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Private Nine Bedroom Estate Perfect for Weddings, Reunions & Family Vacations

Bedrooms 9
Half Baths2
Space 4,800 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Eight Bedrooms in Main House plus Cottage House, Sleeps 18 - 22

The Notch House has been recently renovated into an eight-bedroom, four season, vacation estate. The house, built in 1860, was the first vacation home on Lake Willoughby and is ideally perched on the south end hillside, centered between Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor, the two mountains that form the dramatic Willoughby notch. In addition to the majestic house, the property includes a one-bedroom guest cottage, a barn and a private path that leads down to the beautiful, south end coves and beaches. The property, surrounded by over 7,000 acres of Willoughby State Forest, is completely private.

Available for weekly rentals, the Notch House is a perfect venue for reunions, weddings and family vacations. There is a large chef’s kitchen, a bar, and a dining room that can comfortably seat 16 - 20 guests. The sitting rooms in both the main house and the cottage feature field stone fireplaces.

DETAILS:: The Notch House was completely renovated in 2010, but maintains its vintage charm with antique lighting, furnishings and wallpaper throughout. The circular drive, lined with majestic elm and maple trees, will lead you up massive, old granite steps to the wrap-around porch – perfect for reading, relaxing or enjoying a glass of wine. The living room has a large fieldstone fireplace and a grand velvet-cushioned couch set, for cuddling up on chilly nights. The dining room is equally elegant with antique crystal chandelier lighting, and can easily seat 20 at its matching claw-foot tables. Step down from the dining room and enjoy the outdoor fieldstone patio while grilling a summer meal or enjoying the view of Willoughby Gap. Continue across the lawn and down a wooded path for a refreshing dip in the lake.

THE KITCHEN:: In the Chef’s kitchen you will find everything you need to cook for a big crowd: stainless steel fridge and dishwasher, industrial Garland stove with 6 burners, 2 ovens and a raised griddle top with broiler. Counter space is plentiful, with native maple butcher block on either side of the stove and Vermont soapstone surrounding two antique sinks – a porcelain farmer sink with drain board and a double bay soapstone sink. Custom maple cabinets are stocked with dishes, cutlery, pots and pans. You and your friends will want to sidle up to the adjacent bar, with wrap-around copper top and antique lighting, and the three-bay stainless sink with pull-out faucet make dishes a breeze.

THE AREA:: Lake Willoughby, also known as the Lucerne of America, is considered by most as being the most beautiful lake in Vermont. Located in the town of Westmore, a short disance off 1-91 and 30 miles north of St. Johnsbury, this body of water is known for its crystal clear water, natural sand beaches and great fishing. Short paths from the Notch House lead to the trail heads for both the Mount Hor and Mount Pisgah hiking trails as well as the base of the CC road for mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Access to Kingdom Trails, named the Best Mountain Biking Trail Network by Biking Magazine, is less than ten miles away. The Northeast Kingdom has been listed in the North American and international editions of '1,000 Places to See Before You Die', the New York Times best-selling book by Patricia Schultz. In 2006, the National Geographic Society named the Northeast Kingdom as the most desirable place to visit in the country and the ninth most desirable place to visit in the world.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful time at the Notch house. It is such a beautiful place, and we were all impressed with the careful restoration as well as the time and effort obviously put into the renovation. I loved the wall colors and the gardens are lovely! Everyone, young and old, found enjoyable things to do, and the bedroom arrangements were very comfortable. We hiked, mountain biked, kayaked, swam, and made many big meals for everyone. Thank you for the opportunity to share such a beautiful home.
Jul 2011
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Westmore Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 24 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet
  • First Floor: One handicap bathroom has a marble sink and full bath. Another half bathroom. Second Floor: Master bath has marble tile and a large cast iron tub. Second full bathroom has tub/shower and antique pedestal sink. Third bathroom has a custom stand-up tile shower and antique pedestal sink. Third Floor: One cathedral ceiling bathroom with a large shower surrounded by custom tile.
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • The Green Room - 2 twin/ single , 2 Three Quarter Beds
    The Peacock Room - 1 king , or 2 Twins
    The Sky Room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    The Gunmetal Room - 2 twin/ single , or 1 King
    The Cottage - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , or 1 King
    The Aubergine Room - 1 queen
    The Master Bedroom - 1 king , or 2 Twins
    The Ruby Room - 1 double
    The Magenta Room - 1 king , or 2 Twins
  • First Floor: The Aubergine Room has a queen size bed and antique dresser with adjacent full bathroom. Second Floor: The Master bedroom has hardwood floors with matching antique twin four-poster beds that can be used separately or as a king. It has a private marble bathroom and porch. The Ruby Room has a double four-poster bed. The Green Room has two matching three-quarter brass beds. The Green and Ruby Rooms share a bathroom. Both the Magenta and Peacock Rooms have matching four-poster twin beds that can be kept separate or put together to make a king and they share a bathroom. Thrid Floor: Two bedrooms that share a bathroom. The Sky Room has an antique double spool bed and single day bed with antique dresser and large closet. The two north-facing windows offer the best views of the lake on the property. The Gunmetal Room has two antique twin metal beds that can be kept separate or used as a king.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Canoe
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • nude beach
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Private Nine Bedroom Estate Perfect for Weddings, Reunions & Family Vacations
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 19 reviews

