What a lovely place!
Wow! My husband and I were looking for a week-long getaway in the dead of winter, and we needed a place that would welcome our dog, too. We feel very lucky that we found this home, and Matthew was very helpful about making arrangements and checking in with us by text to make sure we were comfortable. This home looks EXACTLY like the photos shown, and although the cleaning fee is a bit high, it is well worth it -- this house was IMMACULATELY clean. It's an older property, but so well cared for that even the choosiest of guests would be comfortable. I should also say, this is LARGE house. We never used the top floor or the garden level at all. There's a nice master suite right on the main level, so the three of us were very comfortable just using the main floor. We kept a fire burning during most of our visit, and the kitchen was well-equipped for all the meals we wanted to cook. All we needed to do was drop in town to pick up groceries at the Woodstock Farmer's Market (a great place!). Although this property is 8 - 10 miles from Woodstock, it was easy to drive back and forth on the days when we wanted to do some sight-seeing or eat out. This house sits right on Silver Lake in a gorgeous valley. It seemed that the view out the back windows changed by the hour and sometimes by the minute! We watched people ice fishing and skiing across the lake one day, then others speed skating and walking across the lake on another. Silver Lake State Park is on the opposite side of the lake, and we enjoyed driving the 2 minutes down the hill and around the bend to get there and take our dog for a pretty walk within the park. Even in the winter, the park roads were plowed and passable on foot, and it was fun to imagine who all the footprints in the snow belonged to, for there were many varieties! What surprised me the most about this home and the location of Barnard was how absolutely nice and welcoming the community was. Everyone said hello to us, whether we were walking in the park, stopping in at the general store, or dropping post cards at the post office (all of which are within walking distance). This was a wonderful, no-cell-service (but great internet at the house!) getaway for us, full of comfort, beautiful views and walks, nice people, great food, and total relaxation. We loved it here on Silver Lake, and hope to visit again!
Gorgeous lake house, minutes to Woodstock