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Secluded Luxury In The Country, Close To Culture

Bedrooms 9
Half Baths1
Space 8,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

9 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 30

There is something for everyone at Karin’s Place–from the peaceful and tranquil gardens, gazebo and pool while the kids play on the pirate ship to a full-size movie screen with surround sound and enough books and games to last several lifetimes! Lie in a hammock and take in the sun or cross country ski on the 22 acres of land. The leaf peeping is also impossible to beat.

The idea is imagination. Karin’s Place is a home. You can have your company/corporate meetings in the Grand Ballroom while having your down time in the spa. You can have your family reunion or Big Chill weekend with your 30 favorite family members and friends. The Grand Ballroom is also perfect for yoga, meditation, music making, and performances. Host an organized residency or retreat of any kind!

This home is unique and grand. It was conceived by Jenny's father who was a bonafide eccentric. He lived a large life and was truly one-of-a-kind. There is no other home or inn in the area like Karin's Place.

There are hotels. There are convention centers. There are inns and B&Bs. None has a 1600 square foot Grand Ballroom with a stage, a pirate ship in a sandbox, and a grown up sized swing. Our attention to detail and personal investment in your time at Karin's Place makes every visit distinctive and uniquely special.

Karin’s Place is an 8,000 square-foot home nestled in the woods of Bennington, Vermont. Far enough off the road for solitude and listening to birds and animals rustling in the woods yet just four miles from the town of Bennington and nine miles from Williamstown, Massachusetts, Karin’s Place is in the middle of nowhere and close to somewhere. She can be your ultimate destination and/or she can be your resting ground after taking in theatre, music, museums, skiing, and more.

The house sleeps up to 31 in beds plus a futon with seven bedrooms, two sleeping lofts, 5 1/2 baths. The limit is 30 including children. If all adults, the limit is 24. Exceptions possible. Rent the entire house for 2 days, a week, an event. (Discounts for a week or more, children between 5 and 13, and we do NOT charge the overage fees for children 4 and under.)

Just come. Why wait? We look forward to meeting you!

Our office is on site but Jenny and John live in their own home two miles away.

A portion of your fee is donated to the Alzheimer's Association in the name of Jenny's mother, Karin.

More Details

Jenny Dewar
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 14, 2018

About Jenny Dewar

Jenny and John met in 1991 while performing in Jesus Christ Superstar in Germany. John was in the pit playing his trombone and Jenny was onstage kicking her legs while making eyes at the pit.

Jenny began stage managing in the mid-90s while John continued to play his horn in any number of bands, ensembles, records, and films. They both worked on Broadway for a number of years before deciding it was time to live in the country. (During that time, they managed to get married.)

In 2006, they made a quick and sudden decision to sell their home in Astoria, Queens and see what Vermont living was all about. They never looked back. After Robert and Karin (Jenny’s parents) passed away, Jenny’s father entrusted her to continue his legacy of hosting people from far and wide in his home.

Robert and Karin originally built the house in 1994 as a weekend retreat. They so loved it here that they sold their apartment in New York City, moved up here full time, and then built a massive addition in 2010. Karin was wheelchair bound, so the house was designed for her accessibility. Ramps, a handicapped shower, and no multi-leveling on the first floor make it easy to get around via wheelchair.

In New York, any number of people had keys to their home. It was always full of various guests, rehearsing a musical/operetta, giving a concert, or just hanging out because they had nowhere else to go for Thanksgiving. The addition to Karin’s Place was built in the same vein. Build it and they will come…

The bedrooms are named after light operas that Karin and Robert appeared in together during their lives. They were active in the Village Light Opera Group the entire 30 years they lived in New York City. Their first date was a trip to the opera!

Sadly, both Robert and Karin passed away earlier than they should have. Jenny and John promised that they would continue to keep the house full and busy. Thus, Karin’s Place was born and Jenny and John have been enjoying a variety of guests ever since.

Jenny Dewar purchased this estate in 2015

Why Jenny Dewar chose Pownal

This property was left to Jenny by her parents so that she would save it and keep it full of people.

What makes this estate unique

The beauty of this home is the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere but having arts, culture, and towns just a few miles away. There are unexpected treasures everywhere you turn. It is a home. A grand home, but a home. Everyone is comfortable and all you need to bring is food and your bodies!


Pownal Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 8000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • Max. adults: 24
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Quiet(er) hours outside after 9pm as sound travels in the hills. Exceptions can be made regarding the limit of adults.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 30 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 (Mikado) - toilet , shower , thermostatic shower system
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , South Wing, 1st floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , South Wing. 2nd Floor.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , North Wing. 1st Floor.
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , North Wing. 2nd Floor.
    Handicapped shower - shower , South Wing. 1st Floor. Accessible via Bath 2 and Brigadoon
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Gondoliers - 1 queen , South Wing. 2nd Floor. Shared bathroom.
    Mikado - 1 king , North wing. 1st floor. Private bath that can be shared.
    Yeomen - 1 twin/ single , South Wing. 2nd Floor. Shared bathroom.
    Pirates of Penzance - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , South wing. 1st Floor. Shared bathroom (across the hall)
    Sorcerer - 1 queen , North Wing. 1st Floor. Shared bathroom.
    Brigadoon - 1 king , Brigadoon is attached to the handicapped bathroom.
    The Merry Widow - 4 twin/ single , South wing. 3rd Floor sleeping loft.
    Ruddigore - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , North Wing Sleeping Loft. 2nd floor. 2 twins
    2nd floor - 2 twin/ single , South Wing. Trundle bed. 2 twins or 1 king
    Carousel - 1 king , 9 twin/ single , N. Wing. 2nd Floor. Private bath. including trundle bunkbed
  • Merry Widow can also be one king and two twins. Brigadoon can be one king or two twins. We do this for our guests. The king in Carousel can be two twins. There are multiple shoji screens at your disposal for additional privacy. Carousel also features pop up tents on some of the beds for privacy.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
We provide a list of people who can provide various services. Massage, car service, cooking, etc.


