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Gene, the Jelly Bean.

Member since: 2001
Speaks: english

Cozy, Quaint and Scenic Log Cabin Near Major Ski Areas and Much More

2 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Ludlow / Okemo Mountain Area Cabin Rental Photos and Description

1 Open upstairs Loft/1BA w/queen, full & one twin bed + a 2 seat couch.

This cozy little cabin has a shower for 2, regular propane heat &/or wood stove. Secluded & peaceful. Located in the foothills of the Green Mountains of Vermont. People say it's quite quiet, except for the sounds of nature. Interior is Sportsman Themed. Meet 'Bucky' the singing deer (if he wants to work). You'll love the place, I do. GC-owner. Note: Please E-mail or Call for Availability, as I DO NOT utilize the Availability Calender shown elsewhere. CO & Smoke detectors, plus fire extinguishers on site. There is no regular garbage pickup so you must carry out what you create (big plastic bags are provided). Free usage of an excellent DVD/VHS collection. Bring your cell phone. Free WiFi at town library (parking lot too). During the summertime, there is free usage of public tennis courts & a swimming pool in the Village (about 3.5 miles away).

Amenities also include: Woodstove, outdoor kettle BBQ grill, microwave, toaster & coffeemaker. Dishes & utensils provided, + TV's, VCR, DVD , Radio, 200+ free good movies, & several board games. You must bring your own personal linens (bedsheet, pillowcases & towels) & food. Currently no Cable TV or Internet subscribed, but possible if you pay. Direct TV &/or the DISH Network Satellite service could also made available, but IS NOT present;y hooked up. Satellite dishes are installed but not currently subscribed to. Rocking chairs on porch. Picnic table/benches in Gazabo (AC too). Ceiling fan, portable AC floor fan & upstairs loft window air conditioner. Also an openable roof window above one bed.

Absolutely, NO PETS are allowed, sorry. Also, NO SMOKING inside the cabin. Seasoned, split wood is provided. Snow plowing of driveway is also included. The town plows the road (usually very promptly). During/after snowstorms you may have to shovel a path from car to cabin. Simple cleanup is requested upon leaving the joint (eg. washing dishes and vacuuming/sweeping the floor)+ garbage removal otherwise a cleaning fee will be charged. Thanks.

ACTIVITIES: a Round Trip Train Ride from Chester Depot in the summer/fall, hiking, hunting, summer theatres, photography, Alpine slide, water park, zip lines, antiques, crafts, golf, tennis, fishing, mountain biking, stargazing, Weston Priory, Weston Playhouse, leaf peeping, shopping, restaurants, downhill skiing at: Okemo, Killington, Magic, Bromley & Stratton. Cross country skiing at: Viking, Grafton, and Tator Hill. Stargazers, check out 'Stellafane' in Springfield during the summer ( an amateur telescope society convention)

Cabin is 3-1/2 miles West of the village of Chester. There is a GOOD Mom & Pop grocery store in Chester Depot (with excellent meats), + a JiffyMart convenience store, two gas stations & TD Bank, with 24 hour ATM, in village. Big supermarkets can be found in nearby Springfield and Ludlow. Auto towing and repair offered at Benny's in Chester. Two good bakeries (Baba a Lewis & Heritage Deli) that both have little eateries attached. The sometimes open, Country Girl Diner offers good diner food too. Two Pizza shops are also in the village (Pizza Stone, my favorite. as it also offers music on weekend eves). The best restaurant probably is MacLaomain's Scottish Pub in Chester. The Stone Hearth Inn also has dinners and music sometimes, as does the Fullerton Inn & Restaurant on the Green.

Overall, there are a couple of nice restaurants in Chester, several Inns, and a local diner.

Emergency 911 phone service should be available on your cell phone. There is a clinic is Chester Village and a hospital in Springfield, Vermont (15 mles). The area is very nice, with rolling countryside. The village is a bit sleepy at night, and very quiet for the most part. There is a round-trip train ride at the Depot in the summertime and during fall foliage. The town offers pleasant swimming at the Olympic size town pool, which you are entitled to use as my guest. Unfortunately, there are not many lakes in the area. Closest lake is about 10 miles, others approx. 20 miles North, near Plymouth, just north of Ludlow. Plymouth State Park has lake access and boat rentals and Lowell Lake State Park is a beautiful, little place that is a good place to canoe or kayak and hike on the trail looping the lake Some lakes offer trout fishing and there are also several trout streams in the area (the Black River in Cavendish/Ludlow, BattenKill in Manchester & Williams River in Chester). Bass fishing can be found in the Connecticut River & nearby ponds. The Appalachian & Long Trails are about 15 miles away and offer a true hiking experience. At the cabin, cellphone service is spotty, ... some carriers work, others don't.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gene, the Jelly Bean. (Owner)
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english

Why Gene, the Jelly Bean. chose Ludlow / Okemo Mountain Area

Because it's great! A true Log Cabin experience... rustic with modern conveniences. Front porch with rocking chairs to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Peaceful, country living to savor.

What makes this cabin unique

Good for your mental health! An excellent getaway from the city!

Good for your physical health! Enjoy the attractions and opportunities that are afforded with life in the environs of Southern Vermont.

Meet and greet the locals. Hear some real life stories... some true others ... well maybe not.


2 traveler reviews

Cozy, Quaint and Scenic Log Cabin Near Major Ski Areas and Much More
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews

Great cabin in an awesome town!

  • 5 of 5

The owner was extremely accommodating and thoughtful. Our first time here was back in January during a big winter storm. The owner was kind enough to let us go up a day early, free of charge, so that we did not have to drive up during the storm. We were blown away by his kindness.

