- English, French, Spanish, Russian, Catalan
About Julia Volodina
I am a portrait artist, who likes to remodel houses. I was born in Russia and have lived in Spain as well as Vermont. I love to travel and meet new people.
Julia Volodina purchased this Apartment in 2008
Why Julia Volodina chose West Brattleboro
This property used to belong to the Father of American Contract Bridge, Ely Culbertson. It was his last property where he wrote books about world peace. He was a fascinating person; we'll tell you all about him when you arrive. We loved the property the minute we saw it, nestled in the woods yet so close to everything in town. We have spent a lot of time lovingly renovating the whole house and building a spectacular flower garden that surrounds the whole property. We have flowers from spring to fall!
What makes this Apartment unique
The house has advantages of both worlds: being in the forest and the same time not far from everything that the area can offer. It is quiet and private, and located next to the woods where there are extensive hiking trails. Guest especially love the big stone fireplace! The sofa is right in front of the fireplace, perfect for a cozy evening. Brattleboro is uniquely situated, right off I-91, only 2 hours from Boston and less than 4 hours from NYC. In the winter it's easy to get to both Mount Snow and Stratton for exciting skiing (not to mention our own little ski hill here in town where you can ski under the lights for only $5!) The area is also blessed by the presence of the Connecticut and West Rivers, providing ample swimming, fishing, and boating in the summer. We love our little home here in Brattleboro and hope you do too!
We only ask that our guests enjoy our property quietly; we live in the apartment next door and there are others living in the building. No smoking in the apartment please. Recycling bins are provided. Trash night is Tuesday night, please put your trash in the bags provided and place it outside. Other than that, we simply hope that our guests enjoy the apartment to the fullest and feel at home. We are right next door if you have any questions or problems.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Beautiful quiet location. Very short walk to Memorial Park and the farmers market. Spacious and well stocked with all the basics. My dog and I were very happy here...he misses it already!
Great location and space
This room is great for a quick weekend stay. I went with my husband and 2 year old daughter, the space of this studio is very large. All the things in previous reviews that people have complained about have been addressed - there is plenty of lighting, bed (is sooo comfy and huge), the TV works, parking is sufficient... the furniture is outdated but who cares? You're not there to sit on the couch all day and it's not your house. Julia was more than accommodating and someone is always around to address any concerns. The location is beyond amazing, you can walk to the Vermont Country Deli and the farmer's market, and it's only a 5 min drive to downtown Brattleboro. It was a great stay and reasonably priced.
Thank you so much for your lovely review! We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Thanks also for pointing out that we have addressed issues raised by previous guests. We take guest feedback very seriously and are always working to address guests' concerns and improve the experience here at the Culbertson House.
Thanks again and we hope to host you again for future trips to Brattleboro.
Perfect spot for a Brattleboro visit!
My wife and I spent a long weekend at the Culbertson House with our greyhound to visit family in the area. The studio is a great location, only a little over a mile into town. It is a large apartment with a comfortable king bed, a large fireplace (with plent of firewood available), and plenty of seating for guests. Julia could not have been nicer, we drove up during a nor’easter, and Julia let us in early. We had a great stay, and will definitely look to stay there again on our next visit.
Home away from home!
We came for a fur friendly family vacation. We enjoyed the spaceand the hosts very much! The accommodations were perfect; the location allied us hiking, kayaking, and cycling. We will definitely be back soon! Dani & Z
Bottom line, you get what you pay for. This was the cheapest place in the Brattleboro area at the time. Several small things need attention now are they will turn into big things later. I fixed a couple of things myself and pointed out problems to the owner. I'm not going to throw anybody under the bus as the place was not horrible. However, I strongly suggest an update of furnishings to bring the place in to the here and now. It reminded me of my Grandma's home in the 70's. The location is great and close to downtown. Caution going up to the house as the road up the hill has some bad potholes.
forget this one
The most attractive feature of this place is the price and it is not low enough for what you get. There are no screens on the windows so you can't ventilate the place without inviting the bugs in, the tv doesn't work, internet service is maddenly intermittent, the kitchen furnishings are sparse (no hot pads, no cereal bowls, no dish washing sponge/brush, etc) and equivalent in quality to Goodwill rejects, no soap in bathroom, poor lighting, etc. Surprised it met minimum requirements for vrbo listing.
