Lovely 1890’s Vermont farmhouse on 130 acres of fields and woods overlooking beautiful Caspian Lake. Three miles from Greensboro, one of the prettiest villages in the Northeast Kingdom, with a public beach, charming library, and a general store voted Best in the State by Vermont Magazine. High speed broadband internet with wireless access throughout the house.
An hour’s drive to Stowe and Mt. Mansfield to the west or St. Johnsbury to the east, and twenty minutes’ drive to Bread and Puppet Theater’s home and museum in Glover. Many nearby back roads with stunning views for walking or exploring in the car. Ben and Jerry’s and Cabot Creamery tours within an hour’s drive, and an hour and a half to Burlington with the Lake Champlain ferry, Shelburne Museum and the University of Vermont campus.
Five bedrooms, two full bathrooms each with tub/shower, sleeps twelve comfortably, sixteen in a pinch. Fully-appointed kitchen, washer and dryer, new furnace and hot water heater (both 2011), working fireplace, deck with a view of the lake, dry, protected shed with ping-pong table, and canoe available. Ideal for groups, or two families with children age four and older. Four-and-a-half hours’ drive from Boston, one-and-a-half hour’s drive to nearest airport in Burlington, 45 minutes to bus depot in Montpelier.
Keywords: Farm, Historic house,
I live in Waterbury Center, Vermont with my wife, three children, and two dogs. I am the Community Planner for the Town and Village of Waterbury and enjoy gardening and playing music. I enjoy managing our farm in Greensboro with the assistance of my brother and sister who live in Massachussets.
Steve Lotspeich purchased this farmhouse in 1967
Our parents purchased the farm in 1967 and completely reconstructed the farmhouse at that time. Greensboro is a beautiful rural community with a rich history. Caspian Lake is great for lots of activities.
Staying at our farm is very relaxing with lots of opportunities to explore the hayfields and woods, and surrounding countryside. We have a large vegetable garden that is also available for harvesting by guests.
My wife and I first ventured to the Northeast Kingdom with our three children on a last-minute whim, and within fifteen minutes of our arrival we told the friendly owner that we would like to book the house for a second week. The town of Greensboro has that kind of instant effect, as does this simple but comfortable, spacious but cozy, and overall very family-friendly abode. Upon entering through the kitchen, you find yourself at a sink where dishes are done with a view of beautiful Lake Caspian in the distance out front. Much closer out back are blackberry brambles where the property ends, and more immediately a thriving vegetable garden from which we were told to help ourselves to the lettuce, chard, tomatoes, cucumbers and so forth. The children were in heaven with so much grass under their feet, and many a night before dinner you could find our family playing badminton, whiffle ball, Frisbee and the like. The rustic kitchen fits the bill for a Vermont farmhouse, and the long dining table in the living room made for a very short trip after dinner to the couches to read, chat, or watch the fire. (One of my favorite memories, which has more to do with the northern latitude than the house per so, was building fires before breakfast on those very crisp early mornings even in late August.) We spread our family out among the four upstairs bedrooms, and the fifth one downstairs provided an additional refuge for anyone seeking it at any given moment. Greensboro and its environs have far more to offer than may first meet the eye when you arrive in the delightful hamlet. Trips to The Willey’s store, an all-purpose market, were always an enjoyable errand, and the town library was an invaluable resource for the kids. Regional opportunities for outdoor activities are too numerous to list here, but a simple hike up Barre Hill a short drive from the house will leave you with views that you will never forget. Swimming opportunities are equally close, as are berry-picking jaunts at family-run farms. On the cultural front, two of the more outstanding local notables include Circus Smirkus and Bread and Puppet. The owners were very helpful in suggesting these and other activities; and when it came to matters about the house, they were always responsive but never obtrusive. After our first stay at the house two summers ago, we were already looking forward to our next one this past summer. Having made good on that second visit, we have every intention to return for a third.
In August of 2011 I spent a very relaxed long weekend with friends at this delightful Vermont farmhouse. One of my chief memories is the pleasure of sitting out on the deck from which we had a view of Caspian Lake in the distance. We ate lunches and dinners on the deck; we read the Sunday Times on the deck; we watched the hummingbirds, rose breasted grosbeaks, blue jays, etc. from the deck; we dozed on the deck; we hosted evening gatherings on the deck. I liked the deck.
The kitchen had what was needed to make our meals, and it also had a large octagonal table which was perfect for just sitting and talking, as well as for eating.
There was also a living room with a small, but good library of books, and an assortment of games. Comfortable couches and chairs made it very pleasant to sit there in the evenings.
I recall that I slept very well during that weekend; the house was quiet at night because it was not close to any neighbors, and the Vermont night air was cool.
Now and then we would sortie from the house to get supplies and find amusement and culture. The chief source of supplies was Willey’s General Store in Greensboro; they had everything we needed in the way of food, clothes and hardware. Willey’s is a great place to go even if you only want to browse. Also in the area are a farmer’s market and some specialty shops for things like pies and honey.
There were various entertainment and cultural venues in the area. I liked the Bread and Circus Puppets performance and also the associated museum. We also went to a delightful performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which was put on by a troupe of well directed high school students at an annual summer Shakespeare camp. In addition one can find many musical and choral performances by keeping an eye out on the bulletin board at Willey’s. Mostly these took place in area churches and halls and were generally very good.
Some other observation: the owners were very helpful and responsive; the pictures on the website tell the story well, except that they should have one of the deck; and the house and grounds are very well maintained.
All in all, I am very happy to recommend this Vermont farmhouse as a great place to enjoy a relaxed and memorable vacation.
Three miles from Greensboro, one of the prettiest villages in the Northeast Kingdom, with a public beach, charming library, and a general store voted Best in the State by Vermont Magazine. An hour’s drive to Stowe and Mt. Mansfield to the west or St. Johnsbury to the east, and twenty minutes’ drive to Bread and Puppet Theater’s home and museum in Glover. Many nearby back roads with stunning views for walking or exploring in the car. Ben and Jerry’s and Cabot Creamery tours within an hour’s drive, and an hour and a half to Burlington with the Lake Champlain ferry, Shelburne Museum and the University of Vermont campus.