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Chandler House: Quintessential Vermont

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights


Craftsbury Common House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 8)

Chandler House provides an ideal retreat for families and friends looking to experience the quintessential Vermont experience. The house is set up as your own 'Private Inn,' featuring four bedrooms and four and one half baths in addition new country kitchen and dining space, as well as a comfortable living room.

The house is located in postcard-perfect Craftsbury Common, one of the Northeast Kingdom's most photographed villages. The town served, for example, as Alfred Hitchcock's stage set for 'The Trouble with Harry.' Chandler House, in fact, makes several appearances in the film, including the moment when 'Hitch' makes his signature, on-screen cameo.

The Town, founded in 1789, sits atop a plateau surrounded by forest and farmland. Federalist architecture, white clapboard, and the classic church steeple encircle the ideal village green. The town is additionally home to Sterling College, a celebrated four-year institution specializing in environmental education. The Common itself is a hive of activity, farmers markets, summer concerts, soccer camps and town parades. Local artisans abound. Craftsbury Common is sleepy and sophisticated at the same time.

Craftsbury's sits as the southwest gateway to Vermont's Northeast Kindom, an area noted for its abundant wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Warm days and cool nights characterize the area’s summer season. Fall foliage is spectacular throughout the region, and is considered the best in the State. During the wintertime and located within a snow belt, Craftsbury's visuals are those of a Robert Frost poem. Native photographer, John M. Miller, captured the land and its people in his work, whereas the writer, Howard Frank Mosher, has underscored the unique essence of the area in his famous novels 'The Fall of the Year' and 'Where the River Runs North'

Outdoor activities abound in Craftsbury and the region. Hiking, mountain biking, swimming, golf and downhill skiing are all close-by. Adjacent Greensboro is home to Caspian Lake, which is surrounded by summer cottages and estates. The hiking and biking trails around fjord-like Lake Willoughby are spectacular.

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center encompasses two smaller lakes in the area, Great and Little Hosmer. The Center offers sculling camps in the summer and some of the most extensive and best-regarded cross-country trail systems in the State. The annual Winter Marathon attracts upwards of 1500 athletes each January who compete and take in the area’s well known hospitality. According to one participant, the terrain has '...a delightful mix of vistas –snow laden balsam firs, silver-gray or red barns, expanses of farm fields, frozen lakes and beaver ponds, white birches against sometimes blue skies, and small beech trees still clinging to their dry golden leaves.”

Keywords: Country House, Federalist Architecture, Village Setting, Family, Friends

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

John Ashworth
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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About John Ashworth

As the owners of Chandler House, we feel that Craftsbury Common has a remarkable spirit and sense of place unlike any other that we have visited. One of us is an architect who specializes in the design of resort facilities throughout North America and abroad. The other is an actor and child psychiatrist specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome or PTSD. Craftsbury is a great place to recharge. It unfailingly reminds us what is important in our lives and why we do what we do.

John Ashworth purchased this house in 2009

Why John Ashworth chose Craftsbury

Craftsbury is the perfect Vermont Village: picturesque and unspoiled; an architectural gem and a perfect place to unwind and reflect on what is truly important in life.

What makes this house unique

Outdoor Activity, wildlife and leaf viewing, family gathering, reading, fire-making, relaxation, and time away from cell phones and email.


based on 22 traveler reviews

Chandler House: Quintessential Vermont
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The Chandler House was absolutely exquisite. Beautiful old home but completely redone . I would recommend staying there in a heartbeat. The little town of Craftsbury was quaint and lovely.

I didn't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded expectations and more!

  • 5 of 5

When you arrive at Chandler House, you instantly feel like you are home. Everything you could possibly need and more is provided in this lovely house situated on gorgeous and perfectly maintained property. The decor is beautiful and the comfort of the house was fully enjoyed. We appreciated all of the attention to detail and care that is evident in this home. The booking process was flawless and we would recommend this property to all who are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to the Craftsbury Common area and stay at the Chandler House.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hamilton Ontario, Canada

Perfect for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Chandler House perfectly accommodated our multi generation family under one roof for a long-weekend reunion. Everyone appreciated the comfy quiet ensuite rooms. Assistance as needed was readily available from the nearby property managers. Lots nearby to do and see. We enjoyed the huge lawn that provided a perfect backdrop for a buffet dinner one evening, quiet cups of coffee at dawn and shade for reading in the afternoon.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming house in Northern Vermont

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Chandler house which is in a lovely location right on the Craftsbury Common. The house is beautiful, cozy and comfortable. Each of the bedrooms is charming. John was very responsive to our questions and had helpful suggestions about activities in the area. We came with our two college-age children for a few days of cross-country skiing during the winter holidays. The house provided a lovely place to cook dinners and spend time together. I'd highly recommend this rental!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rhode Island, USA

Family gathering in rural Vermont

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing! Located in a picturesque village in the northeastern Vermont it is definitely remote but perfect for a family gathering. As with other comments, the kitchen is small but we took care of that by each taking turns cooking. We loved our evenings around the dinner table playing cards. There was plenty of room for ten with the big bedrooms and private bathrooms. It was very clean and well stocked, lots of towels! We had planned to snowshoe and snow board but it was rainy although we were surrounded by snow. So we ate our way though the tasting at 2 breweries (including the brewery at the Von Trapp Lodge in Stowe), cheese tasting at Cabot and ice cream at the Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory. John, the owner, was very helpful and easy to work with. We definitely hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterville, ME

Great house in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Given the lack of accommodation for groups in Craftsbury, we were so excited to find this house. It's a beautiful house, just minutes from the Outdoor Center. So nice to be able to cook for ourselves and relax right on the Common.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Burlington International
Car: necessary

Located in the heart of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom including spectacular scenery and Fall foliage; unparalleled outdoor activities, abundant wildlife and local crafts.


Rates & Availability

Craftsbury Common House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall Special 2016
Oct 10 2016 - Nov 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
Late Fall Special
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2016
Dec 2 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Winter Holidays
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

No smoking or pets, please. 10 person maximum.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Craftsbury Common House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Ski in/Ski out
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Town
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double Sinks
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • 4 1/2 Bathrooms, 3 1/2 newly renovated.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Fireplace, sitting area and ensuite bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Fireplace, sitting area and ensuite bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Sitting area and ensuite bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sitting area and ensuite bath
  • King size beds (1) King can be converted to two twins, Queen size Beds (4)
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Shed
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • water sports
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Daily housekeeping available, historic square view, weekend farmers market, weekend outdoor music in the Common

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