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Colonial-style solid-timber home in a quiet setting

Bedrooms 3
Space 207 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 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 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 $900-$1100/week! Ask for rates.

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

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Heidi Gennaro
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2017

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 log house in Vermont. Thrown into this project quite by the surprise of Providence, she realized in those four years of 'amateur 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 Eastern Vermont

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 over 400 guests and five years of vacation renting Heidi has heard nothing but 'Wow--better than the photos!' Comments left in Heidi's guest book and numerous 5-star posted reviews on two listing sites say it all. Heidi has accommodated many varied guests: families with children, couples wanting a romantic getaway, bridal parties, groups of eight '20-something' weekend skiers, and everyone in between, each group leaving behind rave reviews about the home, the setting, 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:
  • 207 m²
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 Area
  • 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
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , upstairs bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , master bath
    Bathroom 3 - bath with shower , basement bath
  • 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.
  • 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 and have sitting areas: 20 x 15 feet and the rare beauty of 6 x 12 logs and 6 x 8 log ceiling beams. Both upstairs bedrooms have romantic gas stoves for warmth and ambiance. All interior walls have Williamsburg-color pallet wallpaper and wainscott/chairail; all have ceiling fans for your comfort, spacious closets, and beautiful views of the forested mountainside. 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This is a beautiful, two-story, center-hall colonial log 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 worth gold during summer months, attached to the dining area with french doors. Washer and dryer in basement. Dogs considered, 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 THREE gas fireplaces on thermostat (dining room; two upstairs 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 4.967742 based on 31 reviews

Beautifully appointed home that is in a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned after our second stay at Starry Hill. This visit was just as magical as the first! Heidi's home is warm and inviting. It was our base camp for a week of day trips to Montpelier, Stowe and course the charming next town over of Woodstock. We spent countless hours using the screened in porch, sipping our craft beer finds. The living room is a great place to curl up with a book. Bedrooms are spacious and beds are so comfortable! And, the kitchen is simply amazing. Pictures don't do this home justice. We had a very peaceful week and look forward to returning!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Feels good!

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful lodging for our son's Dartmouth graduation weekend, although perhaps 30 minutes from the school. Distance was not a problem. Wonderful breakfast on screened in porch. Fully stocked kitchen. My mother in law found the design and detail of the house inspiring -- wants to include some similar changes at her own home! House functioned VERY WELL for a party of 6. Went hiking, wonderful dinner at the Palmer House in Quechee. Thank you Heidi!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you loved it!! So why "four stars"?? I'd love to hear why Starry Hill was not rated "five-stars"---please let me know so I can work to improve, or let me know if this was a mistake, and thank you very kindly in advance.
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The property was amazing! The house was beautiful and it sits on a forested piece of land.

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time at Heidi's house. The home is beautiful and absolutely perfect for the forested surroundings. There is a small pond down the driveway and the towns of Woodstock and Barnard are both easily accessible. Heidi is extremely helpful and hospitable! We could not have asked for a better stay!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Feels like home!

  • 5 of 5

Heidi left no detail undone. From the moment you pull up to this house you feel at home. The pictures don't do it justice! We had such a wonderful time being unplugged from the world that it really brought our family closer! Great house built with such character you can't help but to fall in love!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Immaculate property, great location, wonderful owner and easy to book/work with

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect with this stay. The owner, Heidi, was incredibly responsive and just a joy to interact with, I left some items in the kitchen and she priority mailed them back to me..the next day. The home was immaculately clean, modern and furnished well. A property built by hand with obvious love, care and professionalism, it has all the quaint Vermont touches: a wood stove, timber construction, but all the modern benefits of being clean (built in the 90s?), not drafty at all, fast wifi, etc. The "little things," Heidi also ensures are at your disposal that we're so accustomed to in modern city life, (like a modern gas-burning range), coffeemaker with filters, Wusthof knives, etc..... It's like you transported your own home to Vermont...except it's cleaner, bigger...nicer. It's also easy to get to if you're coming off I-89, 30 minutes from Killington and an hour to Sugarbush. Woodstock is a nice little village nearby, as well. One note for the couch-potato set, is no TV downstairs so don't be disappointed, but (1) you're in VT, this is a good thing, unplug read something and (2) there's fast wifi, so no trouble Netflixing on an iPad, etc.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Starry Hill is not your average "rental place". It is a beautiful, one of a kind house handcrafted with lots of TLC! The owner and her family built this house and no detail was overlooked, from the way it was built to its charming decor. Heidi was wonderful and made sure we were always ok. She is a delightful person to deal with. We enjoyed skiing just a few minutes away, eating at the local restaurants, going to the Woodstock Farmers market for some yummy pastries & local cheese, and walking around the quaint village of Woodstock. For us, Starry Hill was a magical place and we hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: 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. Trails on my 24.5 acres, so bring your hiking shoes, snowshoes, or your ATVs! LONG-TERM RENTERS: BOOK A YEAR IN ADVANCE FOR BEST AVAILABILITY.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$441.38
Pet Fee A$50.44
cleaning fee A$252.22
Tax Rate 9.0%

Monthly rental is greatly encouraged and often negotiable and will range from $3,300 to $4,995, depending on the season; 3 months rates mean greater discount. Thinking of staying 28 days? Make it 30 or more and you will likely pay LESS!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.