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Great Hiking in the Autumn Foliage/Hot Tub /Farm-to-Table Dining In or Out

People8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Spacious Open Floor Plan: Gourmet Kitchen, MBR, Bath, DR, LR, TV Rm, Laundry

PLEASE INFORM OWNER if you have not read through this entire listing and the house manual ("Rules and Recommendations") containing important safety information.

Ideal for VT/MA/NY Vacation, this unique property is unlike any you've ever seen. Entrance is though a brick courtyard up a spiral staircase (alternate handicap entry is available - please inquire in advance) to a huge balcony with hot tub, gas grill, and dining table for six.

This renovated 1938 dairy barn with its 1963 additions is a Vermont icon with 'rooms' cleverly defined throughout the spacious 2100 sq. ft. The kitchen, dining room, media room and bunk house are located in the original structure, and the living room, master bedroom, bathroom and laundry are in the 1963 addition with a huge barn door separating the two without impeding communication.

The large kitchen was designed with a family of chefs in mind and includes the Media Room at the far end, perfect for informal gatherings. Kitchen is fully supplied with all necessities for the usual culinary activities, and has a dishwasher, gas stove, refrigerator, free-standing freezer, microwave and a variety of smaller appliances.

The kitchen flows into the media room with a flat screen TV and queen-sized sofa bed we enhance with a memory-foam topper. Please request use of this bed in advance.

Around the corner is the dining room with normal seating for 6, expandable to 8. The gas grill is just a few steps away so you can still BBQ when its too cold to eat outdoors. A Vermont slate buffet invites you to plan serve-yourself meals, and the truly comfortable dining room armchairs encourage relaxing, after-dinner conversation.

Next comes the bunk house with accommodations for four youngsters or teens. Adjustable Aerosnooz mattresses allow each sleeper to adjust the amount of firmness desired. There is also a game table for those who remember how to play games without batteries, and a couple of bean bag chairs for reading, texting or playing those games that do require batteries.

Through the barn door is the accommodating living room with a gas log stove, big comfy furniture and soaring cathedral ceiling. If you're trying to break the TV habit there's a library with something for every taste, G-rated that is. The amazing feature of this wing is the seven floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows installed over 50 years ago. One has even been made into an emergency exit to bring the building up to 21st century safety-standards.

Behind a partition created by a row of 9' high closets is the master bedroom with king bed and additional closets. A quiet work space in the bedroom is an ideal respite for a type A personality who can't leave it all at the office.

The bathroom doubles as a laundry with large capacity, low-flo/low-energy machines. The shower is ample for two people, but tub enthusiasts will have to hit the deck and use the hot tub.

Need more space? Consider renting the adjacent guest quarters formerly the caretaker's residence. Inquire about the special requirements for renting both places.

Outdoors you can enjoy the large lawn area big enough for tournament croquet, swim in the seasonal 30' lap pool, or borrow our bikes (only if requested at time of reservation) for a stress-reducing ride around one of the nearby scenic loops.

Stereo, cable TV, DVD and WIFI.

Six miles to Williamstown, MA and 6 miles to Bennington, VT; both with scores of recreational, entertainment, culinary, and cultural venues.

Dogs are permitted under certain circumstances -- please inquire -- at a rate of $15 per dog per day. (NOTE: HomeAway is not set up to handle this portion of the transaction.)

There is a property manager 5 minutes away to take care of all your immediate needs.

This was our own personal living space so you can be assured the renovation was designed for privacy and to optimize peace and quiet.

The courtyard leads to your balcony entrance although there is a ground floor entrance for bringing in luggage.

Generally the hot tub is not used in the summer even when people indicate they want to, and we drain it for cleaning. If you wish to use it, however, we are happy to oblige if you make your request in advance.

We require peace and quiet from our guests and forbid gatherings and partying.

