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Secluded, 200 Yr Old Country Estate in 4 Season Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe, VT, USA
  • Chateau / Country House4300 sqft
  • Bedrooms7
  • Sleeps20
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 6 nights

3 Building, 7 bedroom Family Farm Compound, Sleeps 20, 280 degree Mountain Views

Pristine Lilac Hill includes 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in three separate dwellings set high up on an 11 acre hilltop, surrounded by an 800 acre working farm. The property is centrally positioned within 1 mile of downtown Stowe and about 7 miles from Stowe Mountain Resort. Each of the 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens and both family rooms have recently been decorated and renovated. The living room is spacious with seating for 15 in front of a large central fireplace. The dining room features a wood cooking hearth/fireplace and corner cabinets. All first floor rooms are adorned with original hand hewed beams and the unique architecture of this 1827 farmhouse. Lilac Hill is perfect for family reunions or groups of 2-3 families to share. During the winter months there are hills for sledding, X-country and Snowmobiling trails, including the VAS (Vermont Association of Snowmobiles) trail system which passes about 100 yards from Lilac Hill and extends for hundreds of miles. The rolling terrain of our ridge top property features two ponds, tennis court and swimming pool spotted with apple trees and numerous gardens including 15 different species of Lilacs. 8 months of the year your mornings begin with cows grazing in the meadows, fish jumping and often large Audubon birds seen around the ponds. Many guests have suggested our house and property reminds them of an old Connecticut Country Estate. Stone wall lined gardens, terraced landscapes, cows and mountain landscapes make Lilac Hill the perfect family retreat during all four seasons. All aspects of Lilac Hill are fully restored and maintained. Lilac Hill was designed to provide the incredible outdoor life offered by the surrounding mountains of Stowe VT. No matter the season, we love our property and appreciate what it does to bring our large family closer together. We hope it does the same for you.


Ward and Nancy Bitter

Member Since 2013
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within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 12, 2018
About Ward and Nancy Bitter

We raised 6 children to embrace the outdoor life we were exposed to growing up. Now, with the addition of 9 grandchildren our family often comes together at our Lilac Hill and SugarMill properties to enjoy the beautiful surrounding mountains, waterfalls and ever changing weather found all around our property. Stowe provides our family with incredible 'Farm to Table' foods, competitive and challenging outdoor activities, many 'top rated' restaurants, diverse natural surroundings, and a world renowned Cultural Arts Center, In addition to the natural beauty of Stowe, we now believe Stowe has been completely restored to one of the most respected and complete resort offerings in the world. Stowe is back and we are thrilled to have chosen Stowe as our family retreat. Come and breathe what Stowe has for you.

Ward and Nancy Bitter purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2007

Why Ward and Nancy Bitter chose Morristown

We were exposed to this property by accident. We were on a one week vacation in Stowe and during a 'bad' snow day we decided to look at some houses for fun. When we came across Lilac Hill, we immediately knew the ice encased property was hiding something special from most 'viewers.' We picked up the resident family photo album and sat down to view the pictures for 1 hour. As designers we quickly realized that someone living at Lilac Hill had a master plan. One of them was a well know designer from Montreal, and we saw the results of her taste and care as she beautifully adorned interior rooms as well as how carefully landscaped and planted her numerous gardens had been.. Actually, I think once we saw the pictures of the cows grazing in all surrounding fields within view of most of the rooms in the main house we know that Lilac Hill was the farm we wanted to own without having to do all the heavy lifting of the actual farm work.

What makes this Chateau / Country House unique

Unique views, incredible landscape, close proximity to the center of Stowe and Mountain Road. One of the rare, centrally located, perfect "high" mountain view properties in Northern Vermont. It continues to be our family's personal, 4 season resort, while being located only minutes from the heart of Stowe. Restaurants, shops, special events, hiking, climbing, swimming, and of course some of the best skiing in the world. Lilac Hill and Stowe provides us with the best living, playing, and quality of life amenities most people only dream about. We are living our dreams and we feel blessed own it and to be able to share it with others.


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen, 1 child bed
      • MH-Orange
        1 queen
      • MH - Pink
        1 double, 2 twin/ single
      • MH - Yellow
        2 twin/ single
      • MH-Lilac
        1 double
      • Guest House-Bunk Room
        7 twin/ single
      • Stable Cottage
        1 queen, Separate Cottage with full bath and wood stove
      • The Master Bedroom in the main house is on the first floor and is wheelchair accessible. The Master Bathroom has a tub and separate shower.


      • 5 Bathrooms
      • MH - Master
        toilet, tub, shower
      • MH - Downstairs
        toilet, shower
      • MH - Upstairs
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Cottage
        toilet, shower
      • Guest House - Downstairs
        toilet, shower
      • All Bathrooms have been completely renovated with new fixtures, marble counter tops and all new tile work.

