Welcome to 'Smokeshire Hilltop Farmhouse!' This lovely 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom vacation rental sits on a plateau above the Williams River in Chester. Located on a working farm with beautiful grounds, the rustic farmhouse offers travels the ideal escape at any time of the year! Spend your day hiking the nearby trails in the summer or skiing the slopes at Okemo in the winter. After your adventures, cozy up by the wood-burning fireplace and enjoy a peaceful evening at home.
WINTER REC: Okemo Mountain Resort (8 miles), Magic Mountain Ski Area (18 miles), Bromley Mountain Ski Resort (29 miles), Killington Ski Area (30 miles), Stratton Mountain Resort (32 miles), Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort (46 miles)
SUMMER REC: The Fort At No 4 (17 miles), Wilgus State Park (20 miles), Mt Ascutney State Park (21 miles), Killington Ski Area (30 miles)
ATTRACTIONS: Okemo State Forest (11 miles), Buttermilk Falls (11 miles), Mt Ascutney State Park (21 miles), Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park (27 miles), Pillsbury State Park (42 miles), Mt Sunapee State Park (40 miles)
AIRPORTS: Lebanon Municipal Airport (40 miles), Bradley International Airport (122 miles)
Coming from a background of rural living, farming, and dealing with honest people, I think I’m fit for leaving an honest review.
Our stay was first met with challenges that could not be controlled by anyone. Weather delayed our stay by a whole day, but Donna was kind enough to refund 2 nights. (Was not requested by us) this was nice due to unseen costs we had to pay to stay somewhere else.
Once at the house, it was wonderful. I could tell instantly that one side of the house was extremely old. (Early 1800’s) This was great to see such a cool piece of history of old Vermont. If you’re looking for a beautiful rustic farmhouse to stay with plenty of room and great price? This is it. The house was comfortably cool the entire stay, but that forced everyone to spend quality time in the living room near the fire place.
But even this was not the highlight of my stay, personally. Donna, the owner is what made me happy choosing to stay at their home in Chester. Communication was excellent, seeing work horses being worked in the field was also great to see. Got to spend time in some poor weather speaking with Donna as well. 10/10 I would recommend to a friend and will also be returning in the future for winter ski trips.
It is definitely somewhat isolated but the fact that it was a working farm with horses and sheep was such a thrill for our grandkids (age 6-10). They loved feeding the horses and interacting with the owners. Sitting around the fire pit was relaxing for the adults. We were three generations and had a wonderful time interacting and enjoying seeing the children have such a good time. Our family dog seemed to like the farm atmosphere as well. Donna and Peter were wonderful hosts. We hope to go back some day.
*This review was originally posted on Vrbo
Fantastic. Very peaceful. Loved seeing the horses and sheep in the distance. Blueberry picking onsite, hiking trails out the door, kids playing in the shallow river down the hill. Echo lake and going up the chairlift at okemo were awesome. Fire pit was perfect. Attentive and friendly host. Overall we absolutely loved our stay and plan to go back!
*This review was originally posted on Vrbo
Donna and Peter could not be better hosts! They have the most bucolic, peace-filled setting with lambs and horses that you can see from your bed in the morning! The house is clean, comfortable, cozy, there is a very well-equipped kitchen and a fantastic patio, and firepit in the backyard. Right down the road is the Williams River, it was shallow enough for the 3year old to play in all morning. Hiking all around, farm markets, festivals, delicious berries, and the peace and quiet that calm your heart.
Our family loves it here, we are always sad to go, no matter how much time we've spent on this beautiful farm.
Thanks to Donna and Peter for sharing this very special place.
Our family spent the winter at the Farmhouse this year. It was magical from start to finish. Snow, sledding, skating, bonfires, sheep, horses and a lovely dog named Jen. Peter and Donna are marvelous hosts, sharing their space, their knowledge, their warmth and their kindness. Our family of 11 loves this house, loves this farm and feel truly blessed to be able to spend time in this special place.
If you are lucky enough to stay here, you are lucky enough indeed.
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