Guest Cottage Rental Property
Nestled in beautiful Kent Hollow not far from the village center of the charming historic southwestern Vermont village of West Rupert is Bear Mountain Farm, named for the mountain rising to 3,300 feet in the farm’s backyard. The village is 4 miles from the farm and has a post office, church and Sherman’s - the local general store, a gathering place for residents and visitors where the news of the world, neighbors and friends is reviewed over hot coffee and donuts. The farm has a small apple orchard, blueberry and raspberry patch but the principle attraction and producers of fine natural colored yarns are the Romney sheep. See the flock and some scenery at www.bearmountainfarm.com Our guest cottage is circa 1865, very private and on a quintessential, very well maintained Vermont dirt road. There is little traffic, so vehicles, bicycles and the occasional horse passing by always turn heads. The cottage has unique naturalistic woodwork crafted by ‘Old Joe’ a local legend who escaped the city in the fifties and spent his days woodworking. Vermonters would stop to chat and oftentimes bring an unusual tree limb or trunk for Joe to creatively transform into a door handle or table pedestal. The living/dining room has sliders to a small patio adjacent to a pristine, crystal clear stream with it’s resident brook trout and Zen like riffles. A footbridge leads to sloping meadows; a climb up the trail to the top yields a view of Bear Mountain and the Hollow. The kitchen is fully equipped, except for dishwasher (washing dishes while looking out to the steam is an enjoyable chore). There is a small bath with sink and stall shower. In the living area is a sofa bed that sleeps two and upstairs (the stairs are steep!), there are two bedrooms, one double, one single. The upstairs is small and has low ceilings but the effect is cozy and secure. There is an oil-burning furnace and forced hot air heat but the woodstove in the living room is often the visitor’s choice providing both heat and atmosphere. Linens are provided - for long stays interim linen/laundry service is available for a fee. This cottage is a true retreat but yet in the heart of places to go and things to see – West Arlington, home of Norman Rockwell and the famed Battenkill River, Merck Forest (3000 acres with hiking trails and farm www.merckforest.org), Manchester and Dorset for shopping and superb dining, Bromley and Stratton to ski or play golf, and Saratoga, an easy scenic drive, home of the famed Saratoga Race Track and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center www.spac.org summer home of the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra. Our guest cottage hosts many repeat visitors: writers, artists and outdoor lovers all seeking a restorative, peaceful retreat. Contact us for availability, lease terms and testimonials from visitors. Rates: 1 person $95. per night, 2 people $110 per night, 3 people $125. per night. Minimum rental 3 days.