“I have to start this review by saying WOW! Talk about a dream location and a dream holiday! I also need to apologize to our wonderful hosts for taking SO long to write this review! We spent a wonderful two weeks in their extraordinary home just prior to Thanksgiving, and got very wrapped up with family and the Covid quarantines after departing Vermont. So my apologies. But here is the well deserved review! You know that dream you always had of visiting the perfect Vermont Inn? You know that dream you always had whenever you stayed (or envisioned staying) in the perfect Vermont Inn if you could have the entire guest space to yourself? Well that's what we found when we pulled into Marshfield Vermont on a very cold snowy night in November. Jude had given us perfect directions, but the GPS brought us there without any issues. Right up to the front door. It was dark when we arrived and we had spoken with them on our drive and assured them we could be very self sufficient on our arrival. So up we drive, into this idyllic setting, after a LONG drive through snow and we felt like we had reached paradise. Little did we know how much it wold even exceed our expectations once we saw it in the sunlight the next morning! The sweetest sheep and chickens you've ever seen were there at our windows greeting us when we came down for coffee. The animals that live in the adjoining barn really love people and are very excited to see you arrive. For those that are timid around animals, no worries! They keep their distance unless you approach them. My spouse wanted no part of getting up close and I wanted to be all about interacting with them. They were the perfect animal hosts, granting us both our wishes! Before I regale you with tales of our long walks on this beautiful property, let me talk about this amazing farmhouse. The hosts have seen to everything you could hope for. We arrived to a lovely gift of fresh farm locally sourced apples, eggs and cream, a beautiful loaf of artisan bread and a local gourmet bag of delicious coffee. They had offered to build our first fire for us in the pot belly stove, but I was eager to do it myself. It became my morning ritual every day as I rose with the roosters. Delicious local coffee that I ground and brew freshly and building our fire. The house itself is the guest half of their former Inn/Bed & Breakfast. It's a completely separate space from the hosts, but it was really nice having them close by. We all kept our safe distance due to Covid, but I look forward to nothing more than a future visit when we can spend some time with this extraordinary couple. They are really special and made us feel like family, while being incredibly conscientious about giving us our space. As we were about to go into a few months of staying with family during the quarantine, we relished our privacy and time together as a couple. Our hosts made that so perfectly easy to do. But secretly we both wishes that Covid hadn't kept us from at least enjoying a meal together and some wine on the porch. I honestly can't say enough about these hosts. We arrived as strangers and left feeling like cherished friends. And that's after having to stay socially distanced! A bit more about the house itself. Home, I should say. It is a home, and from the moment you walk into it, you feel as if you've come home again. When I say there was a tear in my eye as we left on our final day, I'm not exaggerating. You get a wonderful two story farmhouse when you stay here that is all yours. It's quintessentially Vermont from top to bottom in every way you hope. The rustic and well stocked kitchen, with it's gorgeous wood counters, full sized fridge and spacious layout make your farm to table cooking feel like a privilege and never a chore. Even chopping lettuce for salad somehow felt more enjoyable in that kitchen! On the first floor, you have a spacious living room that has two separate seating areas. You notice upon arrival that there are wonderful books around the room, that are just a scratch on the surface of the library that is there for you in the home. The pot bellied stove keeps you cozy and warm all day and night long. Outside is more than enough wood to keep you warm your entire stay. We loved it! Also on the first floor is a HUGE bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and a surround multi-head shower that makes you feel like you've entered a spa. Beautiful soaps await you. And we planned to take great advantage of the huge tub, until we realized that in the adjoining room is a beautiful hot tub surrounded by floor to ceiling windows and stained glass. Needless to say we were in that hot tub every evening and never got close to the tub. I spent a great deal of time in that glass enclosed room. It's well placed in the house, in that it's completely private and on the opposite end of the part of the house where the hosts