The cabin is cozy and charming with everything you need. There is a nice wood stove with plenty of firewood, it was -15 degrees outside but we were nice and toasty inside. There is a huge selection of DVDs that we took advantage of and got to watch some great movies while we were snowed in.

The town of Chester itself is a great town to stay in. You don't get much of the ski crowd, but Ludlow, VT and other ski areas are only a few minutes away. There are some great antique stores nearby including our personal favorite, Wyndham Antique Center in Bellow Falls.

I highly recommend this cabin to anyone looking for a place to unwind.

P.S.- Do yourself a favor and get some Blue Wings at Stone Hearth Inn & Tavern, you can thank me later.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Southern Vermont is wonderful! Lot's to do, both in summer and winter. My cabin makes a perfect base camp to enjoy the environs. Glad you enjoyed your visit and come back again! Gene (the jellybean)
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Relaxing getaway!

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was just as promoted, quaint and cozy! My wife and I enjoyed the atmosphere provided by a winter storm, wood stove and lack of electronic gadgets. The owner was very caring and called to make sure we arrived safely and to contact him with any issues. I highly reccomend this cabin for people seeking a true getaway to a small town with many neat attractions.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! It is a great little getaway... I love it too. - Gene, the Jelly Bean (owner)
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Harkness Memorial - No. Srpingfield,VT
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
MacLomaine'sScottishPub,StoneHearth&Fullerton Inns
Nearest Ferry
110 Miles
Lake Champlain, VT & Rocky Hill, CT (seasonal)
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Okemo Mountain, Tater Hill & Rockingham
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Chester Depot (Green Mountain Railroad) seasonal
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
VT State Routes 11 & 103 , Interstate 91
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Pizza Stone, Country Girl Diner, (plus Bars above)
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Okemo & Magic Mountains (downhill)
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Plymouth State Park/Echo Lake
Car: recommended

The cabin is located in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. It's lovely, rolling countryside with lots of privacy, peace & quiet. Located on a 'loop' road that is about a half-mile in length, the cabin gets little traffic because it is not a 'through-road'. It is simply charming in all four seasons! It is surrounded by four major downhill ski areas (Okemo, Bromley, Stratton & Magic, plus Killington Mtn. & Mt.Snow are 45 minutes away), yet not located in a busy 'ski-town'. It is 3-1/2 miles outside the quaint village of Chester, VT, in the rural countryside, but not in the distant boondocks. All modern amenities are available in town & the cabin itself. Food supplies can be obtained at Mom & Pop stores in the village, as well as restaurants, inns and diners. Everything is basically supplied except your own personal linens & food. Upon confirmed booking, specific printed directions will be sent to you, including a GPS address.

Other Activities: stargazing (see: Stellafane in Summer @ Springfield, VT


Rates & Availability

Chester Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0

$600/Full Week - 5 or 6 nights (Fall/Winter Rate
Period: Oct.1-Mar.31)

$400/MidWeek -3 Nights: Monday-Thursday (Fall/Winter Rate)

$400/Weekend - Friday-Sunday (Fall/Winter Rate)

From April to September, Deduct $100 from above rates (Spring/Summer Rate Period: April 1-Sept.30).

If a Holiday occurs during OR overlaps the time period requested, ADD $100.00 (eg.Christmas Week or President's Week =$700, Memorial/Labor Day Weekend for 3 nites = $ 400, Columbus Day/New Year's Weekend for 3 nites = $500). A non-refundable deposit will be required to secure a reservation, with balance (full payment) made before occupancy. This property & it's location exudes a High Value for the low rates charged (according to past guests). Fastest way to secure a reservation is to utilize PayPal. Deposits or Full Payments can be made this way by simply sending it (via PayPal) to my e-mail address, which is:
To sort of repeat the above, the cabin rates are divided into two seasons; Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Spring/Summer rates are $ 100 cheaper than the Fall/Winter rates. The Spring/Summer rates run from April 1st thru Sept. 30th. and are: $ 500 week or $ 300 per weekend or mid-week (Mon.-Thurs.) The Fall/Winter rates run from Oct. 1st thru March 31st, and are: $ 600 week or
$ 400 per weekend or mid-week (Mon.-Thurs.). NOTE: If a Holiday occurs during the rental timeframe, ADD $ 100.

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Ludlow / Okemo Mountain Area Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower for Two plus Vanity & hair dryer.
  • Swingable mirrors.
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Open concept Loft with 3 beds & 1 two-person couch.
  • There are no private bedrooms. All sleeping situations are located in the upstairs, standup-able (is that a word?), open-concept loft that overlooks the downstairs 'mini great room' & stone hearth/woodstove. Along with the one queen, one full, and one twin beds, there is a small couch in the loft and a 32 HD TV, a VHS VCR & DVD players & over 200 + good, free movies for your enjoyment. There is also a larger 42' flat screen Smart HDTV setup downstairs with a small couch and comfortable chair. Wireless Internet DSL service is not active and Cable or Satellite service could be subscribed to if so desired.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Here's a poem a previous guest wrote that it says it all: CABIN ON THE HILL* There is a Log Cabin that's Up on the Hill - Wood Stacked All Around to Warm the Winter's Chill - I Sit on the Porch and Rock Up and Down - It's Quiet and Nature is All Abound - Cold Winter I Sit by the Fire or Off to Ski - Summertime Its' to the Lake with a Jug of iced Tea - In Fall the Color's Galore, Apple Cider and Crisp Chilly Air - Long Walks and a Chance to Meet a Bear - I Love to Sleep Real Late or Stow Away with a Book - Or Just Angle for Fish with a Baited Hook - So When Life Overcomes and You Need a Pill - Just Find Yourself a Log Cabin Up on the Hill - * used by permission of Joe Cleary 8/7/06

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