      Location Type

        • Golf Course View
          Just out of view but literally just a few hundred yards "drive" to Stowe's most popular course for public use.
        • Mountain View
          Set alongside 1000 acres of conservation and farmland. We have 280 degree views of both the Worcester Range to the east and the Green Mountains to the West. We are just 3 crow miles from Mt Mansfield
        • Resort
          Lilac Hill hosts its own private tennis court and pool. The Stowe Resort is 7 road miles away and is now considered one of the premier all year vacation resorts in the world.
        • Rural
          The high, ridge lined, property sits surrounded by 130 Land Trusted meadows and 800 acres of active dairy farm lands. Cows all around for 8 months/year. During winter they are open for Xcountry skiing
        • Ski-In
          to extensive cross country trails on property. (VAS trails).
        • Ski-Out
          to extensive cross country trails on the property. (VAS Trails)
        • Village
          The village of Stowe sits less than 1 mile below us and can be easily accessed by snowmobile, bike, Xcountry skiing, or by walking.
        • Water View
          There are streams around property and a large pond directly in front of the house and cottage. We use it for swimming in summertime, and skating in winter.
        • Waterfront
          There are 2 lakes within 8 miles Several well known waterfalls, dozens of rivers and streams, 2 ponds and a pool right on the property. Our large clear pond also has a canoe to use.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      Fresh Linens on all bedding. Please strip beds on final day of visit. Thank you.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      In basement of main house
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      We have oil primary burner in the main house. The guest house has a gas burner and radiant heating. The main house also has a gas back up Rinnai heater in the boot room.
                    • Internet
                      Both the houses have WiFi.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Fireplace
                      Both houses have large LR/Family room fireplaces. The main house also has a cooking hearth and MBR fireplace. The cottage has a wood burning stove.
                    • Living Room
                      Main house has a large LR seating for 18. the Guest (Foster Home) House has seating for 18 in it's Family Room.
                    • Parking
                    • Telephone
                      Wall phone present for US calls only
                    • Towels Provided
                      Fresh towels in all bathrooms. Laundry machines in basement if needed.
                    • Washing Machine
                      In basement of main house
                    • Wood Stove
                      in the cabin only


                        • Coffee Maker
                          On counter
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Any broken dishes and utensils are the responsibility of renter to report and pay for repair or replacement. We appreciate hearing of damages in advance rather than having reports from housekeepers.
                        • Dishwasher
                          2 dishwashers/ One dishwasher in each house.
                        • Kitchen
                          Each house has it's own kitchen. The main house has a wood cooking hearth built in the kitchen/dining area. There are 2 outside grills/ behind the main house on patio and one next to meadow pool.
                        • Microwave
                          One in the main house kitchen (duel purpose oven and microwave)
                        • Oven
                          Microwave convection and wall oven in the main house.
                        • Pantry Items
                          no foods are to be left behind however, basic pantry items such as spices, oils, etc are provided.
                        • Refrigerator
                          one in the main kitchen and one in the Foster (guest) Home.
                        • Stove
                          All new Stoves/ 2 in the main house kitchen and one in the Foster (guest) house kitchen
                        • Toaster
                          On Counter


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              The Main House has two dinning areas that seat a total of 12. The Foster Home has one dinning area that seats 8, however the Forster Home has auxiliary seating for 14 +
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  All available
                                • Stereo
                                  Portable Bose system in Foster Home
                                • Television
                                  In MBR, LR and Guest House family Rooms
                                • Toys
                                  Always some on hand for our 9 grandchildren.


                                    • Boat
                                      we keep a canoe in the pond. swimming and use of canoe is at your own risk.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Two Patio areas. in Courtyard of main house and one by the Pool in lower meadow.
                                    • Golf
                                      golf at bottom of Weeks Hill road and 6 other golf course within 5 miles
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      4 acres of lawns, 12 strutured gardens, sculpted trees and scrubs
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      2 grills. One on back patio and one by the Field Pool. Wood burning Pits on property.
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      We got the snow. Bring your own gear!
                                    • Tennis
                                      Tennis court on property


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Throughout first floor of the main house, plus the entire first floor area of the guest house.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Private Pool
                                              We have a heated pool in the meadow below the house. the pond is also clean and normally used for swimming or canoeing

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Car Available
                                                • Concierge


                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • library
                                                    • playground
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • synagogues

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sledding

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hot air ballooning
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • ski privileges optional
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snowboarding
                                                                • snowmobiling
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis


                                                                    • Being as close as we are to the center of Stowe Village, it is almost impossible to find such a remote property with all that Lilac Hill offers.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      6 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Beautiful house, perfect for a group

                                                                      Frank FUnited States

                                                                      We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at the Bitter's house. It is a beautiful location, up on a hill with nice views. The pool, pond, tennis court and lawn games gave plenty for our crew to do. The house itself is well appointed and easily holds a large group. We had 16 people in total, and were able to put the kids in the bunk room, and then plenty of bedrooms for adults that had nice queen / double beds. The house has a warm and welcoming feel. Would definitely stay here again!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Stowe Vermont has had a long and well documented positive impact on millions of people who have visited it over the past 200 years but what is happening now is unprecedented.

