Air conditioning: Is the cabin air-conditioned ?
nearby: What is the nearest airport ?
Allergies, dander, dust: Is the cabin suitable for someone with allergies ?
Availability: When is it available ?
BBQ or Gas Grill: Is there a BBQ or Gas Grill ?
Bicycles: Is there a place to rent bicycles ?
Black flies, mosquitoes, bugs ? Are there black flies or bugs ?
Blankets and Pillows? Are there blankets and pillows ?
Cats: Do you allow cats ?
Checks: Do you accept personal checks ?
Civil Unions: Do you host Civil Unions at your property ?
Cleaning Service: Is there a cleaning service ?
Condition: What condition is the house in ?
Coffee maker: Is there a coffee maker at the cabin?
Credit Cards: Do you accept credit cards ?
Dancing: Is there dancing nearby the cabin?
Dogs: Do you allow dogs?
DVD player: Is there a DVD player at the cabin ?
Far from: How far is the log home from…
Fireplace: Is there a fireplace and firewood ?
Hunters: Do people hunt around the cabin?
Iron and Ironing Board: Is there an Iron and Ironing Board at the cabin ?
Internet access: Is there Internet access at the cabin ?
Kitchen stove: Is the kitchen stove electric or gas ?
Lawn Chairs: Are there Lawn Chairs at the cabin ?
Lease Terms: What are the terms of your lease ?
Linens: What will I need to bring ?
Mosquitoes ? Are there Mosquitoes ?
Other properties: Can you suggest any similar properties ?
Week Rentals: Can I book a partial week rental in
Payments due when: When is the security deposit due and when is the balance due ?
PayPal: Do you accept PayPal ?
Pictures: Do you have pictures ?
Proof Of Identity: Why do you require a Proof Of Identity ?
Rates: What are the rates ?
Reservation Manager (HomeAway’s payment system): Do you accept HomeAway’s ReservationManager payments ?
Ski Rentals for Cross Country skis: Where Can I Rent Cross Country Skis ?
Sleeps 6 in 2.5 bedrooms: How does the log home sleep 6 in only 2.5 bedrooms ?
Sleigh Rides: Do you know anyplace that offers sleigh rides ?
Snowplowing: Are the roads and driveway snowplowed ?
Snowmobiles: Are you near any snowmobile trails ?
Tours or Rentals: Do you know anyplace
that offers Snowmobile Tours or Rentals?
Stove in the kitchen: Is the kitchen stove electric or gas ?
in the pond: Can you swim in the pond ?
Telephone the owner: How can I speak to you in person rather than sending email ?
Ticks ? Are there Ticks ?
Towels and Sheets: What will I need to bring ?
TV channels: What TV channels are available at the cabin ?
Washing machine and Dryer: Is there a washing machine and dryer ?
Weddings: Do you host weddings at your property?
If it is an emergency, please contact me, Tom, on my cell at 978 - 618 - 5854.
My job is a contracting at customer sites and it is very difficult for me to make or take calls while the customer is present.
Please, if it is not an emergency, use email instead because I can quietly respond to email without distressing my client.
Thank you for your understanding.
However, if you sent email and I have not
responded within 2 working days,
then please do telephone me. Sometimes my anti-spam email filter deletes
emails that it shouldn’t.
Our online calendar shows our availability and contains a link to send me an email.
Click here to view our availability calendar…
No, the limit is that no more than 6 people may occupy the house.
The limit of 6 people is
not whether more than 6 people spend the night,
it is whether more than 6 people are ever present on the premises.
There are two reasons we need to limit the number of people on the premises.
1. The first is due to the extensive Vermont public safety regulations.
Vermont law, vacation rentals are considered public buildings and
must comply with state Department of Public Safety regulations.
rules are somewhat different depending on the number of people who can rent the
property, with requirements increasing as the number of renters allowed increases.
The smallest category is vacation rentals that sleep six or fewer; such as our home.
