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Bryan Thomas

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Farmhouse on 111-Acres W/ Mtn Vws, Rvr Frontage, Pool, Hot Tub

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Fair Haven Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1.5 Baths (Sleeps 10)

Welcome to Fair Haven Farmhouse, our spacious, tastefully furnished 2100 sq. ft Vermont home. Within its private 100-acre surroundings, this 1850's farmhouse sits on a jut of land just above the Poultney River and looks out onto 50 acres of farmed, organic clover fields and the Green Mountains. Soak in the hot tub, cool off in the private, in-ground pool or just take in the lush mountain views from one of the rocking deck chairs . For the more adventurous, set off for the the river.

Other seasonal, out-door features:

*Children's Playhouse

*Swing set

*Fishing on the Poultney River (over 1 mile of frontage)

*Land use for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing

Our well-loved home is suitable for multiple generations travelling together and for families with children. Girl's weekends or couples looking for a relaxing, undisturbed getaway. It is NOT suitable for having parties or for youngsters travelling in groups.

From the poolside mahogany deck we built several summers ago to the refinished 16' wide wood-plank floors, this house reflects our love for the outdoors and our passion for preserving its interiors. This is our oasis; our escape. Let it be yours. Spend your mornings on the river, your afternoons by the pool and your evenings on the deck. Indulge in a weekend of hard-to-come-by family time or take a few restive days for a quiet leaf-peeping retreat.

The house is 2-stories. On the 1st floor is a kitchen with an attached mudroom, a generous Dining Room with seating for 8 off of which is an outdoor deck with outdoor seating. There is also a large Living Room/Office with old barn post-and-beam framing, a slate front porch with porch swing, a downstairs Master Bedroom (King bed) and a full size bath.

Kitchen features:

*Stainless steel appliances

*granite tile counters

*slate floors

*coffee-maker, waffle-maker, toaster oven

Living Room/Office:

*Flat screen TV with built-in DVD/VCR player (satellite TV)

*Board games and cards


*Epson Printer/scanner

The Deck:

*6 Person Hot tub

*Gas Grill- in season

*Outdoor table w/4 rocking chairs and 9’ sun umbrella

The 2nd floor opens onto a hallway off of which are 3 additional bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen and a full) an additional room with 2 twin beds (no closet) and a ½ bath. There are ceiling fans throughout the house and all bedrooms have access to AC units in the summer.

Local Attractions and Nearby Amenities:

From the Property:

Summer Activities



Winter Activities (use of land, but no winter equipment available with the house)


*Cross-country skiing

*6-person Hot Tub

*Wildlife watching in the adjacent fields: Deer, Turkeys, Birds

Off Property:

Bomoseen-10 miles (5-7 minute drive)

*Boat rentals with waterskiing (Woodard Marine)

*Lakeside Dining (Lakehouse Bar and Grill)

*Crystal Beach (great for kids) and Avalon Beach

*Golfing (Prospect Bay Country Club)

*Hubbardton Battlefield and Museum (May to mid-Oct)

*Horseback Riding and Rodeo (Pond Hill Ranch and Pro Rodeo)

Rutland- 15 miles (20 minute drive)

*Cross Country and Downhill Skiing (Killington)

*Live Entertainment, Performing Arts (Paramount Theater)

*Movie Theater (Flagship Premium Cinemas)

*Day Spa (Five Elements Day Spa)

*Rock climbing (Green Mountain Rock Climbing)

*Antiquing (Prozzo Auctions. Check Thursday’s Rutland Herald for weekend listings)

*Mountain biking and hiking (Killington lift-served mountain biking and hiking via the K-1 Gondola on 50+ miles of trails.)

