|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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This cottage has been completely renovated and updated to include a well-appointed galley kitchen and full bath. The vaulted ceilings and exposed beams add to the charm. It is located directly behind the main house, just a few yards from the Saxtons River. Enjoy the river from our screen room overlooking the river or gather around the fire pit. The private laundry facility is just a few steps away - in the cellar of the main house. The main house is also available - see VRBO 332678.
The village center is a short walk away. There you will find the historic Grafton Inn and Tavern, art galleries, tennis courts, museums and more.
We are the Case family - Brian and Charlene and our three young boys. When we are not in Vermont, our primary residence is in Connecticut. We enjoy road and mountain biking, skiing, hiking, soccer, and hockey. Brian is a business owner and Charlene is a physician.
Brian Case purchased this cottage in 2010
After renting in Grafton, Vermont for a couple of winters, we decided to find a home of our own. We have enjoyed the close proximity to Grafton Ponds for cross country skiing and are looking forward to exploring more of the area during the other seasons as well. The town is quiet and well-maintained, the locals friendly, and the pace a bit slower than what we experience at home.
Both of us have extended family in the New England area with whom we enjoy spending vacation time. As well, we have many friends who share our love of the outdoors. We have such great memories of time away with these loved ones, away from the hustle and bustle of our every day lives. The house is a quiet retreat where we play games, have meals, and just reconnect. We really enjoy being just minutes from the cross country skiing at Grafton Ponds where there is also a tubing hill, a new biathalon course, and swimming and mountain biking.
The other positive reviews of this place are right on-- the cabin has a great deal of privacy from the main house, and the space is very cozy-- the gas stove is great on a winter evening. The surroundings are very pleasant, and Grafton is a wonderful town. Brian, the host, was staying in the main house while we were there, and he was very helpful. A great value and a great time!
We were very happy with our stay here, they were very accommodating and helpful with finding restaurants, trails, etc. Close to everything in town as well. The gas fireplace was our favorite part-really heats up the cottage in a few minutes!
The four of us (Wife, Husband, and two dogs) spent New Year's Eve 2015 at the Grafton Village Cottage, for a total of four nights. Pre-departure communication and transactions with the Owner had been clear and detailed, so that arriving and settling in was easy. The cottage is conveniently located on Route 121, just south of the intersection with 35 North, and the heart of the village is easily reached by foot (every morning I walked the dogs to the Grafton Inn and back). At the same time, the Saxtons River runs less than a hundred feet behind the cottage, which adds a touch of wilderness to the whole vacationing experience.
Soon after we arrived, the Owner came to greet us (he and his family were staying in the main house, which made us feel even more comfortable in case of need). He was most welcoming, friendly, and resourceful yet discreet at the same time.
The cottage is lovely, and we found it in perfect order: clean and nicely warm. (In addition to the heating system, a gas stove allows winter guests to enjoy the full “cabin experience” without the risk of over-heating.) Many fixtures and appliances appear to be fairly new, and the towels (plenty of them) are definitely of recent acquisition and good quality.
Being familiar with the village of Grafton and surrounding areas, we had no problem finding things to do and places to eat (although the cottage itself, with its neat kitchen and dining area, claimed most of our meals). And for our – and our dogs’ – outdoor needs, the Grafton Ponds, with its miles of ski and snowshoe trails, provided a most suitable environment.
We are definitely looking forward to another stay, perhaps in the spring or summer.
My husband and I spent July and August 2013 in this cottage. The beauty of this place and the friendliness of the people have made this trip a pleasure. The cottage is well designed and very comfortable. Brian and Charlene, the owners, have done everything they can to make us welcome. We have toured museums and historic homes, visited a microbrewery and seen Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker in person, but the best thing is the outdoor center near the cottage. It has beautiful hiking trails and a pond that is delightful to swim in when it is warm. The Pub in Grafton is lots of fun too. The cottage has a large TV and good Internet connection. We have eaten a lot of cheese.
Comfortable, quiet, romantic. On the river with large grassed yards.
