|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
High Reach Farm is a working tree farm with a beautifully restored farmhouse that serves as a meeting & educational facility and an ideal home base for vacationers and folks seeking a quiet get away. We have trails for walking, biking and skiing; wildlife; and beautiful views. We are within easy driving of ski destinations, water parks, and quaint villages.
We have outfitted the building for simple accommodations for families and small groups. Both our floor plan and decor have a clean open feel and rooms are multi-purpose. You could invite twenty of your relatives/friends for a meal and have more than enough room to feed everyone, move around and for small groups to gather.
Steve has been the manager of the farm since 1976, using organic and sustainable forestry and agricultural practices. His unique method of growing Christmas trees is called 'stump culture' and rather than ending the life of the tree with each cutting, allows the remaining stump and branches to produce generations of trees for years to come. Steve will be glad to show you some of the fields and explain how the trees are tended and harvested.
We have been working on this building for twenty years and have just completed the current phase of development which now allows guests.
Downstairs features two large open rooms that can be used for dining, dancing, or games. In the middle of the downstairs is the heart of the Farmhouse, an open kitchen.
The second floor has bed rooms on each end - one double bed and the other two twin beds. In between are three beautiful curtained sleeping alcoves with single daybeds. There is also a comfy sitting area perfect for late nite chats or quiet reading. Guests like to take their morning coffee there and watch the morning mist on the beautiful view.
If you'd like a stay in a place that has the feel of being in an exquisitely decorated 1800's farmhouse - this would not be the place. If you are looking for a clean, bright comfortable 'take it easy and enjoy' place - we're it! There's room for everyone to 'do their own thing'.
It is an eight mile trip into any one of three nearby towns where you can go to the local farmer's markets, visit the museum, or enjoy one of the cultural events. We are close to boating on Joe's Pond, Lake Willoughby, or Crystal Lake. Burke Mountain (which you can see from the front porch of the Farmhouse) is a scenic fifteen miles from the Farmhouse.
Your hosts, Steve and Susan, live a mile away and are usually available to give a farm tour or provide information about the area.
Let us know if you have questions and we'll do our best to help.
Steve is a farmer, forestry manager, and former town official. Friends and family know him as a storyteller and poet.
Susan is a mediator, facilitator and organizational consultant.
Steve and Susan write music for the choral group that Susan directs.
This property was bought by Steve's parents when they decided to move to Vermont to raise their kids. They took a walk to the hillside behind the Farmhouse, looked at the view and decided then and there to move here. It was named High Reach because the views felt that they reached forever and it has come to mean being committed to our aspirations.
The Farmhouse has changed owners, both in and out of the family, since it was first acquired. It fell into serious disrepair before we bought it. We have committed twenty years to bringing it back from the sad state of deterioration it had known. We had a dream of having a location to share what we have learned by being a land based enterprise. The Farmhouse now serves both as a center where people come for training in topics of land and human ecology and as a welcoming place for vacationers and travelers who wish to experience an unpretentious welcoming environment.
We are new to vacation rentals and look forward to meeting our guests and learning what is important to them and how we can enhance their vacation time with us.
What a beautiful home! Super clean and spacious. The owners are amazing people to work with and very friendly. What a peaceful place to get away from it all or hike and explore their beautiful property. Thank you for sharing your home with us!
What an incredible place to get away to. The house was perfect, and I hope to return for a week or longer next year. We stayed during a chilly October weekend and were as snugs as bugs in rugs. The house was so roomy that the 5 of us left one end downstairs virtually untouched. The combined dining/living room is very comfortable and has many windows with great views. Not to mention how impressive the woodwork is. The kitchen is great and easy to cook in. You're in Vermont, so nothing is super close, but it manages to be close enough to the major roads that corner stores or super markets are within 20-25 minutes. The little nearby towns are wonderful places to visit and walk through and shop at. Or if you're looking to not go anywhere there are several bookcases filled with classics I remember my father sharing with me. Sit on the porch and read. I'm not great at writing reviews but I am already looking forward to my next stay here.
