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Magnificent views, 20 private acres. Relax at the Rye Chalet in Wells

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The perfect country retreat. Vermont's famous fresh air from the 20
private acres of tranquil woodlands and trails surrounding this
spacious, comfortable, cheery country house. Picture windows and a
wrap-around deck look over Hidden Valley's miles of hills, fields and
streams into the next state.

With 3600 square feet of living space, the house offers several
gathering areas, including two separate living rooms, a game table
area, a dining area and a sociable kitchen. Marvelous for retreats,
reunions, family gatherings, writers and artists. Great for three
couples, one per floor.

Artisan stonemason Simon Shultz created magnificent two-story stone
columns that support the outside deck and, at the heart of the chalet,
a spectacular three-story stone core with two fireplaces. A charming
spiral staircase connects all three floors.

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chalet rental amenities

The total number of beds in the chalet are: two twin beds, two queen
beds, two queen sofa beds. The two twin beds are in the ground floor
bedroom, the main floor bedroom has one queen bed, the third floor
bedroom has a queen bed. The chalet has two livings rooms, one on the
ground floor and one on the main floor. The ground floor living room
has a queen sofa bed that can sleep two persons. The main floor
living room also has a queen sofa bed that can sleep two people.
The main living room has a beautiful stone fireplace and the chalet is
supplied with firewood.

Fully-equipped kitchen with two ovens, microwave, refrigerator,
freezer and many cookbooks. Barbecue grill.

The chalet has Wi-Fi and satellite TV.

There are games galore, hundreds of bestsellers and well-chosen books in the library and over 200 movies on video. Two TVs, both with DVD and VCR capability.

Washing machine, clothes dryer, iron and ironing board are in the
laundry room.

The Rye Chalet has it's own golf pitching area.
Guided hiking, hunting and/or fishing tours with a Certified
Hunter-Safety and 'Let's Go Fishing' Instructor can be arranged for an
additional fee -- for all levels from child to expert.

Delicious take-out or catered meals available from a first-rate chef, using local, fresh ingredients.

activities and attractions in Wells Vermont

Visit charming Manchester, the original outlet town, the charismatic
Northshire Bookstore, Orvis' glorious flagship store and great

Browse picturesque Vermont towns, antique, craft and art shops, the
Vermont Country Store.

Professional summer theater at Dorset Playhouse.
Miniature golf at Cones Point in Wells.

Fly fish at Orvis Fly Fishing School in Manchester or local lakes and
rivers. Visit the American Museum of Fly Fishing in historic
Manchester village.

History at President Lincoln's son's estate, Hildene, or Fort

Beautiful Lake St. Catherine is right in Wells. Nearby Bomoseen Lake
in Castleton offers canoe and kayak rentals.

Hike the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail.

Summer Alpine slides and scenic chair lifts at ski resorts Killington,
Pico, Bromley and Stratton.

Drive to the huge, unique and fascinating Shelburne Museum, Calvin
Coolidge's home in Plymouth, the Robert Frost Trail in Middlebury, the
Grandma Moses Museum in Bennington, tour Ben & Jerry's factory in
Waterbury, the Norman Rockwell Exhibition, where Norman Rockwell's
models are your tour guides, at the Arlington Gallery in Arlington,
hometown of Norman Rockwell 1939-53, on historic Route 7A; the
world-famous Simon Pearce Glass-Blowing workshop and restaurant in
Quechee,VT and the noted Billings Farm Museum in Woodstock, VT.

The Rye Chalet in Wells, Vermont is central to all the major Western
Vermont skiing areas -- Bromley, Killington, Stratton, Pico, Magic and
Okemo. All are about 30-45 minutes away. The nearest is Bromley at
about 25 minutes. Killington is about a 45 minute drive. Those
skiing Killington or Pico often stop in Rutland for dinner at a wide
variety of available restaurants en-route back to the chalet. Those
skiing Bromley or Stratton often choose to have dinner at one of the
many excellent restaurants in Manchester en-route back to Wells.

