The Gatehouse, complete with cathedral ceiling and pine interior, will soon be available for rental!
Built by Tom Riffon (with me as his helper) when we first moved to Vermont, the Gatehouse sits empty most of the year so we decided to make it available to Night Eagle alumni, families, and friends for daily, weekend, or weekly rental from May through November. All proceeds will be used to supplement our campership fund, which makes it possible for less fortunate boys to be able to attend camp at Night Eagle.
As camp families know, the house is situated on 135 acres near the entrance to camp and is surrounded by 365,000 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest. Just a short 15-20 minute hike from our front gate runs the Appalachian/Long Trail. A left turn at the juncture of the trail will take you to beautiful Little Rock Pond where you can leap from a 10 foot rocky outcrop into the inviting water below; a right turn will lead you to magnificent views from White Rocks. If you enjoy fishing, bring along your rod. The streams in the national forest are brimming with trout!
The Gatehouse itself has two bedrooms (one with a trundle bed, the other with a queen sized bed) and a loft with futon/bed. The deck is a perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. There is running water, a propane stove, a refrigerator, and a fully outfitted kitchen (including a French press for that morning coffee you'll enjoy sipping on the deck!). Warmth is provided by a propane heater, which comes with instructions as to how to use it. Oil lanterns and LED lights powered by solar batteries are your sources of light. There is a shower and a composting toilet in the "Maxwell House" outside if you'd prefer to be closer to nature.
Feel free to cook on the outdoor grill in the yard and enjoy a meal or two on the outdoor picnic tables. After supper you may want to wander the trails on the property, spend a night in a tipi in camp, enjoy some twilight canoeing, or stay in the house and have fun playing some of the many board games that are available.
When you are not communing with nature, you might want to visit some of the many shops and restaurants in the area. Manchester is just 30 minutes to the south, Rutland is about a 15 minute drive to the north, and Woodstock is about 45 minutes away.
Dogs are permitted, but they are not to be left alone in the house when you are away.