Country retreat unique (Anne T)
What a perfect place!
I rented the Squabetty property for a wedding and I couldn't have imagined a better location. First, it took us a full day to figure out where we were in the house. It is a rambling structure with so much to look at and explore, it was an adventure in itself. The high point included finding a Harvard yearbook photo of the original owner in top hat and tails in one of the countless bookshelves. When you walk in, you realize you aren't in a rental, but you are in someones home. It feels like generations of the Deane family have just stepped away for a few hours to go to town and said "make yourselves at home". The kitchens had every imaginable cooking utensil, there were extra blankets for colder nights, and plenty of extra towels, band-aids, tp (although we brought extra and left it there for the next guests) The wood-burning sauna worked great. We had it going in the afternoons a bit to keep warm between shuffling around in the stream and dipping in the stream-fed pool. We used it again on a couple of the colder nights. There isn't anything on the property we didn't use! We shuffle-boarded, we dipped in the pool, an adventurous friend slept in the lean-to. We played ping-pong until way too late. We sent a group of 5 hiking to the top of Mount Mansfield... We referenced old trail guides in the house in search of a "lake in the clouds" to no success. We ate dinner on the porch and watched fireflies. We saw foxes, chipmunks, and I heard rumors of someone in the party seeing a moose. The barn is plenty large enough for any dance party to hold and is so charming on its own, I almost didn't bother with the decorations I had brought for the wedding. The caretaker, Pete, was great. He showed us every last detail of the property and called to make sure everything was going well. When I panicked because we had ran out of water (the whole house is spring-fed and takes about an hour to re-fill once you've emptied the tank (pro tip: don't do laundry, dishes, and have 10 people showering all at the same time))he was there in no time to help us out. The owner was a serious pleasure to work with and was great about getting us things like barn-layouts for party-planning and a porta-potty for the wedding. The ONLY thing I would do differently is to bring a set of walkie-talkies. The property is huge and easy to get away in (which is kind of the best part, too). We're already saving our pennies to return, and hopefully return often.
My New Favorite Spot in Vermont (Joe)
After searching through endless venues for our wedding this summer, we were lucky enough to find Squabetty. Immediately after our first visit, we knew it was the perfect place for us.
We had a lot of friends and family coming in from out of state, so we were looking for a place where a lot of people could stay. Squabetty was able to accommodate most of our friends and family, including everyone in the wedding party and their significant others. There are so many rooms in the house it's easy to get lost.
In addition to the amazing house, the location is spectacular. After the long drive up the driveway, you are quite literally on the side of Mt. Mansfield, with one of the peaks towering above you at all times. It is a perfect representation of the Green Mountains, and was a great way to show our friends why we are so proud to call Vermont our home.
Every morning I would walk down to the pool for a refreshing dip, and then stop at the blueberry bush on the way back for fresh fruit for breakfast. There are so many charming little touches and fun activities, you'll never get bored.
The owners were always very easy to deal with, and it was clear that they have a great love for this place and take a lot of pride in it. We feel lucky to have spent time there, and hope to return soon.
Wedding Weekend (Emily K)
So... I was reluctant to write a review about this house. My reluctance came from the fact that I wanted to keep wonderful secret all to myself. SquaBetty is a magical place. My husband and I chose the house as our wedding venue. I cannot say enough how beautiful and wonderful the house and the surroundings are. When you are there you feel like you time has stopped and you can relax. The house was clean for us when we arrived and the caretaker was there to greet us. We felt accommodated and so lucky that the family allows people to experience this wonderful property. I hope that those who rent the house in the future will take care of it and treat it as a piece of history to allow the family to keep on renting it for generations to come.
Perfect Wedding Spot! (Deb)
We have sadly returned from an outstanding week stay at Squabetty! Our daughter and her fiancé chose this beautiful location for their wedding and what a find it was. To begin with everything that we could ever need was there. The property was spotless and ready for out arrival. It was wonderful that we could house both families in the house as they came throughout the week and still had space to work/prepare for the wedding. The barn was a perfect venue for the bluegrass band and we truly rocked the house the night of the wedding. We were also able to set up a tent for the reception and house some campers as well. The wedding guests were awed by the beautiful location and the trip up the road just added to the ambiance. Each night we were lulled to sleep by the stream running next to the house. Overall it was a fabulous stay and we hated to leave. What wonderful memories were made on the mountain!
