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Cozy Converted Barn on Secluded 6.5 acres

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

1 bedroom + large loft, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4 comfortably (8 max).

Spend the month, week or weekend in a beautiful rustic converted barn on 6.5 very private sunny country acres with southerly long-range views of Mt. Anthony and the Bennington Monument (Stays of 2 or more weeks are progressively discounted depending on the length of the stay). Wander the park-like trails through 4 acres of old apple orchard and woodland. Why get a bed and breakfast when you can have a house and land all to yourself? This vacation rental is located in southwestern Vermont, less than 12 minutes from downtown Bennington (but still feels very quiet and secluded). Pick apples, bird-watch, and view other wildlife like deer, grouse, wild turkeys, rabbits, and an occasional black bear that wanders through the property. Excellent fly fishing on the nearby Battenkill river. Attend the summer horse shows in nearby Manchester. Enjoy the world-famous Vermont fall foliage. Watch the flowers bloom in the spring. Enjoy a bon-fire in the back-yard. Five major ski areas are located within an hour's drive. House is fully furnished and has slate shower, bear-claw bath tub, gas cooking stove, microwave, refrigerator, dish washer, cable, DVD/VCR, and wireless internet, plus two wood stoves and free wood to keep you warm at night (There's also central air heating and a portable air-conditioner if needed). There's a large downstairs master bedroom with its own gas stove/fireplace for ambiance and extra heat. There is a living room, dining area, and another small room that could sleep 2 with large electric blowup mattress on site. A spiral staircase leads up to a large loft with a full-sized spring mattress futon. There's also a love seat that pulls out into a double size bed. The barnhouse was actually part of a large picturesque Vermont farm just up the dirt road (and view-able from parts of the property) until it was rolled down on logs and converted into a house some years ago.

*** Although the website lists my cancellation policy as "no refund" this is not quite true (It's just that none of the other options I was given matched my actual cancellation policy). Please refer to the "Generic Rental Agreement" pdf that you will be able to view once you start the booking process (and must agree to before making payment) for details on my cancellation policy.

*** Contact me for additional information on steep discounts for stays of 2 or more weeks.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
23 February, 2017

About Lars

Lars (pictured here with his childhood sweetheart and wife Kristen) teaches high school biology, chemistry, and environmental science just outside of Philadelphia. He is a VERY avid skier who also enjoys camping, hiking, mountaineering, kite-surfing, watching the Minnesota Vikings, and spending time with his wife and children. Kristen teaches electronic engineering at the college level and is an avid wind surfer, hiker, and quickly improving skier.

Lars purchased this barn in 2003

Why Lars chose Shaftsbury

This is the perfect property to relax and unwind in total privacy. Vermont in general is a very relaxed, friendly place. If you are looking for stress reduction, a romantic get-away, and tons of outdoor activities, you found the perfect place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We recently spent one week at the barn during Thanksgiving. It was an idyllic place, perfect for relaxing and spending time with family and friends. The barn was warm and cozy. It took very little effort to keep the wood stove going. I could see myself spending a month at the barn - hibernating with a pile of books and taking leisurely walks around the property. It was very comfortable to share with three teenage girls. They occupied the loft area and we had a bedroom to ourselves. Thanks you Lars!
Nov 2013
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(50 traveller reviews)

Cozy Converted Barn on Secluded 6.5 acres
average rating of 4.98 based on 52 reviews

Great Barn. Good skiing. Spectacular views. Friendly owner. Need anything else?

  • 5 of 5

Spent a few days in the barn over New Years with my girlfriend and it was an amazing vacation. Really cannot say enough about how great the stay was and how friendly Lars was. He was always just a text away if we needed anything and was quick to respond to questions. Whatever you do be sure to read the welcome letter prior to arrival! It has some great information about the local area. Also, definitely be sure to say hello when you get there.

We were lucky enough to have a few inches of fresh snow right before our arrival so it was beautiful when we got there. The Barn was spectacular and it gives you that countryside/log cabin experience that can be hard to come by in the metropolitan Northeast. Being just 10-15 minutes from Bennington meant that it was easy for us to do some food shopping and aside from groceries, there was nothing else that the Barn lacked. The wood stove and view from the kitchen window were my two favorite aspects and I definitely recommend waking up a little early to catch the sunrise.

In addition to the Barn, Shaftsbury/Bennington is a great area. There are plenty of great places to eat at or to get things to cook if that is more your style. If you are worried about snow, the area had gotten ~6 inches of snow before our arrival but the following day the roads were pretty clear the day of check-in. There were two great ski areas that we visited. Bromley and Mount Snow. Would recommend Mount Snow since it had more trails, better amenities, and easier trails for beginners. Nonetheless, there are plenty of choices within 30 - 45 minutes of the Barn.

