Enjoy world-class skiing in winter at the Smugglers Notch ski area, just a 13-mile drive from the cottage. In summer, enjoy fishing, swimming, and canoeing in a small lake, Metcalf Pond, in Fletcher,Vermont. Any time of the year, relax at a pleasant getaway in one of the most scenic locations in Vermont.
The design is rustic—the building was originally a basic “camp” but it has been subjected to several additions and improvements over the years. It has most of the conveniences you might expect, such as a full kitchen, WiFi, satellite TV, and washer and dryer for your laundry. Extras include an outdoor hot tub, a large private yard, and a wood-burning fireplace on the enclosed porch.
The private lake frontage is separate, across a quiet road from the cottage. It has a picnic table, lawn chairs, a fire pit, and other modest facilities, plus use of a canoe, rowboat, and kayak. The lake frontage is shared with our other cottage, (see Fletcher 3) but each cottage has its own small dock.
During the peak summer period (July, August, and weeks that overlap into those months), all reservations are for full weeks, Saturday to Saturday. Check-in is any time after 3 p.m., and check-out is any time up to 10 a.m. Shorter rental periods are available the rest of the year, with a two-day minimum. The daily rates, of course, are lowest if you reserve for a full week. The following is a listing of dates available today.
||If you are interested in dates that are currently reserved and would like to be put on a waiting list in case of a cancellation, then send us an email.|
The cottage blends old and new styles. The “tower bedroom” on the second floor has knotty-pine paneling, a queen-sized bed, plenty of closet space, and a sliding-glass door to an outdoor balcony. The other second-floor bedroom, in the older portion of the cottage, has a low ceiling, so it is a logical room for children but also comfortable for adults. It has two single beds with a trundle under each. Therefore, it can provide sleeping space for anywhere from two to as many as four people, although there is relatively little floor space if all beds are pulled out.
The stairway is fairly typical of a cottage that was originally designed decades ago—sturdy and with a railing, but a bit steeper and narrower than one might expect in a typical modern house.
For additional sleeping space, the downstairs family room—the “Murphy Room”—has a full-size Murphy bed and also a full-size fold-down futon couch. Both are far more comfortable than you might expect with “extra” bedding. The doorway closes with a curtain, and when the curtain is open, the room becomes an extension of the living room.
The living room has a gas fireplace and comfortable chairs. There is a television with DVD player. Reception comes via satellite — about 50 channels, but not a lot of extra premium channels. We also have on hand miscellaneous puzzles, books, games, and DVDs. We supply a small stereo system.
A large downstairs bathroom has a tub with shower, as well as a washer and dryer for your laundry. A smaller half-bath, with toilet and vanity, is upstairs.
A glassed-in porch opens out onto a deck. We refer to this as the “sun porch,” although that is not quite technically accurate because it is on the north side of the cottage. The porch is unheated and not built with the intention of holding heat in winter, but it does have a wood-burning fireplace, so even in winter you may enjoy an occasional gathering around a fire. During summer, it’s a pleasant place to enjoy your morning coffee, or to spend an evening protected from mosquitoes. Some of our guests have found it to be a comfortable place to sleep on warm nights.
An outdoor hot tub sits in back of the house. It is a four-person tub, although it may seem a bit crowded with more than two or three adults. The back yard is quite large and relatively private, and features a swing set, sandbox, and hammock
For cooking, summer guests may enjoy the charcoal grill on the deck, but you’ll also appreciate the full kitchen inside—with gas range, full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, coffee grinder, etc. It is well-designed for cooking and serving—several of our guests have commented that it is the perfect party kitchen.
The dining table seats six comfortably. Cookware, dishes, etc. are provided. The running water comes from a deep well, so it is good to drink.
When you arrive, you’ll find the refrigerator stocked with miscellaneous food items, particularly appropriate for breakfasts, including eggs, sausages, frozen waffles, and Vermont maple syrup as well as condiments and other basics, so that you can relax upon arrival, with no pressure to stock up with groceries right away. The cottage is completely furnished, including dishes, cookware, towels, linens, etc., and you’ll find the beds already made when you get here. We won’t intrude on your privacy to change the sheets or make the beds during your stay, but you’ll find plenty of extra linens.