2. The second is our septic system
which is very small because it was designed
for the original one bedroom cabin.
is operating at its maximum with six occupants which is why we limit the.
number of occupants to 6 rather than the number of people who spend the night.
the past we made an exception for a larger group to stay at the house,
with detailed explanation that they would have to be extremely diligent
about their water usage and what they flushed down the toilet.
Despite their best efforts, the septic system backed up, flooding the
bathroom, hallway, kitchen, and basement. It ruined the family's vacation.
we had had other guests right after them it would have ruined their
vacation too since we had to shut down the cabin to address the
damage. Fortunately that was not the case.
Rather than risk ruining your vacation, the next guests' vacation, and our
peace of mind, we limit the number of people who may stay at the house.
Since enforcing this limit, we have had no problems with the septic.
We appreciate your understanding and support regarding this limitation.
The sleeping arrangements
are a bit unusual in that there are two private
bedrooms and also a bunk bed room which is a walk-through room between
the main cabin and the master bedroom.
Since this bunk bed room is
a walk-through room, we only count it as
half a regular bedroom.
You can see the room layout
on our floor plan at:
The sleeping arrangements
are a bit unusual in that there is one
queen-sized bed in the loft bedroom, two queen-sized beds in the
master bedroom, and a twin-sized bunk bed in the walk-through
Having 3 queen-sized beds
and 2 twin-sized beds gives quite
a bit of flexibility for 6 people to choose their sleeping arrangements.
You can see the room layout
on our floor plan at:
A guest typically emails us asking about an availability date.
If the dates are available we would ask the guest if they would like us to email them a lease.
If the guest requests a lease, we would create one for them and the lease would have
an expiration date before which the signed lease would need to be received by us
along with a photocopy of the guests proof of ID and the security deposit.
We needed to include the expiration date because we were getting many inquiries for dates, especially holiday dates, but guests did not commit to their reservation by signing the lease and sending the security deposit which left us and other interested people in limbo.
Prior to 60 days from occupancy, we would send a reminder email for the rental balance which was due.
When we received the rental balance, we create a document for the guest containing directions from their home, a map showing the directions, information about the keys, the check-in and check-out checklists, the checkout cleaning checklist, and information about the cabin and local area.
Guests sometimes email or call us with questions about the home or local area and we do our best to answer them and we also add the information to our handout document and to this FAQ web page.
On the day of the guests arrival at the cabin, they would use the check-in checklist and confirm the condition of the cabin and telephone us if anything is seriously out of order.
On the day of the guests departure, they would use the cleaning checklist to perform the basic housekeeping to prepare the cabin for the next guest and then they would use the check-out checklist to close down the cabin.
Upon returning home, the guest would send us the check-out and cleaning checklists along with any feedback they had about the cabin or restaurants or places they visited.
Within 14 days of our receipt of their cleaning checklist we would send them their security deposit.
We do not accept credit cards or any credit card-like payments (such as PayPal or ReservationManager).
Click here for Tom’s thoughts about credit-based payments learned from experience and from Dave Ramsey…
Guests may pay by personal check or by US Postal Money Order.
If your visit is more than 60 days in the future, then guests from the US may pay in the form of a personal check drawn on the account of the occupying guest.
If your visit is less than 60 days in the future,
then guests from the US may pay in the form of a postal money order.
We bank by mail so the 60 day window allows time for your check to reach us,
for us to get to the post office to mail your check to our bank,
for our letter to reach our bank,
and for our bank to clear the check prior to your arrival.
Postal money orders are guaranteed if lost, inexpensive to purchase, and are always honored.
Postal money orders may be purchased at any US post office using your debit card or with cash.
For some reason the post office does not accept credit cards for the purchase of a postal money order.
Returning guests pay the same rate as their previous visit.
Guests may pay by personal check or by US Postal Money Order.
