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Colonial-style solid-timber home in a quiet setting

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,232 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 8

'Sanctuary' describes this green-built, two-story solid-timber home perfectly. Peaceful, quiet, nestled on a wooded mountainside in Vermont, it's the superlative place to get away from the noise of everyday life. A fully furnished screened back porch, complete with soft patio lights, padded porch swing, and small dining table completes the picture. A glassfront woodstove (fall/winter) adds charm and warmth. All flooring random-width pine finished with natural oils. Bedrooms are spacious and include sitting areas. And yes, I have business-level Wifi! Unique shopping and art galleries await you in quintessential Woodstock, only 5 miles away. Silver Lake State park with beachfront, kayak and paddleboat rentals, and playground area is 4 miles away. After a day at the beach, there's the famous Barnard General Store for deli/ice cream, Tozier's drive-up, or fine dining at the Barnard Inn and Max's Tavern. Live theater/concerts within 30 minutes distance at Northern Stage, The Hopkins Center, and Lebanon Opera House.

LONG TERM RENTERS: 30-day or longer means a better deal. Often as low as $1200/week! Ask for rates.

Reserving the property: Once you're ready to book, the dates you desire are secured with a 50% rental deposit (one months rent if you're a monthly renter) using your credit card, or a personal check and the signed booking confirmation form emailed to you.

More Details

Heidi Gennaro
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2018

About Heidi Gennaro

Meet Heidi---an ordinary woman with an extraordinary tale of working beside her (now late) husband, Paul, their master-carpenter friend, Randy, and Heidi's three children to build their dream solid-timber house in Vermont. Thrown into this project quite by the surprise of Providence, she realized in those four years of 'family logging' on their 24 acres, sawing up the felled white Eastern pine on a portable sawmill, and finally building, that only by testing a dream can you know if you have been given both the faith, perseverance, and grit to complete that dream. Though Heidi lost her husband Paul in 2007 to heart disease, she endeavors to share this uniquely peaceful and beautiful home to weary travelers in search of respite and sanctuary from the demands of the world we live in. Enjoy and be at home in this magical place nestled in the calm beauty of Vermont!

Heidi Gennaro purchased this house in 2000

Why Heidi Gennaro chose Barnard

You will find peaceful seclusion here: a uniquely beautiful, green-built home nestled among 24.5 acres of sugar-maple laden forest, yet easy access to Vermont Rte. 12 just 1700 feet down the mountainside driveway. Quintessential Woodstock is 5 miles south, Silver Lake and the Historic Barnard General Store 4 miles north, Mt. Tom hiking and horseback trails 3 miles south, and Hanover, NH and Dartmouth College 23 miles east. Northern Stage and the Lebanon Opera House are 22 miles east.

What makes this house unique

After 700 + guests and seven years of vacation renting, Heidi has heard nothing but 'Wow--better than the photos!' Comments left in Heidi's guest book and the solid 5-star posted reviews on two listing sites say it all. Heidi has accommodated varied guests: families with children, couples wanting a romantic getaway, weekend skier groups, and everyone in between, each group leaving behind rave reviews about the home, the setting, the re-connection to family and friends, and the entire experience.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Barnard, Vermont

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2232 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • thermos flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , master bath; also has grab bar by toilet.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , upstairs bath. TODDLER SEAT built into adult toilet seat
    Bathroom 3 - bath with shower , Located in laundry room; for guests or pets!
  • Both bathrooms have separate sink/toilet areas, custom built-in cabinetry, and are very luxuriously decorated. The upstairs toilet has a built-in 'kiddie' seat for toddlers. The basement tub/shower is located in the laundry room and is great for larger parties when everyone's trying to get a shower at once, OR---for your dog when he needs a bath (there's a re-movable shower nozzle and pet shampoo available).
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , west upstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , east upstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , first floor master bedroom
  • All bedrooms are very spacious--20 x 15 feet--with the rare beauty of 6 x 12 solid-wood walls and 6 x 8 wood ceiling beams, romantic gas stoves on their own thermostats, ceiling fans for your comfort, spacious closets, and beautiful views of the forested mountainside. Interior walls have Williamsburg-color pallet wallpaper and oil-painted wainscot/chair rail to place you in an Early American colonial era. Each bedroom has it's own unique sitting area for coffee, conversation, reading, reflection. Master bedroom: one queen bed; attached bath. Upstairs west bedroom: one queen bed; one queen sofa sleeper; shared bath. Upstairs east bedroom: one queen bed; shared bath. Two twin mattresses available by request for extra sleeping on floor, so if you have a group of ten (10) and they don't mind a mattress on the floor of the living area or screened porch (summer), then you're covered!
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This is a beautiful, two-story, center-hall colonial solid-timber home decorated in classic Williamsburg colors and built in 2000. It has gorgeous paneled wainscot/chair rail/wallpaper on the interior walls, classic 6 x 12 flat logs on the exterior walls, with wood beams and painted board ceilings. The screened-in back porch, 8 x 32 with six cushioned chairs, two cushioned love seats, a dining table and padded porch swing is golden during summer months, attached to the dining area w/ french doors. Washer and dryer in basement. Well-behaved dogs welcome, but let's discuss first. LONG-TERM RENTERS: Book early! A year in advance will give you the best availability. Willing to negotiate a fair rental price. COLD WEATHER GUESTS: The two main heat sources are FOUR gas fireplaces on thermostat (dining room; ALL bdrms) glass-front woodstove (living room) requiring you to start/maintain a fire in winter. POND: Pond has a small sand beach for play/relaxation. SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.


