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Sam Kinghorn

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

The Alder Brook House

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Essex House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-7)

Welcome to Alder Brook House, your home away from home. Located in Essex Center, Alder Brook House is perfectly situated for enjoying the skiing, hiking and rural touring for which Vermont is famous as well as the shopping, nightlife, theaters and museums of Burlington, Vermont's largest city. Walk to restaurants and shopping in minutes or take a drive in the country that begins right at your front door. Perhaps you’d rather relax at home, cook a meal in the fully equipped kitchen and enjoy it on the spacious rear deck overlooking the comfortable yard and wooded back lot. Enjoy a movie in the sun room or take an evening stroll. Whatever unique Vermont experience you’re looking for, we hope you’ll come see us…and make yourself at home.

Keywords: Extended stay home, Vacation home, Business accommodation, Ranch house

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sam Kinghorn (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

About Sam Kinghorn

Sam and Fran have lived in Essex for about thirty years. Sam grew up in Vermont, Fran in New Jersey. We both love Vermont and think Essex is the perfect spot for us. We have the culture center of the college town of Burlington only minutes away but are still far enough outside to easily enjoy our passions of hiking, biking, boating and outdoor life. Sam's time is divided among the pursuits of writing, cooking and caring for our many guests at Alder Brook House while Franny works as a lab coordinator for the University of Vermont.

Sam Kinghorn purchased this house in 2009

Why Sam Kinghorn chose Essex

When the house next door became available it seemed a natural for us. It gave us the opportunity to meet folks from other places and introduce them to the sights, sounds and tastes of our part of the world. With our proximity to theaters, restaurants, museums, skiing and 110 miles of Lake Champlain we have a lot to offer. Since our home is right next door we're easily available for suggestions, directions or advice to help our guests have the fullest experience possible. We love it here and we think you will too!

What makes this house unique

If I had to use one word to describe the benefits of Alder Brook House it would be variety. Within ten miles one finds dozens of excellent restaurants from burgers to Asian to French, Bosnian to Vietnamese, fast food to fine dining. Boating, swimming, fishing and sightseeing on Lake Champlain, Hiking in the Green Mountains, theaters, both live and film, three colleges and one university, a world renown museum and several antique shops. Just a bit farther and there are ski areas such as Stowe, Sugarbush and Bolton Valley as well as plenty of cross country opportunities. Organizing many full days of your favourite activities is a very simple thing. There's even a public pool right around the corner.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Alder Brook Cottage couldn't have been more lovely - what a gem in a perfect location, close to all that Burlington has to offer yet steps to beautiful country roads for cycling (which we enjoyed yesterday)!

Thanks for everything-we will most definitely be back - and next time hopefully with friends!
May 2011
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The Alder Brook House
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Perfect weekend family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for our family! My 18 month old LOVED the chickens and the house was perfect for him. Clean and provided everything we needed to have a relaxing weekend. Owners were very accommodating!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Relaxing Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Sam was a great host, greeting us with freshly cut flowers and a chilled bottle of wine. The place is clean and quiet, close to plenty of things to do. Very convenient to Burlington and to restaurants and shops in Essex, but far enough from the city to provide a quiet, country setting. Had a dinner to remember at Loretta's, and found lots of antique stores to peruse. We definitely recommend Alder Brook Cottage.This is a very welcoming and comfortable place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! We work hard at it. Sam and Fran
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An excellent base for our weekend away

  • 5 of 5

This home is every bit as nice as it appears in the photos. Everything was clean, and well cared for. My family of 4 enjoyed our weekend stay immensely. Our brief conversations with the owner (Sam) were interesting as well. If we ever have occasion to stay in the northern Vermont area again the first availability I will check is Alder Brook Cottage. Thanks for the wine and cheese as well. A very nice touch!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We do our best to give our lodgers the excellent experience we would like to have were we traveling.
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All the added touches

  • 5 of 5

Sam puts so much thought into all the details of this property. The pictures are great, but seeing it with your own eyes is even better. One of the most comfortable homes we have ever had the pleasure of visiting. We are looking forward to our next visit to Alder Brook Cottage. Thanks again Sam!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tom, Thank you so much for your kind words. We try very hard to make our home a satisfying experience for our lodgers and it's nice to hear it's appreciated. Cheers, Sam and Fran
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Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I recently stayed at this beautiful cottage. It has everything you could need and more. Wonderfully cozy and clean!! I would reccommend this location to anyone! Sam is very accomodating and helpful!!


  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed being here as much as we enjoyed having you here. Come back anytime!
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Beautifully appointed home

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely home and yard which the owners have beautifully decorated. The beds were very comfortable, kitchen quite functional and the owners supplied their guests with everything from shampoo to paper towels. The house sits on a main street so access is easy and there are food stores within 5-8 minutes away. There is a park within walking distance, as well as a casual restaurant and convenient store/ gas station. If your looking to drive to downtown Burlington it is about a 25 minute drive away . Highly recommend this home away from home!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Burlington International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cody's Irish
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Essex Country Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Essex Junction
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Vt 128 and Vt 15
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Bolton Valley
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
North Beach
Car: recommended

Five minutes to Planet Fitness.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Essex House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Town
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Has tub and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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