brew a cup of steaming French Roast coffee to enjoy on the balcony in your bathrobe.

Maybe you don't even need to leave the house today after all. You can wander between our 3 living rooms, Great Room and Sun Room, trying to decide which one has the coziest spot for curling up with your coffee. Or maybe you'd rather decide which of our 3 decks and patios has the sunniest spot. Or you could wander up the back yard to the pond, relax in an Adirondack chair and watch the fish jump. But if all this fresh air has you feeling like a kid again, head for the tree swing in our big, gorgeous maple! You can hardly tear yourself away, but there are so many wonderful things to explore in Dorset and Manchester!

Rush hour (Vermont Style) consists of watching the goldfinches, chickadees and nuthatches take turns acrobatically swooping into the feeders for breakfast. Charming antique shops await 3 minutes away on Dorset Green, and 7 minutes away in Manchester Center. Not to mention the highly-acclaimed Southern Vermont Art Center, the historic Hildene House (former home of Robert Todd Lincoln) and the famous Vermont Country store. There are many activities all year round, including the Manchester Summer Horse Festival, art fairs, Sunday farmers' markets, outlet shopping, golf, fishing, canoeing, horse-back riding and don't forget incredible hiking. Exploring covered bridges in the area is a cherished favorite pastime. All of these activities and more are within a 30 minute radius!

When you return home for the evening, enjoy an outdoor game of badminton, volleyball, croquet or bocce ball in the back yard or relax by the pond. Then head indoors, light a wood fire in the huge stone fireplace in the Great Room and curl up on the overstuffed sofa with a good book, play some Scrabble (we have lots of games), or watch a little TV on our 40' High Def flat screen with DVR and Blu-Ray player. Bring along a few DVD's you've been trying to find time to watch, or try your hand at one of our 17 Wii games and Guitar Hero. We have high-speed wireless internet and unlimited free long distance calling if you need to catch up on a few things. You'll also love our Sonos Rhapsody and Pandora internet-based music system! Listen to just about any song ever recorded at the touch of a button on the 3 music zones around the house and outdoors by the hot tub.

For dinner your first night, bake a delicious Chicken Pot Pie from historic Dorset Union General store on Dorset Green. But be sure to venture out for a great meal at one of the many award-winning restaurants close by. Bring your favorite recipes from home to cook up a feast in our well-appointed and newly remodeled kitchen with breakfast bar, then gather everyone in the formal dining room for a cozy fireside meal. After dinner it's time to relax and watch the sunset over the mountains in our very private 7 person jetted hot tub, or roast marshmallows around the outdoor fire pit while gazing at the incredible Milky Way!

Dorset is a quaint location in every season. In the spring you will enjoy our gorgeous lilac bushes in full bloom and the budding birch trees, and be sure to visit a real maple syrup 'sugar shack'. In summertime, you must take a swim in the local favorite swimming spot, the Dorset marble quarry...and don’t forget the picnic lunch. In the fall our stately maple trees and mountainsides are ablaze with color and in winter you must skate on our pond, sled down our hill and take a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride!

Our little hamlet of Dorset, Vermont is located in the Southwest corner of the state, in the heart of the Green Mountains, only 4 hours drive from New York City and 3 hours from Boston. If you fly in, Albany, New York is the closest major airport, and Dorset is 1:15 minutes northeast by car. Burlington, Vermont is 2 hours north of us, and Manchester, New Hampshire is about 2:30 minutes east of us. We know you'll fall in love with Dorset just as we did. We can't wait to have you as our guests!

Keywords: Sprawling House with Stone Fireplace

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Suzanne Dortch
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Suzanne Dortch

Hi, I'm Suzanne and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I moved there in 2000 when I was hired as an airline pilot. Cincinnati is a fantastic city, but I love coming back to the beautiful peace and quiet of the Green Mountains in Dorset, Vermont any chance I get. I know you will too!

Suzanne Dortch purchased this house in 1999

Why Suzanne Dortch chose Dorset

My mother purchased our family vacation home in Dorset, Vermont in 1999. It was always her dream to own a home in Dorset ever since at age 18 she joined the Dorset Playhouse Players and did summer stock theater in 1959 with Dom DeLuise, his wife Carol Arthur and many others. Dorset made its way into all their hearts, and they also own homes in Dorset. After long days rehearsing plays and building sets they would cool off by jumping into the marble quarry down the road. It's still our favorite family tradition every summer! Dorset will find its way into your heart too and become a beloved destination you will cherish always.

What makes this house unique

What I love about our home is how spacious and sprawling it is. No matter how large your group is, you can always find a quiet place to call your own. From the numerous comfy couches and living areas inside, to the many decks and patios outside, the picnic table and kids' barn shed hangout by our pond, or the tree swing in the big maple, there are so many places to relax and enjoy! But what I love most is throwing open the French doors at night and sleeping with the cool fresh mountain air breezing in, then waking up to the sound of the birds. It is so peaceful and quiet that I forget the rest of the world exists.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow! What a great time and what a lovely house. Let me tell you - I looked like a hero to the girls because I had found Owlswood. We spent a lot of time relaxing in the hot tub, napping in front of the fire (yup that would be me), having too many margaritas and generally just forgetting the real world (husbands, kids, jobs, etc.) for a weekend.

