Our place is located in central Vermont and is close to art and culture in the Hanover, NH area.
Our house and tipi are on 21 acres in a remote, quiet, serene setting with organic gardens, ever changing flower beds, a babbling brook and sweet bird songs. It is a magical place with access to much much more in the beautiful state of Vermont. You’ll love our place because of the unique ambiance and setting! Our place is good for couples, solo adventurers, and families (with kids).
Our tipi is located in a field abundant with wildflowers up a gentle sloping hill from our house. There is a bathroom building located adjacent to the tipi that houses a composting toilet and a sink with cold running water.
Our property is located in the beautiful town of Strafford, which is off the beaten path but has easy access to all that the mountains of eastern Vermont have to offer. We are close to the Hanover/Norwich/White River area and there are numerous places to hike, fish, swim, mountain bike and kayak nearby.
Our town has a beautiful historic town house to be explored and there is a gorgeous waterfall 3 miles away from our home.
Strafford is home to the historic Justin Morrill Homestead which offers tours of the buildings and gardens.
A car is a necessity as much of Vermont and nearby New Hampshire are rural with very little or no public transportation. Driving times from Boston: 2.5 hours, NYC: 5hours and 3.5 hours to Montreal.
The Stone Soup restaurant is located in Strafford and offers gourmet cuisine in an old blacksmith shop and is open Thursday to Sunday evenings with reservations and of note: does not accept credit cards. It is worth this minor inconvenience!
Of note is that there is only one store that sells groceries in town: Coburn's General Store which closes at 6:30pm every night except Sunday when it closes at 1pm and is located 7 miles away.
There are numerous restaurant choices in the greater Hanover/White River area and in South Royalton. Some folks find that due to the location of our land and tipi that once they arrive they prefer not to leave for meals, so bringing food that you can cook on our grills may be preferred.
A walk from the tipi on fairly flat terrain leads you to a "walk in the woods" that meanders on a loop through beautiful hardwoods with chairs to rest or read a book or meditate in while listening to the babbling brook. It is short and flat and crosses the brook in three places and is a wonderful place to stop and reflect. We also have a fire circle outside that you are welcome to use.
We have a friendly cat that lives at the house, and many hummingbirds and other wild birds. In the summer our house is surrounded by perennial flower gardens and an organic vegetable garden.
There is no internet or wifi at the tipi, but it is available at the house. There is no television and cell service is poor to non existent. We do have a landline available for domestic calls.
Our address is 148 Van Dyke Rd, Strafford, VT 05072. As cell service is very sketchy, we recommend that you save (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) map directions to our phone so that you will not lose access to your directions, as we live remotely. Please do no rely on GPS directions, which may take you on non existent road and you may find yourself lost in the wilderness.
Directions to ONOFRIO/CHUTE RESIDENCE
DO NOT RELY ON GPS DIRECTIONS AS THEY MAY SEND YOU ON NON EXISTENT ROADS UP HERE!
If you are coming on I-89, take Exit 2 (Sharon) and head towards Strafford, which is about 6 miles over the mountain.
At the stop sign turn left.
*Go approximately 2 miles into Strafford Village and take the right hand fork at the town green and travel towards Old City Falls Road, your next right.
Turn RIGHT onto OLD CITY FALLS ROAD and go 2.5 miles to VAN DYKE ROAD (the next left after KENDALL ROAD).
Turn LEFT ONTO VAN DYKE ROAD and go 1.5 miles. The road will wind and get smaller but just keep going and after a big field with a white farmhouse and barn it is ½ mile further ON THE RIGHT. Our mailbox with “ONOFRIO CHUTE” is across from our driveway.
If you are coming from Norwich/Hanover just basically go straight the whole way from Dan and Whit’s, turning left at the triangle/stop sign in the road at Union Village and eventually you will come into South Strafford and will pass by Coburn’s General Store on your right. Continue on to the Stop Sign across from Barrett Memorial Hall (at the jct with Route 132) and then follow directions from the * above.
My landline is ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Cell is ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Cell phones don’t work anywhere around Strafford unless you have wifi calling. If you get lost, just ask where we live, as pretty much everyone knows.
Anita Onofrio and Mark Chute
Guests have access to the tipi and bathroom building and are welcome to use the upstairs bathroom and shower, keeping in mind that there may be other guests renting rooms in the house.
We have a outdoor hot shower for your use that is located behind the bathroom building adjacent to the tipi. We do not supply towels. Shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap are available in the shower for your use.
We also have a rustic frisbee golf course in the woods near the tipi and are happy to explain the access to the course to you and provide frisbees for your use.
Guests are welcome to use the kitchen if you prefer to cook your own meals. There is limited space in the refrigerator, so bringing a cooler would be recommended.
(We also supply a cooler in the tipi and have a supply of ice packs for use).
There are gas grills that you are welcome to use. One of the gas grills is designated as a meat friendly grill, so please ask and we will have it ready for your use. We are vegetarians and prefer that you take all meat waste and packaging with you when you leave and clean the grill after cooking.
Interaction with guests
Guests are warmly welcomed to our magical land and tipi experience. We will offer simple self serve breakfast items at the house, and will most likely be in residence during your stay. You are welcome to come and go as you please, and we are happy to share conversation and breakfast with you, or you can maintain less interaction and more privacy as you prefer.
Other things to note
The tipi will be equipped with wood and kindling for small fires in the fire pit. Water will be available for dousing your fire before retiring for the night. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on our land or in the tipi or house. LGBTQ friendly!
Check in is after 4 pm.
Check out is by 2 pm.
Our home, land and tipi are smoke and drug free. Alcohol in moderation is fine.
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Mark and I live in a beautiful remote setting in central Vermont and love sharing our bit of paradise with others. We are avid outdoor enthusiasts who love to garden, hike, kayak, and explore new and unusual places. We much prefer staying at AirBnbs over staying in stuffy hotels, so we are happy to open our home to others for their travels. Mark is a seasonal landscaper and collects and refurbishes and sells antiques and oddities. I am a nurse midwife and a potter.