UPDATE! The door is on and works! The walls are plastered. All that remains is the hanging of some trim and the hanging of the gargoyle face that operates the "Secret" door. Now the Secret Room is the darkest (at night), potentially coziest room in the house.
This room is still cheaper than the rest because it is not fully finished. (See above.)
The room is around the corner, behind the door to the basement, so there is some privacy and you couldn't ask for a darker night sky. If there is a negative about this is that a person in the Secret Room can hear someone coming down the stairs (from upstairs) - but we would try to tiptoe if you were in the house. There is a day bed with a pull out trundle that should each fit one person comfortably. The trundle is designed so that it can be raised up to the height of the daybed. I think that a couple that wants to snuggle might find this set up annoying because of the fact that it would essentially be two beds pushed together, though there are those who have successfully done this. We can also put a queen sized memory foam topper over them both to have a better bed for two people. All of the negatives being aired here, I should say that although the room has some work to get to the finished state, we are not animals. The bed in this Secret Room comes equipped with down comforters and feather pillows. After all you do deserve to be as snug as a bug. (No actual bugs please.)
Clearly, this room is good for the budget traveler who doesn't complain much. I think I have been straightforward about all of the possible negatives of the room. So if you are low-key and low-maintenance then this is a good fit. If you have high expectations of perfection, then this may not be the room for you. I expect that with each new visitor, we will be compelled to make one new improvement on this room. Listing this room on Air bnb is helping us fund our work.
The person/people who stay in this room are welcome to use the rest of the house as well. Here is the description.
This country Vermont home is located at the dead end of a dirt road. Surrounded by field, forest, the house is situated in a little hamlet of rustic farm-y houses. We have a big house that has held up to 25 guests in the nooks and crannies in the past.
Upstairs is a roomy shower clad with tumbled marble tiles. Downstairs is a deep claw foot tub. It is an old tub that has had several past lives, including a stint as a watering basin in a cow field! We kind of like Its old demeanor and its contrast to our new marble floors gives a great shabby-chic impression, so we forgive the basin for its water stains. Almost every guest has taken advantage of this deep tub so I think it is a winner! We'll try to keep a good supply of bath salts or bubble bath nearby for steamy soaks. This is a shared bathroom but we usually stick to the upstairs ourselves when guests are around.
We live in the house with our cat, dog, and young child so be prepared for the family atmosphere. Outside is filled with flower gardens, gardens, and more gardens. We have a little glass breakfast table that sits amongst the flowers. Don't mind the chickens, they will peck around but they are harmless. We have an impressive supply of berry bushes (raspberries and blueberries) and will likely share some fruits if you come during the productive season. There are miles and miles of trails for walking, biking, and riding whatever it is that you ride. We ourselves own about 50 acres and there are many more acres of unbuilt land that surround it. We are in close driving distance to Stratton and Mount Snow as well. Wanderlust people and other yogi types are especially welcome.
Vermont is a place of distinct seasonal interests. Come in the spring and you can visit our sugarbush and if my neighbor is boiling you are likely to get a taste of real Vermont maple syrup fresh from the evaporator (if you ask). He also sells it any time of year. Summertime is a time of swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, and eventing (horse and other). We have many trails on the property and there are swimming holes nearby, not to mention several very nice state parks and miles and miles of mountains if you are the Long Trail sort. Autumn is for leaf peeping, apple picking, pumpkin carving, and cozy campfire parties. Winter, of course is time for skiing. Here at Evernest we are avid skiiers and can direct you in the finest places to cross-country, downhill, and even sled or snow shoe.
We have a very unique piece of architecture on our road. The neighboring church, Our Lady of Ephesus, House of Prayer has constructed an exact replica of the Virgin Mary's last known home (in what is now known as Turkey). All are welcome to visit. It is free, open 24 hours and located at the South Hill road end of Mowrey road. There are occasional open masses. If you are interested in knowing more about this, I would look it up on the web under the Church's name.
There are some repeating events worth noting. Every first Friday night of the month there is an open studio art walk down in Brattleboro (40 min) with live street music and art everywhere. Sometimes they even close down the road. The neighboring town of Bellows Falls (50 min) also has these art walks on the third Fridays of the month. Stratton mountain often has free music on Saturday nights in the summer (25 min).
This is a place that is famous for its outdoor activity (skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking), but if you are here when it is both rainy and cold, there are still a few things to see. You might want to go to Grafton and visit their cheese factory and galleries. Check out the downtown Jamaica and find a nice art gallery, gift shop, glass shop, historical society, library (and cheap book sale), and coffee shop (not currently open). Wardsboro also have a sometimes-open breakfast restaurant. Take the gondola up AND down at Stratton. Go to see historic and quaint Wilmington (even after the flood.) Go to Manchester and shop in the outlets, go to the Northshire (a really great bookstore), or visit the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Go to Brattleboro and visit the art galleries, whether or not it is an art walk night. Do a GEOCACHE (there are quite a few in the area). Check out the local newspaper for indoor events. Find a pumpkin patch and carve a pumpkin. Find a yoga class. Pay for a day pass at the Stratton Sports center, get a massage, play tennis, work out, soak in the hot tub, or go swimming. Get a facial in Manchester or up at Stratton. Go to a movie in Brattleboro's historic Latchis theater. Go to the Montshire science museum in Norwich, VT (1.5 hrs north). Go see a play at the Weston Playhouse. Check out the local cheap antique store (Twitchell House in Townshend) to see a whole (seriously) creaky and barn house filled with dusty steals from auctions, etc. Go to the West Townshend market when they are firing the outdoor community pizza oven. Go early to the thrift shop, called The Thrifty Attic in Londonderry on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Or you can just snuggle up at the house by the woodstove with a warm mug of tea and a book, or maybe even a game of chess.