The space was perfect. I host our family's Thanksgiving celebration where we cram 20+ people into my little three bedroom home and when I saw your home's three living rooms, two dining areas and wet bar space I was very jealous! Thank you for letting us stay and I would love to be back!
Nov 2009
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Dorset House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1- Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sinks with granite countertop, tiled tub and shower
    Bathroom 2- Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sinks, large bathroom
    Bathroom 3- Next to Sun Room - toilet , shower , Large Vermont Slate shower with glass doors, single sink
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1- Master Bedroom - 1 queen , French doors, balcony, en-suite bathroom, walk-in closet
    Bedroom 2- Cranberry Bedroom - 1 queen , French doors, balcony, large closet, new mattress
    Bedroom 3- Pineapple Bedroom - 1 queen , Large closet, cozy and quiet, new mattress
    Bedroom 4- The Tack Room - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Horse-themed room, large closet, dresser, sleeps 3
    Bedroom 5- The Maple Room - 2 twin/ single , Antique maple beds, hand-made quilts, Grandma Moses prints
    Sun Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , New queen-sized sleep sofa with great mattress and bedding
  • Queen Size Beds (3 total)-queen beds in 3 of the bedrooms; Twin or Single Beds (5 total)-2 twin beds in one bedroom, 3 twin beds in another bedroom (1 twin bed + 1 bunk bed); Sleep Sofa (1 total)-queen sofa sleeper in the Sun Room, away from the other bedrooms and next to a full bathroom; Baby Cribs (1 total)-Pack 'n Play with extra mattress
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 15 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
If you are looking for the perfect home for spending quality time together, you found it! Owlswood's secluded 7 acres and mountain views will give you the quiet, relaxing, slow-paced lifestyle you are coming to Vermont to experience. Yet you are only minutes from quaint towns like Dorset and Manchester, where you can explore the quintessential New England shops, farms and covered bridges. Our own back yard is the perfect afternoon playground for paddling around the pond in our rubber boat, playing our many outdoor games, or even just swinging like a kid in the big maple tree swing (when was the last time you did that?). Spend the evening soaking away in the hot tub and making s'mores at the outdoor fire pit while marveling at the incredible Milky Way. In winter, use our toboggans to sled down the big hill and the hockey set to play on the frozen pond. Gather for board games, puzzles or reading a book in front of the roaring fireplace. There is something for everyone at Owlswood!


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Charming Vermont Home on 7 Acres w/ Hot Tub, Pond and Fireplace!
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Owlswood is amazing for vacation...

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Owlswood was awesome. The view is remarkable, the house is

extremely functional and VERY WELL kept. We did not have to worry about

anything. The house is very clean, cozy with attention to every little

detail. Amazing experience. The location is great. Hot tub on the deck is

perfectly located so you can enjoy the mountain view right from the hot

tub. The common area is very spacious.The sound system was the icing on the

cake. Listening to music while outside in the hot tub with a beautiful

mountain view was simply wonderful and relaxing.

We are hoping to rent it again in the fall. Thanks for being such nice host!!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Fabulous House!

  • 5 of 5

What a great weekend. Great house with tons of room for all! Great homeowner too, very receptive to any questions or issues.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time at a Wonderful destination!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 11 had a great time. The house was very clean and well maintained. Everything you can imagine you will need is at the house! We had fun sled riding down the hill, making snow angels, enjoying the hot tub, and swinging on the swing! The view of the mountains is breathtaking and we we're blessed with a beautiful snowy landscape! We would definitely consider staying here again if we re-visited this area. The quaint little town nearby had everything you could ask for.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here for a ski trip getaway. The House was beautiful and Jane keeps it perfectly clean. My teens enjoyed the games while we enjoyed the hot tub and fireplace after a day on the slopes. We will definitely be returning if our dates are available!!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Wilton, CT, USA

Great house with lots of room for large groups.

  • 5 of 5

A well equipped kitchen if you intend to. Caretaker was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We booked Owlswood for a weekend getaway for our family of 10! The home was beautiful and very spacious. The photos don't do it justice. The owner, Suzanne, was great to work with and provided us with easy to read instructions from how to work the three fireplaces to how to work the electronics. The house is well maintained and has everything you need for an amazing stay. With any luck we'll be back again!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
The Golf Club at Equinox
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Rutland, VT
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy 7
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Mio Bistro in Dorset
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
Nearest Point of Interest
J.K. Adams Kitchen Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Hildene House
Nearest Point of Interest
Southern Vermont Arts Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Dorset Marble Quarry
Nearest Point of Interest
Dorset Farmers Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Dorset Playhouse
Car: necessary

Unique opportunity to swim and picnic at one of the country's oldest marble quarries right down the road! And don't miss a great performance at the well-renowned Dorset Playhouse, which has been newly renovated but still exudes all the charm of its 'old theater barn' beginnings in the 1930's. The Dorset Farmer's Market is a must, as well as the Southern Vermont Arts Center and Hildene House, the gorgeous, historic estate of Robert Todd Lincoln.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Deposit of $200 is due within 7 days of booking a reservation. First payment (half of remaining balance) is due 60 days prior to commencement of rental period. Final payment (remaining balance) is due 14 days prior to commencement of rental period. Pets are welcome with prior consent from the owner, Suzanne Dortch. If approved, a Pet Fee of $50 will be charged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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