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Ideal for VT/MA/NY Vacation, this unique property is unlike any you've ever seen. Entrance is though a brick courtyard up a spiral staircase (alternate handicap entry is available - please inquire in advance) to a huge balcony with hot tub, gas grill, and dining table for six.
This renovated 1938 dairy barn with its 1963 additions is a Vermont icon with 'rooms' cleverly defined throughout the spacious 2100 sq. ft. The kitchen, dining room, media room and bunk house are located in the original structure, and the living room, master bedroom, bathroom and laundry are in the 1963 addition with a huge barn door separating the two without impeding communication.
The large kitchen was designed with a family of chefs in mind and includes the Media Room at the far end, perfect for informal gatherings. Kitchen is fully supplied with all necessities for the usual culinary activities, and has a dishwasher, gas stove, refrigerator, free-standing freezer, microwave and a variety of smaller appliances.
The kitchen flows into the media room with a flat screen TV and queen-sized sofa bed we enhance with a memory-foam topper. Please request use of this bed in advance.
Around the corner is the dining room with normal seating for 6, expandable to 8. The gas grill is just a few steps away so you can still BBQ when its too cold to eat outdoors. A Vermont slate buffet invites you to plan serve-yourself meals, and the truly comfortable dining room armchairs encourage relaxing, after-dinner conversation.
Next comes the bunk house with accommodations for four youngsters or teens. Adjustable Aerosnooz mattresses allow each sleeper to adjust the amount of firmness desired. There is also a game table for those who remember how to play games without batteries, and a couple of bean bag chairs for reading, texting or playing those games that do require batteries.
Through the barn door is the accommodating living room with a gas log stove, big comfy furniture and soaring cathedral ceiling. If you're trying to break the TV habit there's a library with something for every taste, G-rated that is. The amazing feature of this wing is the seven floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows installed over 50 years ago. One has even been made into an emergency exit to bring the building up to 21st century safety-standards.
Behind a partition created by a row of 9' high closets is the master bedroom with king bed and additional closets. A quiet work space in the bedroom is an ideal respite for a type A personality who can't leave it all at the office.
The bathroom doubles as a laundry with large capacity, low-flo/low-energy machines. The shower is ample for two people, but tub enthusiasts will have to hit the deck and use the hot tub.
Need more space? Consider renting the adjacent guest quarters formerly the caretaker's residence. Inquire about the special requirements for renting both places.
Outdoors you can enjoy the large lawn area big enough for tournament croquet, swim in the seasonal 30' lap pool, or borrow our bikes (only if requested at time of reservation) for a stress-reducing ride around one of the nearby scenic loops.
Stereo, cable TV, DVD and WIFI.
Six miles to Williamstown, MA and 6 miles to Bennington, VT; both with scores of recreational, entertainment, culinary, and cultural venues.
Dogs are permitted under certain circumstances -- please inquire -- at a rate of $15 per dog per day. (NOTE: HomeAway is not set up to handle this portion of the transaction.)
There is a property manager 5 minutes away to take care of all your immediate needs.
This was our own personal living space so you can be assured the renovation was designed for privacy and to optimize peace and quiet.
The courtyard leads to your balcony entrance although there is a ground floor entrance for bringing in luggage.
Generally the hot tub is not used in the summer even when people indicate they want to, and we drain it for cleaning. If you wish to use it, however, we are happy to oblige if you make your request in advance.
We require peace and quiet from our guests and forbid gatherings and partying.
Note to renters: 99% of our guests love staying here and return and recommend us to their friends. Fewer than 1% have a problem with the rough hune barn boards, the windows not designed to open, an occasional mouse "leave-behind", the proximity to a road (hey, where else would you put your barn), and any number of observations about a barn converted into a residence that maintains a barn-like flavor. So if these things bother you please do not rent from us! We depend on good reviews and a good rental season to cover the costs of owning this rural treasure.