Located at the edge of Grafton and right along the Saxtons River, I really enjoyed my stay in this cozy and just perfect cottage. Charlene was a joy to connect with -- always promptly responding to my occasional emails. The bed is super comfortable. More (and better) cookware and crockery to use in the kitchen than most vacation rentals are stocked with. I was traveling alone, so the cozy size was perfect. And I think to call it a couple's retreat is perfect. Excellent broadband wi-fi. I use AT&T and their is a tower somewhere close to the center of town. Don't miss checking out the Grafton Village Cheese shop and factory. Groceries can be had at the market in town across from the post office or you can drive about 20 minutes north to Springfield and stock up at a Shaw's for a bit less. My favorite part of my stay: opening the door each morning and hearing the river. More often than not, I would just wander down to watch it, enjoy the sound, and revel in the play of the sunlight on the water. There really is nothing more relaxing and my stay at this cottage was exactly that. Highly recommended!
No visit to Grafton is complete without a visit to the Grafton Village Cheese Co. Grafton Village Cheese handcrafts aged Vermont cheddar in many varieties to satisfy all palates. Its headquarters is located just 1/2 mile from the Inn on Townshend Road. Cheese is made several days a week, and there is a viewing area that allows visitors to observe the process. A helpful video explaining the art of making cheese is featured in the welcome lobby. Right behind the inn you will find it Specialty Cheese & Wine Shop, featuring more than 80 types of cheeses, wines, Vermont products, gourmet foods, gifts and daily tastings. The front desk of the inn, and at the Wine & Cheese Shop has the updated cheesemaking schedule.
The Scoop ice cream stand: There’s nothing like a refreshing ice cream cone on a hot summer day. Head down on Route 121 (go right at the center of town – about 2 miles). Part of Idyll Acres Farm, they serve ice cream Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 8 p.m. On Sunday, they do hotdogs starting at 5 p.m. Summertime only.
Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center. Part of the Grafton Inn, Grafton Ponds offers year-round outdoor fun for all ages. Visit our Grafton Ponds page for more on this wonderful recreation center.
Museums & Exhibits
Grafton is a living and working rural Vermont town, but it also has a history and sense of cultural pride that it likes to display. Down Townshend Road is one of the most wonderful natural history museums, in the Grafton Nature Museum. It’s great for all ages and especially delightful for children.
Across the road, behind the Windham Foundation offices on Townshend Road, a sheep exhibit explains the importance of the sheep industry to Grafton. Oh, don’t forget to visit the red barn on Townshend Road to pet the sheep.
Across from the Grafton Village Store on Main Street is the Grafton History Museum. It can give you a glimpse of Grafton life when the Civil War was big news. It has a wide variety of Grafton memorabilia as well as ever-changing displays.
The Grafton Forge Blacksmith Shop allows visitors to step back in time to when the blacksmith was one of the most important craftsmen in the community. A large collection of antique wrought iron work and tools are on display. Tours welcome. Special programs offered. The shop also has items for purchase including fireplace tools, lighting and more. Custom orders are welcome. Open daily. Located on School Street. Learn more.
Around the corner from the Blacksmith Shop on Pleasant Street is the Vermont Museum of Mining and Minerals (802-875-3562) to experience a beautiful collection of Vermont and other worldy minerals.
Shopping, Art & Galleries
Grafton boasts a variety of shopping options for browsers or serious art collectors. My Mind’s Design (802-643-1000) is a wood working studio, where you can custom order furniture, cabinetry, architectural turning and functional art plus accessories for the home. Main Street. Since 1975, Gallery North Star on Townshend Road (843-2465) has presented the finest works of New England’s professional artists in via oils, watercolors, sculpture and prints. The Jud Hartmann Gallery (843-2018) on Main Street boasts a limited edition of bronze sculptures entitled “The Woodland Tribes of the Northeast,” along with oils, watercolors and pastels. Located next door to The Old Tavern is Hunter Gallery of Fine Art (843-1440), featuring a gallery of East Coast artists in pastels, watercolors, Oriental brush paintings and more. New to Grafton is Grafton Village Quilts (802-380-1322) offering antique, vintage and new quilts as well as a variety of quilting supplies.
See our Local Chambers of Commerce page for links to nearby towns, like Brattleboro, Weston, etc. for wonderful nearby art communities.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
|Pet Fee||$25 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
Please don't hesitate to contact us if the rate schedule does not work for your plans.
Children under age 5 are no additional charge.
If you need more space, the main house is also available on VRBO - see 332678.
Deposit is refundable until 30 days prior to check-in.