*Shopping (Diamond Run Mall and Downtown plaza)

Manchester Center - 35 miles (45 minute drive)

*Designer Outlets: BCBG, Brooks Bros., Coach, Escada, Armani, Michael Kors

Lake George/Glens Falls -35 miles (40 minute drive)

*Theme Park (The Great Escape)

*Rafting, Tubing, Kayaking, Boating

*Hot Air balloons

*Outlet shopping: Eddie Bauer, Gap, J.Crew, Nine West, Corning, Polo, DKNY

*Museums (Fort Ticonderoga, The Hyde Collection)

*Symphony (Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra)

Distance to airports:

20 min. to Rutland

1hr to Burlington

1 hr 15min to Albany

3 hours to Boston

4 hours to NYC

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Bryan Thomas (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english


based on 22 traveler reviews

Farmhouse on 111-Acres W/ Mtn Vws, Rvr Frontage, Pool, Hot Tub
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 22 reviews

Fireflies, morning mist, and unhurried family time

  • 5 of 5

It's hard to capture in words the experience of staying at this wonderful farmhouse. Our first night, after getting settled in, our boys (17, 14, and 12) tried out the pool and then we all gathered in the hot tub after dinner; talked (really - three teenage boys!), laughed and watched as the fireflies came out, stars filled the enormous sky, we picked out the satellites, and crickets serenaded us. Mornings I was up early with our dogs; while they played in the fenced in yard, I enjoyed a peaceful cup of coffee, early dawn giving way to pink streaks of sunrise and mist lifting off the pool and the mountains in the distance.

We went to the Fair Haven commons on Thursday to listen to a free concert. Rutland farmers market on Saturday with an abundance of fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, crafts, a variety of food and so much more. Days were spent reading and relaxing by the pool, swimming, playing board games, baking cookies and we even set up our ladder ball set in the back yard and had ladder ball competitions. My 14 year old caught (and released) baby toads. Cows and a distant train whistle added to the sounds of country that surrounded us. We saw deer and hummingbirds and on two nights we had horse and buggies from the Amish community in Whitehall, pass in front of the house.

We drove over to Poultney to do a little shopping at the original Vermont store and had ice creams at Stewarts, amazing cold brew coffee at Mad Hatters and some fresh cheese and peanut butter we scooped ourselves from the co-op store. The boys were in the pool EVERY night - they preferred when the "water was warmer than the air". We ended our outside time every night in the hot tub...and found ourselves always asking - "does anyone have any idea what time it is?"

The house itself is warm and welcoming with plenty of room for all of us. We all slowed down this past week and it was wonderful. There is something so nurturing being in a home surrounded by trees and mountains and open space as far as the eye can see.

Bryan was wonderful to work with, the property was clean and well maintained. I would highly recommend this home to anyone looking for a place to relax, recharge and have fun.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ann Marie, That is exactly why we love this home. We are so glad you and your family enjoyed it as much as we do. all the best, bryan
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Idyllic Vermont property

  • 5 of 5

We decided to vacation at this property so we could relax, unwind, and unplug from our typical urban-suburban life. We were not disappointed. It was so nice to enjoy the peace, quiet, and green views. It was pretty perfect to have a modern kitchen and wifi, while still hearing a cow moo from time to time.

This property was very quiet, private, and peaceful. The views from the deck are gorgeous (especially at sunset). There were no neighbors nearby to hear my dog howl, except for the occasional cyclist or Amish horse and buggy. We didn't even use the upstairs bedrooms since it was just two of us plus our two dogs, but the house has plenty of room for larger groups.

The fully-fenced yard was great to have for our dogs. There was only one spot by the shed with a small gap where a naughty dog might try to escape, but otherwise the fence is secure and high enough to keep them in. Pets are not permitted in the pool, so we brought a kiddie pool with us for the dogs to cool off in, which we left in the shed in case any future renters want to use it. Us humans used the pool everyday and it was so nice to have! (Plus, they have beach towels at the house for guests to use.) It was pretty hot during our stay, but the window AC units and ceiling fans kept it really cool inside.

We mostly stayed on the property during our trip, but Rutland is about 20 minutes away and Manchester is not far either, for things to do in town. We passed loads of farm stands in the area, so there is a lot of locally-grown food available, which was really cool. The house itself was comfortable, tastefully decorated, with a nice kitchen and cozy living room. The kitchen is fully stocked with pretty much everything you could ever need, which was awesome since I cooked at home a lot. My only recommendation (seriously, my only one, everything else was amazing) would be to update the TV in the living room. We knew we would want to watch some TV in the evenings before bed, so I brought my own Roku player, but was surprised to find that the TV had no HDMI port since it's an older model.

