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Ellen Hill

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Autumn + Winter in Vermont: A peaceful setting in northern VT-Smugglers' Notch

62 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Spacious private studio with open floor plan with mountain and pond views.

The Pondhouse is perfect for travelers seeking to combine vacation with a space in which to create, find solace, seek connection with nature and/or significant other….

This region of Vermont has long been a favorite to outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy skiing & riding, biking, hiking and paddling. Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort is ~ 3 miles away with alpine and Nordic skiing. Stowe is one hour away (in winter months) and Jay Peak is 45 minutes away. This area is popular with painters, writers, photographers and to the art community at large. Equally a favorite for foodies and craft beer lovers. If you enjoy locally grown and the slow food movement, this is a place to explore. Discover the best of the country's best craft beer and savior locally grown.

The Pondhouse is a totally separate home/studio with a private entrance that leads to fully equipped kitchen, dining room, bathroom with shower, queen bed, comfortable living room with faux wood fireplace. Enjoy the private patio overlooking gardens, a pond, and mountains.


- Full kitchen with pots, pans, spices, etc.

- TV/ Satellite


- Coffee maker, French Press, toaster, microwave oven


More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ellen Hill (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Ellen Hill

I am honored to have a home that allows me to share the beauty of Vermont. I lived in Vermont since 1974 take great pride in our cultural heritage and environment. If you are a lover of nature and culture--or desire a quiet, private get-away, this place will offer you many options.

As an advid biker, skier, kayaker and all-around general outdoor enthusiast, I'd be honored to share the magic of the region.

Ellen Hill purchased this studio in 2013

Why Ellen Hill chose Stowe Area

The Pondhouse has been called magical and enchanted. I've travelled and lived all over the world and served in the Peace Corps. To own a home (that actually has two homes) and allows me to host people from all over the world is a unique privilege. Now that I have offered The Pondhouse to others and I read the reviews and the notes that are left behind, I know that others cherish their time here and create special memories. I have been meeting the nicest people who love the magic of Vermont!

What makes this studio unique

The Pondhouse has been described many ways:

"The "home" as well as the outside surroundings with the gardens and the mountains in the background are spectacular, peaceful and pristine."

"Perfect weekend getaway to escape the city and find true peace and quiet. The house was tucked away and all you could hear were birds and frogs."

"The Pondhouse felt like a home away from home."

"If you are looking for a convenient, well- appointed, lovely spot to get away from it all, this is your place. The photos can't possibly do it justice."

"It is a perfect place for a couples getaway, great space for cooking and enjoying a meal and each other."

"It's peaceful with beautiful surroundings, yet conveniently located just down the road from the bustle at Smuggler's Notch."

Come discover the magic for yourself!


based on 62 traveler reviews

Autumn + Winter in Vermont: A peaceful setting in northern VT-Smugglers' Notch
average rating of 4.967742 based on 62 reviews

Warm welcoming

  • 5 of 5

The grounds are beautiful and you can see Ellen takes good care of her gardens. Lots of things to do a short drive from the house, but even just relaxing there was nice too. It's like being outside due to the large open windows. I highly recommend a stay here!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful property and amazing use of space for the apartment. Perfect!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Idyllic Retreat in Vermont

  • 5 of 5

Please don't tell too many people about this tucked away refuge from the hubbub of the "real" world. Just completed my second visit - planning to book a third! Why would I go anywhere else? It's quiet, pristine, amply equipped and the view is unending in every direction. Cozy, yet airy and open. I have everything I need for a comfortable and enjoyable vacation or even just a change of scenery for my work-remotely occupation. The host is a mere text/phone/holler away but never hovering or intrusive. Location is convenient, and at the same time, isolated and peaceful. Rave review!!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and Scenic Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Ellen has created a wonderful mountain retreat that is easily accessible, close to necessities and Vermont venues, and comfortable as well as beautiful. The Pondhouse has everything you need to create a meal, to experience the mountains and to immediately relax upon arrival.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3rd times a charm!

  • 5 of 5

the fact that this is our 3rd time back should speak for itself....As always the Pondhouse is wonderful with it's beautiful views and as always great host Ellen!!! The location is fabulous, and we always feel like we are coming home when we come back to what we now lovingly refer to as "our" little home in Vermont. Some highlights of this trip that we recommend...ZipLining Mt Mansfield, Idletyme Brewery in Stowe for wonderful food! Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, great food and brewery and as always we visit Burlington which is just shy of an hour away...Jeffersonville is truly a great little hamlet and what Vermont really represents to us...We will absolutely be returning first chance we get, thanks Ellen as always for keeping out house safe and sound for us :)

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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A True Home Away From Home!

  • 5 of 5

The Pondhouse was everything it was described to be, but much more than I imagined. My daughter and I moved in for a week and lived as comfortably as we do at home. The property is very private; yet if I had any questions, Ellen was available immediately. The "home" as well as the outside surroundings with the gardens and the mountains in the background are spectacular, peaceful and pristine. We grilled and dined on the patio overlooking the pond at night and enjoyed morning tea lounging by the pond. We could also dip in the pond after a day of biking on the Rail Trail or hiking around the mountain trails. With the full working kitchen including a large refrigerator with available condiments, I was able to pack lunches everyday and prepare quality meals at night. Ellen even had herbs in pots on the front steps available for our use! The bed is extremely comfortable and the bathroom spacious and clean. I would highly recommend The Pondhouse to anyone looking to enjoy the beauty that Vermont has to offer!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Rock Art Brewery
Smugglers' Notch Resort
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Burlington International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.7 Miles
The Village Tavern
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Lake Champlain Ferries {Burlington + South Hero)
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Stowe Golf Resort
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Essex Junction
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
El Zorro's
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Smugglers Notch Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
1.2 Miles
local rivers, resviors and lakes within minutes
Car: necessary

The Pond House is located in a region that offers:

* skiing- Smuggler's Notch Ski Area is 3 miles away; Jay Peak ~45minutes and Stowe is an hour away

* hiking - Mount Mansfield/ Smugglers Notch is 3 miles away as well as rivers with waterfalls and gorges

* biking - excellent road biking and mountain biking are right out the door, plus the Stowe bike path and the Missisquoi bike rail trail (27 miles of trail from St. Albans to Richford, VT) are close by

* canoeing - rent a canoe or kyak and paddle down the Lamoille River

* Art - Jeffersonville (3 miles away) is an art lovers community with Bryan Memorial Gallery (Yankee Magazine: 'Vermont's primary showcase for landscape art') and other galleries.


Rates & Availability

Cambridge Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Apr 18 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Fall Foliage Season
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Oct 17 2016 - Feb 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
President's Week 2017
Feb 18 2017 - Feb 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Feb 27 2017 - Apr 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $55 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are based on double occupancy. Best suited for one to two people. An additional charge or $25.00 per person per night / guest will be assessed.
Cancellation Policy: If Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation, the deposit will be refunded as follows:
- 100% if cancelled 30 days prior to the Check-in Date LESS transaction fees (6% per transaction fee)
- 50% if cancelled 5 days prior to the Check-in Date LESS transaction fees (6% transaction fee)
- No refund if cancelled less than 5 days prior to the check-in date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Cambridge Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1024 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Please note: only a queen size bed and a couch. The Pondhouse is suited for a couple or an individual.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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