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Pristine Mountain Farm (w/optional Barn, Ponds, Meadows..)

Bedrooms 12
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Completely private farm, 12 BR house, barn, field, ponds...

(Newer listing) Spacious and comfortable retreat (13 beds, 3.5 baths via 8 bedrooms with 4 lofts) with wood stove/fireplace, large country kitchen with six burner range. Ideal for large gatherings for skiing, hiking, biking, relaxing among a setting of rolling fields, ponds and mountain views all in the center of Vermont's highest mountains. 30 and 40 mins to Sugarbush and Killington, 30 to Middlebury, but AWAY from the crowds - this is real Vermont, not a "resorty" location on a ski access road or the like. 20 minutes or less to Rikert Nordic ski center and the Middlebury Snow Bowl alpine area.

(Pricing on this site is for house only.) Inquire for other features described including retreat/reunion weddings.

Soaring timber-frame 3 story barn for events as well as yoga studio and house to host. House sleeps 23 in beds depending on couples numbers, up to 25+ with kids on sleeping pads. Kitchen and main house can handle 25 or so if needed. World class skiing and biking out the door. 30 mins between Middlebury and Bethel, just south of the Mad River Valley.

This is a place for people who want to get away from the hustle. There's no TV, no sound of a road, no artificial light dimming the stars, no bars close at hand, etc. For those that really want to leave the city behind and enjoy the solitude, beauty, and wonder in an authentic rural Vermont setting.

More Details

Ben Falk
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Ben Falk

I'm a landscape architect and organic farmer that loves to ski, swim and play in central Vermont.

Ben Falk purchased this chateau / country house in 2012

Why Ben Falk chose Rochester

It's an amazingly pristine yet accessible place that we've looked to find for 15 years.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The remoteness, quietude, accessibility, beauty, light, ponds and rolling fields with access to the best of the center of Vermont's Green Mountains is hard to find anywhere else. And we looked!


Rochester Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 separate bathrooms.
  • 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • queen master - 1 queen , has private bath with shower and private sunroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , second downstairs room, shares a bath, has two twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , upstairs queen with private half bath
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , upstairs queen with shared bath
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 9 - 1 double
    Bedroom 11 - 1 double
    Bedroom 12 - 1 twin/ single
  • Nice simple rooms, very clean. Cozy. Tons of space.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Pristine Mountain Farm (w/optional Barn, Ponds, Meadows..)
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Boston, MA

Rustic Cozy Wintery Beauty!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of young scientists from a research university in Boston coming for a weekend retreat to have fun and relax bringing spouses and a couple kids. 21 of us total including two little ones. This place was perfect for a large group with the large kitchen, multiple bathrooms, and plenty of bedrooms. The views were spectacular, and the fireplace was so cozy. We had a fantastic time relaxing, enjoying nearby skiing, exploring Rochester, and just lounging to shared meals and playing games in the evening in the spacious living room. Ben (landlord) was very gracious, providing a gift of some chocolates & local brew for us, offering plenty of firewood, and being just a text away if we needed anything. We would absolutely stay again!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your stay. It was wonderful having your group and would love to have you visit again. Best, Ben and The Falks
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Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

We had our wedding on the property. Just like us, our guests were floored with the set-up. The place was perfect for our wed-fest event. Our friends stayed in the house and camped. House has a campy feel and there isn't much to it, but everyone was comfortable and able to spread out, given the use of the property, yoga studio etc. You just can't beat the pristine natural beauty of this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming! .... We appreciate your stay very much and are continuously improving the place... Best, Ben and Family
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A naturalists/ modern farmers dream!

  • 5 of 5

Our entire experience was flawless from start to finish. I was looking for a location to host my cousins' bachelorette party, and this fit the bill in every way. Laurel is a farmer who loves to jump in bodies of water and spend nights under the stars.

Ben kindly gave us a tour of the property, explaining how the land was zoned, what was planted, and how his work would shape the nearby area in years to come. We swam in the pond, hiked around the property, enjoyed the sauna, and had champagne & s'mores around the fire at night. The house itself is enormous, and we all gaped at the amount of bedrooms and how nicely they were decorated. The kitchen and living area are lovely, and well suited for cooking group dinners, relaxing and playing games. We even utilized the yoga studio before leaving!

Ben was more than accommodating, and the property itself is majestic. Just listening to the wind move through the trees is enough to make you want to book your next stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed your stay Helen. Thanks too for leaving the place in good order, your group was really nice to meet and show around. Glad they were so interested! best, Ben
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A Fantastic Place!

  • 5 of 5

We went with a large group for four days. We had an amazing experience. The house is really well set up, comfortable beds, very good kitchen with everything you need. The barn and the yoga studio are so lovely to be in. And the land is magical. Two ponds to swim in and a gorgeous view of the mountains. Ben is really taking care of the place. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying on the farm - so glad you appreciated the place. We look forward to your return!
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AMAZING getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most magical time at Ben's farmhouse. First of all, the love that he has put into the space is palpable- he has handmade furniture, perfectly curated each room-- to give it an incredibly warm and welcoming feel. We had 20 people stay there including a 6-year old and a 4-year old kid and we didn't feel cramped at all - yet it still retained its intimacy. Ben was also incredibly helpful- i was getting an order of flowers to the house for my wedding and he put a note up for fed-ex so they would leave it at the door.

The property is also incredible- ponds, mountains, and stillness. It also boasts a yoga studio with huge glass windows and a porch-- we practiced there every morning and meditated as a group.

We all left feeling like we walked out of a magical fairy-tale.

Thank you so much for making our wedding weekend incredible-- our families and bridal parties got to bond and we all made new friends and unforgettable memories. I highly recommend this place for anyone wanting to get away, reconnect with themselves, and the pure essence of Vermont.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for coming and for being a respectful group who appreciated the special place. Best, Ben
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Great house for a big crew

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a long February weekend for skiing at Sugarbush and the house was great. Roughly 18 of us and had plenty of room. The kitchen is huge and works great for big meals. Ben was very accommodating and replied quickly if we had any questions about the house.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your stay Mike.. It was great hosting you and we appreciate your respectful communicative group. We'd love to host you again. Best, Ben
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Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Sugarbush, Killington, Middlebury Snow Bowl

Heart of the Green Mountains and Vermont - epicenter of the best skiing in the east. Wold class mountain and road biking literally out the front door. Woods and dirt road walks endlessly. Pond and river swimming and much more. A natural playground.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & trash removal $277 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 7.0%

Minimum rental for exclusive use of house is $575 per night, $55 additional p/p beyond 6 people.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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