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Colonial-style solid-timber home in a quiet setting
average rating of 4.978261 based on 46 reviews

Perfect location for a Vermont getaway.

  • 5 of 5

This was absolutely what we were looking for to take a family member for a long desired trip back to Vermont. The house is beautiful, like you had stepped into your dream home in vt with all the comfy details in place. Very inviting and comfortable. Loved the Starry Hill Story book with pictures of the construction of the house by Heidi and her family. Excellent location for visiting Woodstock, Quechee, or just driving around the local back roads. Coming back to the house at the end of the day for a cocktail on the screened in porch before dinner was great. You won't be disappointed with this choice!

  • Review Submitted: 26/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Such a lovely home! We had a great quick trip to VT!

  • Review Submitted: 25/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely cozy and so full of love

  • 5 of 5

thank you Heidi for providing us with and ensuring we had the most wonderful house and experience in Vermont - perfect place to be with our family while skiing by day and hunkering down by night.

  • Review Submitted: 16/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you Heidi! Your home gave me a true sense of what a home should be! Your furnishings, linens, paintings, kitchen utensils, dinnerware,...too much too capture here, are second to none! Truly First Class! Your personal greeting and welcome was truly special and set the tone for

a fantastic week with peace knowing where things are and how everything worked. The added local information you provided really came in handy and was our "go to" guide. We had dinner at the Woodstock Inn, The Barnard Inn (5 stars), and shopped at both the Barnard General Store & Mac's Market. We enjoyed the wood stove ( coincidentally all 4 of us have them in our home! ) and relaxed with cordials and banter of our daily ski tour in your family living room each night.

As all of your guests state: Thank you for sharing your special home with us. We too hope to return!

Best wishes for a successful, peaceful, and healthy 2018!

Sincerely, Grego Kizeik

  • Review Submitted: 08/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Five star, quintessential Vermont home

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Heidi's. The home is much larger than the pictures, and is beautiful when driving up to it through the woods. The decorating is on-point, and very tasteful. We were a party of 10, 5 couples, in the area for a weekend get-together for skiing and hanging out. Once couple used the two twin mattresses, which was no problem. The other rooms were very large. We would stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 06/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Starry Hill is a beautiful home in a wonderful setting. Killington is only 30 minutes away and it's only 5 minutes from picturesque Woodstock. The house was large and cozy with the wood and gas stoves. The beds were very comfortable and everything you'd in the kitchen is there. Also, Heidi was the perfect host. She was very attentive to any questions we had and came by to check the driveway one day when it had snowed. All in all a wonderful weekend and I can't wait to stay again, this time in warmer weather when we can take advantage of everything the area has to offer!

  • Review Submitted: 31/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Burlington International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Barnard Inn/Max's Tavern
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Woodstock Golf and Fitness
Nearest Train
19 Miles
White River Junction - Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Vermont Rte 12
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Barnard Inn
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Suicide Six Ski Area
Nearest Beach
4.5 Miles
Silver Lake State Park
Car: recommended

Located equidistant from quintessential Woodstock and beautiful Silver Lake State Park in Barnard, you'll get the best of both locations: unique shopping, art galleries, Billings Farm, Rockefeller mansion and national park, outdoor concerts, kayaking, sailing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, skiing, all on a secluded, quiet mountainside. Want to try an adventure? Visit Sugar Bush farms to observe cheese making. How about booking a pottery making class through Farmhouse Pottery in Woodstock? Or a weaving class with Vassie Sinopoulos at Weaving Treasures? Gentle, easy-walk trails on my 24.5 acres, so bring your hiking shoes, snowshoes, cross-country skis, or your ATVs! LONGER-TERM RENTERS: (30-days or more) BOOK A YEAR IN ADVANCE FOR BEST AVAILABILITY.


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$268.78
Additional Guest Fee AU$47.04 per person per night
Pet Fee AU$107.51

Monthly rental is greatly encouraged and often negotiable. Rates range from $4,300 to $4,995, depending on the season. Thinking of staying 28 days? Book 30 days or more and you will likely pay the same or LESS!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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