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Cozy Converted Barn on Secluded 6.5 acres

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

1 bedroom + large loft, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4 comfortably (8 max).

Spend the month, week or weekend in a beautiful rustic converted barn on 6.5 very private sunny country acres with southerly long-range views of Mt. Anthony and the Bennington Monument (Stays of 2 or more weeks are progressively discounted depending on the length of the stay). Wander the park-like trails through 4 acres of old apple orchard and woodland. Why get a bed and breakfast when you can have a house and land all to yourself? This vacation rental is located in southwestern Vermont, less than 12 minutes from downtown Bennington (but still feels very quiet and secluded). Pick apples, bird-watch, and view other wildlife like deer, grouse, wild turkeys, rabbits, and an occasional black bear that wanders through the property. Excellent fly fishing on the nearby Battenkill river. Attend the summer horse shows in nearby Manchester. Enjoy the world-famous Vermont fall foliage. Watch the flowers bloom in the spring. Enjoy a bon-fire in the back-yard. Five major ski areas are located within an hour's drive. House is fully furnished and has slate shower, bear-claw bath tub, gas cooking stove, microwave, refrigerator, dish washer, cable, DVD/VCR, and wireless internet, plus two wood stoves and free wood to keep you warm at night (There's also central air heating and a portable air-conditioner if needed). There's a large downstairs master bedroom with its own gas stove/fireplace for ambiance and extra heat. There is a living room, dining area, and another small room that could sleep 2 with large electric blowup mattress on site. A spiral staircase leads up to a large loft with a full-sized spring mattress futon. There's also a love seat that pulls out into a double size bed. The barnhouse was actually part of a large picturesque Vermont farm just up the dirt road (and view-able from parts of the property) until it was rolled down on logs and converted into a house some years ago.

*** Although the website lists my cancellation policy as "no refund" this is not quite true (It's just that none of the other options I was given matched my actual cancellation policy). Please refer to the "Generic Rental Agreement" pdf that you will be able to view once you start the booking process (and must agree to before making payment) for details on my cancellation policy.

*** Contact me for additional information on steep discounts for stays of 2 or more weeks.

More Details

Owner
Lars
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

About Lars

Lars (pictured here with his childhood sweetheart and wife Kristen) teaches high school biology, chemistry, and environmental science just outside of Philadelphia. He is a VERY avid skier who also enjoys camping, hiking, mountaineering, kite-surfing, watching the Minnesota Vikings, and spending time with his wife and children. Kristen teaches electronic engineering at the college level and is an avid wind surfer, hiker, and quickly improving skier.

Lars purchased this barn in 2003

Why Lars chose Shaftsbury

This is the perfect property to relax and unwind in total privacy. Vermont in general is a very relaxed, friendly place. If you are looking for stress reduction, a romantic get-away, and tons of outdoor activities, you found the perfect place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We recently spent one week at the barn during Thanksgiving. It was an idyllic place, perfect for relaxing and spending time with family and friends. The barn was warm and cozy. It took very little effort to keep the wood stove going. I could see myself spending a month at the barn - hibernating with a pile of books and taking leisurely walks around the property. It was very comfortable to share with three teenage girls. They occupied the loft area and we had a bedroom to ourselves. Thanks you Lars!
Nov 2013
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Mount Snow
"Great ski area with all different levels of terrain."
Bromley Mountain
"South facing mountain will be the warmest place to ski on a cold day. Popular with families."
Brown's Brewing Company's Walloomsac Taproom and Brewery
"One of my favorite breweries. Excellent selection of beers. Great atmosphere. Great food...."
Powers Market
"Great breakfast burritos and sandwiches. Nice place to hang out with a laptop and coffee."
Madison Brewing Co. Brew Pub & Restaurant
"Good food and beer. Great atmosphere in the heart of downtown Bennington."
Man of Kent Tavern
"Great selection of beers on tap. Great food and atmosphere. Always busy even though it's i..."
Magic Mountain Ski Area
"Steep locals area. When the natural snow is deep, this is the place to go."
Blue Benn Diner
"Great locals diner! Nice selection for breakfast and lunch."
Spice Root
"If you like Indian food, this is the closest one to Bennington. Fancy and slightly pricey, ..."
Blue Mango
"If you like Thai food, this is the closest one to the Bennington area. Nice upscale atmosph..."
Okemo Mountain Resort
"Huge selection of cruising trails. Great snowmaking and grooming. Excellent high speed lif..."
Pico Mountain
"Big mountain. Less crowded than Killington. Excellent glades when the snow is deep. Cheape..."
Killington
"HUGE ski area with something for everyone. Stays open well into the spring, which is my fav..."
The Publyk House
"Good food and great atmosphere. Rustic indoor setting. Great salad bar. Getting a bit pricey."
Bennington Station Restaurant
"Nice setting. Good food and salad bar. "
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Albany Airport
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Bromley Mountain
Car: necessary

Shaftsbury is nestled in the southwest corner of Vermont bordering Bennington and New York State. It is approximately a one hour drive from Albany NY and Pittsfield MA; four hours from Boston and NYC and 45 minutes to many ski resorts. Bennington Vermont is located just south of Shaftsbury and Manchester Vermont is 20 minutes north. Enjoy leisurely drives over dirt roads, peaceful hikes throughout our beautiful mountainsides, quiet lakes, bicycling, fall foliage, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and take a moment to discover its rich history.

