Crow's Nest on Scrag Mountain: ski, hike, canoe, chill...Waitsfield, Stowe, etc.

Northfield, Vermont

***Ask about discounts for younger children when staying for 5 nights or more. Ask about a 10% discount for groups of 8 or more. These discounts will be processed as a refund after booking. Also, family & group events which involve more people, pricing subject to details & private arrangement.***
***we have a small farm CSA & may be able to provide you with freshly picked organic produce***
***It is time for snowshoeing, skiing, & toasting by the fire. Ask us about places to dine & shop for groceries, we'll point you in the right direction. Local is always best!***
***Summer-time! Outside wood/charcoal fired barbecue. Camp-fire by the pond. Play horse-shoes, lounge & eat out on the deck, listen to the peepers, watch the fire-flies, & star-gaze on a clear night. Hike, & visit a local swimming hole. Have breakfast at a world class patisserie close-by. Take a stroll up a cascading mountain stream ***
***If pets are included in your party, please notify us ahead of time. We reserve the right to disallow them, but, under normal circumstances, well-behaved dogs are welcome, but, must be properly chaperoned & not allowed on the furniture.***

The Crow's Nest on Scrag Mountain is a contemporary post & beam, pegged timber-frame home, custom built in 2005 for contemporary comfort & convenience, as well as rustic & casual country living. We are in an ideal winter location for skiers who are focused on Mad River Glen & Sugarbush in the Waitsfield & Warren area. But, Stowe is also within striking distance. Summer & autumn are great times here as well, peaceful, quiet, & green, logging trails & mountain trails to explore, Blueberry Lake close-by for swimming & canoeing/kayaking. The map has us mid-way between I-89 Exit #5 & the ski area, (@ 9 miles) & 14.4 miles to Sugarbush via the Warren/Roxbury mountain road. Easy in, easy out. Crafted from local wood & stone, it is spacious & cozy, & glows with warmth & has an enchanting country vibe. Located on 5 very private acres, it is peaceful & quiet, & whether you are having an event with family & want action, or just need solitude with surroundings where everything is beautiful & ministers to your spirit, this is the perfect place to meet all of those needs. There are high ceilings & cathedral spaces inside, & covered porches & deck outside. The grounds include a wild meadow, woods, manicured lawn, orchard, & a pond. Your hosts are in the converted barn "caretakers cottage" across from the main house where you will be. They will be on hand to assist you & manage the ship should need arise. Regardless of the season, hiking & walk-a-bouts are wonderful in this area, but, you skiers are looking for a place to crash after a day on the slopes. We are within the greater area which serves as a bedroom community for both Stowe, Bolton Valley, Sugarbush, & Mad River Glen, & while you may need to drive an extra 15 minutes in one direction, & an extra 30 minutes in the other, to get to your ski spot, what you will gain in both comfort & affordability, a fire to roast yourself by, & beautiful Vermont scenery, it will be worth it. The Scrag Mt trail head is close at hand, as is the Tibetan Buddhist Institute with trails. The Warren Schoolhouse market is 9 miles away, Waitsfield 15 miles, Montpelier 15 miles, Burlington 60 miles, Stowe 40 miles, etc. Exit #5 on I-89 is 9 miles away, & we are located mid-way between the highway & Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, etc, just a lick away from the Roxbury/Warren Mt Road which provides access.

The home is clean & inspiring & set up for your comfort, with your basic kitchen needs, 2 bathrooms (one in vestibule shared), 4 bedrooms, & lots of living space. The main heat is the Harmon wood stove in the foyer adjoining the dining room, where you can enjoy tending & watching the fire, & roast in the radiant heat (we are on hand close-by to help you manage the operation of the stove/fireplace when needed).There is nothing like coming in from the cold on a winter's day, or an exhilirating day on the mountain, & sitting by the fire with good company, watching the flames, & drinking your favorite thing, & eating good food.

There are 5 bedrooms 2 with Queen size beds, & 3 with Full size beds, & 2 Full size couch futons in the living-room (6th bedroom). Fold-up mattresses for the floor, are available if additional sleeping arrangements are needed. Depending on how your group is configured & how the bed space is utilized, we have been able to accommodate up to 15 people at a time. Please note, that we would need to communicate regarding this, so that we can prepare accordingly. Please give us advance notice so that we can make all of the necessary arrangements so that everyone will be comfortable. We provide linens & towels for your convenience. We have DSL & wireless internet if you bring your own devices, & there is on-line streaming TV. Water is hot & cold, & is plentiful straight from the well to you. There is laundry in the basement if needed upon request

Whether you are leaf-peeping, hiking, cycling, skiing, snow-shoeing, or on a food safari, we are well located to have access to it all, & to provide you with your own, beautiful, quiet refuge to rest up from the days activities & adventures. Please let us know how we can serve you best, & make your stay what you need it to be.

Please Note: Our pricing is structured so that there is a low base price in order to be able to accommodate couples, & then there is an additional fee for each additional person above that, to adjust for larger groups. We ask guests to update us when they are adding people to their group during their stay, so that we can bill their account the head charge of $27 per night for each additional person. In the end, our pricing is competitive with most other comparable places, both during holiday periods, when the prices go up, & the non-holiday periods when prices go back down. So, please compare, & I think you will find, that we are one of the best deals out there if you are on a budget, & want to be in a beautiful location. Thanks for looking! As an aside, if you are interested in having live Irish traditional or Old-time Appalachian or Klezmer style music included in an event, you have come to the right place. Arrangements to be made separately. If you are a vintage guitar buff, & want to organize a small event or workshop, let us know. If you are having a family reunion or group event, & wish to use the place as a venue, while housing some people in different locations, please contact us to discuss details & pricing. If you are a family with younger children, & are planning to stay 5 days or more, please ask about our discount.



