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Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

A Modern Scottish Mountain-top Castle in Vermont with breathtaking views

10 Reviews
Sleeps15
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Ludlow / Okemo Mountain Area Estate Rental Photos and Description

6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, with room to sleep 11 to 15

Welcome to Grahall Estate, situated on top of Hawk's Mountain on 300 acres of untouched land, looking at a 270 degree view of the surrounding Green Mountains. We are located 2-1/2 hours north of Boston, overlooking the quaint bedroom town of Cavendish, Vermont...and only minutes away from several major ski areas and quintessential cozy Vermont landmark towns...

Ski Areas:

15-20 minutes to Ludlow's OKEMO ski area;

40 minutes to Killington;

30 minutes to Bromley; and

20 minutes to Magic Mountain;

Villages of Vermont and New Hampshire:

30 minutes or less to the towns of Woodstock and Quechee, Weston, Ludlow, Dartmouth College & Hanover NH;

30 minutes to outlet shopping of Manchester VT;

40 minutes to the airport in Lebanon, NH.

Suitable for a group of friends & family to reunite and reconnect, or a small corporate group. This unique property is the perfect spot to get away from it all and recharge!

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Elizabeth (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for such a Wonderful stay! We look forward to a future visit at your beautiful home!"
Jan 2013
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Reviews

5
based on 10 traveler reviews

A Modern Scottish Mountain-top Castle in Vermont with breathtaking views
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
5

One of A Kind Experience!

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a remote, spacious & stimulating location to host our very first family reunion / vacation. Grahall Castle was all of this, and more! What an amazing, unique property! It is truly on the tippity TOP of Hawk Mountain. Extremely private and so peaceful. The grounds are fabulous. Sprawling lawns, 2 ponds for fishing, swimming, boating, etc. Frog catching kept our kids busy for hours on end. We had camp fires every night. Lots of great family time. There's even a swing set for younger children. The house was spotless and the kitchen was well stocked to feed a small army! Furniture & appliances were well maintained. There's plenty of room to spread out and find a quiet corner or balcony to read a book or just enjoy the magnificent views. Oh my goodness, the VIEWS! The deck off the 3rd floor master is the best seat in the house! We saw the brightest and most plentiful blanket of stars every night, and breathtaking mountain ranges during the day. Especially in the early morning when the clouds were still nestled between the peaks. We had a handicapped family member with us for the week and we were able to maneuver her wheelchair into the house and around the main floor with little issue. She was limited to the main floor, but it's quite large and spacious so she moved around with ease. If you are considering renting Grahall and have a family member with limited mobility, just reach out to Elizabeth and she will be happy to talk through your concerns. She was very helpful when I was trying to decide if this property would meet our unique needs. I think I might have won the prize for the most questions asked by a potential renter!:) The house has Wi-Fi but not all cell services work on the mountain top. We found that Verizon & ATT had the best track record. Before you reach the property, there is about a 2 ml stretch of dirt road that is very rural with a pretty steep incline. There's no cell service for the last few miles until you reach the top of the mountain so its safer to arrive during daylight hours to get a lay of the land. Have one person scout out the property early then set up a meeting point down in the town, then have any additional guests follow you up. We only had two issues during our stay. Both minor and both addressed the very same day! From my very first inquiry sent, through our one week stay at Grahall, Elizabeth was very responsive and pleasant to work with.

My family is already asking when we can return! :)

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Scotch Plains, NJ, USA
5

Castle on a Cloud!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the "Grahall Castle" for a week in the summer for a family reunion; ages 88 to 14. Based on the photos and the renters' reviews our expectations were high. To say the house far exceeded our expectations would be an understatement. The house is a marvel, inside and out! It is obvious that a great deal of thought and love went into the design.There was plenty of room for everyone; bedrooms and bathrooms. Although the house is modern, the gathering rooms still had a warm cozy feel to them with big comfortable furniture; the library was a personal favorite. The views from the decks were spectacular, green mountains as far as the eye could see. The huge stone patio in front of the house was a great place to relax and survey the grounds and ponds. There is even a stone amphitheater in the back of the house! We had a magnificent stay and left with great memories. We will certainly return.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Poughkeepsie, NY
5

Stunning Mountain-Top Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of 14 adults and two little ones had the most relaxing and fun vacation at this architectural marvel. Every aspect of this modern adaptation of a castle is custom and frames the breathtaking mountain views. The huge yet warm rooms provided plenty of space for everyone to gather and also to have privacy. The peace in the midst of 300 acres on top of a mountain was palpable--there is total silence. Our large contingent of 20-something cousins had a ball playing foosball inside, and wiffle ball, frisbee, etc. on the huge flat lawn outside. We also rented a kayak and canoe, delivered to the property, which was fun for everyone. In short, this is the dream country retreat and we would happily return.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Inspiring Architecture, Nature, and Awesome Views!

