Architect-designed, 8-bedroom home with soaring chestnut beams on 200 private acres, amazing views, close to ski mountains, two ponds, wooded trails, antique furniture, gourmet kitchen, hotel beds/linens, library, games, movies, pingpong, and in clement months, the trampoline and lawn games court!
LET’S NOT CALL THEM RULES, BUT….this works for our family!
1. No shoes in house- please remove in mudroom. This protects floors, carpets and is cozier. Slipper bucket is provided.
2. Absolutely NO FOOD outside of the kitchen (sorry-but we have had indelible spills by hungover guests).
3. Internet WIFI network password is the phone number. Please know while the internet is far the fastest available locally, it can only accommodate email and light files. If you try to download big ones everything will jam up. (Hint: Turn off your icloud backups on smart phones to keep things moving.) Also -- this is rural reality--we are not responsible if the local internet service fails to come in a timely manner IF something goes wrong- we have one sole provider and they aren't always there when they need to be. The local library has internet in emergencies. We do not give a guarantee, in other words.
4. Turn off lights when exiting rooms- y’know, environmental.
5. Please take care with the old furniture pieces - they are valuable antiques and pretty solid for their venerable years but do require a little forbearance!
6. DO NOT LEAVE WINDOWS OPEN not even a crack in winter when you go out, or for god’s sake, not when you leave (a guest caused a pipe to burst doing this-oh woe) as temperatures can drop in a few hours to 25 below here! CHECK the doors are LOCKED, not just shut (even in summer) as sudden big winds can blow them open- we had a gustado last summer that caused TVs to break and water to pour in ( a guest forgot this rule). In more clement months only open the awning-style windows maximum 4 inches if you go out (to prevent heavy rain coming in). And TOTALLY CLOSE WINDOWS in TV room and first floor front bedroom when going out -- for the same reason.
7. HOT WATER It's a big boiler but a big house, too. Keep your showers to a minimum - be considerate: 16 long showers in 2 hours from 4-6 PM can drain tank! Strategies that work are to set the dishwashers to run at night (when use is low); doing house laundry in off hours also. (During a week's stay, we do it Mondays/Fridays and ask guests to bring their stuff to the basement and separate it in the baskets (darks, whites, colors). End of the day it will be there for pick-up. We ask them to refrain from doing personal laundry other days, unless really necessary.
8. WINTER HEAT Keep thermostats at 6o upstairs (hot air rises so you will be too hot with any more.) Set the Great Room ceiling fans on reverse (on wall near the kitchen) to drive hot air down). Set other thermostats at 65, not higher… (Making it feel like Florida is neither healthy nor environmental. Wear a sweater if you are a cold person! You are in the North, after all. ) The master suite (addition) room first floor at far end of house has two thermostats. The one on the left is radiant heat (floor) and should be at 60, then one on the left is the gas fireplace, which should ALWAYS be set lower than 60, as it will turn on until it reaches the same temperature, then shut off…
FIREPLACE BE SURE FLUES ARE WELL OPEN BEFORE LIGHTING ANYTHING! Push metal bar in center back till you hear it click ( or stick head in and make sure you see the light above!) There is some fatwood there for kindling- only use max FOUR pieces per fire. Light two or three sticks --It takes a minute or two to really catch so use large matches (or a zippo lighter). All you need to do is get the ends going and the rest will catch on.
Set up a stack of wood to start a fire. Place the burning kindling sticks at the bottom as you would for other kindling wood or newspaper. Stack wood loosely above the fire to allow oxygenation.The kindling will reach an intense blaze in a few minutes to really get started and burn for around 20 minutes, plenty of time to get the seasoned hardwood firewood lit nicely!
9. EMERGENCIES There are fire extinguishers in A) the kitchen pantry, B) the laundry room in basement, C) the addition closet. In case of fire, ESCAPE LADDERS are in boxes in the bathroom vanities on the second floor. The screens have tabs at top and pull in, the ladders latch on to the sill and you can climb down. There is a FIRST AID KIT in the bottom floor hall bathroom, top shelf, navy bag. All rooms have FLASHLIGHTS or LANTERNS in case of power outtages.
When you leave, we do expect you to take your RED can garbage ( to the garbage can and put your GREEN (see below) recyclables in the garage. There are four trash receptacles. The DARK GREEN metal bucket on the countertop is for compost and gets dumped in composter beside Burn Can (next to garage- be careful to put lid back on tight). The large BLUE plastic bin is for burnable paper ONLY (this gets taken outside to the Burn Can behind the garage (make sure none sticks out of the can if you do decide to burn-as windy days can carry sparks and start a fire). Under the island sink are two GREEN buckets for recyclables (bottles, cans plastic. MUST RINSE well and there are clear plastic bags to put them in-- also get taken to the garbage box on the left side of the garage with a flap lid. and dumped in the big bins there. The RED can is for the wet trash- we aim to have as little of this as possible by doing the above. These (in black bags) also get put in the trash box attached to the garage. Garbage is picked up every other Monday. Recyclables once a month Mondays.
11. THINGS TO DO/ CONTACTS Brochures to local attractions and a telephone list in the red binder are next to telephone in kitchen. Read and enjoy!
12. LEAVING Please strip your bed and leave sheets in your room for the cleaning lady (don’t bring them downstairs unless you are willing to wash them yourself and put back on- with 10 beds it’s confusing otherwise). Put damp towels in tub -- spread out so they don't get moldy. TURN DOWN THERMOSTATS to 50. LOCK ALL DOORS and WINDOWS.
13. NESPRESSO You can order the capsules to be delivered on Amazon or through Nespresso. UPS delivers reliably to our porch (USPS and FED EX need someone there to sign so its more of a problem.) Only use the machine after carefully reading directions beside. If anything jams, you need to remove capsule, then run a tank of only water through it till it clears.
14. We expect you to leave the kitchen tidy at departure, as any considerate guest would, with no dirty dishes /pans on the counters etc. Leaving stuff in dishwasher or fridge is of course FINE.
15. Sauna HOW-TO: There are two dials at base of the heating unit. DO NOT TOUCH LEFT DIAL. Turn RIGHT DIAL to 3 o’clock, then turn it back to 1 o’clock- you will hear a click and the red light will illumine. The timer is set for one hour and will turn itself off . (If you leave before, please save energy and turn off manually.)
Sauna etiquette– Hang only DRY clothes or robes on metal hooks in sauna room (do NOT hang wet towels or wet anything as they leave rust marks- PLEASE DO NOT put wet towels on the furniture in your room either). Shower before using, hang up your towel (if you plan to reuse) on laundry room line afterwards or on a hook in your (URL HIDDEN) consider the environment before washing!
16. If anything breaks or doesn't work, please do tell me? It's very important so I can have the time to fix it before the next guest arrives.
That's all Folks! These rules were developed for our numerous family and friends sharing the house so we know they work! Please let me know ALL your guests have read these by texting me the Secret Password-CATAMOUNT.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 7 jours avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement à hauteur de 50 %. En cas d'annulation au cours des 7 jours précédant le voyage, la réservation est non remboursable.
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A big family of tight-knit siblings and their spouses, significant others, children, friends and pets who grew up in Vermont and keep our childhood summer home by the sea in Jersey, and return to both many times a year for wonderful, joyous, noisy, fun-filled family reunions in snowy and sunny days. We have so many wonderful memories of childhood here and to see our children loving it just as much as we do is a deep and abiding pleasure. We have traveled the world over, but Vermont and Spring Lake are still Home, Spring Lake frozen in charming time, and Vermont truly a little corner of Paradise on earth.