Originally part of a large dairy farm, this 200-year-old farmhouse (known locally as the Carver house) was completely renovated in 2007. The property includes a large horse barn, a dairy barn, an antique brick smokehouse, and a milk house. The house is located near Manchester, Vermont in a small, classic New England village. The farmhouse is currently used to film the Cook’s Country public television show and is also available for rent.
The kitchen – the same kitchen featured on the television show – is complete with DCS ranges and ovens, Kohler sinks and fixtures, and has a wonderful view out back of the barns and meadows. The dining room is capable of accommodating at least a dozen guests, the living room has a working fireplace, and there is a mud room, wraparound & screened-in porches, and a brick patio off the back.
The home is chock-full of antiques. It comfortably sleeps 10, in 4 bedrooms, each with a queen bed, and 2 of the bedrooms include twin beds. We also have two twin air mattresses available as well as a crib. There are 2 1/2 baths -- both full baths feature beautiful tiled showers and one includes a separate bear-claw tub. There is also a full laundry in basement (washer & dryer).
The farmhouse is 10 minutes from Dorset, 20 minutes from Manchester and only 40 minutes from Bromley and 50 minutes from Stratton Mountain. Dorset is home to the Dorset Inn (excellent food served in the Tavern), summer theater at the Dorset Playhouse, and Pelletier’s general store with homemade breads, doughnuts, pastries, and general merchandise. Manchester, a short drive away, has extensive shopping, dining, the best Italian deli in New England (Al Ducci’s), and plenty of entertainment options.
Surrounding area activities include hiking, cycling, tubing, golf, horseback riding/shows, antiquing, outlet shopping, summer theatre, assorted other arts and area festivals and more. A former railroad bed, now a walking/hiking trail, is just a short walk away, offering over 20 miles of fabulous Vermont landscapes.
The home contains a Google widescreen TV with access to Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos, a DVD player, Direct TV service, and general high-speed wifi access throughout the house. Phone for local and long distance calls. Alarm clocks in all bedrooms. Hair dryer, local maps, and firewood also provided.
This town is also regularly featured in Letters from Vermont from Christopher Kimball, editor of Cook’s Illustrated. (You may meet some familiar locals during your stay.) Be sure to drive down to Sherman’s General Store while you are there and have a cup of Green Mountain coffee with the locals. Just don’t try to order a cappuccino!