The Rye Chalet has it's own golf pitching area. The private Lake St.
Catherine Country Club, right in Wells, offers an 18-hole golf course
and club house that can be used by the public. There are numerous
other golf courses within driving distance, such as Castleton, Vermont
and Whitehall, NY, both about a 20 minute drive. Two PGA 18-hole
championship courses are under an hour's drive: Killington's Geoffrey
Cornish-designed par 72 course and the Golf Digest award-winning Green
Mountain National Golf Course. Most courses are open mid-May through

vacation rental rates

Regular Season June 1 to November 30

$215 per night ($645 minimum)
$1400 per week
$4950 per month

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Peak Season December 1 to March 31

$245 per night ($735 minimum)
$1610 per week
$5950 per month

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Spring Special April 1-May 31

$185 per night ($555 minimum) 
$1225 per week
$3950 per month

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$500 deposit required to hold reservation. Balance due 15 days before arrival.

Check-in time is 4 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m.

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Top things to do in Wells
  • Boating and fishing in beautiful Lake St. Catherine.
  • Golf (18 holes) at the Lake St. Catherine Country Club.
  • Home-made muffins, sandwiches, catering at Wells Country Store.
  • Farmers' markets, community suppers and Fire House breakfasts.
  • Unusually good wine selection at Wells Country Store.
Top things to do on a budget
  • Relax and enjoy the spectacular view
  • Walks on your 20-acre property surrounding the Rye Chalet.
  • 200 movies-on-video in the Rye Chalet.
  • Excellent library in the Rye Chalet.
  • Hike the Long Trail or the Appalachian Trail.
Top things to do with a family
  • Great children's department at picturesque Northshire Bookstore
  • Field trips to Vermont Teddy Bear factory, huge Shelburne Museum
  • Put-put golf at Cones Putting Course.
  • Summer Alpine slides and Bromley fun fair.
  • Tour President Lincoln's son's estate in Manchester.

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traveler reviews for this wells chalet rental

Family and Pet friendly chalet

Review submitted: February 2, 2009   Date of arrival: January 22, 2009

This was our second stay at the chalet and we enjoyed it tremendously! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing, peaceful getaway.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Owners response: Thank YOU. Return guests are The Best. And we know you all enjoyed the yummy fresh muffins at the Wells Country Store.

Helpful votes: 9 / 9


Beautiful home in the woods.

Review submitted: October 6, 2013   Date of arrival: September 4, 2013

Beautiful secluded chalet in the deep forests of Vermont. Beautiful setting. Plenty of room with everything you would need for a pleasant stay. There were just four of us staying there so there was plenty of room and privacy with bedrooms and bathrooms on each floor. We did not do a lot of cooking but the kitchen was well equipped for what we did and more. The view from the deck and front windows was awesome.

The owner was very helpful and provided us with some great suggestions for sightseeing.

The was a great selection of videos, books and games.

If you have any trouble with stairs I would not recommend this house. It has three levels accessible by a spiral staircase. Not a bad thing but just need to be aware of the stairs.

Owners response: What a beautifully written review. It makes us so happy when our guests really enjoy the chalet (and, as you say, it's beautiful view).

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Wedding accommodations away from home

Review submitted: July 13, 2013   Date of arrival: July 4, 2013

The place was very clean, tidy, and worked out very well for our purposes. Very spacious and each bedroom very private. Great having three separate bathrooms on each level, and laundry if we needed it (which we did). Kitchen was spacious enough for three people to be working on a home cooked meal all at the same time. Good assortment of kitchen utensils and pans. Adequate refrigerator space and two ovens. We arrived on a a very hot summer day but the fans that were avaialbe in each room and windows that were able to be opened as well as doors onto the deck made it possible to get air moving throughout the space. Enjoyed our stay very much!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


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