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Secluded Luxury In The Country, Close To Culture
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time staying at this house. It was extremely spacious and comfortable with our large group of friends....and Jenny was the best host ever! She was extremely kind and considerate, and went above and beyond to make sure we had a perfect weekend. Thanks so much Jenny! We hope to come back next year. Cheers!

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I think the best part was when I walked in and Dana instantly tossed his baby into my welcome arms! I so appreciate the kind words. It is my goal to make things easy for my guests so that the trip is completely stress and worry free. I love return guests so looking forward to hosting you again!
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Fantastic property, really feels like home.

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent stay at Karen’s place. We had a large group of families for a ski weekend. The weather turned out to be horrible for skiing so we spent more time at the house than planned. This tunrned out wonderfuly. We relaxed, hiked around the property, did a little sledding with the kids and had giant group meals.

At night the kids put on a talent show and we sang karaoke. It was terrific.

Jenny was on vacation during our stay but except for never meeting her face to face you would have never known she was gone. She constantly checked in with us via text and email. If we had a question it got answered. We were very well taken care of.

The house is almost an attraction onto itself.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was my pleasure to host this family. My only regret is not getting to meet them in person. First time ever! I decided that I did not want my personal vacation to interfere with their desire to stay at Karin's Place. The only solution is a return visit!
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Best Thanksgiving Ever!

  • 5 of 5

We have a family tradition of big Thanksgivings, with the extended family now having outgrown even the largest of our homes. Rather than break up the act, we have rented houses for the last couple of years. We are too big for last year's rental but we found Karin's Place. It had everything we needed - including beds for everyone. This house is amazing in so many different ways and is very well-equipped for a crowd - plenty of dishes, glassware, pots and pans, a commercial 6 burner stove top, two large ovens and two refrigerators, with enough counter space to cook up a storm and feed a small army. And great spaces, including a performance space, which we actually used for a performance. Because of the weather we didn't spend much time outside, except for the kids, who loved the playground. The big kids loved the hot tub. Everybody had a great time and loved the house - and there were many conversations about coming here again for other occasions. And Jenny is fabulous! She is very accommodating and totally commited to making her guests comfortable and happy. Could not have asked for more!!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm sorry I didn't get to meet the later arrivals but I'm glad I got to meet the bulk of the group. Val and Kit - you were absolutely delightful and I really enjoyed our additional bonding time with both your site visit and your earlier arrival. You two just have the best energy and I'm thrilled that you and your family added it to the warmth of Karin's Place. I do hope to see you again!
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Great weekend!!!

  • 5 of 5

Every year we do our fantasy football draft in a new location and this year we decided to go to Karin's Place. It was unbelievable! We would highly recommend this to anyone - the hot tub, heated pool, fire pit, and about a billion other amenities were so much fun. Definitely would book again!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Guys! It was great to have you. One might be wary hearing about a group of men only coming for a football event... this group was totally respectful and left the house pretty much as they found it. Definitely would invite them to come back any time! Still trying to figure out the message left in the guest book though... :-D
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A Cut Out of Time

  • 5 of 5

Every person in our family enjoyed the relaxation of this unique setting but each one discovered rooms or areas that appealed especially to them. The well-stocked playroom was a popular place and large enough to accommodate train tracks from home. Grandpa practiced saxophone and piano on the stage, was joined by the more musically inclined and drew an audience away from the pool table. Grandma enjoyed reading in the flower garden but was lured away by the children on the pirate ship and in the pool. Sitting on the deck in perfect silence in early mornings was a treat. We found several family activities and restaurants within a short driving distance but time did not allow us to do everything we had planned. Two true highlights were the visit to a sheep farm across the road and the demonstration of the collection of symphonians and antique music boxes. This demonstration was given by our charming and hospitable hostess, Jenny, who adds her own special touches to make each visit unforgettable. .

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was my pleasure hosting this family! Thank you for such nice words. Hope to see you again!
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Wonderful Graduation Weekend

  • 5 of 5

The house was great for hosting family and friends for my son's college graduation

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Karin's Place for your stay! Congratulations on his graduation once again. You must be so so so proud!
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
Albany International
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Hops & Vines
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Taconic Golf Club
Nearest Train
39 Miles
Nearest Motorway
37 Miles
Route 87
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
24 Miles
Jiminy Peak
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $350 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $750
Tax Rate 9.0%

The $1200 fee is for the first ten people. Additional people: $49/night/person.

If there are no children, the limit is 24 adults. I do make exceptions. If there are children, the limit is 30 people.

$840 discount for weekly rentals;
No ADDITIONAL guest charges for children under age five;
$15/person/night discount on ADDITIONAL guests between ages 5 and 12
Send a request for an updated quote reflecting these discounts.

This house is perfect for events such as wedding rehearsal dinners, parties, concerts, corporate meetings etc. Additional fees and rules apply. Weddings: indoor reception limit of 75 people, outdoor tented reception limit of 200 people (limit of 2 per year). Please send a query for the pricing.

There are also other services that you can request for added fees (eg. advance grocery shopping, daily maid service, hiring my suggested cook, etc.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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