Rates include the 10%
VT Room and VT local tax
November through June excluding holiday weeks
We try to book weekly (Sunday-Sunday)
November through June
$875 weekly **
July through October (Summer through foliage season), and weeks containing US holidays.
We try to book weekly (Sunday-Sunday)
July through October,
and weeks containing US holidays.
$980 weekly **
**We do consider partial week rentals
within a 2-week window of a requested date.
We try to book full weeks (Sunday to Sunday) if possible
but when a date is unrented within 2 weeks of occupancy,
then we open up the availability for a partial week rental
of two or more nights.
$450 for the first 2 nights
and $100 for each additional night
Additionally, we ask for a $300 security deposit.
* A weekend starts on Friday at 5 pm ends on Sunday at 12 noon
A week starts on Sunday at 5 pm ends on Sunday at 12 noon
Receipt of the security
deposit is required to make a reservation.
We ask for full payment of the rent to be received by us within 60 days of occupancy.
We return the security within 16 days of receiving the cleaning checklist back from you.
If a guest cancels a reservation more than 30 days in advance, the deposit and rent is returned in full.
If a guest cancels within 29 days, the security deposit will be forfeited.
If we cancel at anytime, the security deposit will be refunded along with any rental payment received.
We only include this clause to cover acts of God or a change of ownership of the log home.
Our availability calendar is online at http://www.vermontloghome.com/calendvt.htm
We ask guests to be aware of their dogs temperment and to not leave a dog alone in the cabin who would become anxious or upset.
The thought of that is more upsetting for us than the damage an unhappy or upset dog would cause.
We ask that you really be sensitive to your dogs temperment so the dog remains happy and calm and if that means bringing your dog with you while you do errands or go sightseeing, that would be best for everyone – especially the dog.
We also ask that guests use the green/blue plaid bedspreads (which we provide) to help keep the furniture clean.
Also, we never allow our pets out at night to roam without us walking them because we don't want them to bite a porcupine or get involved with any other woodland creature.
Yes, we do allow cats as long as they do not claw the leather sofa.
Our page at www.VermontLogHome.com/other.htm may help you find something if our schedule does not work for you.
However, I have worked with Chris Long from Masiello Group realtors in Brattleboro to both buy and sell property and I found him very knowledgeable and I would work with him again.
“Specializing in rural properties including land, farms and country homes on acreage”
(802) 257-1111 CJLong@masiello.com
I also use the Masiello Group ‘Find a property’ web site to find properties of interest which are for sale.
Our web site is at www.VermontLogHome.com/vtindex.htm and has lots of information about the log home including availability, rates, photographs, a map showing where the log home is located, foliage maps, and the places of interest in the surrounding area.
The log home is located in southern Vermont and so the foliage turns a bit later than for northern Vermont. Our web site contains a link to "Foliage map & info" at www.VermontLogHome.com/foliage.htm which shows the typical progression of where and when the best foliage is.
In 2004, the peak foliage around the cabin was the week of Oct 10-17.
Our "Foliage map & info" at www.VermontLogHome.com/foliage.htm contains a link called "Click here to check the current weather (from Keene, NH which is 25 miles away)".
If you scroll down to the section labeled "Historical Conditions" and enter the date you are interested in but for the previous year, it will list the high temp, low temp, and average temp for that day last year.
Yes. Eight miles north of the log home is Exit 1 for Route 91, Brattleboro that is the location for 8+ outlet stores. Also, downtown Brattleboro has a very charming shopping area which is very near convenient parking.
Our "Places of
interest" link at www.VermontLogHome.com/interest.htm
lists many museums, shops, theatres, and other interests.
Our "Hiking, biking, fishing, etc" link at www.VermontLogHome.com/recreate.htm lists many outdoor activities nearby.
Our web page has two ski
links depending on your interest.
"Skiing - downhill" is at www.VermontLogHome.com/ski.htm and
"Skiing - cross country" is at www.VermontLogHome.com/skixc.htm
Each lists many ski areas including their features, phone numbers, and how far they are from log home.
