For travelers looking for something a little different, Vermont has an abundance of vacation rentals that offer a unique experience in addition to a place to lay your head at night.
Visitors can sleep among the trees in a treehouse, stay in an historic five-story grist mill hanging over a river, or explore a hobbit home straight out of a fantasy novel. In addition to those different places, they can take in a round of golf on a private course or have an entire island to themselves.
The 575-acre Honey Pond Farm Estate in Middletown Springs features an 18-hole golf course and an eight-bedroom, 6½-bath house that rents for $2,856 a night on Airbnb, according to an article from Golf Digest. Airbnb listing: www.airbnb.com/rooms/48428565.
The Treehouse Village Inn in South Newfane features an A-frame treehouse created by lauded treehouse architect Pete Nelson, star of the show “Treehouse Masters” on Animal Planet. The property also includes a bed and breakfast inn and can be booked for weddings. Book the property through their website at treehousevillageinn.com/.
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Stone City Treehouse is nestled in 20 acres of woods about three miles from Hardwick Village. The property features a kitchen, bathroom and washer and dryer, truly an upscale treehouse. It rents on Airbnb at www.airbnb.com/rooms/27627590.
Historic five-story grist mill
Another property featured in a television show is the 1880-built Kingsley Grist Mill in Clarendon. The Netflix show “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” highlighted this one as its unique pick for an episode on waterfront properties. The five-story, 94-foot-tall conversion with three bedrooms and two bathrooms comes with a deck that hangs over the Mill River. Until 1935, the building cleaned grain and currently uses the large millstone as part of the décor in the property. Listed on Airbnb at www.airbnb.com/rooms/4427427.
Middletown Springs is the home of another unique getaway – one that could whisk its visitors into a fantasyland. The rounded, earthen cottage is fashioned after hobbit homes in the Shire of the likes of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins described in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” books, also made famous by the Peter Jackson movies. The home features two living sections adjoined in the middle for the common area, making it great for two adult couples to share. Find the Airbnb listing here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/23446690.
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Lake Iroquois island
Ever fancy having an entire island to yourself? For $329 a night you can in Hinesburg in the middle of Lake Iroquois. Dogatraz, as its known, is a one-acre dog-friendly enclave with a two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage. Available through Airbnb at www.airbnb.com/rooms/3840916.
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