|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Situated on our organic farm, our guest house is the perfect place for a weekend getaway, or extended vacation. 'The Nest' is surrounded by meadows and has sweeping views of the Green Mountains and countryside. Being only 1.5 miles from the village center allows easy access to Brandon's many shops, restaurants, and galleries. A fully equipped custom cherry kitchen, newly furnished interior, meticulous housekeeping, and crisp, plush linens will make your stay homey and comfortable. We invite you to come experience Vermont at the Nest! Sleeps four. The rates are for double occupancy. There is a $30 person per night charge for guests three and four.
Overall, really 5 stars. Gave 4 only because we were looking for accommodations for 2 parents and 2 college age kids. Sleeping arrangements were cozy, with 2 day beds for the college kids right outside the master bedroom. Would highly recommend for romantic getaway or couple with smaller children. No cable TV but I was happy for the break (and they did have wifi for the college kids). There was a TV for DVD playing and a selection of movies (we watched 2 as a family ... kinda nice!). I loved the house ... very clean, modern with quaintness of a guesthouse sitting on a farm. While the freestanding home sits close to the main house, the hosts were gracious but kept to themselves unless needed. Full kitchen with plates, appliances, etc. and washer and dryer. The view was spectacular -- I would imagine even better in the summer (we were there in November). Last but not least, she left eggs, bacon, milk and pancake mix so we didn't have to find our way around first thing in the morning (we arrived after dark). Nice touch!
We stayed at Swallows Nest for 10 days during the peak time of fall foliage in Vermont. We have never stayed any one place that long on a vacation. We loved the peaceful setting and being able to explore the many quintessential New England villages all within an hour drive or so from Brandon. Whether you want to hike the mountain trails, visit historic sites, explore the mountain roads for fall colors, shop at unique shops, the Swallows Nest is the perfect launching ground for your exploring. And I can't even begin to describe the vibrant colors and a lot of them were on the farm. Lyn invited me to explore their property and I did on several walks. I think I took a few dozen photos just of the spectacular tree colors and views on their property. As for place to visit in Central Vermont I highly recommend visiting the Calvin Cooledge birthplace at Plymouth Notch, Shelburne Museum, the Vermont Country Store at Weston or Rockingham, Manchester for shopping (and seeing a beautiful town), and Sugar Shack in Arlington for the Norman Rockwell Museum. There we actually got to meet and talk with one of the local residents who modeled for a famous Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover. That was cool! And speaking of cool... the coolest thing we got to do was take a hot air balloon ride on a cloudless, crisp fall morning. I highly recommend the Balloons Over New England out of Quechee. The crew made us feel at ease and gave us a great flight. All in all it was the trip of a lifetime, thanks in no small part to the beautiful peaceful setting of the Swallows Nest and the hospitality of Lyn and Jim. I highly recommend staying here!
My elderly parents and I stayed at the Nest for 3 nights as part of our leaf peeping tour. It was also conveniently close to Middlebury College, where we visited my son. The home was relaxing and beautiful. Lyn, the home-owner, could not have been more lovely and accommodating. It is a great place to escape any hustle and bustle. We would stay there again!
This guest house is absolutely perfection! Everything from the cozy interior to the expansive beauty of the farm has made this a favorite for my travels. Lyn and her family were so kind and welcoming, leaving fresh baked brownies and necessities in the fridge for my arrival. I traveled alone this trip, however, I am very much looking forward to bringing my family back to Swallow's Nest.
The Swallow's Nest is a beautiful spot tucked back on a farm, overlooking a marsh surrounded by mountains. It was a perfect place for me and my wife to get away. The back patio was so peaceful to just soak in the sun and listen to the wide array of birds sing their songs. Jim and Lyn were gracious hosts, making us feel very welcome in their backyard. The guest house is meticulously clean, with a fully equipped kitchen, including the bacon, eggs, coffee and creamer that were awaiting us in the fridge! Many thanks to Jim, Lyn and family for sharing their home with us, and we look forward to getting back up soon.
My family of five stayed a summer weekend as we dropped off our eldest son for summer camp. The farm and cottage cannot be more relaxing. Lynn and Jim were consummate hosts and the cottage was in perfect condition when we arrived. We slept comfortably and enjoyed the dvd movies on hand at night. We cooked our meals there as the kitchen had everything we needed. The farm takes it conservation seriously and we were happy to help with the composting.
The views of the mountains are breathtaking and the federally protected wetland, which is down the hill, is a beautiful place to bird watch. Lynn's gardening is impeccable and it's like staying in a botanical gardens. The fields are wide and expansive. From playing ball in the fields to following the crickets, we enjoyed the natural setting. It was overall calming, educational and peaceful. It was a great location to rejuvenate after some busy few weeks.
There are plenty of hikes in the area, great running trails and biking options. The town offers a nice grocery store and cute places to dine although we preferred staying on the farm. We will definitely be back!!!!
Rates are subject to change. For May and Foliage seasons, we require full payment 90 days in advance.