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Writers, Naturalists ... Vacation in the Green Mountains

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Peaceful Setting - 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, mountain and pasture view

Our charming 1830’s farmhouse is situated on 50 acres of open fields and wild apple and maple sugar orchards, nestled in the Green Mountain National Forest. 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.

There is plenty of recreational opportunities in the area. Vermont's famous Long Trail is a short hike away from the house. The Green Mountain National Forest provides excellent hiking opportunities on Mount Moosalamoo, Romance Mountain, Mt. Horrid and Silver Lake. Easy access to swimming and quiet boating is available on Lake Dunmore and Branbury State Park, Silver Lake and Sugar Hill Reservoir. Access some of the best mountain bike in Vermont at the Blueberry Hill, Silver Lake, Chandler Ridge and Leicester Hollow trails, plus Chatfield Loop and Minnie Baker trails.

The house is easy driving distance to Middlebury College's Bread Loaf Campus in Ripton, as well as the towns of Brandon and Middlebury. Brandon is only 15 minutes away and offers several wonderful restaurants, grocery store, boutiques, library, art galleries and local history museum. Middlebury is about 30 minutes away and offers a vibrant arts community and charming downtown, as well as all that Middlebury College has to offer. Burlington is one hour to the north and we are a short drive away from most of Vermont's top attractions.

Bedrooms: One downstairs bedroom with a queen bed, second upstairs room with a double bed, and a third upstairs 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 wood stove. 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 for six.

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

Heat: Home is heated with a wood stove – all wood is provided.

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.

Farmhouse is available for Rental from April 15 - November 30. Closed during the winter months.

More Details

Stephanie Zak Jerome
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 9, 2018

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 for K-12 classrooms and teachers.

Stephanie Zak Jerome purchased this house in 2006

Why Stephanie Zak Jerome chose Goshen

We purchased this hilltop farm as a weekend getaway, and for the beautiful pastures where our sheep graze during the spring, summer and fall. We harvest the wild apple trees - and every fall we make cider from the delicious, tart apples. In the spring, we tap the maple trees and make enough syrup for our family and friends. The views are magnificent and we find much relaxation in our mountain home.

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 biking, xc skiing, hiking, swimming, boating, birding and fishing. Many of our guests are writers, and find the location a wonderful place to work and vacation.

The farmhouse is just a short drive for those attending MIddlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English in Ripton, Vt. We have many Middlebury College parents and alumni rent our home for Parent's Weekend and Graduation - just 30 minutes away from campus.


Goshen House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • 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 bedrooms
  • Stocked with soap and shampoo, hair drier, towels
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 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
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • 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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Writers, Naturalists ... Vacation in the Green Mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

The Heart of the Country

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we've stayed on the farm. It's a dream come true: relaxing, quiet, perfect for thought--situated in the radiant hills of Vermont, seven sheep to keep us company. The hosts left the place completely equipped in all aspects. Lovely. Couldn't ask for anything more.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Robert, We are pleased that you enjoyed your second stay in Goshen. You had the most perfect September weather! We look forward to seeing you again, Stephanie and Brian
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Beautiful Property for a Peaceful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing summer at the farm surrounded by the beauty of Vermont—friendly sheep for neighbors, beautiful mountain views, hiking and walking trails, and fresh blueberries at the state blueberry management area (which is just down the road)—what more could you ask for?!! The peace and quiet was just what we needed, and we were still close enough to Brandon and Middlebury to still take advantage of all they had to offer. Stephanie and Brian were the perfect hosts—available when/if we needed them, but otherwise left us to our own devices. We spent 6 full weeks here and were still sad to say goodbye when we left! Such a special spot; we’ll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melanie, We are so pleased that you loved our farmhouse and property. You were great guests and I hope that you will return to Goshen and Bread Loaf in the near future. Stay in touch! Stephanie
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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: August 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: July 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: August 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: July 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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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 and half miles 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

Rent: $1000 per week or $200/night (two night minimum)
VT Rooms and Meals Tax: 9%, no tax if farmhouse is rented for over 30 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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