Half of hillside farm house surrounded by gardens

Half of hillside farm house surrounded by gardens


Feb 2015

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Elegant old farmhouse. Hillside views overlook fields and forests grazed by sheep; sugar house and old barn. Relax in our large sunroom/greenhouse with spa.. Outstanding foliage on site and surrounding back roads. Short country drive to ponds and restaurants, cafes, music. Lots of books. Hot tub in sun room. Cats next door, ducks in the five story barn shared with sheep. Nordic skiing from the doorway and from nearby prof. trails. All land is open in Vermont for walking, skiing (unless otherwise marked). Hiking, swimming, canoeing opportunities in spring & summer. Spacious two story apartment very comfortable for 5 adults + one crib user if traveling with infant. Two quite small children who would share a 3/4 bed would increase the capacity to six people. Our neighborhood and all of Central Vermont overflowing with cultural events. Music festivals, theater, Bread & Puppet in the summer; also Circus Smirkus nearby.


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More about us

  1. Jay is a history instructor, mostly teaching on line these days, and substitute teaching in a local high school, and doing activism as much as possible.

  2. Jude, with a lot of help from Jay, runs Pie in the Sky Farm Retreat. A retired librarian, working on various community projects and activism for a healthier planet.

  3. We do a little farming: sheep, apples, maple syrup, extensive fruit and vegetable gardens, and food preserving.

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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.

Buzzy restaurants
Rainbow Sweets, Prohibition Pig, Kismet, Sambels
Cool bars
Three Penny Taproom, Prohibition Pig, Positive Pie
Cozy cafés
Capitol Grounds, La Brioche.
Retail therapy
Artisan's Hand, Cool Jewels, Bear Pond Books,
Bit of culture
Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, Barre Opera House, Hardwick Town House, Plainfield Opera House
Walks in the park
Groton state Forest, Stranahan Forest, Hubbard Park, our land at Pie in the Sky
Spot of exercise
Stranahan forest. Or Help us stack wood, lug sap buckets (March & April), swim nearby, cross country ski from the back door
Day tripping
Ben & Jerrry's Ice Cream Factory, White Mts of New Hampshire, Stowe, Lake Champlain, Lake Memphramagog, Lake Willoghby

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