This converted one-room schoolhouse is in historic Grafton, Vermont. The house has many of its historic features. It is fully heated and has a backup wood stove. The house sits on 22+ acres most of which is wooded.
On the first floor there is a living room with a dining area, a kitchen, one bedroom and a bath. The bedroom has a double bed. The kitchen has a stove, a full refrigerator, a microwave and is fully equipped. The bathroom includes a full-sized whirlpool bath with a shower.
The second floor includes a queen bed and two single beds and lots of room for cots for extra people. The exposed original beams add a unique element. This room is accessed by a staircase and has full windows and standing room.
Grafton is a historic town with includes an inn, a store and other amenities. There is a cross-country ski / mountain bike area with groomed trails and rentals.
Okemo resort is a short distance away. This resort has a large ski area in the winter and golf in the summer. There is access to hiking, swimming, biking and other activities. The Manchester outlet malls are within easy driving distance.
The former school house was as advertised. Simply furnished and decorated. Very neat and clean. The kitchen had everything needed to prepare meals. The gas stove and oven worked perfectly. Only criticism is that there are no closets and no place other than a few hooks inside the door to hang clothes. Yes there was a small chest for folded clothes. The house sits close to the road but it is a quiet road and we were happy to not have a long driveway with all the snow we got. It was also plowed for us. We chose this part of Vermont because we were unfamiliar with the area. It is very quiet. Nearby Chester has everything needed; groceries, gasoline, laudramat, restaurants and more. Grafton is smaller and very nice. We walked on snowmobile trails right behind the house and enjoyed the woods. Cross country skied in Grafton too. Nice relaxing place.
Katharine's charming schoolhouse was perfect for our family of 5 ( Dad, Mom, 16 & 18 year old sons and Grandmother). We loved the large cozy upstairs and grandmother enjoyed her private room on the main floor.We were celebrating our oldest son's 18th birthday and the schoolhouse was conveniently located for the boys to snowboard at Okemo and Killington. While they snowboarded, we explored many antique shops, visited the Clear Lake Furniture showroom (beautiful pieces..purchased a handmade lamp), and relaxed while playing backgammon.
Great markets nearby, and plenty of restaurants to experience. We especially enjoyed the Heritage Deli....wished we'd gone there our first day ! The Grafton Inn was wonderful for the birthday dinner !
Thank you Katharine for sharing your lovely home. We would love to return.
We shared a peaceful week at the Grafton Schoolhouse, watching the colors change and listening to the leaves fall. No TV meant no debate-watching, TG, and we had a lovely time reading, taking day trips, and enjoying autumn in beautiful southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Katharine has thought of everything. The house is truly charming, the kitchen well-equipped, and our Coton de Tulear felt as "at home" as we did.The owner and caretaker both promptly reached out to help us when I foolishly locked the key in the house, and the people we met on our travels were equally warm and welcoming. Grafton itself is a delightful town, replete with a central Village Market (selling delicious Grafton Cheese, select local crafts, food and wine), a gracious hotel and the Phelps Barn Pub, where we had two cozy dinners. We also enjoyed the fine art in Gallery North Star's sophisticated space, watching cheese being made at Grafton Cheese on the outskirts of town, and meeting the proprietor at Plummer's Sugar House -- where we bought delicious maple syrup at the best price around. Katharine's schoolhouse/cottage was the perfect jumping-off point for a variety of visits to nearby towns, from Chester (Stonehouse Antiques, Davallia Art at both of its locations, Sage Jewelry & Gifts and the Moon Dog Cafe on the Common, plus The Country Girl Diner and MacLaomainn's Scottish Pub) to Brattleboro (Twice Upon a Time Collectibles and the fantastic Brattleboro Food Co-Op). Unfortunately, Weston Priory was closed for a monastic retreat, but we did manage to visit the well-known Vermont Country Store in Weston, as well as "Hildene," Robert Lincoln's family homestead in Manchester, VT. We discovered a Marimekko Store in Manchester, as well -- Marimekko is coming back; hurrah! En route "home" to Massachusetts, we enjoyed our drive through southern New Hampshire, as well: from Walpole (Alyson's Orchard and Burdick's Chocolates, of course) to Peterboro (Twin Elm Farm Antiques, Harlow's Pub and the Peterboro Diner) to Harrisville (Looms and Country Store). Words to the wise: watch your cell phone for roaming charges, and do not plan to rely on your Mapquest, Google Maps or GPS directions. Rural VT and NH are stunning over-the-river-and-through-the-woods territory, and that was part of the fun for us!
This place was great! We booked a last minute road trip and wanted to avoid chain hotels if possible. We found this VRBO that allowed 1 night stays (most have a 2 night minimum) and it looked decent. The pictures are a good representation of the place. It's not perfect, but we didn't want perfect. We wanted a secluded, charming, rustic, house that felt like Vermont.. this was it! Highly recommended.
A very charming property in the woods between Grafton and Chester, this home was originally a tiny New England schoolhouse! The small house has a sweet energy and is conveniently located alongside a quiet, and seldom travelled Vermont country road on the very corner of its wooded acreage. There is a wonderful kitchen; open living/dining; small downstairs bedroom and a large upstairs bedroom area. The bathroom has a jacuzzi tub, though we didn't use it. Ceilings are surprisingly high and the space is bright and airy. The renovation was smart and well thought out, and the interior is nicely appointed with the needed basics. Best features are the working cast iron wood stove; the outside deck; and the exposed raw birch rafters on the second floor.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
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