                                                                      Stowe was always one of the premier, special places to visit in North America. However, what is going on is very special. It is no longer just another seasonal great place to be. It is now a growing and prosperous home to many new families. People of all ages, with children and without are coming to Stowe to get a taste of the "Farm to Table" and now the "Brewery to Glass" establishments that have almost double in the past 10 years. Things are happening "Up" Mountain (Stowe Resort) and "Down" (Stowe Village). I have heard it said that Stowe offers the "Best of the Best" 10 square miles of Mountains, Lakes, Rivers and Forests for bikers, hikers, skiers, climbers, swimmers, ballooners, flyers and just those who like to sit back and chill.

                                                                      This is why we came to Stowe and purchased the Lilac Hill Estate. It was what we wanted to offer and provide for our loved ones and it was our way to bring all members of our family together as often as possible. We love our property and as guests we are thrilled that our guests find happiness in our wonderful Northern Vermont lifestyle. Thank you for staying with us. Ward and Nancy Bitter

                                                                      Re: Amazing House for large families!!

                                                                      Tertius B.

                                                                      We stayed at Lilac Hill for our wedding week and had the best time! We Had 12 Adults and 6 Children in total on the property. We all had plenty of space for everyone and we couldn't have been happier! The house is beautifully decorated. We loved hanging with all the family in the living room with a roaring fire. The kitchen is very well equipped and we cooked up a storm! I did a lot of research on family houses in Stowe and Lilac hill is the best one out there, hands down! The Bitter's are amazing host, they helped us with all our needs and we quick to answer all our calls.

                                                                      Can't say enough good things!!

                                                                      Thanks again, Ward and Nancy!


                                                                      Mary Kay W.

                                                                      Lilac Hill is truly deserving of a five star rating. From the endless monogrammed towels, sumptuous bedding, comfortable and inviting spaces for gathering, to the exquisitely equipped kitchen, you will feel pampered and pleased. We were a group of four couples enjoying the fall foliage, reconnecting and making new memories. Our host Ward, was very gracious and helpful, but never interfered. He gave us wonderful suggestions for hikes and restaurants. We could not have been more pleased, Lilac Hill is quite special, very private with acres of beautiful spaces, but walking distance to town. We are all hoping to return soon!

                                                                      Country Relaxation and Adventure

                                                                      Richard C.

                                                                      Lilac Hill is an idyllic country estate with charm and class. Plenty to do with the pool, pond and tennis court, rolling lawns and perfect kitchen. Only minutes to all the action in Stowe, but no need to leave the property if relaxation is your first choice. Owner is very responsive and accommodating.


                                                                      MikeNew York, NY

                                                                      My wife and I had our wedding up on this estate, it was epic, it was a winter wonderland and the owners were so accommodating it was truly amazing. I am really pushing my cousin to get married up here in the fall or at least come up after the wedding.

                                                                      Excellent House!

                                                                      Michael S.

                                                                      I used this house for a summer golf trip--not only was it in great shape, but it is in a beautiful location, and a great piece of land. The lake and pool was definitely a plus for the hot summer days. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Hi Michael,

                                                                      Thank you for taking the time to respond. We are new to the home rental business and wish to avoid some of the caveats that so many home renters experience. We love our property (Lilac Hill) in Stowe and wish to protect it by being careful and selective as possible. This Fall, we are making additional upgrades to the facilities and interior design of some of the rooms.

                                                                      Thank you again for being such considerate guests this summer!

                                                                      E. Ward Bitter


                                                                      Stowe, VT, USA

                                                                      As you drive up Weeks Hill Rd (3/4 mile up), just as you see the cow crossing sign on your right side, turn into our driveway on your left. The sign reads Lilac Hill 1213 or Sugar Mill 1249.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

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                                                                      By agreeing to rent Lilac Hill you are accepting all liability for use of the property including and not limited to knowledge and use of pool, tennis court, ponds and other potential hazards associated with our mountain resort home located at 1213 Weeks Hill Road, Stowe VT 05672. Water hazards are not fenced and must be monitored at all times! This includes staying off the ponds when they appear frozen. The warm spring water that feeds the ponds may prevent them from freezing solid. Please stay off the ice and be aware that there are several water hazards in and around Lilac Hill. Although we have different pricing for different times of the year feel free to contact me directly to discuss specific terms for your desired visit times. Damage deposit payment of $3000 is refundable within 7 days of check out, assuming there are no damages. if something is damaged a photograph of the damage and an estimate to repair will be sent with following notification of damage within 14 days to settle the damage amount. The balance of the damage deposit will be returned to you (our Guest) within 14 days if estimate is accepted in writing by Guest. Thank you.

                                                                      6 Reviews
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