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Near Middleberry College, Home away from home on a farm and wildlife refuge

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Brandon Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 private BR, 1 sleeping loft, 1 full bath w/ laundry, sleeps up to 6

Situated on our lovely organic farm, our guest house is the perfect place for a weekend getaway, or extended vacation. 'The Nest' is surrounded by 50 acres of meadows and offers exceptional views of the Green Mountains and Vermont countryside. Being only 1.5 miles from the village center allows easy access to Brandon's many shops, restaurants, and galleries. A fully equipped custom cherry kitchen, newly furnished interior, meticulous housekeeping, and crisp, plush linens will make your stay homey and comfortable. Outside you can explore hundreds of acres of fields and forests or simply sit back, relax and take in the mountain views. The Nest is the ideal home base for any getaway, whether it be skiing, 'leaf-peeping', hiking, or simply enjoying the natural beauty of Vermont. We invite you to come experience Vermont at the Nest!

  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Lyn Des Marais
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 27, 2016


based on 6 traveler reviews

Near Middleberry College, Home away from home on a farm and wildlife refuge
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Beautiful setting, beautiful farm, home away from home with wonderful accommodating hosts

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Swallows Nest for 10 days during the peak time of fall foliage in Vermont. We have never stayed any one place that long on a vacation. We loved the peaceful setting and being able to explore the many quintessential New England villages all within an hour drive or so from Brandon. Whether you want to hike the mountain trails, visit historic sites, explore the mountain roads for fall colors, shop at unique shops, the Swallows Nest is the perfect launching ground for your exploring. And I can't even begin to describe the vibrant colors and a lot of them were on the farm. Lyn invited me to explore their property and I did on several walks. I think I took a few dozen photos just of the spectacular tree colors and views on their property. As for place to visit in Central Vermont I highly recommend visiting the Calvin Cooledge birthplace at Plymouth Notch, Shelburne Museum, the Vermont Country Store at Weston or Rockingham, Manchester for shopping (and seeing a beautiful town), and Sugar Shack in Arlington for the Norman Rockwell Museum. There we actually got to meet and talk with one of the local residents who modeled for a famous Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover. That was cool! And speaking of cool... the coolest thing we got to do was take a hot air balloon ride on a cloudless, crisp fall morning. I highly recommend the Balloons Over New England out of Quechee. The crew made us feel at ease and gave us a great flight. All in all it was the trip of a lifetime, thanks in no small part to the beautiful peaceful setting of the Swallows Nest and the hospitality of Lyn and Jim. I highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us. You were lovely guests.
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Perfect for leaf peeping in Vermont!

  • 5 of 5

My elderly parents and I stayed at the Nest for 3 nights as part of our leaf peeping tour. It was also conveniently close to Middlebury College, where we visited my son. The home was relaxing and beautiful. Lyn, the home-owner, could not have been more lovely and accommodating. It is a great place to escape any hustle and bustle. We would stay there again!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sykesville, MD

Beautiful and Tranquil!

  • 5 of 5

This guest house is absolutely perfection! Everything from the cozy interior to the expansive beauty of the farm has made this a favorite for my travels. Lyn and her family were so kind and welcoming, leaving fresh baked brownies and necessities in the fridge for my arrival. I traveled alone this trip, however, I am very much looking forward to bringing my family back to Swallow's Nest.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We loved having you.
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Branford, CT

Perfect place to escape...

  • 5 of 5

The Swallow's Nest is a beautiful spot tucked back on a farm, overlooking a marsh surrounded by mountains. It was a perfect place for me and my wife to get away. The back patio was so peaceful to just soak in the sun and listen to the wide array of birds sing their songs. Jim and Lyn were gracious hosts, making us feel very welcome in their backyard. The guest house is meticulously clean, with a fully equipped kitchen, including the bacon, eggs, coffee and creamer that were awaiting us in the fridge! Many thanks to Jim, Lyn and family for sharing their home with us, and we look forward to getting back up soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you too. Thank you for staying with us.
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Genuine relaxation and peace!

  • 5 of 5

My family of five stayed a summer weekend as we dropped off our eldest son for summer camp. The farm and cottage cannot be more relaxing. Lynn and Jim were consummate hosts and the cottage was in perfect condition when we arrived. We slept comfortably and enjoyed the dvd movies on hand at night. We cooked our meals there as the kitchen had everything we needed. The farm takes it conservation seriously and we were happy to help with the composting.

The views of the mountains are breathtaking and the federally protected wetland, which is down the hill, is a beautiful place to bird watch. Lynn's gardening is impeccable and it's like staying in a botanical gardens. The fields are wide and expansive. From playing ball in the fields to following the crickets, we enjoyed the natural setting. It was overall calming, educational and peaceful. It was a great location to rejuvenate after some busy few weeks.

There are plenty of hikes in the area, great running trails and biking options. The town offers a nice grocery store and cute places to dine although we preferred staying on the farm. We will definitely be back!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We loved having you.
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The Perfect Stay!

  • 5 of 5

The Brandon cottage was a perfect place to stay for a mother daughter weekend. It was cozy, clean with outstanding hospitality. The animals were a added plus that warmed our hearts. Brandon is a cute town with lots of historical character. I highly recommend this cottage for couples, families or girls weekend. Thank you so much for making our weekend memorable.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you and the 'girls' Kim. We really do love sharing our 'Nest' with all of our guests! Congrats!
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Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Burlington International Airport
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Lake Champlain Ferries
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Neshobe golf course, Brandon
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Rutland Vermont
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Cafe Provence
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Snowbowl, Pico, Killington
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Brandon Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Foliage 2016
Sep 16 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Holiday pricing
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
Holiday pricing
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Feb ski week
Feb 18 2017 - Feb 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
May 2017
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change. For May and Foliage seasons, we require full payment 90 days in advance.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Brandon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Town ...
  • Water View ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Our large, tiled bathroom has a custom cherry vanity and cabinets. A full size washer & dryer are available for your use. Iron, ironing board, and hair dryer are also available.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Loft - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The Nest offers one spacious, private bedroom with a queen bed. It has a gorgeous view of the Green Mountains and our very own 'bird sanctuary'. We also have a sleeping loft upstairs with two twin beds. Downstairs there is a new Ethan Allen pull-out sofa for additional guests.
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We can provide a chef and cleaning for additional charges.

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