  • 5 of 5

We saw orange salamanders, toads, and turkeys and heard barred owls. Our dogs swam in the beautiful moats. The privacy of this property made is such a retreat. The thoughtful, artistic architecture moved us completely to vacation mode. The views from upstairs are simply jaw dropping, and the indoor lights at night created a scene from Merlin or a Hobbit movie. The kitchen was wonderfully equipped and a pleasure to cook in. If we could choose anywhere to retire, it would be here. This is a place to get a change of routine, escape, and be inspired by your surroundings!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Boston, MA
5

Memorable Stay

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with a group of friends for our annual snowboarding trip. The details of this home.. or should I say, castle was immaculate! The owners were very accommodating and immediately took care of an issue my group had during the first night of our stay. The dining room fit all of us at one table, which rarely happens on our trips. The view from the master room open lobby was grand. There was a dual oven which was helpful with getting breakfast and dinner out all at once. We basically spent most of our time in the kitchen, dining room and great room. This is definitely a must-book location. It's fairly close to Okemo Mountain. I am interested to experience this wonderful home in the summer and look forward to a future stay.

I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a spacious home, tucked away from it all.

Make sure you drive an AWD during the winter to get up to this home!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
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Boston, MA
5

Wonderful Experience!

  • 5 of 5

What a great time we had.

This house is just amazing, spacious, beautiful and as private as anyone could hope for. We were a group of 12, always rotating our meals and activities throughout the whole house just to use it all of it.

The outside space is as beautiful as the interior, bedrooms, bathrooms, library, balconies, living rooms and yes, the great fireplaces.

It integrates all the visitors as one family and there is no way to spend a better time than eating, drinking, watching TV and playing board games.

Thumbs up for the Grahall estate!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Lebanon, NH
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Rutland, VT
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Rte 91 & 89 (intersection of)
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Seasonal Fruit Picking at nearby Orchard

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Rates & Availability

Cavendish Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Summer
Jun 9 2016 - Sep 7 2016
2 night minimum stay
$900
$3,300
 
 
Peak Fall Foliage
Sep 8 2016 - Oct 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
$1,000
$3,400
 
 
Columbus Weekend
Oct 6 2016 - Oct 11 2016
3 night minimum stay
$1,150
$3,600
 
 
Peak Fall Foliage Season
Oct 12 2016 - Oct 26 2016
2 night minimum stay
$1,000
$3,400
 
 
Pre-Ski Season
Oct 27 2016 - Dec 14 2016
2 night minimum stay
$900
$3,000
 
 
Winter Holiday '16-'17
Dec 15 2016 - Jan 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
$1,150
$5,000
 
 
Peak Ski 2017
Jan 4 2017 - Jan 11 2017
2 night minimum stay
$1,150
$3,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$1,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Grahall is available for Peak-Seasonal Rental
Please email for off-Season long-term rental rates.
All Holiday weekends: (ie) Columbus Day and February Break weekend, 3-night, $3,000 base rate minimum
Winter/New Year's Holiday, 3-night minimum, $3,450 base rate minimum
All other Peak Ski stays: 2-night minimum, first 2 nights charged at weekend rate; additional nights $600 per night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Ludlow / Okemo Mountain Area Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Security System
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master, 3rd Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , 2nd Floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd Floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , 1st Floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Entertainment Floor
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 3rd Private Master Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 3rd Open Master Lounge
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor Private
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2nd Floor Private
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , 2nd Floor Private
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Ent. Level, Private
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , Ent. Level, Private
    Bedroom 8 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1st Floor, Optional Queen
  • The Third Floor houses the private Master Bedroom Suite. The Master Bedroom Lounge has a pair of twins. Television with DVD player in Master Bedroom. The Second Floor has 3 private bedrooms: 2 with queen beds, and 1 with a pair of twins. The Entertainment Level has two private Guest Bedrooms, one with a full bed, the other with a queen bed. These bedrooms share a bathroom. On the First Floor, option to have the queen sleeper sofa made up in the private Music Room with private bath.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Child's Swing
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Housekeeping to clean between Guests is included. Weekly Housekeeping during longer-term stay included. Daily Housekeeping available upon request, for an additional fee.

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