If you have young children, we can recommend several play groups and indoor play places that are fun and funky. One is in Brattleboro and is called the Play Playce. The other is in Chester and is a Montesori inspired, sunny, wonderful, teacher led place called the Song Yard.
As for nightlife, it is what you make of it. Our place is a nice place to settle down with a beer and some friends. In the winter time we have a cozy woodstove in the living room to liven up the atmosphere. If you really must go out, we recommend the Red Fox in Winhall which has live bands and plenty of live locals as well. The Fat Spy, also in Bondville, has been known to have occasional live music. A place called the Perfect Wife in Manchester also has frequent bands.
Breakfast: We don't include breakfast in the base price of your lodging. This is to keep the price down. Most people want to go out to eat. We will provide tea and coffee and sometimes offer snacks if they are available. If you would like us to include breakfast options, please tell us ahead of time and we will provide it. We will make a "special offer" that includes the cost of the breakfast. For $3 per person per day, we will provide a cold selection that may include cold cereal, milk, fruit, yogurt, juice, and toasts. For $6 per person per day, we will make you a warm cheese omelet with toast, french toast, or hot oatmeal with fruit and also choices from the cold selection. Apologies, we do not have meat.
If you want to go out for breakfast, we recommend the following places. The Fox Stop is a new restaurant in Winhall (right near the base of Stratton Access Road) that has outdoor seating on the brook in the summer. The Jamaica Coffee Shop serves some sort of breakfast. The Dam Diner is a very popular, full-on diner in Townshend which will be sure to fill you up. Ask about the restaurant in Wardsboro. It is currently undergoing an owner change, but when it reopens is probably the closest full-service breakfast place.
Also note: We also rent Vaughn's room, the Blue Sky Room, and the Reading Room separately. This means that there may be two sets of guests at any given time. This has rarely happened, but please inquire if this makes you feel uncomfortable in any way. We try not to have anyone here that makes US feel uncomfortable, and so far have succeeded!
NO SMOKING!!! We are pretty laid back but we are not interested in hosting raucous party goers. It is imperative that you can be respectful when you drive to and from this place - that means 10 miles per hour past the little cluster of neighbors. This is a farm-y atmosphere, so high heels aren't really suitable. Think country and you'll be ok. We'll give you a fan if you get hot, give you some food if you are hungry, give you directions to the nearest and best swimming holes in the area, but we aren't a typical hotel, more of a hostel. PS we only say no to dogs because of our chickens. Horses, pigs, they would be fine.
Also... My husband and I built this house (or are building it). Every space in it is livable, if not extremely cozy but there are still some places with missing trim or final touches here and there. There are some aspects that are still funky. The entrance from the garage, for instance, still lacks the mudroom so there are an unromantic set of temporary stairs that lead into the house. Don't let that fool you because I think you will enjoy the pine wood floors, plaster walls, interesting artwork, and custom gardens everywhere.
We don't supply the food, but we are likely to share out of pride of our eggs and produce. Spend a half an hour helping out in the garden with us and you will win yourself a free breakfast of our making. Our house guests are welcome to use the kitchen, but please clean up after yourselves. If you want us to make you breakfast, please let us know ahead of time and we will adjust the price - see above for details.
Typical of a Vermont house, we do not have air conditioning. We have fans if it gets hot. Rarely does it get uncomfortably hot around here, but sometimes it does.
Please try and drink our tap water rather than bringing in bottled water during our stay. It is clean, tasty, and has no plastic residue. We will lend you a water bottle if you need one.
Again, due to the country nature of our place, we would appreciate it if you removed your shoes in the house. IT helps to keep the mud and debris off of the floors! Definitely no shoes, food, or drink (other than water) in the loft.
And on that note... I recently read a review of a man who used Air BnB services. He gave a comparative description of his time spent at two rental houses. At the first, he said, that he was greeted by the "reassuring smell of bleach." At the second, and presumably the more disgusting of the two, he was astounded to see not one bug but two during his stay. This review made me realize that I have to give yet another disclaimer. In case you are that guy, I feel compelled to let you know ahead of time that we are organic gardeners and live in the country and so you are likely to see a bug or two (or three) during your stay at Evernest. We kind of like it that way. We try to keep the birds and bees outside but there is nothing sterile about this landscape. This is certainly not the city. You are similary unlikely to be reassured by the smell of bleach at our house, which we use but relatively sparingly. That being said, we do like a neat, clean house and you should be comfortable here, all things considered.
I live from Jamaica, Vermont and am a garden designer/landscape architect and my husband is a painter/ski instructor. My daughter is vivacious and has a great zest for life. We are all country folk. We like nature and wild activity, bluegrass music and contra dancing. When not working we are likely to be found climbing mountains, biking, swimming, and gardening. Our house is a house in progress. We are its architects and builders. We are doing Air BnB because we love the idea behind it. It is so simple and pure. Plus is helps us fund our constant house improvement projects.
We are not subsistence farmers by any means, but we definitely have what some are calling the modern homestead. That is we produce a lot of our food at our house. We have a huge garden and ranging chickens. We own a sugarbush from which our neighbor produces syrup. We chop our own firewood and tend our own trails. We do a lot of things for ourselves like this, This land is perfect for that sort of living.
We like all sorts of people who are relaxed and real. We will try, ourselves, to be relaxed are real around guests and hosts. What other way is there to be? We look forward to meeting you.