Notch House is a wonderland!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place! This was our 4th Christmas at the beautiful and unique Notch House. I highly recommend Notch House because it is isolated yet close to activities including skiing, sledding, and the waterpark at Jay Peak. Polly has been a gem to work with. She's flexible and responsive. We hope to be back in the future! Maybe at another time of year!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Amazing Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The notch house was beautiful!! There was plenty of bedrooms for my large family and a huge kitchen and dining room. There was skiing not far from the property at Burke Mountain!! We also took a couple day trips to Burlington and Stowe which were within a couple hours of the house. Polly was extremely attentive and helpful. We definitely want to visit again in the warmer months it was beautiful in the winter, but am sure it is even more beautiful when you can utilize more of the outdoor space and lake access!! I would recommend this property for any large family, event, or family get together!!! It is one of a kind!!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Aww inspiring

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely beautiful place!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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The Notch House is perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

This property has everything you would need and more!

Had a fantastic wedding weekend with friends and family.

An experience we will not soon forget

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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The Perfect Location for our July Wedding

  • 5 of 5

The Notch House was everything we hoped for our wedding. Plenty of space for the whole family for the week, and beautiful grounds for our guests to enjoy at the wedding. Lots of little details that helped to go a long way (like vases to use in the kitchen, wood stacked and ready for a campfire in the yard and for one in the fireplace in the living room, lots of room for playing catch and Frisbee in the yard). Having laundry on site was great! The path down to the river is also super convenient. Despite the somewhat remote location, we had a fairly easy time finding vendors (for all of our rentals, photographer, food, bathrooms, etc.) who were willing and able to get to the Notch House easily, and several were already familiar with the location. Having the tent in place all summer meant that rain leading up to the wedding wasn't a problem, and the ground was dry and ready to go for our party! The house was clean and comfortable and we really enjoyed our stay. I would strongly recommend a wedding here to anyone! We made great memories and are so thankful to have found this house.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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The Notch House

  • 5 of 5

This was a fabulous setting and the house was beautifully restored and immaculately maintained. This was the venue for my daughter's wedding, and the owners were very helpful in recommending vendors for everything we needed. All the vendors they recommended were superb. I would absolutely recommend the Notch House as a venue for any large gathering.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Burlington or Montreal
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Willoughvale Inn
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Nearest Train
75 Miles
White River Junction
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Willoughvale Inn
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Jay Peak and Burke Mountain

Lakes, hiking, boating, sailing, fishing, swimming, mountain climbing, ice climbing, ice fishing, ice skating, mountain biking, biking, foliage, golf, skiing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, reunions, weddings, retreats




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $275
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Please ask about discounted rates for a 5 night stay.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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