|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This mountain retreat is nestled inside the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area of Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest. It sits down in a hollow on 10 private, densely wooded acres at the end of a narrow, canopied gravel road one mile from the closest public thoroughfare.
When here, you will find yourself in the heart of wilderness surrounded by a forest of ash, cherry, sugar maple, beech, birch, hemlock, hickory, northern red oak, spruce, balsam fir and white pine. You may also be visited by the occasional squatter such as black bear, moose, deer or flock of wild turkeys.
The property is strategically built on granite ledge on land that slopes toward a babbling brook and an old overgrown logging road (great for hiking and spotting wildlife).
It is a crossroads for wildlife and extensive bird activity not only because there are no nearby roads or neighborly activity, but because of its extensive granite ledges all along the brook's ravine walls where animals search for forage and take shelter.
The house will comfortably sleep 6-8 people. It consists of 2 BR each with a queen bed, and an additional spacious sun-filled loft leading out to a cedar deck with breathtaking foliage views. Loft includes a convertible full-size lounger and queen-sized air mattress with additional floor space for sleeping bags. It has 1.5 baths, plus a refreshing outdoor shower.
The entire kitchen was just renovated and includes new stainless steel appliances as well as all kitchen utensils and dishware, such as a cuisinart grind & brew coffeemaker, mini food processor, blender and toaster oven.
Enjoy sitting on the new front and back cedar decks or around the fire pit absorbing the beauty and sounds (many wild birds) of the tree canopy rising from the babbling brook.
Included in the rental are all amenities such as high speed wireless internet, DISH network, local and domestic long distance calling, DVD player, ipod docking stereo, bedding and towels. There are board games and some lawn games available, as well as the use of two adult and one children's bicycle.
Ducks and dogs always stay free. However, please keep them off the furniture.
With roots in CT and CA and as Middlebury College graduates, central VT was an annual excursion. When looking for a retreat, we discovered this remote lodge and immediately knew it was the place for us. The ‘duck and dog’ offers tranquility and isolation yet is within a short scenic drive to “civilization” – the well-known Waybury Inn; Middlebury’s Breadloaf Campus and Snowbowl; Robert Frost Country; Brandon’s quaint, picturesque downtown; Branbury State Park and the Falls of Lana; and Silver Lake which can only be accessed by foot or bike, thereby preserving its peaceful surroundings. It’s the perfect combination of access and isolation – one that fits our lifestyle to a tee.
Renata Hron Gomez purchased this lodge in 2009
We searched within the Ripton (East Middlebury), Hancock, Rochester and Goshen quadrant and found the duck and dog. It's exclusive location inside the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area and proximity to Robert Frost country and other area towns and attractions was very attractive.
This is outdoors at its finest. Because of its isolated location, when you are here, no one will find you or see you. There is no need to drive anywhere to enjoy the wilderness as you can simply walk out your door to enjoy any activity. The area is dense with trees, shrubs and glacier rock formations that exude a serene and tranquil environment.
We absolutely loved our stay at the Duck & Dog. Renata was great at communicating, providing directions, and letting us know how to contact her if we had any questions or needs before arriving. The property is well-maintained and clean. The kids enjoyed the puzzles, swings, and outdoor games, as well as the outdoor shower...they thought that was a real treat! Sleeping and seating was plentiful for our large family. Renata checked in during our stay to make sure we had everything we needed. Our kids liked the property so much, they asked if we could go again next year. Definitely a hit! The downsides were few. A fan or two might have been useful on the hottest nights and one of the bike pumps did not work. But, the positives far exceeded these minor negatives. The property was even nicer in person than in the pictures. A nice, quiet getaway!
My husband along with myself and our two friends stayed for a little less than a week at the Duck & Dog, and we loved every single moment of it. The house was tucked away pretty far back in the woods, which some people may not enjoy, but was absolutely perfect for us as we had hoped to enjoy a retreat full of rest and relaxation. During our days we were able to go hiking, blueberry picking, and swimming in a nearby lake with crystal clear waters. Both the grill and the fire pit were lovely during the evenings, and there was ample firewood available in the shed. The kitchen was well-stocked with basic spices, cookware, and modern appliances, and the closest grocery store (a maybe 15-20 minute drive away) had everything we needed for the week. The outside areas were beautiful. Lots of wildflowers leading to the house, beautiful well-kept lawn, and plenty of places to be outside with nature. We kept remarking to ourselves at how many "relaxation spots" there were both inside and outside the house-- places where you could go with a book, an ipad, etc. and just unwind.
We also felt completely welcomed to the home as the owners made themselves completely available to us in case we needed anything at all. When we arrived, we were even greeted by a handwritten card and a complimentary bottle of wine. It truly made a difference to our week feeling as though we could come in, relax, and make ourselves at ease in the property. The owners were amazing throughout the process, and made it known that they were truly happy to help make our stay a pleasant one.
All in all, our experience at the Duck and Dog was truly a lovely one. If our schedules allow, we would love to visit again in the future. :)
The house was lovely and had all the amenities of home. The kitchen had everything you needed. We had one small problem and we contacted the homeowner who was very responsive.
The area was absolutely beautiful but a bit remote.
I would highly recommend this home.
Do yourself a favor and decompress at the Duck and Dog! We were looking for a place to relax with our son and our golden retriever over spring break. It's hard enough to find a place that tolerates dogs, much less one that welcomes them. At the Duck and Dog, our four legged pal romped in the woods, tagged along while we explored Vermont and then crashed by the rustic pellet stove at night while we unwound. The house is super clean, remote enough that you feel like you have the woods to yourself and yet close to some really cute towns and recreational sites. The owners thought of everything and you feel like you're in your own home. After a week, it was tough to leave especially for our dog. Great communication with the owners and clear instructions on every aspect of the home. One piece of advice: A four-wheel drive vehicle works best on the Green Mountain roads.
The Duck and Dog is a beautiful remote home in the Vermont forest. We stayed for a week this fall with our Labrador Retriever. He immediately checked out the water bowls and dog toys left for canine visitors. We enjoyed hiking the trails around Silver Lake which are only a short drive from the house. The yard is so lovely and private. The house was very comfortable with a well equipped kitchen. The owner was very responsive to all communication.
I stayed at D&D with my 2 German Shepherd dogs and loved it. It is definitely hidden - it took me a while to figure out whether the gravel driveway was drivable or just a walking path. Once you drive down, it opens to a beautiful property, so quiet and private. The house was absolutely lovely decorated and it was so clean and comfortable. The pictures definitely don't do justice to how loverly the house is. I would live there if I could! My son who goes to Middlebury College came over and we took the dogs for a walk and it was very nice and peaceful for the entire long walk - we barely saw any cars!
Free blueberry picking at two blueberry management areas maintained by U.S. Forest Service within walking distance. Raspberry and blackberry picking on property as well.
Blaze your own trail to Silver Lake, Falls of Lana and Lake Dunmore or simply hike around the property and surrounds identifying trees and wildlife tracks.
|Refundable damage deposit||$240|
Check-in time is 4pm, while check-out time is noon. Should you need to check in early or check out late, prior notice is required and will depend on other reservations. Should guests fail to check out by noon without prior approval, we reserve the right to use all or a portion of the security deposit to compensate the housekeeper and incoming guests for infringing on their schedules.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.