The log home is located in
southeast Vermont just a few miles over the border from Massachusetts.
Our "Map to log home" link at www.VermontLogHome.com/vtarea.htm shows a map of where it is located.
Our "Distances from..." link at www.VermontLogHome.com/miles.htm shows a table of distances from the log home to many cities and places of interest.
The pond is approximately 60' in diameter. It has a clay bottom and is 12' deep in the center.
In June of 2008 we installed a 35’ by 45’ beach area which has a rubber liner with pea stone gravel on top.
This has really helped to reduce having the clay from getting stirred up and now the pond is much more clear looking.
It doesn’t smell though, it just sometimes is opaque if guests or their pets swim in areas other than the new beach area.
The waterfall is usually a great place to dip during the heat of the summer.
We have had two heatwaves in recent years during August and September which left the pond 12-18” low and which reduced the waterfall to a trickle.
The document that we send to guests includes info about swimming in nearby rivers and lakes.
I love to dunk in the pool at the waterfall. The water is always clean and COLD which is fun. If I am in town, then I like to swim in the river just off of Rt 30 just west of Brattleboro. There are several pools that are chest deep or deeper and the water is clean. Best of all, I like that it has a gravel and sand bottom so my dog can swim and not get herself or me very muddy. I can send you a map of where we go if you would like.
Yes, there are several bike
rental shops in the area.
Specialized Sports - (802) 257-1017
West Hill Shop - (802) 387-5718
Brattleboro Bike Shop - (802) 254-8644
Mt. Snow - (802) 464-3333
Stratton - (802) 297-2200
There are five things you
1. Directions, opening, cleaning, and closing instructions.
2. Queen-sized sheets (king sized sheets fit a bit easier if you have them), pillow cases, and towels.
3. A telephone calling card, which is required to make any calls that are not local.
4. A flashlight if you are arriving after dark.
5. Fire starters for use in the fireplace. These can be bought at hardware
stores or places such as the Yankee Candle Company.
Unfortunately, no. The previous owners built the cabin without taking accessibility into account.
There are three steps up to the porch to the main entrance.
There are also three steps from the garage to the master bedroom but there is a narrow section in the hallway to the main cabin that is only 21” wide.
We have not been able to find a cleaning service that would reliably clean between 2 and 4 on Sundays so we are forced to rely on our guests to verify the condition upon arrival and to clean prior to departure.
However, some guests have made special arrangements with us, at additional cost, so that we arrange for cleaning after their visit. This typically works when the cleaning service can perform on a weekday after the guest departs.
Note that guests are required to perform the entire cleaning checklist – regardless whether they used the room or not.
Our cleaning checklist which is available at:
We are willing to discuss the specific terms of our lease with prospective guests.
Our general lease that is available at:
This web site tries to present the positive aspects of the property and cabin.
Most people only comment on how lovely the property and cabin are.
However, there are some aspects of the cabin that may
be unsatisfactory to some guests.
Click this ‘truth in advertising’ link for some things which may be an
issue for some people.
We hope to have given an accurate impression of the property
and cabin in our ‘truth in advertising’ link.
The kind of person that seems to most appreciate the cabin
is someone who appreciates a private getaway in a country setting
and who is willing to participate in leaving the cabin in good shape
for the following guest.
The property is especially appreciated by romantic couples looking
to spend time together at the cabin.
Guests with dogs also appreciate having a place where the dog can
run free in the fields safely away from the road and also where the
dog can swim in the pond.
How private is the property ? Can you see or hear the neighbors ?
The property is completely private from the neighbors.
Here is a satellite photo of the property:
You can see from the photo that the neighbors across the stream and up the road are completely shielded from view.
Note: The new cabin project is the closest thing to the cabin. That is down the hill from our log home, across the stream, and right next to the road.
Groceries are available within 10 miles north and south of the log home.
