Villa Villekulla is a spacious, post and beam nestled in the woods of Southern VT, off scenic RT 100 in Weston. It's a perfect spot for hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, yoga, visiting local farms, tasting VT artisan cheeses and escaping city sufferings.
Our home sits on 22 acres of pristine land with many varieties of trees, wild flowers, ferns, mosses, birds and mammals. It is named after the home of Pippi Longstocking, the heroin of Astrid Lingren's stories.
Living with her monkey and horse Pippi was unencumbered by convention and propelled by an inborn sense of freedom, imagination and authenticity. So was Ike Patch, the visionary behind this intriguing and magical property. Such is the spirit of our home. The house was designed by an architect specifically for this site to bring the outside inside. It is a unique space with high ceilings and ubiquitous large windows. Isaac "Ike" Patch was the genius behind this treasure. As noted in The Economist in 2014 , Ike Patch was a CIA book smuggler, a civil rights champion and a naturalist. Ike's love of nature can be seen in the defunct museums which once housed specimens and information about the forest. There are remaining artifacts in these museums hidden in the woods. There is a boardwalk over a swamp, walking trails, rock sculptures, fallen tree houses. The Isosceles Triangle Rock Alignment, one of the most remarkable feats of modern time sits right on the property. Ike and Frannie Patch, after visiting Brittany, France and witnessing the the ancient stone alignment of rocks in rows extending kilometers returned to Vermont and made their own, known by some as the American Stonehenge.
The isosceles triangle contains 186 rocks called menhirs, large upright stones. Ike and Franny and company moved these rocks by hand It took 29 months to complete.
All of the rocks were dug up from the land and dragged by chains and winches. No machinery was used. It's truly an incredible sight to behold. For more about Ike Patch, read his obituary in The Economist (URL HIDDEN)
This space is for couples, a gaggle of friends, families, kids, animals. It is a magical and enchanted place, perfect for relaxation, hiking, biking, swimming, napping in a hammock, soothing your psyche , yoga, skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, reading, cooking or doing absolutely nothing!
We have 2 comfortable queen size beds and two twin beds. We also have extra mattresses and a comfortable couch for bigger groups.
Guests have access to the house, the fireplace, the outdoor wood burning sauna perfect for cold winter days and nights and after skiing or snowshoeing. Guests have access to the walking trails, the museums, the isosceles triangle and the rare and abundant beauty of the land. There is a fireplace in the great room perfect for gathering to relax, play games, warm up. It's also a perfect spot to read in one of our rocking chairs. There is a ping pong table and a dart board in the basement. There is an outdoor stage where we host music festivals and circus shows. There is also a outdoor wood burning sauna built by Ike's son many years ago. It works well and will heat you up and relax your body and mind on a cold winter day or night.
Feel free to contact me during your stay with any questions. There is a guest book in the kitchen with information about the house, the linens, extra blankets, the fireplace and sauna, local attractions, etc.
Abdullah the Cat, Goodwill ambassador to Villa Villekulla, may greet you as you arrive and walk you to the front door.
He is our cat in residence. He is an indoor and outdoor cat and very friendly.
We do accept pets but they must be cat friendly, house friendly. We ask for a 25 dollar additional housekeeping fee for pets.
Please leave house clean and tidy as you will find it.
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