Thank you for your review of the Studio at Culbertson House, and we are very sorry that the apartment did not meet your expectations. We do feel that a response is in order for future guests to have an accurate idea of the accommodations.
The guests were advised of an existing problem with our internet/tv provider; the problems with intermittent service were, unfortunately, out of our control and have been rectified at this time. The TV does, indeed, work just fine.
There are hot pads on the shelves above the kitchen sink. There are four bowls of varying sizes, bought new, that we have always thought of as cereal bowls; we have put in two more cereal-sized bowls in the apartment, so that hopefully future guests will find the size bowl that is just right for them. There is a dishwashing sponge in there, in addition to the dishwasher. I'm not sure what the guest means by Goodwill rejects; all the kitchen equipment is either new or in perfectly fine shape for a guest's needs. We will, of course, review all the furnishings in the kitchen and upgrade anything that is less than satisfactory.
There was and is soap in the bathroom shelves; as we always stress to our guests, if they cannot find something or if something like soap is missing, we live only steps away in the apartment next door and urge our guests to come by and ask for anything they need, such as an additional lamp or light.
We have consistently gotten 4-star reviews for the studio here and most of our guests have been extremely satisfied with the comfort, location, and amenities. We are very sorry that this guest had a less-than-positive experience, and we will be working to fix any problems addressed in their review.
The town of Brattleboro with a wide variety of shopping and entertainment is 1.5 miles from the house. Skating rink 2min walk. Covered bridge and Farmers market 5 min walk. Memorial Park with ski lifts in the winter and swimming pool in summer, 5 min. walk. Fine 18 hole golf course nearby, cross-country skiing in the winter at the same spot. A t-bar ski hill is five minutes away. Brattleboro is full of fine/casual dining choices and a lively bar scene as well. There are three breweries in town for aficionados of craft beer.
The Brattleboro location has long been a hub of tourism and entertainment. The Latchis Theatre was a vaudeville house in the last century, with major acts stopping on their way from New York to Montreal. There is a community orchestra, a vital art museum, many art galleries, the prestigious Vermont Jazz Center, concerts organized by the Brattleboro Music Center. The world-famous Marlboro Festival offers world-class classical concerts in the summertime, as well as the Yellow Barn Festival in nearby Putney.
We are a rural, farming community, and there are many enjoyable opportunities to take advantage of the offerings of the area. Stop in at the Scott Farm to pick your own apples, the Harlow Farm in Putney to pick your own fresh strawberries, or stop in at the Hidden Springs Farm to watch maple syrup being made or sample their wonderful maple confections. The Co-op supermarket in Brattleboro offers fresh local organic produce, as does Dutton's Farmstand in West Brattleboro. Nothing beats their just-picked fresh corn!
For outdoor activities the area offers tons of fun! Rent a canoe and explore the West River, hike Mt. Wantasequet, play a round of golf at the Brattleboro Country Club, play tennis, frisbee golf or go for a swim at the Brattleboro Memorial Park right next to our house (ice skating and skiing in the winter, too!)
Gastronomes will find rich offerings here. The first-class restaurants Peter Havens and T.J. Buckleys, both in Brattleboro, offer world-class fine dining with a local twist. You'll find authentic Mayan food at the Three Stones, spicy Indian food at the Masala House, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, great river view and tempting, reasonably priced meals at the Marina Restaurant on the river. Shall we go on? Try Tito's Tacos on Putney Road! Check out the awesome breakfast at Chelsea Royal Diner (you can even get eggs hatched from their own hens in the farm behind the restaurant.) And while you're at it, feast on 50-cent wings on Thursdays at Jack's at the Country Club, where you can watch golfers take their swings on the 9th hole while you munch on your wings.
Fun shopping is available in Brattleboro as well, several little boutique stores downtown, lots of galleries and artsy stores (check out the British items available at Penelope Wurr's). The Vermont Artisan's Design store on Main Street is a must see for local crafts and fine art. Forget your book to read during your stay? Stop in Main St. Mystery, a store devoted to mysteries and thrillers. And if you like poking around thrift stores, you absolutely cannot miss Experienced Goods on Flat St. More than a simple thrift store, it's an iconic community gathering place and benefits the local Hospice organization.
You'll find more to do than you have time for, so you'll just have to schedule a return visit to the Culbertson House!