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Renata Hron Gomez

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

'the duck & dog' Green Mountain Retreat

11 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Lake Champlain Valley Lodge Rental Photos and Description

10 acre property in National Recreation Area of the Green Mountains

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.

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Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Renata Hron Gomez (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Renata Hron Gomez

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

Why Renata Hron Gomez chose Lake Champlain Valley

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.

What makes this lodge unique

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.

Reviews

4.9
based on 11 traveler reviews

'the duck & dog' Green Mountain Retreat
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews
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The house was lovely and nicely appointed

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome mountain retreat!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're thrilled that you had a pleasant stay - even with Mother Nature doing her best to try to mar it. Glad your four-legged family member enjoyed the space equally as much as your family. Many thanks for choosing the duck & dog for your trip!
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5

Unique Remote Vermont Home

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Lovely Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, and our two Wheaten terriers, rented the Duck & Dog for a month this summer. As soon as we arrived at the home, we knew that it was going to be perfect for our retreat. The home sits back in the forest in an idyllic and natural setting away from everything. There was no need for Air Conditioning or heat during our stay and we loved sleeping with the windows open at night. The home has everything that you could possibly need, including small luxuries such as utensils to cook smores over the fire and bicycles. We enjoyed building fires outdoors at night and cooking our dinner over the open flames while we listened to the sounds of animals rustling in the woods. We had coffee in the mornings on the deck, enjoying the solemnity of the setting.

Wonderful hiking trails such as Silver Lake, Goshen Dam, and Mt Moosalamoo were each less than 15 minute drives from the home. In fact, one could walk about 2 miles from the house and reach a trail to Silver Lake. One weekend, we drove 30 minutes to Stockton for river tubing. Another weekend, we drove about an hour to hike the Bucklin trail at Killington. Branbury state park was also nearby for swimming. So, too, was a blueberry reserve where we picked blueberries to make pancakes. We enjoyed venturing out to Middlebury or Rutland when we needed a taste of the city, and enjoyed delicious meals at American Flatbread, Harvest Moon café, and Table 24.

Duck & Dog was a wonderful escape from the city, unlike any other vacation. We hope to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hawaii friends

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Duck and Dog house and property! We would go back in a heartbeat! We thank the hosts for allowing us to stay at their house and enjoy the beauty of rural Vermont! I can't think of one problem or issue to complain about. Just beautiful and peaceful. We made some great memories there! And the dogs loved it too! Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Rutland
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Amtrak in Rutland
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
The Waybury Inn
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Branbury State Park at Lake Dunmore
Car: necessary

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.

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Rates & Availability

Lake Dunmore Lodge Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
$160
$950
$3,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $240
Tax Rate 9.0%

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.

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Amenities

Lake Champlain Valley Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5 and refreshing outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This bedroom is a spacious loft with door
  • Queen size Beds (2) Each bedroom includes a queen size bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Euro lounger in loft converts into a double bed. There is also a double high queen size air bed.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Refreshing outdoor shower; Large outdoor campfire pit ; Storage of guests' bikes and other 'toys' in shed; board games and lawn games available

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