Note to renters: 99% of our guests love staying here and return and recommend us to their friends. Fewer than 1% have a problem with the rough hune barn boards, the windows not designed to open, an occasional mouse "leave-behind", the proximity to a road (hey, where else would you put your barn), and any number of observations about a barn converted into a residence that maintains a barn-like flavor. So if these things bother you please do not rent from us! We depend on good reviews and a good rental season to cover the costs of owning this rural treasure.

More Details

Owner
Pat or Gabe
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
11 December, 2017

About Pat or Gabe

What can I say? We are creatives who love the beauty and serenity of this place. We spent our adult lives in Fairfield County CT with a 5-year sabbatical in Seattle, and looked for a location that would not only fulfill our space requirements but meet our emotional needs as well. We shared this environment with Rooney McDuff a spirited, way-too-loving golden retriever. We've always loved one-of-a-kind places, and this definitely fit the bill. Then three-plus years ago a one-of-a-kind granddaughter came along and back to Connecticut we trotted.

Pat or Gabe purchased this barn in 2006

Why Pat or Gabe chose Pownal

Well, this is more than a vacation rental; it's an entire lifestyle. Pownal Valley is probably one of the most beautiful in all of Vermont. Rolling limestone mountains might not make for double black diamond ski runs but they do make for fabulous vistas. Our views are without challenge anywhere throughout New England. Our complex is convenient to Route 7 but our guests ALL say the property feels totally private and peaceful.

We moved here full-time in January of 2007. In a portion of our barn complex we operated a commercial photo studio and a craft gallery and later added a homemade ice cream service window. Recent events have caused us to move back to Connecticut where we can be helpful to our family and pursue some other interests. In the meantime you can enjoy our beautiful Vermont property when we're not here.

What makes this barn unique

This is all about peace and relaxation; and not a partying place by any stretch. For our rental guests: Private balcony for grilling and dining, full-length lap pool for a leisurely swim or a good workout, hot tub for a satisfying de-stressing. AND a large flat, safe yard for kids and dogs to play! The use of the courtyard is reserved for grilling and dining by the guests in the other unit.

Oh, did I mention there are about a million things to do around here? Our central location allows you to explore attractions in three states, too numerous to mention here. Just let us know your interests and we'll do our best to steer you in the right direction.

Location

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Albany
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Williamstown MA
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Taconic Golf Club or Mt Anthoney CC
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Albany Rennselaer (Amtrac)
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
Mass Pike or Interstate 91
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Mezze, Coyote Flanco, Thai Garden, Spice Root, etc
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Jiminey Peak
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Lake Paran, N. Bennington
Car: necessary

This corner where MA, NY and VT come together is filled with every kind of activity imaginable - museums; cultural events including music, dance and theater performances; agritourism and farmer's markets; festivals and fairs of all kinds; sports including hiking at all ability levels, Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, golf, snowmobiling, horseback riding, boating, swimming; shopping including being equidistant between TWO outlet malls and a huge antique and craft complex, fabulous restaurants, tours of wine-, cheese-, beer- and ice cream-making facilities, historic attractions, etc., etc., etc. We are partial to hiking and have yet to experience all the trails, or take our dog to all the swimming holes in this part of the state.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Pownal in Bennington County

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Total quiet hours 11PM - 7AM, reasonable low level noise 9-11PM and 7-9AM
  • Only appropriate amounts of t-paper and NOTHING ELSE can be flushed down the toilet.
  • Guests may not move, remove or alter any item, system or appliance without owner's permission.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Laundry located in bathroom
  • The bathroom is adjacent to the master bedroom which makes it unsuitable for middle-of-the-night trips to pee.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 4 Single Bed , Bunk beds are not suitable for overly large adults
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen sleeper with memory foam topper. Request in advance.
  • Bedrooms are not really rooms as this is an open space layout. All "bedrooms" are separated and physically blocked from one another but the only door in the entire place other than the bathroom is between the 1928 wing and the 1963 wing.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

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Great Hiking in the Autumn Foliage/Hot Tub /Farm-to-Table Dining In or Out
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 15 reviews
5

Beautiful, unique home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here with our dog July 16 - 21 and we were all very sad when it was time to leave. Pride of ownership shows throughout and the pictures do not do it justice! The home is very clean with a "country" feel with wide plank wood floors, wood beams, barn doors, stained glass windows but it still offers modern amenities and conveniences. We enjoyed the private pool by day and watched the amazing sunsets from the hot tub at night. The mountain views from the deck are breathtaking!