We were blown away! Can't wait to go back. (Mary, Endfield, CT)
Squabetty is a magical place to stay. The property has everything you could want in a vacation getaway. We were there for a week long family reunion and I can’t say that there was ever a minute where there wasn’t something to do or explore. As a matter of fact, having some knowledge of the area, we had plans to do some activities that we never got to, because there was simply no reason to leave for entertainment. We utilized everything that Squabetty has to offer – cooking and eating big family meals in the open air (the kitchen was very well equipped and the grill worked perfectly), swimming in the river fed pool, hiking and stacking rocks in the river, hiking the mountain trails, settling disputes on the tetherball court, evening long ping pong tournaments in the barn, taking the daily challenge of running the driveway – easier down than up! The homey comfort of the house made us feel as if we were hanging out at my grandmothers’ house – everyone from my 87 year old mother to my 13 year old daughter found something to love about this place. Just reading a book and enjoying the view from any of the many porches or the sun room at the back of the house was a treat. There was plenty of room for anyone to have privacy and enjoy the mountain in their own way – but also great common areas to gather for our crazy family games and story-telling. The bedrooms and beds were really comfortable, and the sound of the rushing river and the fresh mountain air were awesome. And I can’t forget to mention the fabulous sunsets every night – no matter what the weather was during the day – you want to be on the deck for sunset every night and watch the show. Even though it felt a world away – it was fairly easy to get to town for groceries and supplies. Our family thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this property for a great vacation – as relaxed or active as you choose. Thank you to the Deane family for sharing this treasure.
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, Girls getaway, Families with teenagers, Families with young children
Fantastic Stay (Bluebuggy Austin, Texas)
Three generations just spent five beautiful days at Squabetty and had a wonderful time despite some cool and some rainy days. The house has an unusual layout which made the stay all the better figuring out where to go. We were four families: grandparents and 3 families with children between 2 1/2 to 10 (9 of them). The barn was a great hit with ping pong as well as a large area for the 2 year old to use the old tricycle. The suspension bridge was fun every time we crossed it. The kids thought it was an adventure. Some other activities: hiking to the waterfall and beyond; use of the pool briefly (very cold); tetherball; swing set; great games and toys in the sunroom. We had great dinners in the living room where we set up a double table to hold all 16 of us. We highly recommend this very comfortable, homey, remote place. The driveway about 1.5 miles was a challenge the first time but afterwards just a 10 minute ride.
The house was very clean and comfortable.
Recommended for: Families with young children, Age 55+, Families with teens
A magical retreat with historic charm (JAV, Boston, MA)
I stayed at Squabetty with a group of old friends. We had 10 adults and 3 children staying in this sprawling house and we were comfortable and not cramped at all. The house cannot be described in pictures or words. The approach to the house seems to remove you from civilization until you suddenly arrive at your own private Vermont paradise. There is a fresh, gurgling mountain stream with small waterfall that you cross to arrive at the house. There are trails in the woods surrounding the house and plenty of yard-like area around the house for children or pets to play. We did take our dog who was overjoyed, until a moose showed up in the yard! The house itself is a rustic antique with updated bathrooms and fully equipped kitchen. It is comfortable and clean with linens/towels provided. There is an "addition" that is immediately adjacent to the main house (accessible by the same porch) which has another small kitchen along with bedrooms and sitting area with beautiful view. We were there in the fall, so we did not use the tennis courts or swimming pool, but we did enjoy the barn which has table tennis and darts in a unique setting. Most of all, we enjoyed going for long walks, building fires in the outdoor fire pit and indoor fire place to play games and talk, and looking at the stars. During the fall, the colors here were stunning, so an excellent place for "leaf-peepers" as well. Everyone in our group was lamenting the end of our long-weekend - next time, we will go for at least a week. This property cannot be believed (or adequately described), until seen!
Recommended for: Pet owners, Adventure seekers, Families with teenagers, Families with young children, Romantic getaway
It rained a lot during our stay but we loved it anyway. What could be more relaxing than sitting on a covered porch, in front of a crackling fire (yes there is a fireplace on the porch) while it rained and we enjoyed the beautiful waterfall next to the porch. You might think a place like this don't exist anymore, but it does here...we loved every minute. So much to do, swim, hike, swing set for grandkids, tether ball...barn with ping pong table and more. We were never bored, but the best part was the gorgeous location. We hope to return again for another special stay at what is truly a "Serene Mountain Hide Away."
Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure seekers, Girls getaway, Sightseeing, Families with teenagers, Families with young children, Romantic getaway
Nellie and I were born in Vermont, and our whole family loves going back there. On earlier trips we have had use of our house but this year’s trip was compromised because the renters of our house were unwilling to move out (imagine that!), so we rented another house, positive that it could never be as great as our own. We were wrong. The house was so unique it even had a name, Squabetty. It was next to a stream and a pool which was fun but extremely cold. the house itself was very big but also cozy, and it was full of old things like books from the 1800s and National Geographics that went back to the 1960s. The hugeness of the place allowed us to have tons of friends over practically every day, and with 250 acres of land there was plenty of hiking (and getting lost) to be done. There was always something cool to do in the barn, which was full of stuff like an extremely old organ and a ping pong table. and there were also plenty of cool ways of getting around, like a door through a closet that lead to another part of the house. All in all, Squabetty was an amazing place and if we have not moved back to Vermont by next year, we hope to stay there again.