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Spectacular Retreat Overlooking Caspian Lake, Private Dock

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,667 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5-6)

This one-level 2,700 sq. foot structure, known as 'Gray Eyrie,' is a locus of action in Wallace Stegner’s “Crossing to Safety.”

Built as their dream house by the friends Stegner describes, a retired professor & wife, the house sits atop Greensboro's Baker Hill with a 180-degree view over the village and 700-acre Lake Caspian, one of Vermont's most pristine lakes. The 80-acre property adjoins The Nature Conservancy's 256-acre Barr Hill Preserve, offering miles of hiking trails and picnic sites with sightings of wildlife and views spanning the Green Mountains of Vermont and White Mountains of New Hampshire. Biking is another popular activity.

A separate guesthouse with two bedrooms, sleeping four, is available at $700/week during May 15-June 30, $800/wk in Sept.-October, and $950/week during July-August. See VRBO/300035. A dock on the lake, 0.6 mile down Baker Hill, offers the house and guest house a canoe and private access to swimming, boating and fishing.

Both the main house and guesthouse are closed for the winter, Oct. 17-May 15.

Greensboro is a preeminently rural community in Orleans County, one of three that make up Vermont's fabled Northeast Kingdom. The village has several dairy farms as well as fields and forests conserved by The Nature Conservancy, the Vermont Land Trust and the Greensboro Land Trust. Greensboro has a richly stocked general store (Willeys), and a country club with tennis and golf that nonmembers can access for daily fees (MVCC). Several restaurants are nearby in the town of Hardwick (Positive Pie, Village Diner, Yummy Wok, House of Pizza). The village and hinterland offer picturesque drives over back-country roads beside rivers, lakes and hills.

Amenities: Large fireplace, phone, broadband internet, fully equipped kitchen and laundry except no dishwasher. Extensive library. Linens provided. Charcoal grill. Garden chairs. No smoking, please.

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clive gray
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Norwegian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About clive gray

I am a retired development economist, spent most of my career with the Harvard Institute for International Development, am spending much of my time during retirement in promoting land conservation in Greensboro, the surrounding area and Vermont overall.

clive gray purchased this house in 1963

Why clive gray chose Greensboro

Property was built by my parents as their dream house, is now owned by a family trust. My four siblings and I grew up spending their summers in Greensboro, to which our grandparents first brought their family in 1910.

What makes this house unique

Greensboro is a beautiful rural area, located in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Much community recreation centers around 700-acre Caspian Lake. Two of The Nature Conservancy's 50+ preserves in Vermont are located in Greensboro, one of them abutting the vacation rental property.

Guestbook comments from the owner

You get the feeling that you are on top of the world! (It's only the Northeast Kingdom) Great views, spectacular sunsets, a large, eclectic collection of books, spacious living and dining area and a wonderful fireplace for chilly days and nights. We love this place, the beautiful Caspian Lake and the interesting town of Greensboro that it is in. There is the largest general store you've ever seen, a world famous brewery, close to neighboring town of Craftsbury Common with it’s outdoor center where Olympians train and the Saturday farmers market. If you are there in the fall of course the color can be breathtaking! All this is within an hours ride to the Canadian border and Southern Quebec. The owners are terrific; clearly committed to serving the needs of the renter.
Sep 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Greensboro in Orleans County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2667 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King-size bed in master bedroom, Queen-size bed and twin bed in bedroom #2, Single bed in bedroom #3
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Dock on Lake Caspian, 0.6 mi. down Baker Hill, offers house & separate guest house private access to swimming, boating, fishing. Aluminum canoe provided at dock. Property abuts 256-acre Nature Conservancy preserve (Barr Hill).


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Spectacular Retreat Overlooking Caspian Lake, Private Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Peaceful, relaxing and beautiful. Quiet too!

A place to be for a little solitude from the bustle of urban life and to enjoy what the

Northeast Kingdom is about.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beatufil site

  • 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

When you approach from the road you'll see a house on top of a hill ... and yes that's it! It is comfortable, spacious, well equipped, with large panoramic windows that afford grand views of the Green Mountains and Vermont's ever changing skies. It borders conservation land; you can go hiking right out the front door. Go down the half mile driveway and across the road is your private Caspian Lake dock with canoe. If you are looking for the latest in 21st century amenities and entertainment, this may not be for you (but it has a phone and Internet and you can stream anything you want). But if you are looking for comfort in solitude surrounded by the outdoors, you can hardly do better. And for rainy days the house has more books than some libraries, including children's books.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Highland Lodge (Greensboro), also Hardwick
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Lake Champlain
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Mountain View Country Club, Greensboro
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Vermont Routes 15-16
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Hardwick St. Cafe(Greensboro), several in Hardwick
Nearest Beach
0.6 Miles
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

50% deposit on booking, remainder + 9% tax at least two weeks before occupancy. Payment by check to family trust, Morgan-Stanley, Waltham, Mass.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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