|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Retreat to the warmth, comfort, and special beauty of my 3-bedroom newly renovated schoolhouse. The schoolhouse is located in the hamlet of Wolcott, just 25 minutes from Stowe center. It has large windows throughout the house that admit great quantities of sunlight and glorious views. The ground floor is loft-style, each area opening onto the next; colors and textures create a soft yet pleasing sense of spaciousness. The large country kitchen is equipped with a center island for food preparation, a cozy breakfast nook, and a range of appliances to satisfy the needs of even the most discriminating food lovers.
The kitchen opens directly into the dining room, which has a rustic pine farmer's table that sits 8 comfortably, along with a handmade sideboard and an antique chest. Just beyond the dining room area is a charming living room with a new plasma TV and DVD player. Furnishings include one-of-a-kind antiques and contemporary pieces by some of the finest Vermont artisans. There is also a full bathroom with a large, tiled walk in shower.
The second floor has three bedrooms, two with skylights facing the Mount Mansfield range to the west. In the central hallway, there is a day bed with trundle; nearby a small loft providing a magical hideaway for children. There is also a study with a large work desk, wireless internet, and bookshelves. The master bedroom, with its own private balcony, is perfect for enjoying your morning coffee or meditation. It also has a separate seating area, a hand-crafted armoire, and small gas stove to provide plenty of warmth on cold days. There is also a second full bathroom with a fine old claw-foot bathtub, as well as a separate laundry/linen room with a new washer and dryer.
In Winter, you can ski(cross-country and downhill), snowboard, snowshoe, or stay indoors to read, write and cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate; in Spring and Summer, you can swim, hike, bike, fish, then come home and enjoy a barbeque on the front deck; in Fall, you can explore the foliage, farmer's markets and the fine food at local restaurants in nearby towns. In short, the schoolhouse offers a glorious retreat from hectic city life.
The property is located on 4.5 acres in Wolcott with superb 360 degree views of farmlands, woodlands, meadows, and the Mount Mansfield range nearby. Wolcott (and the surrounding environs), has become a model for sustainable living, with its state-of-the-art organic farms, artisanal food products, and farmers' markets. The schoolhouse is less than an hour's drive of four superb skiing locations: Stowe, Burke, Smuggler's Notch, and Jay Peak. Stowe is the closest, and is definitely worth paying a visit.
Come to the schoolhouse once, and you will assuredly want to return.
Keywords: Vacation Home, Schoolhouse, Getaway, Retreat, Nature Sanctuary
I am a psychotherapist and writer living in New York City and, as much as I can, in Vermont, one of the most beautiful and compelling states in the U.S. I have spent time in Vermont since childhood and grown to love it more and more. The schoolhouse is my second Vermont home and is indeed my sanctuary; my hope, for the time you visit, is that it will be yours as well.
Florence Falk purchased this house in 2005
From the Schoolhouse, you can see extraordinary 360 degrees of mountain views. The house itself is on a country road, which is well maintained all year long. Wolcott is just far enough from towns and cities to feel like real country, yet close enough to all enticements--skiing, swimming, hiking, good food, movies, etc.--to feel truly connected to one's surroundings. The house itself is near the crest of the hill, with large maple trees for shade and an expansive lawn and deck to spend summer days. My caretaker lives across the road, so the house is very well cared for. It is very beautiful, outside and in, spacious, and utterly comfortable.
Vermont is a 'unique benefit' in and of itself. Best of all, the house is a gem and provides the kind of retreat from the pressures of daily life that we all need to restore ourselves and bring equilibrium back into our lives. What's more, it is a haven for children, and when they feel like it, they can ring the original schoolbell on the second floor--a reminder of what its original purpose was. In fact, one of the reasons I love the house is because it is light and airy and suffused with the light energy of children.
Seems like we are always rushing around with no time to stop and reflect. But we did manage to relax at your wonderful property. We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the house is so well-equipped, we hed everything we needed. I compliment you on your remodel design. The house is so full of light, with such great scenery, it really is a special place. The roomy downstairs shower is also a real treat. Russel was very helpful when we arrived and whenever we had a question - just once I think. Thanks so much for sharing your schoolhouse with us. I want to move there!