We needed a place to stay for homecoming weekend at Lyndon State (20 minutes away) and the hotel situation is truly abysmal in that area plus we do not like to be away from our babies (two maltipoos) and we wanted to bring grandma!
Voila! I am a huge VRBO fan so much more value for your money than a small hotel room. The farmhouse popped up and looked so inviting and let me tell you it did not disappoint in any way. This place is gorgeous and still smells brand new. The restoration is so thoughtful and well done. IF you like to cook this is perfection. My mom and I spent Sunday cooking her special sauce and meatball recipe and we just really enjoyed some great family time, everyone was happy and comfortable even the dogs. There is plenty of room!
The grounds are gorgeous to hike around. Susan even had various teas and board games and books available which we loved.
Steve stopped by to check on us and spent time sharing stories of the property history and tidbits about the culture of the area. His Christmas trees are amazing and a must see.
There is plenty to do and see in the area and people are welcoming, down to earth and friendly. Evem my mom can't wait to go back and she is a tough one!
Donna and Evan Shneider
This beautiful home was more than we could have possibly asked for. Susan and Steve have done an amazing job renovating their Farmhouse. There were antique furnishings (beams, wonderful books and tools), blended tastefully with modern appliances and wifi. It was the perfect place for the four of us (with grown children, 18 and 21) and our family dog. A great, spacious kitchen with all the cooking supplies/pantry items you can ask for. It was wonderful to see the sunrise from their porch and to see the sunset from the kitchen window. There are great hiking trails and the whole area is a wonderful setting for a perfect vacation getaway. We can't wait to go back and we would give this wonderful home 12 stars!!
We had an incredible week at this wonderful home in the gorgeous country of the Northeast Kingdom and my wife's native Danville. Our two young children (7 and 2) loved Dog Mountain and the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsberry, Joe's Pond, the Great Vermont Corn Maze (with many activities for all ages), and the Farmer's market in Danville, and - perhaps most of all - the beautiful farm with mountain vistas, great hiking trails, campfires, and the gracious and warm hospitality of Steve and Susan. We loved the house, recently remodeled with modern updates and features, while maintaining its historical charm and ambience. If you enjoy cooking - the kitchen is incredible and the perfect place to feast on fresh food from the local farms. The vast space, pure air, and quiet peacefulness make this a perfect getaway to reconnect with nature, decompress and recharge. Even with lots to explore in the area (one of New England's most beautiful and little known gems) - we found the house the perfect place to nap, play, and enjoy the company of the people you love. It's a tribute to both Steve and Susan that they've created this retreat of holistic nourishment with the experience of their guests in mind, beyond just providing an accommodation. We can't wait to come back and wish we could give it SIX stars!
Susan and Steve's property was perfect for our two families (4 adults, 4 young kids). The sleeping alcoves were spacious and perfect for the kids. The house itself was so spacious we were shocked - there was room to spare! The recently renovated kitchen and bathrooms were done beautifully and everything was well stocked and very clean. We loved exploring the beautiful setting and paths behind the house picking wild flowers. The owners were very responsive and helpful. Definitely a home I would rent again!
We'd love to know your interests and we can recommend activities if you like.There are many different types of activities that are within half an hour of the Farmhouse. Many more that are within 45 - 60 minutes including Jay Peak's large new water park, several ski areas, beautifully maintained bike trails, and interesting museums. We are about an hour from the Ben and Jerry's factory and tour - great fun for the kids and the Montshire Science Museum is the same distance away.
Depending on dates of your stay, you can find festivals, craft fairs, Pioneer Days at the Museum, Highland Games, Dog Sledding and many other activities.
The beauty of our location however is that you can just enjoy the immediate surroundings and don't need to be on the run. We have walking and cross country ski trails, a beaver dam, acres of spectacular wooded area, locations for picnics, and a farmhouse with cozy areas to have a cup of tea and read while the kids play board games in the big room downstairs.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|Cleaning||$60 + Tax|
The check-in dates are flexible - we will work with you and your vacation plans.