Would absolutely recommend a stay for a romantic getaway, ski trip, or countryside excursion.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property close to everything

  • 5 of 5

My (now) husband and I rented Lars' barn as a base of operations for our destination wedding in New York. We had never been to Bennington or the surrounding area, and it was so much more lovely than we imagined. I don't think photos really capture how great the place actually is, and this charming barn truly became a key feature of our wedding week. We loved that it was secluded and rustic while still having every amenity. It is a very short drive into town and local attractions, including some beautiful hiking trails and Woodford State Park if you're planning to spend time enjoying nature (although the barn itself should satisfy that!). Lars was easy to communicate with and gave us detailed instructions about how to use different features of the house, where to visit, etc. I would stay here again and I would recommend staying here to anyone who was thinking about visiting the area.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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summertime in the countryside

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the barn. Lars made the arrangements very easy, and the barn is set up with everything we needed. We wanted to go hiking, and the location is very good--close to Long Trail trailheads and a variety of shorter hikes. We were happy to discover a great short trail just down the road at the Robert Frost Farm. We also enjoyed lazy afternoons at the barn, hanging around with the deer, the rabbits, and many kinds of birds. Thanks, Lars!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a delight! This is a place to utterly relax and unwind. A peaceful, bucolic setting with every comfort and amenity. I thought I was going to hike and pour on the exercise but I could do little more than sit outside in the Adirondack rockers and enjoy the scenery. Once I got going, it was to drive around to soak in the scenery and shop in Bennington and Manchester. Evenings were spent playing Trivial Pursuit with my 2 young adult offspring. We made a bonfire on a chilly June night. Our two dogs had the time of their lives being able to go outside with no leash, with plenty of lawn to run and play. Our host, Lars, was always accessible and helpful. Groceries were a 10 minute ride away. For a small group, this is a wonderful retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely retreat, yet close to everything

  • 5 of 5

I grew up in the area and was returning for a family visit. We are delighted to have found this property. It feels very secluded and yet is located close to town (approximately 10 minutes to "down street"/Main Street and only 5 minutes from restaurants and grocery stores. It far exceeded our expectations. The house is beautifully decorated and has several well furnished areas to hang out in. It feels very spacious and is stocked with all the necessary supplies for cooking. Any questions we had were quickly answered by Lars, he is great to work with. Also, our deposit was quickly refunded.

We enjoyed the multiple outdoor seating areas for night sky viewing and birdwatching. We strolled each day on the walking paths around the grounds. We just wish we had more time to spend here. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best of All Worlds

  • 5 of 5

This cozy place is the best all worlds for a great stay in southwestern Vermont. It offers just the right amount of seclusion while being close enough to see some of the cool towns in the region.

Lars, the owner, is responsive and gracious and accommodated my request to stay on short notice. The place is super clean, well-furnished, the kitchen is welll-stocked, and there is a generous amount of firewood to use in the wood-burning stove or the outside fire pits. The six-acre grounds hold charming surprises along the trails, and you'll want to spend as much time outside as possible. The stargazing is wonderful. There are plenty of hiking options within a 15-minute drive. And it's close enough to stores to make errand-running simple and quick. Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Albany Airport
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Bromley Mountain
Car: necessary

Shaftsbury is nestled in the southwest corner of Vermont bordering Bennington and New York State. It is approximately a one hour drive from Albany NY and Pittsfield MA; four hours from Boston and NYC and 45 minutes to many ski resorts. Bennington Vermont is located just south of Shaftsbury and Manchester Vermont is 20 minutes north. Enjoy leisurely drives over dirt roads, peaceful hikes throughout our beautiful mountainsides, quiet lakes, bicycling, fall foliage, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and take a moment to discover its rich history.

Other Activities: hiking


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday barn in South Shaftsbury, Vermont

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Valentines/Presidents 2017
20 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$6 per night, per additional guest
Easter Week 2017
7 Apr 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$6 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day Weekend 2017
25 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$6 per night, per additional guest
July 2017
30 Jun 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$6 per night, per additional guest
Fall Foliage 2017
28 Sep 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$6 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
22 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$6 per night, per additional guest
MLK 2018
12 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$6 per night, per additional guest
Valentines/Presidents 2018
9 Feb 2018 - 18 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$6 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$6 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$117 + Tax
Pet Fee A$65 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit A$648
Tax Rate 9.0%

In addition to the per night charge, there is a one-time $90 cleaning fee and 9% tax (No tax for stays one month or more). Ask about discounts for stays of 2 or more weeks. Stay the whole month starting at $2500 and avoid the 9% VT state room tax as well as the extra guest fees. Well behaved pets are welcome for a $30 pet fee plus tax. There is an additional $100 per pet added to the security deposit of $500. There is an extra $5 per night per additional guest for more than 2 guests. Quoted prices often don't include the pet fee or discounts for longer stays so please ask for an updated quote when making a booking request. If booking more than 6 weeks in advance, the payment will be broken into 2 payments with between $100 and $200 required up front (depending on the length of the stay) and the rest being due 3 weeks prior to your arrival. All payments can be made on-line using credit card or eCheck, but if you feel more comfortable sending a personal check through the mail, please let me know and I can arrange to have the rental agreement and payments made through certified mail.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in South Shaftsbury, Vermont

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • Bathroom has a bear-claw bathtub with large window view plus a slate shower, sink, and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Masterbedroom - 1 large double bed , Master bedroom
    Loft - 1 sofa bed/futon , Semi-private
    Backroom - 1 double bed , You can use our large remote controlled inflatable mattress
  • There is a large master bedroom, a large loft with a comfortable spring mattress futon, and one other small room that has an electric blow-up mattress available.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
This property is ideally suited as a romantic getaway for two although larger groups have stayed and enjoyed themselves. The loft is a semiprivate area that has a very comfortable spring mattress futon. There is another small room that could be used as a private sleeping area.