Log cabin | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Arranged over 3 floors this is a traditionally constructed log cabin approximately 20 years old set in 4.5 acres of woodland. The building is constructed from 15” thick logs built around a breeze block basement construction and features a main house with porch, deck, adjacent small garage designed for ride on mowers and skimobiles and an oversized double garage, Garage doors (insulated) are both manual and electric remote activated. Other outbuildings include a log store (about 30 m2) and a well cover. Sewage is to a septic tank and the area is flat on the driveway area, house and large lawn and sloping down to a brook at the north west boundary and up south west where there is a large flat area in the next door property. The house faces North East. The village is within a mile and the nearest town 4.5 miles. The house is very well insulated, double glazed and experiences temperatures of -12°C and lower and up to 7 metres of snow in the winter. Just as the winter is extreme the summer can be hot but the house is cool at that time.
Heating is by hot air heated by a furnace, through baseboards and grilles trunked around the house and oil powered. Very efficient. Fully controllable by a flexible and simple thermostat. This is backed up by a log burning stove in the basement, a propane stove in the lounge area and electric fires (in the shape of stoves) in the dining room and basement games area. Water is heated on demand by a “Rinnai” propane unit which was installed late 2013. The propane tank is 120 gallons and both heating oil and propane are on auto top-up, the service truck arrives at regular intervals and tops up to full. There is cable TV to lounge, top floor twin room and basement. Main TV is 1080p HD and has a surround system and bluray coupled. All others have DVD and video connected. Water supply is from our own well and is treated and tested every few months by a specialist company. It comes from around 200 feet deep and comes out about 2 bar pressure before the pump. Excellent quality and very soft. Internet is by WiFi from a router connected to the cable and is regularly 20 mbps but can be up to 30 mbps. There is an internet printer and a landline telephone. The property manager will arrange cleaning prior entry and after leaving and also every 10 days if a long rental. He also looks after the lawn and garden and trees and will attend every week or so for a security check. He lives around 15 minutes away and is very attentive and helpful.
The property is set on its own, 180 metres up a drive from a private road. There is a large parking area in front of the garages. There is access through the basement door, through the 'main' level door by the porch and through the dining room door which opens on to the decking. One key does all. Secluded and quiet - but not remote. The village and town are close as stated above and the entrance to Proctor Piper State Forest is also within a mile. That is used as a snowmobile trail in the winter and for hiking and walking in the summer. We are close for most of the South Central Vermont attractions and some superb scenery as well as access to the lakes. Extremely well served with restaurants including some fine dining establishments, pubs, breweries, microbreweries and wineries.
Details of the Interior
From top down the accommodation is arranged as a twin and double on the top floor with a half bathroom between them. Both have walk in closets. The closet in the twin room is cedar.
On the main level there are 2 double bedrooms both with walk in closets. The one in the master bedroom is particularly large. Bathroom was renewed in late 2013 and has a tub, shower, usual offices and an infra red heat lamp. It features what the Americans refer to as a 'vessel' sink on a countertop. Most often referred to in UK as countertop sinks. Large linen closet here also.
The main lounge is a comfortable large space wrapping around to the breakfast bar and kitchen. It has a propane stove in addition to the normal heating and opens on to the porch. 2 seater settee, 3 seater settee, armchair, rocking chair etc. Good for a large family or several small families. The kitchen has the usual American standard stove, microwave, large fridge freezer and dishwasher etc and loads of good useable storage. Very well equipped kitchen (crockery pots etc etc.) The microwave is situated above the stove and operates as a cooker hood and fan also. From the kitchen area there is access to the dining room which has an 8 seater dining table and a stove shaped electric fire. A feature of this level is the use of Tiffany lamps in the lounge and dining room and the rocking chairs.
The basement area has another lounge with a 3 seater settee, rocking chairs and a log burning stove. Very cosy. There is an adjacent ski storage area, laundry area with a large top loading washer, a drier, an ironing area and a sink. There is a work top/counter here also and we have fitted another microwave and large fridge freezer here. Next door to that is a full shower and toilet and then the bunk area with 2 bunks fitted with lights , bedside tables etc. The last part of the basement is the 'games' area which has a large table for either meals or games and there is another electric fire in the shape of a stove here. Most of the pictures and prints are limited edition lithographs of local artists and other decorations include original vintage skis, skates and toboggans. The service basement is also on this level and has all the heating, water and electrical controls.
As a rule we supply 2 full sets of linen and towels for each bed and cutlery and crockery for 12 persons. This property can easily accommodate 12 but is our home for several months of the year and is cosy and comfortable for 2.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Boston Logan International 220 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The New England region
Welcome to Vermont! In the Green Mountains State, you'll find famous fall foliage, renowned maple syrup and the most snow on the east coast. But there is so much more too: enjoy local food at restaurants and farmers' markets, savor the revered beer culture, meet world-class artisans, explore endless recreational opportunities, rejuvenate at the spa, learn at noteworthy historic sites and above all, please stay awhile… Vermont's attributes will continue to reveal themselves to you in honest and inspiring ways.
Vermonters are known for their independent-thinking, friendliness, sportiness, and resourcefulness. The state's residents love the land and are committed to preserving, as well as sharing it. Vermont's agricultural traditions have created open working landscapes amid a backdrop of mountains, many of which make up the nation's first through-hiking trail, the Long Trail.
While it's easy to spend days simply taking in the scenery, it's even more rewarding to become a part of it. It's easy to explore backs roads and well-maintained trails by bicycle. Go for a run or walk along busy downtown paths or quiet villages with covered bridges. Drop into a halfpipe on your skis or snowboard and share the trail with local Olympians. Cast a line in a lake or stream, or relax beachside at a pristine state park. Whatever the day brings, the night is sure to deliver a solid night's rest - whether you choose to camp under the stars, cozy up under a quilt at an inn, or appreciate the thread-count at a luxurious resort.
In Vermont, one thing is beautifully certain: The seasons will change. And with that change, so does the landscape, the recreation, and the way of life. With every season comes new opportunities to explore the world around you. Welcome to a state that is truly never out of season.
Secluded but accessible. less than 1 mile to the village of Proctorsville and less than 1 mile to the entrance to Proctor Piper State park/forest for hiking trails etc. Nearest town (large village really) is Ludlow at 4.5 miles and about 30 miles to Claremont NH which is a large town by local standards and has large shops. Convenient for all South Central Vermont attractions, Queechee Gorge, Weston County Store and Christmas shop, Chester, Bellows Falls for the Green Mountain Flyer local train ride through the covered bridges, Manchester outlet town, and some superb scenic roads. 20 miles from the I91.
Places like Waterbury - (home of Ben and Jerry's ice cream), Lake Champlain and Burlington, Montpelier the state capital and the White Mountains of NH are a little more distant and variously around 2 to 3 hours away. New York is about 4 hours + and Boston nearly 3. Niagara is 6 hours and the route takes you past the Finger Lake area of upper NY state. Probably not the choice of the 18-30 set but we see a lot of families in Vermont in the summer enjoying the mountains and lakes. An area of old fashioned houses, many wooden, impossibly neat farms, bright red barns and white wooden churches with sharp spires reaching into deep blue skies. Everything neat and clean and a large selection of great restaurants, pubs, local breweries and wineries all within very easy distance. Between Mckelvie Cabin and Ludlow there is one country house hotel and restaurant, 2 steakhouses, Chinese, pizza and 2 general restaurants before we reach town then 2 fine dining restaurants and 4 general restaurants in the town itself. Golf course about 5 miles away. Extremely friendly and open locals.
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