You can see a map and description of nearby grocery stores at:
Are you near any snowmobile trails ?
The VAST snowmobile trails go across the top of the mountain and access to the trails is just 1.6 miles up the road from the cabin.
Click here to see a description and map of the snowmobile trails:
The main road is a schoolbus route and, as such, it is one of the first road plowed in the area.
The cabin is 0.2 miles up a dirt road from the main road and a _lot_ of the neighbors have plows and they and the town plow the road quite promptly.
Our driveway is quite long (about 0.1 mile) and not very steep.
We hired a local snowplow man to automatically plow the driveway and we include his phone number in our handout document in case of emergencies.
There are three issues that may affect someone with allergies that may result in discomfort:
1) We do welcome pets and although the place is vacuumed regularly, this may be an issue.
2) We do have a wood-burning fireplace that guests often use.
3) The cabin is surrounded by +-7 acres of lawn and fields.
No, the cabin does not have air conditioning but each of the 2.5 bedrooms have
their own fan and there is at least one box fan for the living room windows.
The cabin tends to not become uncomfortably hot due to the large thermal mass of the logs.
When we are staying at the cabin and the weather is expected to get hot,
we would open the windows in the morning and turn on the fans for a while.
Then we would close the windows and pull the shades and
the cabin usually remains comfortable due to the large thermal mass of the logs.
Yes, the main cabin has under floor radiant central heat and the master bedroom addition has electric heat.
encourage honeymooners to stay at our log home but
we do not host actual weddings or civil union events.
had done that in the past but the impact on our guests prior to and after the
event was too much.
Check-in is typically at 5pm.
Checkout is typically at noon.
If there is no one at the cabin before or after your visit, then contact us to arrange for extended check-in and checkout times.
There is a realtor lock box at the cabin.
After we receive the signed lease, payment, and proof of identity, we send you the combination to the lock box that contains the keys.
We require a photocopy of a proof of identity such as your driver’s license in order to rent the cabin along with a voided check showing the name and address of the occupying guest.
Unfortunately using computers, it is too easy to modify a proof of ID to hide ones identity.
Requiring the voided bank check is an extra measure we take to ensure that the person named on the lease is actually the person renting.
When we receive your confirmation that you have received your refund after a satisfactory checkout, then we shred the photocopy of the proofs of ID for safety.
The Adams Family Farm in
Wilmington, VT offers sleigh rides.
They are about 25 miles from our log home.
Their info is at: http://www.adamsfamilyfarm.com/sleigh-rides.html
To make Reservations call the farm directly at 802-464-3762.
Yes, there should be an iron and ironing board in the supplies closet at the cabin.
Yes, there is a BlockBuster just next to the Price Chopper grocery store shown on the Groceries page of the map handout that we will send to you.
The TV is a 27” television and we have ”limited basic” ComCast cable service which can be viewed in the right hand column here:
Yes, there is a VCR/DVD player at the cabin and there is a BlockBuster just next to the Price Chopper grocery store shown on the Groceries page of the map handout that we will send to you.
Our maximum rental period is 30 days due to the Vermont laws for properties rented for 31 days or more.
The requirements for rentals of 31 days or more are fairly extensive. They include annual filing of a certificate of compliance with the state, special cleaning between tenants, and other specific "lead-safe" maintenance practices. Fines of up to $400 are possible for not filing annual reports with the state.
For these reasons, we limit rentals to 30 days or less to any one renter.
I hope you understand our need for this restriction.
The beds have down quilts in duvets on the beds along with bedspreads and mattress pads.
The cabin has (or should have):
Toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, extra vacuum bags, broom, mop, bucket, pet sheets, extra glasses (in case of breakage), pots, pans, utensils, dishes, mugs, coffee (in the freezer), coffee filters, tin foil, trash bags, laundry soap, dryer softener sheets, alarm clocks, lots of paperback books, etc.
