4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 10
Bert and Sarah Dickerson
About Bert and Sarah Dickerson
Bert Dickerson was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He moved with his family to Jericho Ctr. Vermont at the age of five when his parents both took faculty positions in the English Department at the University. Upon graduating from Mount Mansfield Union High, Bert returned to Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina to complete his education. One fateful day after graduation, while recovering from a Dead concert on the Mall in Washington DC, Bert met Sarah. She was a girl from Rome, educated in Athens (both in Georgia) on her way North in search of…. something else. “You ought to go to Nantucket?” Bert suggested. He had been spending summers there his whole life and was returning to work for yet another summer with no real plans for his future. Sarah thought that sounded pretty good so she drove on to Hyannis, took the noon boat and never looked back. They got married in Siasconset a couple of years later and dove headfirst into island life. “It’s like a trade school,” Sarah said. “Anything you ever wanted to learn to do, you can learn it here.” And they did. Working a variety of jobs between them – restaurant work, carpentry, bookkeeping, house cleaning, landscaping, and event tent assembly - they even learned to make bagels. As busy as they were they managed to have two kids, Angus and Mary Jo, and renovate their first home on Surfside. After twenty years they were exhausted. “We need a break” they both agreed. “Remember that piece of property we bought when we first got married? It’s near my Mother, and the kids will go to the same high school I went to.” reckoned Bert So in 2001, they moved. Bert was home again. Sarah was happy and to sell the idea of leaving Nantucket to live in Vermont to the kids, they all got snowboards. Angus and Mary Jo both graduated from MMU just like their father and moved to Boston. They spend most of their time now working together on various projects around the farm, snowboarding in winter and gardening in summer.
Bert and Sarah Dickerson purchased this Barn in 1989
Why Bert and Sarah Dickerson chose Huntington Center, Vermont
The road to the Fielder Farm gently winds its way out of the Huntington Valley and into the foothills on the western side of Camel's Hump. The road follows and crosses one of the many mountain brooks swelling the Hunting River as it rushes for the Huntington Gorge downstream. Passing through the tree line at the top of the ridge the view breaks wide open revealing pastures, pond and the mountain ridges beyond. Regardless of the season, the diverse landscape occupied by the Fielder Farm offers visitors a convenience and variety of activities right out the front door. To access the Catamount Ski Trail follow the fence line. It’s just 300 yards from the Pond. Old farm and logging roads that have been reclaimed and maintained over the last few years offer exceptional views of the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, and Camel's Hump. The Farm and its surrounding hills are yours to explore!
What makes this Barn unique
On 230 acres, the Farm has its own backcountry trails, a sledding hill and with a little shoveling, the pond becomes your own personal ice rink. Access to the Catamount Trail is right out your door. Snowshoe to the top of Little Baldie then ride your board or skis home. The highlight of the lower farm is the Pond. Surrounded by acres of maintained lawn, the Pond is the heart and spirit of the Fielder Farm. It provides an unlimited source of entertainment throughout the year and attracts even the most reticent of visitors. The water is deep, clear and irresistible. Stone steps and rocky outcrops make entering and exiting the water easy and pleasant in the heat of summer and getting on and off the ice hassle-free with your skates in the winter.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
By special permission only. Please call to arrange
This policy is very strict.
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 10 adults)
Recycling and composting is Vermont law and strictly enforced. If we have to separate your trash you will forfeit a portion of your deposit.
All 3 hot tub straps must be engaged when the hot tub is not in use.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Beautiful and relaxing escape
Such a wonderful property and incredibly well cared for. Both interior and exterior were spectacular.
Summer getaway with kids
This was a great find. Beautiful, farm/lakeside living and a way to get unplugged! Our kids age 1-9 yo loved the location and lodgings. We greatly appreciated the fully equipped kitchen and hot tub. Great space for multiple families. We can’t wait to visit again.
Gorgeous house, kept so clean.
The owners are very welcoming and made sure our stay went well.
The location is amazing.
Really, we will come back!
I house is beautiful and the setting is amazing.
Gorgeous! Great place for a large family!
The farmhouse is beautiful, clean and charming. There are lots of personal touches that make you feel like you are right at home (not in a stuffy hotel room). My family and I skied at both Mad River Glen and Sugarbush over the weekend - the house is in a great location for skiers! One of the best things about that house was that it had a table large enough to fit our entire group - 10 people! Just wonderful. The only negative was that there is no cell service, which is to be expected in Vermont. But, there is wifi to connect to and a house phone, so it really isn't a problem at all.
RESPITE ON THE MOUNTAIN
Oh, Vermont! We loved our stay at Fielder Farm. For us, this house is perfect. There is everything one would need and then some! The entire space is so thoughtfully curated and designed. The decor is simple and cozy. The craftsmanship of the home is beyond divine. The kitchen is well-stocked. The flannel bedding was hard to roll out of in the mornings. The recycling policy is right up our alley. It's quiet, remote, and just what we wanted. I will say that it is a trek to a grocery store, gas, shopping, etc.....so keep that in mind. The wood stove supplied us with such joy and warmth while we sipped tea and hot chocolate, watching the snowflakes fall. I imagine this place in the summer and know that it must be a child's paradise. We used this beautiful spot as home base while we explored the surrounding areas during the day. Coming back at the end of the day was something we all looked forward to after our treks. Check out Sweet Simone's in Richmond for a great breakfast. We also love Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, Asiana Noodle House in Burlington, and our FAVORITE was Bangkok Bistro in Burlington. City Market in Burlington is great for groceries and don't miss Mad River Taste Place. Montreal is a two hour plus jaunt and if you have the time, it's one of our favorite cities and an easy drive. Worth it. So, all in all, we highly recommend this special spot. Book it! : )
The Fielder Farm is ideally located in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains. We are close to Burlington, Waterbury, Bristol, Stowe, Middlebury, and a wide variety of outdoor recreational resources for any season. A perfect place for you Vermont vacation home rental!
Hiking and Walking:
The 19,636-acre Camel's Hump State Park adjoins the Farm, linking it to an extensive network of hiking trails and the famous Long Trail system. We are two miles from the trails of the Camel's Hump State Park, and the hiking trails of Mount Mansfield --Vermont's tallest peak--is just a 40-minute drive to the north in Underhill or Stowe.
Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding:
There are six ski resorts within an hour's drive of The Farm including Stowe Mountain Resort, Bolton Valley, Smuggler's Notch, Mad River Glen, and Sugarbush.
In addition to the Barn's direct access to the Catamount Trail, there are three cross-country ski areas within an hour's drive as well. These include Catamount Family Center, Camel's Hump Nordic Ski Area, and Sleepy Hollow Bike & Ski Center.
Ideally located at the base of Little Baldie, The Fielder Farm owns and abutts some of the best backcountry terrain in the east.
The Farm is just 30 minutes from Burlington and Lake Champlain where kayaking, canoeing, and sailing are available from a variety of providers. Several local outfitters offer kayak and canoe rentals including Umiak Outfitters and Canoe Imports.
Mountain & Road Biking:
The Burlington Bike Path is a spectacular 12-mile bike and walking trail along the shore of Lake Champlain. The Bike Path runs north through the city's public beaches and suburbs and out on the Colchester Causeway three miles into the middle of the Lake.
The Stowe Recreation Path is a 5.5 mile greenway, paved for non-motorized recreation with numerous picnic and swimming areas.
The Fellowship of the Wheel is an organization that works with local landowners to develop and maintain several mountain biking trail networks just minutes from the Farm. You can download maps of their trail system by visiting their website.