Kokoro offers a unique environment where nature, architecture and art complement each other. Exposed fir beams and large glass windows are juxtaposed with an ancient tea house door, carved guardian figures from Bali, a deep Japanese tub with hand-painted tiles.
Surrounded by art and nature and the sound of our waterfall, one can relax into another way of being. It is a perfect antidote to life which is often lived at a hurried pace. Kokoro translates into English as "heart and mind as one" and our hope is that Kokoro offers a quiet respite for renewal or creative work. The grounds are extensive and guests are invited to explore walks through woods and meadows, the waterfall and spring-fed pond which offers great swimming in season. The beauty of nature is complemented by an abundance of art and stone sculpture both indoors and out, much of which is created by B and Woody, the hosts of Kokoro.
Guests stay in a separate apartment which is completely private with its own entrance and deck and connects to the main house by a glassed in walkway. The rooms are comfortable in size with a living room, kitchen and bath on the first floor and two bedrooms up a stairway on the second floor. Each bedroom has one double bed. The apartment is comfortable and cozy, warm and well lit with a coffee maker, toaster oven, cook-top stove and many books and games to while away your time.
There is a telephone for local calls and a TV with satellite service. Most guests are able to access our internet server. Cell phone access is very limited.
We are pleased to greet guests and orient them to the house and property. We are available in case of need. Otherwise, our guests are able to enjoy Kokoro on their own schedule. Generally, we are in residence when guests are here. If we are away, we have a contact person who lives close by who can be called in case of emergency.
Kokoro is located on a quiet country road with very little traffic. The house is situated off the road, with views of the pond and waterfall areas. Although it is completely private, it is only 30 minutes from the charming college town of Middlebury, 40 minutes from skiing at Killington, Pico or the Middlebury Snow Bowl. We are close to Lake Bomoseen with lakeside dining and a beach in season, 20 minutes from quaint Castleton with the classic Birdseye Diner and a great wine shop, 15 minutes from Cafe' Provence in Brandon and 20 minutes from the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center which offers art courses and hosts the Marble Street Sculpture Park.
Our setting is rural, so guests need to have their own transportation. If guests are coming by plane or train, and are planning to remain at Kokoro and not travel on their own, arrangements can be made (for an additional fee) for us to pick you up and bring you back to the public transportation. We have an AMTRAK station in Castleton (20 min), and an airport in Rutland (30 min.) or Burlington, Vermont (75 min).
It is a special privilege and pleasure to share Kokoro with guests. We derive a great deal of joy in seeing folks bask in the aura of calm and exquisite nature that nurtures our daily lives and creativity.
Guests stay in a separate apartment which is completely private with its own entrance and deck and connects to the main house by a glassed in walkway. The rooms are comfortable in size with a living room, kitchen and bath on the first floor and two bedrooms up a stairway on the second floor. Each bedroom has one double bed. The apartment is comfortable and cozy, warm and well lit with a coffee maker, toaster oven, cook-top stove and many books and games to while away your time. A studio can be made available to artists by request.
There is a telephone for local calls within Vermont, and a TV with satellite service. Most guests are able to access our internet server from the living room if they are using a computer. Cell phone access is rarely available and we have found that guests with cell phones who want to use WiFi can do so only from one access point in the studio.
It is our expectation that guests will treat the house and surroundings with a proper respect for art and nature. Smoking is OK out of doors, never inside. Please bring comfortable shoes for indoors. The fee of $150.00 is for two guests. Additional guests are $25.00/night. We request a $250.00 security deposit and a cleaning fee of $50.00. Check-in by 3 PM if possible, and check-out by noon. Our cancellation policy is strict. We only accept reservations from people with completed profiles. We do not allow pets because of allergic family members.
B. Amore is an artist and writer who has lived in Vermont since 1986. She founded the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland which is now approaching its 30th year. B. has created many public sculptures in both the US and Japan and has lived and worked in Rome and Carrara, Italy and speaks fluent Italian and a smattering of French and Spanish. B. is actively engaged in both her art and writing practices and is currently working with themes of immigration as a metaphor for the human journey. She loves combining found gloves, photographs of people's faces printed on silk and bits of stone and steel into intriguing sculptures. Much of her personal work and writing is a reflection on our interconnectedness as part of the larger human family. Her writing spans the range from art reviews to poetry and memoir. B. has authored three books and is currently working on the next. She enjoys hosting guests at Kokoro and sharing the inspiration and beauty of what she and Woody, her husband, have helped to create in an exquisite natural setting.