Guests typically bring:
- the map/directions/logistics document
- a telephone calling card. We don't get cell coverage at the cabin. We just had a guest report that some calling cards are MA only but the one I bought at the post office worked at the cabin.
- bottled water ( I drink the tap water but most guests seem to feel comfortable with bottled water )
- food and drinks
- queen sheets and towels
- bug spray ( I don't use it but some people do )
- a safety gate to block off the spiral stairs if you are bringing toddlers.
- toiletries ( hair shampoo, tooth paste, etc)
- TV guide
- If you want to BBQ, please bring charcoal and lighter fluid
There is not a gas grill at the cabin but there is a Weber BBQ grill.
Please note that it is attached to a stake in the ground near the picnic table so please do not try to move it onto the porch.
There are two very old wood lawn chairs and two new Adirondack lawn chairs at the cabin.
is a small stone fire pit in the back yard.
No, you don't need a fire permit.
encourage honeymooners to stay at our log home but
we do not host actual wedding or civil union events.
We had done
that in the past but the impact on our guests prior to and after the
wedding was too much.
hunt in the area but mostly at the top of the mountain that
is 1.5 miles up the road.
However, I typically put a dog collar with a cowbell
on my dog just in case during the fall hunting season.
I have Verizon cell service and I do not get cell voice or voicemail reception at the cabin.
If I drive a few miles north towards the General Store or south towards Bernardston then I do get coverage.
Also, sometimes if I hike uphill just 300-400 feet, I can get cell voice coverage.
However, I often can receive and send TXT messages from the cabin which is very helpful.
My cell phone can often get a glimpse of the cell tower which allows me to send and receive TXT messages.
If phone cannot see the tower during that instant, my cell prompts "Continue to retry?" and I choose Yes.
Also, you can email a TXT message to a cell customer or send a TXT message to email.
Please note that a TXT message can only be a limited number of characters.
My Verizon cell phone can receive email messages of up to 155 characters.
For Verizon customers, email to TheirCellNumber@VText.Com
For AT&T Wireless (Cingular) customers, email to: TheirCellNumber@txt.att.net
Yes! On April 17, 2009, we installed ComCast cable Internet access with a wireless connectivity.
Also, if you are in town, the Café Lotus located at 29 High Street #2, Brattleboro, offers free wireless Internet access.
Their phone number is (802) 254 6245.
Also, the Brooks Memorial Library located at 224 Main Street, Brattleboro has Internet computer terminals which may be used by the public.
Yes, the living room has a large fireplace. Click here for a photograph.
If you do not bring firewood, here are some tips for splitting firewood and kindling.
1) The firewood is stored around back underneath the screened in porch.
2) One easy way to split logs is to use the tire stump.
3) Put several logs into the stump packing them so they do not fall over.
4) Use the orange splitting maul to split all the logs.
They will remain standing up inside the tire.
5) The end result will be all your wood nicely split and contained within the tire.
Yes, there is a floor plans showing the layout of the cabin online at http://www.vermontloghome.com/75.jpg
There are very few, if any, black flies at the cabin.
If you are at the cabin or pond, there are very few mosquitoes.
If you are at the waterfall by the stream, especially at dawn or dusk,
then the mosquitoes there can be active.
I am often walking the fields with my dog and we rarely find ticks
on either of us. This may be due to there not being deer on the
property. The deer seem to stay in the woods or at the larger open
fields at the top of the mountain.
The only noticeable bugs are the ladybugs which seem to like the area
around the cabin. They are around typically in late spring and fall
but are harmless to people and pets.
two coffee makers at the cabin.
One is a regular 'Mr Coffe' style and the other is a Keureg 'k-cup' one-cup-at-a-time maker
and there are decaf, mild, and bold coffee k-cups at the cabin.
Yes, we supply blankets, pillows, and bedspreads.
Yes, there is a new-ish front loader washer and an older electric dryer in the basement.
The kitchen stove is an electric self-cleaning Fridgedaire stove.