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Modern Vermont Country Schoolhouse Cottage on 270 Acre Family Farm

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bath, with Incredible Mountain Views

This newly-renovated and solar-powered historic schoolhouse overlooks our family's regenerative organic farm. The Schoolhouse is bright and open, with a modern-rustic feel. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a country setting with views of the Green Mountains in every direction. Come to unwind, paint, frolic, cook, and enjoy a quintessential Vermont experience.

We've just finished renovating the Schoolhouse and began welcoming guests this summer. This 800 sq. ft. house is open and filled with natural light. It has vaulted ceilings, wood floors, concrete countertops, bright windows, and a large deck that looks out over the farm and the mountains to the west. Most nights, the sunset view from the deck is spectacular.

There are two queen beds in the house: one in a private downstairs bedroom, and one in an open loft bedroom above the living area. (The peak of the loft bedroom is just over 6 feet, so taller guests might be more comfortable in the downstairs bedroom.) There is also a full-size futon in the living area that can be made up to accommodate an additional two guests.

The house has wifi and a "Smart TV" (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, etc. streaming for your devices). There is no cable/live TV nor DVD. We also have small portable speakers so you can listen to music indoors and out.

Outside, there is a large deck with a sectional for lounging, and a table and chairs where you can enjoy a meal. We have a propane grill set up, and our pasture-raised meat for sale, if you'd like to prepare your own farm-to-table dinner. The yard has a fire pit and seating, as well as room for yard games.

The house is located 3 miles down a well-maintained dirt road. It is a 10-15 minute drive to Bennington where you'll find dining, shops, and groceries, and a 25-30 minute drive to Manchester.

The Schoolhouse looks out over our family's 4th-generation farm—5th if you count shepherds under the age of 5. We use no chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, etc.) on the land. We practice regenerative agriculture—using our sheep, chickens, turkeys, bees, and perennial fruit and forage crops to make sure our farm's ecosystems and animals remain fed, protected, strong, and resilient. If you're interested in regenerative agriculture (aka carbon farming)—and if time allows—we'd be happy to give you a tour of our farm and practices. For a peek at the farm, you can check out @studiohillvt on Instagram.

Guests will have access to the whole Schoolhouse and its surrounding yard. We can also direct you to some scenic trail walks (with views of the Green Mountains) throughout the farm.

The Schoolhouse is a private building with its own parking and driveway. It is a comfortable house with modern amenities, but we do want people to expect to hear the sights and sounds of a working farm. You'll occasionally hear tractors, sheep, chickens, turkeys, and a donkey in the distance. And all kinds of wildlife as well.

-------PLEASE NOTE: We charge an additional $25/person per night, for parties greater than four. (This charge does not apply to children below the age of 1.) After you make your booking, we confirm the booking and adjust the price to reflect your number of guests. Let us know if you have any questions about this policy. Thanks! -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

More Details

Caroline McDougall
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 July, 2018

About Caroline McDougall

Farmer. Imagineer. Lifelong art & design geek. Over-ambitious DIY-er. Hugger of Trees. Shredder of Gnar. IG @studiohillvt


I'm inspired by watching my kids grow up on our family farm, and finding ways to make the land, and creatures who live here, stronger and more resilient. We live to be outside; in the garden, hiking, skiing, doing anything on or in the water. We're passionate about raising healthy food, and learning to live simply and self-sufficiently. We love welcoming people to the farm, and sharing this incredible corner of planet Earth!


We are new to VRBO so we don't have any reviews yet, but you're welcome to checkout our reviews on Airbnb to get an idea what the place is like.

Caroline McDougall purchased this cottage in 1936

Why Caroline McDougall chose Shaftsbury

My Great-grandfather bought the Schoolhouse just after it closed in 1936. It was one of several one-room, rural schoolhouses in our little town of Shaftsbury. Since my family has owned it, it's housed farmhands, friends, and family members, but hadn't had a major update since the 1940s.

Starting in 2015, we began the process of renovating and reimagining this space for the next phase of its life on the farm. We took the building down to its original frame and rebuilt from there, vaulting the ceiling and exposing the beams as we went. The project took us two years to complete and we began welcoming guests in the summer of 2017. It's been a hit! We are delighted to share this special place with folks from all over the world.

What makes this cottage unique

The Schoolhouse is an incredible mix of old and new. We've kept the farm-cottage feel, and married it to a contemporary design, efficient building materials, fixtures, appliances, and heating. You're welcome to explore our 270 acre property of open fields, forest, and trails. And, if you're interested in meeting our flock of sheep, chickens, bees, and learning more about our regenerative land management, we'd be happy to give you a tour. This is a secluded, peaceful place to relax in the countryside, with dining, recreation, and activities within 15-30 minutes. Outside, the house has sweeping views overlooking our hillside farm, and the Green Mountains surrounding it.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Shaftsbury in Vermont

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , The downstairs bedroom is a private room with a queen bed.
    Loft Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , This is an open space overlooking the living area (no door).
  • The downstairs bedroom is a private room off of the main living area. It has a queen bed, 3 windows and full blinds. The loft bedroom is open to the living space below. It is accessed by a spiral stairscase. It has a queen bed and two windows with full blinds. The peak of the ceiling is just over 6 feet, so tall guests will be more comfortable in the downstairs bedroom.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Modern Vermont Country Schoolhouse Cottage on 270 Acre Family Farm
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Enjoyed the School House, Beautiful property/farmland & the hostess Caroline Was great!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much at the School House. Caroline was a great hostess. Any questions or concerns she address them immediately. Even though spring still hadn’t really arrived, their property & the views were beautiful! We enjoyed meeting Ben the mini donkey & his sheep- He’s quite the shepherd! We would recommend others to stay there -inside the school house was beautifully redone, & very cozy. Caroline has excellent taste!

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Visini family were dream guests! They were friendly and kind, and dove right in to exploring the farm and our little corner of Vermont. They braved a serious wind storm during their visit and couldn't have been more gracious. They also left the Schoolhouse in immaculate condition. Couldn't ask for nicer folks! We would highly recommend them to other hosts.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Shaftsbury, Vermont

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £19.31

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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