A land-line telephone is provided. The phone number is unpublished, to protect guests from unwanted calls. However, if you make reservations and want the number to give to family and friends before you leave home, we will be happy to provide it. Note that cell-phone reception may be erratic at the cottage, depending on your carrier.
The TV is connected to a satellite, with about 50 basic channels. (This is basic service, without many “premium” channels.) We provide a wireless network (DSL) for your laptop or other devices..
Pets are welcome, as long as they are kept under control by their owners. Please do not bring pets that may disturb the neighbors, either with noise or physical threats. If your pet causes damage to the property, you will be expected to assume responsibility and pay for repairs. If your pet sheds, we will greatly appreciate your efforts to vacuum up pet hair before you check out, keeping in mind that the next guests may have allergies. With those caveats, this is a pet-friendly cottage in a pet-friendly neighborhood.
We do not have a big crew of cleaners to scrub every surface between guest visits, and often we have just four hours to prepare two cottages. Our standard is to be sure the cottage is as neat and clean as we would expect for use by us and by our extended family. If we miss anything significant, we appreciate being told by our guests so that we can address the problem and also add it to our cleaning routines. We mention this because we know that everybody had different standards–and if you are offended by the possibility of dust on top of a picture frame (for example) then you might prefer an area motel over a vacation cottage.
If you smoke, we ask that you step outdoors or onto the sun porch or deck before lighting up.
|Home Video, Cottage in Winter. Since this was put together, upgrades have been made, including a fancier hot tub and a rebuilt fireplace.||Home Video, Lake Frontage. Since this was put together, there have been some changes in the lakeside furniture and boats|
Most rentals during the summer peak are for a full week, Saturday to Saturday. At other times of year, the schedule is more flexible and the minimum stay is two nights. Daily rates vary according to whether they are in peak or non-peak times of year. The best bargains are always for full weeks.
||Peak Dates for Daily Rates:
Summer Peak Weekly Rates:
The prices include all utilities (gas, electricity and telephone, although we may request reimbursement for long-distance calls), a plentiful supply of clean sheets and towels, and a small supply of food stocked in the refrigerator and cupboards. The only additional charge is the Vermont tax, which is 9 percent.
We request that you make every effort to be sure of your travel plans before you make a reservation. Please keep in mind that the time you reserve is made unavailable to anybody else, and we may turn away many others who are inquiring about that period. Because most people plan vacations well in advance, it is often difficult to re-rent with short notice. For that reason, the deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of the rental fee for the week will be excused if you cancel at least a month ahead of the scheduled date, or if we are able to re-rent.
Payments may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) or by cash or check. We have also recently added PayPal as an option. Credit-card reservations may be made by phone (802-482-2988 or 1-800-310-8320) or by exchanging e-mail with us at cottage (at) upperaccess.com. (However, do not include your credit-card number in a standard email.) If you pay by credit card (as the majority of our guests do), it is usually most convenient to provide the credit-card information by telephone, or by fax at 802-417-3002.
The standard rental agreement for our cottages is posted here.
To Pay Your Deposit On Line…
If you prefer to pay your $100 deposit on-line by credit card, we have set up a secure order form for that purpose. This will charge your account right away while you are on-line, so before doing so, please be sure to confirm the reservation by phone or e-mail before paying on-line.
Our credit-card gateway is designed mainly to take book orders for our home business. Therefore, it’ll ask about a shipping charge; but choose the option for rentals that avoids the shipping charge. If anything gets confusing, remember that you can always make your credit-card payment by phone, at 802-482-2988, or (from most locations) toll-free at 1-800-310-8320, or by fax at 802-417-3002. The phone numbers are secure land lines to our home office, and we answer during extended hours weekdays, evenings, and weekends.
Steve or Lisa Carlson
85 Upper Access Road
Hinesburg, VT 05461
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