Other Activities: hiking

Amenities

South Shaftsbury Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please do not use the kitchen butcher block or soapstone countertops as cutting boards. Repair costs will be taken out of your deposit.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Bathroom has a bear-claw bathtub with large window view plus a slate shower, sink, and toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • Masterbedroom - 1 queen , Master bedroom
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Semi-private
    Backroom - 1 double , You can use our large remote controlled inflatable mattress
  • There is a large master bedroom, a large loft with a comfortable spring mattress futon, and one other small room that has an electric blow-up mattress available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Notes:
This property is ideally suited as a romantic getaway for two although larger groups have stayed and enjoyed themselves. The loft is a semiprivate area that has a very comfortable spring mattress futon. There is another small room that could be used as a private sleeping area.

Reviews

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Cozy Converted Barn on Secluded 6.5 acres
average rating of 4.982143 based on 58 reviews
Ojai, California
5

Epic spot!

  • 5 of 5

As nice as this property looks on-line, it far exceeds it in person! Everything tastefully done! Beautiful spot! comfortable bed! You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, New York
5

A Great Place to Stay in Southern VT

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I (and dog) spent six nights at the barn, and it was delightful. The place is clean, well kept and extremely comfortable. Just a lovely, building and a beautiful piece of land. It is far enough out in the country for folks looking to getaway from it all, but close enough to town that a quick milk run wouldn't be a hassle. Bennington is a lovely town with plenty to offer. It's easy to get to, and it's easy to get to other destinations from it. Its just over the boarder from New York. We stopped in Albany to see my son, then drove to the place and it only took an hour. 20 minutes north is Manchester with some lovely shopping, south is Williamstown with The Clark, an amazing museum, and east is The Green Mountains and all they have to offer. You can settle in for a few days without getting cabin fever, or you can head out on any type of Vermont adventure you want.

Lars is an excellent host. Didn't have much of a need for him. The power went out once, and he made a few calls. Power came back on quickly. Not sure he had anything to do with the recovery, but I'll give him the credit. Truth is, the place is so well maintained that we just didn't have problems that needed his time. Still, doing business with him was easy and I felt like he was on call if needed.

I would recommend this place for a short or long term rental and hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Awesome place to stay in Vermont

  • 5 of 5

I would like to join all the rave reviews about Lars place because it is absolutely marvellous. Everything is arranged with great concern for people, all makes you feel relaxed and enjoy every minute of your stay in this charming house and its no less beautiful surroundings. Those are peculiar furniture items, the most comfortable fancy bed and leather recliner (our favourite), a fireplace, rustic but well equipped kitchen, stunning views from the kitchen and from the bathroom. Due to the heavy rain days we spent a lot of time inside of the barn, so that we could fully appreciate it and we were happy to find out that we din't want to leave anywhere. After the rain had stopped it was a pleasure for us to walk around the nearby grounds and to discover hidden corners with old lawn furniture or other "surprises".

To summarize, the barn was much above our expectations, and the words can not do our impressions justice.

Lars deserves no end of praise. He is the most attentive, responsive, helpful, patient and easy to communicate host. He was always reachable, ready to answer all our questions and he could not do more for us than he did. Thank you very much Lars from all my family. It was a good luck to chose your place!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Cozy Vermont stay

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this barn converted into a home. The owner was very helpful and checked in with us making sure we had everything we needed. I highly recommend staying here. Everything we needed was very close while still making you feel like you are living in the country.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A lovely, perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay. In fact, we booked to stay again before we left!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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5

Sooooo many great qualities!

  • 5 of 5

I've been a repeat customer to Lars' barn for 3 years. It has so many great qualities about it that keeps me coming back. Here's a few on the top of my list:

- Lars is easy to work with and has the place clean and ready for you. He is quick to respond to questions or any problems.

- The Barn is Exceptional! From the wood beams to the floor. It's easy to get lost just looking at the place. Extra cozy with the wood burning stove in the winter. Outdoor fire pit with Amish made furniture is perfectly seated on top of the property for STAR GAZING.

- The property has an encapsulated open 2-3 acres for great views and privacy with an additional few wooded acres for just wandering.

- Within minutes from Bennington. History, shopping, and underrated craft beers.

- Located perfectly to enjoy a number of great skiing mountains in the winter or the Green Mountains during the other seasons.

I 'm torn when writing this review because the more people that know about it's charm the less time will be available for me to come for a visit. However, this is an honest review and my wife and I love coming back year after year. Cheers Lars.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

In addition to the per night charge, there is a one-time $90 cleaning fee and 9% tax (No tax for stays one month or more). Ask about discounts for stays of 2 or more weeks. Stay the whole month and avoid the 9% VT state room tax as well as the extra guest fees. Well behaved pets are welcome for a $50 pet fee plus tax. There is an additional $100 per pet added to the security deposit of $500. There is an extra $5 per night per additional guest for more than 2 guests. Quoted prices often don't include the pet fee or discounts for longer stays so please ask for an updated quote when making a booking request. If booking more than 6 weeks in advance, the payment will be broken into 2 payments with between $150 and $300 required up front (depending on the length of the stay) and the rest being due 3 weeks prior to your arrival. All payments can be made on-line using credit card or eCheck, but if you feel more comfortable sending a personal check through the mail, please let me know and I can arrange to have the rental agreement and payments made through certified mail.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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