9 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 30
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 Bennington
This property was passed on 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!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
There are additional fees for parties and events.
The non-smoking policy is strict.
Dogs only. With permission. $100 fee for dogs.
Lots of activities for kids!
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:30 (sleeps up to 24 adults)
Quiet(er) hours outside after 9pm as sound travels in the hills. Exceptions can be made regarding the limit of adults.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Weekend of Fun!
We had a fantastic time at Karin’s place! The house is unreal and has so much to offer! Our group of 15 fit so comfortably and had a blast! There were so many highlights from the fantastic ballroom where we danced the night away to the little details Jenny put in to making our stay memorable! I would absolutely recommend this location to anyone looking for a fun time away with friends and family!
Thank you so much for choosing Karin's Place for your celebration. You were a delightful group and I especially loved your creativity with Demetrius, the tiger! #whereisthetiger
Olson family reunion
There is plenty to do in the surrounding towns. No need to travel far or just stay put and enjoy the house, the pool and the beautiful surroundings. The house is large enough to spread out and with the pool, the pool table, theater room, swing sets and fire pits there is enough for guests of all ages. Two full size refrigerators is a bonus. Plenty of bathrooms and hot water for our entire family. Thank you, we enjoyed our stay.
Soul satisfying long weekend
Our stay at Karin's place was a wonderful weekend retreat. Jenny is super responsive, and a very gracious host to us. She met us to give us a tour, and our whole party couldn't help but to be inspired by the charm of this house. The favorite was the ballroom where the kids created and put on a play. The weather was perfect to enjoy countless hours at the pool, and plenty of pots/pans, and beds to keep us fed and comfy. I would highly recommend this house for large groups.
It was my pleasure to host this group! I can't wait to watch the videos they lovingly shared of the kids' show. I actually have a little time today to do so. I was so charmed by all the kids and especially my young new soul-mate who is going to be a star in one way or another. The parents were pretty great too. :-)
Best multi family vacation ever!!!!!
I really can’t say enough about Karin’s Place and especially about Jenny. She really was what made our entire vacation. From the slippers, earplugs, robes, thorough directions left in each room, we had everything we could possibly need. We even sent a grocery list in advance for a $100 fee which meant we arrived to a fully stocked kitchen with everything we requested. Our group of 12 adults and 11 children were there for Solid Sound in North Adams. Jenny even arranged for a masseuse to come give 8 of us massages. Everyone said the masseuse was AMAZING. Our kids put on a play on the stage which Jenny even stopped by to see!! A few nights, we watched laser disc movies on the giant movie screen that was in the ballroom. One thing i didn’t realize in advance was there was a fire pit tucked into the woods that we had so much fun hanging out and enjoying the stars and Vermont fresh air. At the end of our trip, Jenny met us to say goodbye and what touched my heart the most, was that we didn’t have to clear out the food that was leftover. She arranged for it to go to families in the community that were in need. Our entire group had the best time ever. Everything from the pool, fire pit, sauna, screened in gazebo, kitchen, very extensive movie collection, thousands of books, and ESPECIALLY Jenny made us excited to come back in 2 years to do it all over again. Thank you thank you thank you for opening this home to people. We will never forget our time at Karin’s Place.
This review literally made me shed a few tears. The kids performed and provided punch and cookies that they served me. The entire group embraced the imaginative spirit that Karin's Place is all about. I look forward to the return visit and getting to watch the kids grow! Maybe I will even try to attend Solid Sound next time.
Great stay for a large group
Amazing stay. The property really dazzled us with its features for both kids and adults, and we wish we had a week to stay and truly enjoy it all. Jenny, the host, went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed and really seemed to care that we had an excellent time. Hope to come back in the future!
Thank you so much! I am so glad this group chose Karin’s Place. Nothing warms my heart more that squeals of delight from children when they are going full tilt at Karin’s Place. They didn’t even watch movies because they were so eager to do everything else including putting on a show for the grownup kids. I have the best job in the world!
Wonderful stay for family reunion/graduation
Our family of 25 stayed at Karin's Place last weekend for my son's college graduation, and we took the opportunity to make it into a weekend family reunion. What a wonderful time! The house and surrounding property are incredible. We all loved our stay, and for the children it was an absolute wonderland! So nice to see people throw down their phones and disconnect from media, and connect with each other. Jenny is a wonderful host, very available and responsive. I hope we have occasion to return to Karin's Place, it was absolutely fantastic.
It was a pleasure to host this wonderful family. It was hard for me to believe there were so many children as the house was left so clean! Happy Host. I especially enjoyed the freshly baked croissant that they gifted me when I stopped by to help out. This is why I do what I do. Helping others to make lifetime memories.