Our family spent 8 days/7 nights this July in the restored 1900 schoolhouse in Wolcott, VT. Although we have vacationed in VT numerous times over the past 15 years, we have primarily done so in the Burlington area and were looking for something a bit different. Being immersed in the rural beauty of Wolcott and slowing our pace to match the environment was exactly what we had hoped.
The property itself was wonderful. The schoolhouse has a lot of character, (e.g., hardwood throughout, interior design with a local artisan-feel), with more than enough space for our family. The country kitchen, breakfast nook, and master bedroom with skylights were highlights of the interior that we specifically enjoyed.
As lovely as the home itself was, the yard and mountain views were even better. Our 7 year old loved the trampoline, running around the well-maintained yard, using the tree swing, and relaxing with a book on the porch or on the Adirondack chairs in the yard. The panoramic views of the mountains are really beyond description. Since the property is situated high on a mountain road, views down in the valley with the mountains as the backdrop were gorgeous, especially in the morning and at sunset.
The only potential negative for those considering this rental is its general location. It was perfect for our family as we enjoyed hanging around the local Wolcott, Hardwick, and Morrisville area, as well as taking day trips to Stowe/Waterbury, Montpelier, Burlington, and the NorthEast Kingdom, this won't be a good fit for those looking for an exciting 'nightlife' scene, etc.
Finally, the property owner could not have been more helpful and welcoming to our family. She was a perfect balance of being engaged during the reservation/rental process while also allowing us to enjoy her home/property on our own. We cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our time at the schoolhouse, hopefully we'll be able to make this an annual tradition!
It sits in a farming area (gravel-paved road) and every windows has a photo-worthy view such as mountains, a red barn, expansive fields. We felt very comfortable there: the kitchen contains high end appliances and cookery including every known spice and a large variety of teas. The living areas are tastefully decorated in an open, relaxed way. The upstairs bedrooms and bath are equally beautifully decorated, comfortable with views from every window.
We would definitely recommend Schoolhouse.
We very much enjoyed our stay in the schoolhouse as it was spacious, well stocked with everything we needed, and close to Stowe town and mountain. We highly recommend it for summer or winter.
Thank you so much, Florence, for opening your home to us. While we enjoyed exploring Vermont, we especially loved that we could return to your wonderful home every night. Thank you for delivering everything as promised and for maintaining the essentials properly like bathrooms and linens. My husband and I are both chefs in NYC and we were so happy that the kitchen was so well equipped. We had lots of delicious meals!
We had a marvelous time and many wonderful memories.
Thanks, Florence, for opening your home to us. While we enjoyed exploring Vermont, we especially loved that we could return to your wonderful home every night. Thank you for delivering everything as promised and for maintaining the essentials properly like bathrooms and linens. My husband and I are both chefs in NYC and we were so happy that the kitchen was so well equipped. We had lots of delicious meals!
Everything was clean. Most importantly the bathrooms. Well provided for and a thoughtful home.
We had a marvelous time and many wonderful memories.
Our family of 6 (2 adults and 4 kids ages 19, 17,15,and 11) just returned home after a 4 day stay at the schoolhouse. We fell in love at 1st sight with the charm and beauty of the home. It was a perfect place to call home as we explored the beautiful hiking trails and nearby Stowe and surrounding communities. It was clean, had a well-equipped kitchen and grill, and plenty of linens for us. Our 11 year old couldn't get enough of ringing the school bell which only added to the charm. Our kids also took advantage of the trampoline at the end of each day. It truly was a place to relax, slow down, and enjoy being a family together. The rural house offers beautiful views. We enjoyed coffee in the morning and dinner on the deck. The information that Florence provided regarding the house and the surrounding area was very thorough and helpful. I wish we could have taken advantage of the Farm to Table sunset dinner at the nearby Sandiwood Farm. We hope to return in the future and wouldn't hesitate to call this home again.
Other activities in the area include canoeing, organic farm tours, farmer's markets, workshops for sustainable living, yoga and pilates classes.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Check-in is 3 PM. Checkout by noon.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.