On 10 acres with 2 kitchens, 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, jacuzzi, sleeps 21 plus
Don, Jean, Tegan, Tara, Jannah Murray
About Don, Jean, Tegan, Tara, Jannah Murray
We are a family of seven: Don and Jean and our three grown daughters: Tegan and then Tara and Jannah (our identical twins) and Jannah's husband, David and their three year old daughter, Mariah.
Don, Jean, Tegan, Tara, Jannah Murray purchased this House in 2010
Why Don, Jean, Tegan, Tara, Jannah Murray chose Rochester
We were thrilled to purchase this house on ten acres which was once part of our 92 acre farm that we have owned since 1988. We loved furnishing + decorating the house + it has been extremely rewarding to hear the warm praise from the many families, groups, wedding parties, + ski teams that have stayed in our Brook House. We take pride in the furnishings, the two fully equipped kitchens, + our attention to details + the individual needs of our guests.
What makes this House unique
We love the house for its unique owner-built charm, with rooms, additions added on for increased family size, + to accommodate 3 generations living, learning, working together. We love the 2 different sets of interior, sliding barn doors, the 2 sets of French doors, the arch doorway, the wood shingle room, the internal pass-through sliding window between the kitchen/living room + the east sun room, the 3 internal windows between the west sun room + the living room, the floor of the deck with the large hatch door leading down the staircase to the ground on the west side of the house, etc.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 21
Minimum age of primary renter: 22
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
The location was beautiful and the home was large enough for my group. We ran into a few snags, but we were taken care of. It was a great nights stay. Thanks Murray’s!
We are happy that you liked our beautiful location and that the large size of our house was enough for your group. You only got to stay one night, but we are happy that you thought that it was a great one. Come back any time.
The Murray Family (Don, Jean, Tegan, Tara, Jannah and husband, David and their two year old, Mariah)
Excellent Vacation Home
Had an excellent time in this vacation home with my friends. We went to Killington to ski and snowboard for the weekend and couldn't have asked for more. House has a very awesome backwoods type vibe to it with plenty of activities to do in all different seasons. I would definitely stay at this house again in the future. I recommend this house to all ages and all types of people.
Wonderful weekend at this Vermont house!
Upon arriving to the house we were pleasantly surprised to walk in to such a large and well kept home. The house is obviously an older home but it has a truly cozy feel to it and had no problem accommodating our group of 11. The fact that the house has two fully equipped kitchens made our lives so much easier when it came to preparing meals for the group. Previous reviews complained about a slight odor to the water but that it something to be expected in locations like this in the mountains and was not a problem for our group. The owner is very helpful and accommodating as well and was available by phone if need be. The house worked as a perfect weekend getaway for our group to enjoy skiing at Killington mountain by day and hanging out by the fire at night. We plan on staying at this house again in the future hopefully some time in the spring/summer to experience some of the outdoors activities that we could not do during the winter. Overall it was great experience and I would recommend this home to a freind.
Beautiful location convenient for VT adventures
My group of 11 enjoyed themselves at this relaxing property. In the summer there are a variety of great outdoor activities nearby and the property itself has great space for outdoor fun and games. The house had plenty of rustic charm and ample cooking space for our larger group.
Terrible owners and the tap water sickening
I'm assuming the reviews on this property are from family members or friends. This was our first time staying here on our annual get together (all adult men in our 40's). One of the guests owns a water purification company and was appalled at the water quality. It's terribly soft and feels like your showering in oil.
The place does offer a lot of space, but it's very dated and so are all the amenities (if you want to call them that). A sink didn't work, the place wasn't shoveled out and we previously made arrangements to arrive at noon, but less than 24 hours prior to arrival we were told it would have to be 2pm. Then the owner Don and his daughter stayed and cleaned as we settled in for the first 90 minutes. Yeah, they had the audacity to stay and clean for an hour and a half after we arrived.
I've made numerous phone calls and emails to Don and was told my deposit is on its way, but now 2 months later I've yet to see it. Nor has Don returned any calls or emails in the last couple weeks.
This place is not suitable for children and be very weary about staying long if the water is going to be an issue. Also, don't count on the owners, they live in Cambridge MA and obviously don't go to the location often or care about keeping regular customers. We do this annual trip and we were looking forward to returning again and again.
Please contact me if you think I'm just leaving this in spite. You'll find I'm a local business owner who is simply offended to be treated this poorly.
Lovely Vermont Farmhouse
My family and I recently stayed at the "Brook House." I am so happy that we chose this lovely Vermont farm house to enjoy the last days of summer! The house itself is very large and homey. The bedrooms with large and airy with nice linens. The house provides many special spaces for a family to spread out in. My 7 year old could be found often in the sunroom, reading on the cozy couch. My 15 year old son loved the family room with Dish T.V. & WiFi. There is also a cozy room with a massive fireplace for cool evenings. Other evenings we would make s'mores by the firepit. My favorite room was the screened in back porch where we could enjoy a meal and listen to the babbling brook! The house was clean and well maintained, combining quaint farm house living with modern amenities. The 10 acre grounds is where we spent the most of our time! The boys loved swimming in the pond, playing in the huge yard and hiking to the waterfall which is in the backyard! An added bonus was that we were able to bring our Lab. I think she may have loved the property most of all! With so much space to run and places to swim - she was the happiest dog ever! One of the highlights of the trip was meeting our hosts, The Murrays! They were so helpful - always available to answer questions or tell us about area activities. They entertained us with funny stories, gave us a tour of the property and treated our children like family. The town of Rochester is a great place to spend time. There are some really good restaurants. We loved the cafe where you could eat inside or on the front porch. Also a cute bookstore with amazing baked goods. We rented bikes from Green Mountain Bikes and there is a market to get food and supplies. There was also a few art galleries and Mom & Pops, which sells the best maple syrup! Nearby, we also went tubing and berry picking. Originally, we had planned to take road trips but we loved the house and the town of Rochester so much that we never left! We are so happy that we were able to spend time at this special property and get to know our wonderful hosts! Alexandra
Thank you so much Alexandra for you wonderful review! It was so nice meeting you and your family and we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at the Brook House and hat you loved the town of Rochester. We too think it is a special place! We enjoyed showing you around our old farm as well. Please come back any time!
Nestled at the base of the Green Mountains and adjacent to the 3rd branch of the White River, Rochester is a quaint and picturesque Vermont town. It is centrally located between five ski areas and close to cross country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and golfing. Go tubing on the White River. Hike from the door to the peak of Mount Cushman. Enjoy mountain biking on miles and miles of beautiful country roads. Go for a glider ride in Waitsfield. Enjoy a multitude of entertainment in the area, most notably at the Chandler Center for the Arts 20 minutes away in Randolph.
Other Activities: Hike in the Green Mountains or walk to the top of Mount Cushman, mountain bike, golf, cross country ski, view fall foliage, go tubing on the White River, jump in the Goodno Brook's water hole, peruse antique shops, go to the pick-your-own organic berry farm or simply enjoy complete peace and tranquility.
Golf: Yes, in Rochester
Ski: Centrally located between five ski areas: Killington, Pico Mountain Ski Area, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, and Middlebury College Snow Bowl.