  • Rural
  • Village
  • Mountain View


  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Water Tubing


  • Necessary


  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Hair Dryer
  • Paper Towels
  • Living Room


  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen


  • Television
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Furniture


  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible
  • Non Smoking Only


  • Dining Area

Dining Checkbox

  • Dining


  • Medical
  • Deadbolt Lock On Entryway
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency Exit Route
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Fire
  • Police
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Outdoor Lighting

Houses Rules

  • 04:00 PM
  • 11:00 AM
  • No parties/events
  • Smoking allowed
  • Pets allowed
  • Children allowed
  • Max occupancy: 14


Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

14 Reviews


    5/5 Stayed Oct 5, 2020
    Submitted Oct 13, 2020

    Great place to stay! There were only two of us but the house is huge. Erich was a helpful host and gave us a detailed rundown of the house and was very accommodating.

    Great time!

    5/5 Stayed Sep 18, 2020
    Submitted Sep 24, 2020

    The house and property were beautiful and well maintained. Erich was very kind and helpful with any questions we had. We would definitely come back another time.

    This place was amazing!

    5/5 Stayed Aug 12, 2020
    Submitted Aug 18, 2020

    I could not have asked for a better experience for our family vacation. It was my husband and I, two of our daughters and their spouses and three of our grandchildren, twin girls, 5 and my grandson, 12. We all loved it. The girls didn't want to leave. The home itself is amazing with all kinds of treasures to discover and the property beautiful and serene. Seeing the milky way and shooting stars was such a treat. I would love to go back! Erich and his family were wonderful and provided fresh vegetables from their garden, knowledge of the area and what was available and quickly responsive. We had great campfires and just loved the beautiful porch.

    Enjoyed our stay

    4/5 Stayed Jul 25, 2020
    Submitted Aug 4, 2020

    We enjoyed our stay, the house, and the property. Lovely area and walks nearby. One note: the owners' house is just across the driveway, in easy sight of the porch and all windows on that side. Conversations, noises, and music can be easily heard. Worth knowing if privacy is important to you / your family!

    A wonderful getaway

    5/5 Stayed Jul 15, 2020
    Submitted Jul 18, 2020

    Erich and his family were very accommodating and attentive. They were available if needed, but not in a way that was intrusive. The first night by the pond, as we started the fire pit, we had the amazing experience and privilege of hearing one of Erich’s daughter playing Irish music on the fiddle!! We found the accommodations to be exactly as we expected. The large porch was perfect for any meal (or a coffee!), even on a rainy day. Our eight-year-old in particular enjoyed chess on the porch and both he and his four-year-old sister loved the keyboard and piano. Our visit was in mid-July, so we were a little wary about not having air conditioning. However, the house was always comfortable (daytime temps got up to low to mid 80’s). We definitely recommend staying at this beautiful home and property. It was exactly what we needed for a change of scenery!

    Great place to stay

    5/5 Stayed Feb 18, 2020
    Submitted Feb 24, 2020

    We had five wonderful days and really enjoyed this place. Very spacious, cozy and has everything we needed to relax. Skiing was great as well. Thank you for having us and our dogs. We hope to return again.

    Wonderful spot away from it all

    5/5 Stayed Jan 3, 2020
    Submitted Jan 16, 2020

    This was a great location for a weekend away. The home is beautiful and the hosts very accommodating.

    Beautiful place with a beautiful view.

    5/5 Stayed Nov 4, 2019
    Submitted Nov 8, 2019

    Mesmerizing, We highly recommend.

    Vermont outing

    5/5 Stayed Sep 4, 2019
    Submitted Sep 10, 2019

    Great place and Erich was extremely friendly and helpful We had some great conversations about the area and how he built this and some other homes. Great trip great host

    What a great way to experience Vermont

    5/5 Stayed Aug 26, 2019
    Submitted Sep 1, 2019

    The pictures don't do the property justice I tried taking my own and then realized no picture can capture the love that has gone into building this beautiful home. We used it as a base to explore Vermont but I was secretly glad for the one overcast day we had when we decided to just stay home and relax. Puzzles at the dining table, coffee and guitars on the porch (my son brought his along and serenaded me) and piano playing in the living room, a stroll to the duck pond and a leisurely wander thought the back roads to check out the neighboring properties. All of Erich's recommendations were wonderful and I felt very well cared for and left completely restored. I'm already fantasizing about my next trip there.

    Great experience

    5/5 Stayed Jan 18, 2019
    Submitted Jan 21, 2019

    Place was great! If I could give more than 5 stars I would definitely. Erich was amazing, always making sure we had everything we needed and more. The house was great and cozy.


    5/5 Stayed Nov 9, 2018
    Submitted Nov 11, 2018

    Great house, very comfortable stay.

    Awesome place, great hosts!

    5/5 Stayed Oct 27, 2018
    Submitted Oct 28, 2018

    Beautiful, comfortable and casual house in a beautiful setting. Erich and his family are perfect hosts: there when you need them to be, but not when you don’t. Very gracious and accommodating. We had 8 people staying and had more than enough room and found it better than we expected. We will definitely come back when we’re in the area!

    Great Getaway in Vermont!

    5/5 Stayed Oct 6, 2018
    Submitted Nov 13, 2018

    Absolutely wonderful location and house. Erich has built an incredible home that offers many amenities with lots of room to relax and is perfect for a couple as well as families. He was a great host in communications and in ensuring we were well informed on the place and had what we needed. Highly recommend staying there and am looking forward to when we can get back that way again. Thanks again, Erich!


      Northfield, Vermont

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