There's quite a bit to do in the area. It's close to Bennington which is a quaint town with shops and restaurants and there are several state parks with lakes and hiking trails near by.

We had the pleasure of meeting the owners upon check-in. They were so friendly and took the time to answer our questions and show us around.

We hope to get back there again soon and I would highly recommend this place! Thank you so much Pat and Gabe for sharing this little piece of heaven with us!!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were super fine guests and we are extremely appreciative of the condition in which you left our property. Come back any time and be sure to bring friends!
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4

Beautiful and spacious but noisy and not as private as expected

  • 4 of 5

This is a unique apartment that was mostly great for our family of two adults and two teens.  It was clean, colorful, and very spacious.  I think the listing does a great job of highlighting all the cool things about the property, but there are a few downsides that surprised us, which future guests may want to consider when deciding whether to book.

In reading my review keep in mind: I think the unit is priced fairly given the downsides — call them trade-offs—but it wasn’t easy to tell from the listing exactly what we were trading off. For this reason in my review I’m focusing on the trade-offs we didn’t realize we were making when we booked.

We were surprised to learn upon arrival that there are two vacation rentals in this building. This made it both noisier and less private than we expected.

NOISE. The downstairs apartment is directly beneath the master bedroom of this unit. While in the master bedroom, we were able to hear everything going on downstairs -- conversations, television, game playing -- was all audible nearly to the point that we could follow along. The owners have a strict "Quiet Hours" policy, but most of the noise we heard at midnight was just regular conversation that kept me up because of the way sound traveled through the floor and heat ducts, and it didn’t seem reasonable to ask them to stop talking altogether. On our last night there was a large group downstairs (I counted 5 or 6 voices) and we could hear them playing a TV trivia game past midnight. I could have asked them to be quiet, or I could have contacted the property manager, but it’s just not the sort of thing I want to deal with on vacation.

PRIVACY. The other surprise for me was that all of the outdoor spaces are shared with both units. The hot tub in particular is weirdly located for sharing, as it’s on the upper unit deck, just steps from your double glass doors. So even if you don’t plan to use the hot tub yourself, you could have strangers hot tubbing right next to you while you eat dinner, use the grill, or watch the sunset.

Other tradeoffs:

Beautiful stained glass windows = limited natural light indoors and no mountain views.

Being right on Route 7 (a highway, not a “village setting” and not a quiet country road) = rumbling trucks, traffic noise, no birdsong.

Barn = mice.

All in all an interesting property, I think fairly priced, but with some trade-offs that will be worth it for some people but not for others.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There shouldn't be that much noise transference so we've got to make sure the baffles in the air ducts are still in position. You are absolutely right about the other guests. They were rude, rowdy, drunk and completely disrespectful AND there were more of them than permitted. It got much worse after you left, too! I wish you would have called! Even though this is rare -- we lived there for 8 years while renting the apartment and had two problems in that time -- I am taking the listing off of the other competitor's website because they penalize you for cancelling based on just about any criteria other than the guest is a convicted rapist or an international terrorist. In the meantime the notice on the main part of our description mentions everything you find objectionable: windows, mice, road, etc. Maybe I will have to make it more emphatic!
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Apartment was really nice but location and downstairs apartment was not disclosed. No privacy.