All in all, this property was wonderful and we really enjoyed our stay, so much so that we would love to stay here again. Can't forget to mention that the owner was responsive and very helpful!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the your kind words. We hope everyone has the same experience you were able to enjoy. My wife noted the same lack of HDMI port this summer. We will be changing out our TV by next summer. --But you had to notice the VHS player embedded in the current TV... bryan
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful well maintained wonderful stay! Thanks for sharing your home

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great escape for a long weekend

  • 4 of 5

Great farm house where you can easily stargaze at night outdoor. The house is quite big for 10 persons and we loved the dining room. Definitely recommend it!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A peaceful country escape

  • 5 of 5

My wife, pup, and I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful farmhouse for a long weekend getaway. The kitchen was a dream to work in and it was a pleasant surprise to see how well stocked it was. The pool and hot tub were a huge draw for us and neither disappointed. Michelle and Walt, the caretakers, were hospitable and very helpful while Brian, the owner, was very helpful and accommodating. We highly recommend experiencing this home and what the area has to offer.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the response. We are very glad you had enjoy our house as much as we do. Come back anytime. Bryan
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A perfect winter retreat close to great skiing!

  • 5 of 5

This house is truly amazing with a lot of character & charm. This is our 2nd winter renting this house for our annual VT ski trip. There is plenty of space for our group of 10 adults & 2 dogs. It is by far our favorite property we have rented in Vermont.

The large open kitchen & dining room is great for cooking for large groups. We spend most of our time in there because the large dining table is great for gathering together to play games and relax after a long day of snowboarding or skiing. The woodburning stove in the kitchen adds a great heat & filling the house with a wonderful winter atmosphere. The addition of the hottub is great to relax and help sore muscles.

The house is on a quiet country road surrounded by nothing but fields & wild life offering great privacy during your stay. The fenced in yard around the pool is wonderful for our two dogs to run around and play. The property is located just a few minutes off rt 4 which makes the 35 to 45 minute drive to Pico Mountain & Killington quick and easy even in snowy conditions.

We would love to come back in the summer and enjoy everything else this property has to offer with the pool, large yard and river access. We would recommend this property to anyone who is looking for a wonderful Vermont retreat vacation.

Thank you Bryan for accommodating us in your wonderful family home and we are looking forward to returning again next year!

Aaron & Lisa

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Fair Haven Inn
Nearest Ferry
23 Miles
Larrabee's Point, Shoreham, VT
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Prospect Bay Country Club- Lake Bomoseen
Nearest Train
6 Miles
AMTRAK/ Castleton, VT
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rte 4
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Fair Haven Inn Restaurant
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Crystal Beach on Lake Bomoseen
Car: necessary

Fair Haven is 20 miles west of Rutland.

The house is located just over the NY/VT border just above the Poultney River and on the outskirts of Fair Haven, VT. Killington for skiing is 20 miles west and Lake Bomoseen for beach and lake activities is 10 miles north. If you are looking for some R & R close to activities, but away from the summer and winter crowds, this is an ideal location. Within a 35 mile radius of the house, you can access anything from outlet shopping and antiquing to golfing and downhill skiing. You may just decide there's no reason to venture beyond the house's 100+ acres and river access.


Rates & Availability

Fair Haven Farmhouse Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are subject to change until booking is complete.

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.
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Fair Haven Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Half 1 - toilet
  • The house is on filtered, well water. Water pressure is low as it has gravity fed. Hot water comes directly from the boiler without being held in reserve. For a consistently hot shower, it is best not to run a load of laundry or the dishwasher at the same time.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Upstairs Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Upstairs Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Picture only shows 1 bed
    Downstairs Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Upstairs Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
elliptical machine in mudroom, riverside (seasonal), kid's playhouse (seasonal), kid's swing-set (seasonal), flat, open land for snowmobiles and cross-country skiing in the winter Considerations: -This house was built in the 1850’s and has been expanded on in several stages. As such, it is rich in history and character. And just like anything that ages, it has its quirks. It is not without some of the typical country house traits. It has baseboard heating, is on filtered, well-water and while we try to keep mice, spiders and flying insects relegated to the outdoors, we aren’t always as successful as we’d like.

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