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Member since: 2005
Speaks english

Beautiful Historic Renovated Barn on Gentleman's Farm

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Manchester Center holiday barn

Barn, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Now the new home of Green Mtn. Falconry! Once the country estate and studio of famed painter and fly fishing enthusiast Ogden Pleissner, Boorn Brook Farm has been restored to its original splendor. Situated on 54 acres of open meadows and old apple orchards with stunning views, Boorn Brook Farm is protected by Lye Brook National Forest, yet within the town limits of Manchester Center.

The French inspired barn, built in 1820 has wide-plank floors, hand-hewn beams, soaring ceilings, stone fireplaces and New England charm. Perfect for a romantic getaway, a country vacation for a small family or a quiet retreat to nature, Boorn Brook Farm is the quintessential Vermont experience!

In the summer, take falconry lessons on site, swim in the spring-fed pond with a beach, play tennis on the private court, hike on the private trails or in the bordering Lye Brook Wilderness, fish in the brook, or simply relax in one of the hammocks. In the winter, skate on the pond, sled on the hill, snowshoe or cross country ski on the back trails, downhill ski or snowboard at nearby Stratton or Bromley Mountains. Return home to build a roaring fire in the stone fireplace, bake some bread in the stone bread oven, play a game of pool, sip some hot chocolate and then watch the sun set behind Equinox Mountain from the hot tub, right outside your master bedroom!

Children and adults alike will also enjoy our farm pets, Lola the Brown Swiss Cow, old Ender the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and our new adorable goats, Pan and Axle!

Keywords: Barn

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Shelly (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks english

About Shelly

I own the local movie theatre, so your movies are free when you stay on the farm!

Shelly purchased this barn in 1999

Why Shelly chose Manchester

Because once you get here, you won't want to leave! I wrote down our fantasy list of features I wanted in a property and was stunned to find it all! I wanted a white house with a porch, a red barn, mountain views, meadows, a pond, a brook, sledding hill, stone walls, hiking trails, close to skiing...and all of it in town! Living here is like living in a postcard!

What makes this barn unique

Boorn Brook Farm is very secluded, yet right in Manchester. This is also my home. I cater to couples and small families. No large groups - don't even ask! I strive to provide a relaxing, peaceful and homey retreat for all of my guests!

Guestbook comments from the owner

All of the below comments are from the Boorn Brook Farm guestbook which has

a permanent home in our barn! We simply copied them to this website for

others to read.
Oct 2007
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based on 15 traveller reviews

Beautiful Historic Renovated Barn on Gentleman's Farm
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 35 reviews
Princeton, NJ USA

Outstanding visit

  • 5 of 5

Our family with two kids had a wonderful visit this weekend. Your farm is gorgeous and the picture of VT living. Thank you so much for hosting us and for creating a magical environment that you are willing to share with visitors such as ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Syracuse, NY

Peaceful setting with a 360 degree view that can't be beat

  • 5 of 5

Shelly, we had at great stay at the farm. The accommodations and welcoming committee (Lola/Pan/Axel) were excellent. We look forward to a future stay. I had read a prior review about noting possible improvements and the only thing I could think of was maybe improving the loft bedroom so a second couple would have a nice comfortable bed. Thanks again, Jim and Jody.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house and property in Manchester

  • 5 of 5

Great house and fantastic host! We loved it; our kids loved it; our dog loved it. Definitely want to come back. Thanks very much for allowing us to stay in your house.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous setting, perfect house, lovely hosts, super cool animals! We had so much fun last week at this beautiful farm right outside of Manchester, VT. There are so many things to do on the property tennis, swimming, hiking and falconing just to name a few. Our children really enjoyed Lola the cow, Pan and Axel the goats and of course Ender the Swiss mountain dog. Thanks to Gail for the super dining suggestions and for taking such great care of us. We can't wait to go back and visit this very special place again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A relaxing stay on a beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

My husband, teenage son, and I visited BBF for a wonderful long weekend in June. The property was absolutely beautiful and exceeded our expectations. Our hosts, Jeff and Shelley, were attentive and welcoming from our first email inquiry through our stay. We appreciated the honey Jeff shared with us from his apiary. YUM! We loved daily visits with the goats, Lola the cow, and of course good old Ender. We enjoyed exploring all Manchester and the surrounding area had to offer inclufing fly fishing, falconry lessons and a delicious gourmet meal at the Silver Fork. Returning home to BBF for a game of pool or a tranquil star filled soak in the hot tub was a treat! We cannot wait to return one day!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you liked my barn! It truly is a special place to me and I love it when I hear others enjoy it like I do! Ender is quite the mascot and Jeff sure does love his honey bees. I welcome you to come back any time! All the best, Shelly
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Santa Cruz, CA

Amazing Property!

  • 5 of 5

This was an absolutely beautiful property and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Jeff and Ender were so welcoming and helped make our stay really memorable. Ender (the Swiss Mountain Dog) was so dear, we didn't want to leave him. The property is the perfect location, close to town yet out in the beautiful countryside. We will definitely come back to this beautiful place.

Jenny Twaddle

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Jenny! I'm thrilled you loved my barn and had a lovely time. Please do come back again to visit! Best, Shelly
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Albany, NY
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Too many to choose!
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Home of Green Mountain Falconry (on-site), Hiking (on-site), Tennis (on-site), Basketball (on-site), Fishing (on-site), Wildlife Viewing (on-site), Swimming (on-site), Cross Country Skiing (on-site), snowshoeing (on-site), Sledding (on-site), Badminton (on-site), Tetherball (on-site)


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday barn in Manchester Center, Vermont

Rental Basis:
per property
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$196 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

To book we require a deposit of 50% of the total amount of your stay, with the balance due upon arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in Manchester Center, Vermont

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Two full baths
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 single bed
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Caretaker on premise, 2 Fireplaces, Wireless Internet, Stone Bread Baking Oven