lived. So unless you're worried about a sheep taking in the sight of you slipping into a hot tub, you can enjoy your privacy. I'll also mention that the house is up on a hill looking down on a valley, with the nearest neighbor - well I couldn't tell you how far that would be because we never SAW a neighbor. Needless to say, you can quite enjoy the peacefulness of privacy from the beautiful hot tub. The room itself is filled with gorgeous greenery and stained glass designed especially for that room. Jude is very proud of her decorating and her choices in the home - as she well should be. It's perfection! Absolute perfection. The room has a wonderful round glass table and wicker lounge chairs, so we often ate out there and enjoyed our morning coffee as we watched the sheep go off to roam for the day. Upstairs is a Vermont Inn paradise as well. We had the place to ourselves, so we only needed one bedroom for sleeping. We chose the library room. Floor to ceiling shelves of the best literature you could ever hope to read while on holiday in Vermont. Beautiful blues and whites making the room so cozy and welcoming. And very roomy. Even with our suitcases opened in the room, we never felt tight for space. There is another "master" bedroom, which we ended up using for storage (we had to travel with computers, as this was a working trip), and we used the "children's room" for my spouse's "office". The beds feel as if they're new. Can't remember a finer night's sleep than on that bed in the library with the beautiful perfectly matched quilt over us to complement the blues in the room. There is a full bath on the second floor as well. Both bathrooms, I should mention, have HUGE counters that the sinks are in. A family of fourteen would have enough room for all of their toothbrushes to be lined up on the counter in the downstairs bathroom. When you take the time to venture out and explore their huge property, you will be so happy to discover fields and woods and streams and pathways... You keep thinking "is this really all for me to enjoy without sharing it with other people?" I loved how many places there were to explore on the property and how safe you feel every step of the way. I think that's the thing that struck me during our entire stay: we wanted for nothing. If someone forced me to come up with a "needs improvement" item, I'd have to tell them I'd be unable think of one, as we wouldn't have changed a THING about this lovely and perfect Vermont farmhouse. I think the only thing I'd change is being able to stay MUCH longer! This is a place you are very sad to say goodbye to, and hosts who's efforts and kindness have filled your heart with appreciation and gratitude. This is truly the best of the best. A perfect Vermont farmhouse to welcome you and let you re-energize and get back to the simpler beauties in life. Due to Covid, we did not do much venturing out to the surrounding areas or day drives. That will change next time we visit. There is SO much to do and see in this area of Vermont, and we wish Covid hadn't kept us from it. But I can tell you that our drive to a nearby Covid testing location, showed us how many things we were missing in the area. It would take a month to be able to enjoy the quiet and do-nothing of the farmhouse AND get out and about to all of the wonderful hidden gems we have on our to-do list next time we visit Marshfield, Vermont. To our wonderful host's: we missed you the moment we drove away! We think of the sheep and chickens all the time and miss them tremendously. My sincerest apologies for not getting to this review much sooner. After arriving at my parents, it became a whirlwind of the holidays, and then the post-holiday catching up. I realized today when logging in that I still hadn't reviewed our wonderful stay with you yet! I'm SO sorry! It wasn't for a lack of loving our experience. It was truly one of the happiest times we could have ever hoped for. What was technically a "Covid quarantine" in Vermont, turned out to be SO much more. A memory we'll carry for a lifetime, and an experience we can't wait to have again. Sending you both all of our good wishes.”
Judith's reviewsAs a host (1)
Where is it?
Rural neighborhood. Our historic farmhouse is on a hillside looking across the valley at 2 other houses, each at least 1/4 mile away. Heavily forested with deciduous and evergreens, with open fields for cows and sheep and hay crops. Quiet safe neighborhood. Just enough off US Route 2 to rarely hear distant auto sounds, it feels really rural but we are only 12 minutes from a full service restaurant and 3 miles from little country stores and a pizza/bread/gourmet dessert restaurant. Half and hour easy drive to the Capitol city, Montpelier where much of the bookstores, music, theater, art happens. 50 minutes to downhill skiing Nov - May.
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