  • 2 of 5

The accommodations were as described and very nice but the location and privacy were misleading. The pool and hottub were shared with the apartment downstairs which was not disclosed in the rental site or by the owner at check in. There is no private balcony as the hottub is on the balcony and available for others to use. This is not a private country getaway rather a nicely appointed roadside apartment.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I heard from the Israeli family staying in the guest house that Mr. P seemed unhappy about their presence. They apologized for possibly being overly enthusiastic. MR. P was also very rude to us and outright refused to pay his dog fee. He actually lives near our former home and I drove by his house yesterday. It would seem the $15 per day dog fee well within his income. When we lived there we had to pay $65 per night to board our dog! Rental Property is clearly positioned on the map and is listed as being in a village setting. Anyone wishing a remote location should select a property with acreage and pay the higher per night fee accordingly.
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5

Great ski weeeknd

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house. Housekeeper very nice and helpful

  • Review Submitted: 10-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and 2 dogs stayed in Vermont for 1 week and we ended our last 3 days by staying in this beautiful location. I kept it a surprise from my wife because I knew she would love this place.... and she did. She loved the spaciousness of the place. The wood floors, the gi-normous kitchen, the high ceilings and the general comfort of the place.

We coordinated with the caretaker of the property, Lisa, regarding our arrival. Upon arrival she met us and gave us a tour of the place, showed us the switches and features of the place.....the only initial tricky thing I would say is getting to the garage because of all the doors. After finding the correct sequence the first time your fine;)

The first night of our stay we realized the hot water wasn't very hot. At first we weren't sure whether this was normal since it was our first night. Lisa was very easily contacted and she informed Mr. Palmer of the concern. The next morning I had the opportunity to talk to Mr.Palmer and he said it would be looked into and taken care of. He was good on his word because upon return from our day's activities we were pleasantly surprised to have hotter water.

The pictures in the Ads are nice but really don't do it justice. Not until you are standing there do you appreciate the enormity, beauty, serenity and spaciousness of the place. Thank you Mr. Palmer and Ms. Kane for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I couldn't have written a better review myself. Thank you so very much. I'm intrigued that you kept this rental from your wife as a surprise. We recently had a couple visit because staying in a converted barn is on their retirement bucket list! Using the garage entrance is for luggage loading and unloading only. We do not encourage guests to use it for more than that (unless handicapped) as it leaves the entire complex open to intruders. Those with a compelling reason for using the garage entrance should discuss it with our caretaker and receive the proper instructions and keys for keeping the building buttoned up.
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5

Perfect place to vacation with kids

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here! The house was beautiful- beautiful stained glass windows, a neat layout and a great bedroom with bunk beds that my son loved! I had been a little too worried that the bedroom with bunk beds described as being in the original barn was going to be too far separated from us, but it wasn't at all. The hot tub was fantastic too!

The owners, Pat and Gabe, were really attentive and helpful, providing information on things to do in the area. Lisa, the property manager, was fantastic as well and went out of her way to show us the ins and outs of the house upon our arrival.

We'll definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have to absolutely thank you and your family for being such ideal guests. We had just recovered from a family who's stay can only be described as a train wreck; two undisciplined dogs, two undisciplined children; two undisciplined parents. You have given us renewed hope that there are still people out there who respect and appreciate someone's home. We are actually thinking about writing up a Kiddie Dos and Don'ts to accompany our Doggie Dos and Don'ts. Thank you for not needing it! You are welcome back any time.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Pownal, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Christmas
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£934
for 4 nights
From
£195
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£556
for 3 nights
From
£134
From
£175
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,093
£3,405
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £111.85
Property Damage Protection £44
Registration Fee £100.67 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

For approved dog or dogs please add $15 per dog per night. Holidays and holiday eves falling on a weeknight are billed at the weekend rate. Registration fee covers standard cleaning only. Extraordinary cleaning, if needed, will be an additional charge of $100 or the actual cost, whichever is greater. The payment for a cancelled reservation will be refunded to the extent a replacement guest books the dates cancelled.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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