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Perfect Vacation Spot for Writers, Athletes and Naturalists

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Goshen House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, large porch with mountain and pasture views

Our charming 1830’s farmhouse is situated on 50 acres of open fields, wild apple trees and maple sugar orchards, and along a dirt road. The house is easy driving distance to Breadloaf Campus in Ripton, Brandon, and Middlebury.

The home has three bedrooms, one and one-half bathrooms, galley kitchen with pantry, dining room and living room. All freshly painted, with new electrical and plumbing throughout. Relax on the large porch with Adirondack chairs and breathtaking views of the Green Mountains. A flock of seven sheep graze on the pastures. There are lovely walking trails, and a campfire and picnic area in the fields surrounding the farmhouse. The Long Trail and Moosalamoo Area of the Green Mountain National Forest provides excellent hiking opportunities. Easy access to quiet boating is available on Silver Lake and Sugar Hill Reservoir.

Bedrooms: Two bedrooms with double beds, and a third bedroom with two twin beds. Accommodates 6 people. All linens are provided.

Bathrooms: Full bath downstairs and half-bath upstairs – towels provided

Kitchen: Fully equipped galley kitchen with pantry and all cooking and eating utensils. Large refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, double sink, coffee maker, toaster and microwave.

Living Room: Cozy seating area with braided rugs, comfortable couch, armchair, rocking chair and woodstove. Small TV and DVD player.

Dining Room: Antique table with seating for up to 6 people

Porch: Southerly views of the Green Mountains and Taconics with Adirondack chairs and dining area

Extras: Gas grill for outdoor cooking. Picnic area, and campfire in the upper apple orchard with unbelievable views.

Heat: Home is heated with a woodstove – wood is provided and stored in the attached barn.

Sheep: Our flock of seven sheep graze on the two pastures during the summer months. Caution - there is electric wire on the interior of the fence. The sheep are self sufficient, but we do check on them several times a week.

Farmhouse is available for Rental from April 1 - November 30. Closed during the winter months.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Stephanie Zak Jerome
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 12, 2016
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About Stephanie Zak Jerome

We use the farmhouse on weekends, it is only a short distance away from our home in Brandon. Our business is Visual Learning Systems, where we produce educational science videos and teacher's guides, etextbooks and online video subscriptions for K-12 classrooms and teachers.

Stephanie Zak Jerome purchased this house in 2006

Why Stephanie Zak Jerome chose Lake Champlain Valley

We purchased this hilltop farm as a weekend getaway, and for the beautiful pastures where our sheep graze during the spring, summer and fall. There are also many wild apple trees - and every fall we make cider from these delicious, tart apples. In the spring, we tap the maple trees and make enough syrup for our family and friends.

What makes this house unique

The property is one of the few remaining farms with open fields in Goshen. The land is situated next to the Green Mountain National Forest which provides endless possibilities of outdoor recreation, including xc skiing, hiking, swimming, boating, birding and fishing.

Great location for those attending Bread Loaf School of English.


based on 8 traveler reviews

Perfect Vacation Spot for Writers, Athletes and Naturalists
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Lovely, Lyrical

  • 5 of 5

The farm is like a painting of the Vermont hills. Surrounding the house is private pasture where seven serene sheep spend the day grazing. The hosts are affable, welcoming, and generous. The house is warm, welcoming, and well-supplied with whatever you'd need. Two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in Goshen and were able to enjoy the peak foliage. Come back again and thanks for being wonderful guests!
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Amazing week at the Carlisle hill farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the farmhouse for a week in July, and everything about the stay was amazing. We picked blueberries down the road in the Blueberry Management area, went swimming and kayaking at Lake Dunmore, and hiked out to Silver Lake. On the one rainy morning, we sat on the porch and drank tea while reading. It was perfect! We also loved trying restaurants in Brandon and Middlebury, and every morning and evening we took a walk around the property to say hello to the sheep. We love Vermont!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ruth, Glad that you loved the farmhouse and all that the area has to offer! Hope that you were able to visit your friends at Breadloaf and get time to write, too. Stephanie
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Scenic views

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed everything about our stay at the Carlisle hill farmhouse. The house itself was comfortable and loaded with character. The grounds offered a trail for walking, visiting the sheep and beautiful views. The porch was a great spot for reading and just hanging out. We hiked to Silver Lake and did the Robert Frost trail, we visited a couple local breweries, the farmers market in Brandon, as well as a great French bakery and some interesting shops in downtown Brandon. Great location!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you had such a nice time visiting our corner of Vermont! Hope that you can come and visit us again.
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Gloriously peaceful farmhouse on a quiet road in the Green mountains: perfect respite from city life

