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Cozy Converted Barn on Secluded 6.5 acres

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,650 sq ft
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Lars
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 May, 2018

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 South 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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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in South Shaftsbury, Vermont

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please do not use the kitchen butcher block or soapstone countertops as cutting boards. Repair costs will be taken out of your deposit.
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Tub is a bear-claw bathtub and shower is natural slate.
  • Bathroom has a bear-claw bathtub with large window view plus a slate shower, sink, and toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • 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. There is also a pull out single and two comfy couches that can be slept on.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Cozy Converted Barn on Secluded 6.5 acres
average rating of 4.9846153 based on 67 reviews
5

Rustic tranquility for our honeymoon

  • 5 of 5

This house was everything we wanted for our honeymoon: rustic decor, countryside charm, fully stocked for a comfortable stay, impeccably clean, and ***no one in sight!!!***

So many thoughtful little luxuries in a secluded Vermont property make this house one of the best rentals we've ever had. We've already agreed we must return. Thank you, Lars!

  • Review Submitted: 02/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very nice place, a house away from home, the property location is in a very quiet spot,

  • 5 of 5

My whole trip was a success, the barn had everything we needed to have a relaxing time with my fiancée, my time was so great I’m just planning on doing this again, đź‘Ť

  • Review Submitted: 28/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Cozy, well equipped and lovely.

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful home in a gorgeously restored barn. Very well equipped with all our needs, great layout and lovely private area. The yard was great with pathways and sitting areas, the house clean, cozy and thoughtfully designed. We loved taking advantage of the rest and restoration it provided. Also a wonderful hike/walk down the road at the Robert Frost House and so much Amish goodness at the Market at the end of the road. Great place.

  • Review Submitted: 02/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We loved our stay at this special place in Vermont!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and our 2 labs had a wonderful long weekend at this perfect place in Vermont. The house is both rustic and beautiful. There are no close neighbors so you have your privacy. The wood stove works great and after outside activities in the snow if felt great to sit in the living room with the wood stove and a glass of wine. Lars responded very quickly when I had a question and then followed up the next day to make sure we had everything we needed. There are several walking trails near by and great breweries and restaurants in a short drive. We will be going back and I recommend this place to anyone who wants to get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 17/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

This is your vacation spot !

  • 5 of 5

What other location have you seen on VRBO or Home Away, that has 59 out of 60, 5 stars in customer reviews ( to date ) ? ( There is one with a four star rating - always one spoiler ! )

The reviews, the pictures, they are all accurate. If you still have any doubts, call or text Lars directly - he is most helpful and accommodating. Our time at the Barn was perfect. What we needed was rest, exercise with walks, reading and good meals. Thank you Lars and Kristen for creating such a comfortable retreat home. We will return ! ( A nice touch with the blue icicles - ) David & Christine

  • Review Submitted: 05/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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THE PLACE IS SIMPLY AMAZING

  • 5 of 5

This place is beautiful, convenient, rustic, but modern so if you need to stay connected with modern world you can, plus full kitchen if you don’t feel like getting take out every day. It’s very private with plenty of places around the barn to relax in nice weather. My 7 year old prefers hotels for whatever reason, but he actually cried on the last day and begged us to stay longer. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. Lars is extremely helpful, responded to every question we had. Place is easy to find. We used to stay somewhere else in Vermont for many years, but the owners retired and don’t rent the cabin anymore so we were looking for a new place and we’ve found it. We wouldn’t want stay anywhere else and we can’t wait for our next stay in this beautiful place. We could write a novel about everything, that’s how satisfied we were. Every place has something left to desire, but not this place.

  • Review Submitted: 05/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Albany Airport
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many
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

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday barn in South Shaftsbury, Vermont

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Memorial Day Weekend 2018
24 May 2018 - 28 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$245
AU$1,126
AU$3,445
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$7 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2018
27 Jun 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
AU$199
From
AU$238
Fri,Sat
AU$1,126
AU$3,842
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$7 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall Foliage 2018
28 Sep 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$179
From
AU$252
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$1,186
AU$4,372
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$7 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving 2018
22 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$212
AU$1,186
AU$3,180
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$7 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Winter 2018
26 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$126
From
AU$179
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$961
AU$2,915
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$7 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
AU$232
From
AU$258
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$1,292
AU$4,240
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$7 per night, per additional guest
 
MLK weekend
17 Jan 2019 - 21 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
AU$252
AU$1,219
AU$3,180
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$7 per night, per additional guest
 
Valentines/Presidents
14 Feb 2019 - 25 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
AU$185
From
AU$258
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$1,259
AU$3,445
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$7 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
AU$139
From
AU$199
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$1,053
AU$3,312
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$7 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$66.24 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$662.45
Cleaning AU$119.24 + Tax

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 and avoid the 9% VT state room tax as well as the extra guest fees. Well behaved pets are welcome for a $50 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 $150 and $300 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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