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the farmhouse the week of July 4, 2016. It was wonderful. The house had all the amenities necessary for a week-long vacation away from hustle and bustle. The owners are gracious and helpful without being obtrusive. If we can get free, we'll be back next summer. Five stars if you're looking for a peaceful, rustic home where you can soak in the quiet and the nature. Any downsides are common to all farmhouses: if you want luxury--heated floors in the bathroom and turn-down service--stay at a hotel. We'll come back here, though.

1. The house: the house is an updated farmhouse that has been renovated to ensure comfort. The kitchen comes complete with full-size fridge, oven and stove with electric range, dishwasher, and all the cookware, flatware and utensils you could need. We shopped at a local farmer's market (recommended by the owners) and then cooked every night at the house. When the weather cooperated, we cooked outside on the grill. The property has a couple of different fire-pits for those inclined to hot dogs and smores one evening. We played games in the living room at night (though the couch is also well-appointed for napping) in front of a wood-burning stove. One bedroom downstairs (with full bath) and two bedrooms upstairs (with half-bath) and a day bed. The house could comfortably sleep six or more. (Though note: the walls and floorboards are slightly thin, and one bedroom is directly above the other).

2. The property: the owners keep a flock of sheep and half of the property is dedicated to a couple of fields (paddocks? pastures? who knows) for them. The fields are ringed with an electric fence to keep predators out, so you can walk past the sheep in the morning, but you can't walk up to them. Beyond the sheep fields, the property extends back through an old apple orchard and up a hillside into a maple grove. Climbing the hill at sunrise and sunset gives a glorious view of the surrounding hills and mountains. The sheep come out to greet you when you walk past their pasture.

3. The nearby amenities: the owners left us a great map of the nearby hiking and swimming options. Using that map, we hiked into Silver Lake, and we drove to one of the other lakes. We spent a day hiking the Long Trail from the nearest intersection. Brandon (quaint with a lovely cafe for pastries) and Middlebury are close by.

We were enchanted with this place and happily recommend it to you.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. I can see that you love our Goshen farmhouse as much as we do. Hope to see you soon!
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Excellent stay in a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

The farmhouse is a wonderful vacation home. It is fully equipped, comfortable and cozy. The views are amazing and hiking nearby was exactly what we wanted. The location is close to the towns of Brandon and Middlebury for groceries, restaurants, and shopping in small stores but far enough away to feel like you are really "away from it all." Stephanie and Brian have made this farmhouse into a vacation destination all on its own. We'll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect getaway from everything. Very quiet and relaxing. The owners Brian and Stephanie were very nice hosts greeting us with fresh garden vegetables. The wood stove was great! My wife I enjoyed snuggling up on the couch in front of it. The house is perfectly located right next to many hiking trails and close to the town of Brandon where there are many quaint little shops. We enjoyed a wonderful anniversary dinner at Café Provence downtown and recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6.5 Miles
Center Street Bar - Brandon
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Champlain Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Neshobe Golf Course - Brandon
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Rte 73
Nearest Restaurant
6.5 Miles
Café Provence - Brandon
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Middlebury Snow Bowl - Ripton/Hancock
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Branbury State Park - Lake Dunmore
Car: necessary

The farmhouse is only 6.5 miles from Brandon’s village center where you can enjoy its many shops, restaurants and galleries, 19 miles from Middlebury, 8 miles from Middlebury College’s Breadloaf Campus, and one mile from Blueberry Hill Inn. The property is located within the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area – offering endless walking, hiking and mountain biking trails. Swim or kayak at nearby Silver Lake or Sugar Hill Reservoir and fish in the local trout streams or small lakes. Visit Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore for excellent beach, swimming and boating. This is the location of several triathalons each summer.

Great Restaurants in Brandon (Cafe Provence) and in Middlebury (Storm Cafe and American Flatbread)


Rates & Availability

Goshen House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rent: $975 per week or $200/night (two night minimum)

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Goshen House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , First floor bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , 2nd floor half bathroom, convenient to upstairs bedroom
  • Stocked with soap and shampoo, hair drier, towels
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bright and cheery bedrooms, good lighting, charming furnishings.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
I would be glad to give a references for caterers, chefs, babysitters and housekeepers.

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