Minister Brook Hut Information
Minister Brook Hut is located on Worcester Mountain Farm. It is nestled at the base of the Worcester Mountain Range and adjacent to Minister Brook. The farm is owned and managed by a family who lives on the land. The core of their mission is to develop their land into a space where all visitors can have the opportunity to more deeply connect with themselves, their family and friends, and the natural world. The cabin is surrounded by lush forest and offers endless opportunities for quiet reflection or epic adventures. The land has several miles of private hiking, mountain biking, and ski trails.
Special features include:
- Free access to all trails
- Groomed ski trails in the winter, hand and machine built mountain bike trails in the summer.
- Two queen sized bunks with mattress pads
- Futon bed/couch (for additional seating and sleeping)
- Vermont Bun Baker Woodstove with oven for wood fired cooking and heating (seasoned wood provided). If planning to use you should have experience with wood stoves.
- Kitchen with pots/pans/utensils/etc., (no running water, use stream water or the caretakers can provide 5-gallon jugs of tap water upon request)
- 30-foot wrap around deck with picnic table and additional seating
- 2-burner propane cooktop for preparing meals (bring your own food)
- Small table and benches for eating meals, playing games, etc…
- Newly built outhouse with composting toilet for hut guests
- This cabin is off grid: no electricity, no cell service
- Please bring battery operated light sources; two battery lanterns are provided
The reservation is for the exclusive use of the entire hut for the night of your reservation. Individual beds cannot be reserved.
*All rates subject to Vermont Rooms and Meals Tax.
(2nd Tues. in Oct. – Memorial Day)
Weekday Rate – $110/night
Weekend/Holiday – $150/night
*All rates subject to Vermont Rooms and Meals Tax.
The hut is located approximately 1/3 mile from the parking area along a mostly flat approach. Specific directions to the parking area and hut will be provided upon booking.
Worcester Mountain Farm is home to several miles of private skiing, biking and hiking trails. The land abuts Putnam State Forrest and the Worcester Mountain Range, which offers endless opportunities for off trail and backcountry travel. There are also several other options close by for recreation.
Fishing: Minister Brook
Hiking: Worcester Mountain and Hunger Mountain
Biking: Montpelier / North Branch Trails, Calais Trail Network
Check-in/out Times: Check-in anytime after 2:00 pm on your arrival date. Check-out no later than 12:00 pm on your departure date.
Location: The hut is located on private land along Minister Brook in Worcester, VT. The hut is approximately a 1/3 hike/ski/bike in to the hut on a mostly flat trail.
Parking: Parking is in a private lot, and directions will be provided upon booking. Neither VT Huts nor the landowners are responsible for your vehicle.
Absolutely NO SMOKING in the hut.
No outside shoes/boots in the hut.
Heat: The cabin is heated with a wood stove; instructions are provided in the hut user manual. You should be comfortable operating a wood stove if you are reserving this cabin in the winter months. Guests are responsible for making their own fires; the cabin will likely not be warm when you arrive. The rate at which the cabin heats up depends on the temperature outside; the cabin will usually heat up in a couple of hours. There is wood located inside the cabin next to the wood stove. Guests are expected to restock the wood that they use. When restocking, use the wood from the shed directly across from the hut. Failure to restock wood will result in poor karma and potentially being banned from Minister Brook Hut and other Vermont Huts.
Lights: There are two battery-powered lanterns provided in the cabin. Please bring a headlamp or another light source as a backup.
Water source: In the summer month’s Minister Brook runs steadily however we do advise you to bring your own water. Snow can be used in the winter. Upon request, the caretakers can provide you with 5-gallon containers of potable water. Always be sure to filter, treat, or boil water before consuming.
Cooking: There is a propane cooktop (instructions on site) with two burners in the kitchen area for your convenience. The kitchen has pots, pans, dishes, plates, bowls, utensils, knives, and cups. The wood stove also has a wood-fired cook oven that you are welcome to use. We only allow cast iron to be used in the stove. Please do not use any other pots or pans on or in the wood stove.
You may heat water in the large pot on the woodstove for dishwashing and drinking.
Grey water: Grey water from doing dishes, brushing teeth, or cooking may go out on the ground away from the hut. Please filter all grey water so no food ends up on the ground. Please pack out all food scraps.
Outhouse: There is toilet paper in the outhouse for doing your business. Be sure to add the provided sawdust or woodchips and close the lid of the toilet when you’re finished. Do not put anything in the composting toilet other than toilet paper. Please pack out all additional sanitary products.
Trash: Pack out all trash. Please make sure there are no food scraps in any of the grey water you dump out. Use the screens provided. This is a leave-no-trace hut.
Cleaning dishes: There is a double sink in the kitchen. There are sponges and dish soap for your convenience. Use hot water from woodstove or cook top to do your dishes. One sink is for soapy water and the other is for rinsing. There is a drying rack to place the dishes so they can dry. Please return all dishes to the cabinets when you are leave.
Sleeping: The hut sleeps six guests; there are mattresses provided on all beds. There is no need to bring a camping pad, though you should bring your sleeping bag or blanket(s). There are no pillows or linens provided.
Phone: There is no phone on-site; cell coverage is non-existent.
Pets: Pets are not allowed at the hut. This is out of respect for those with pet allergies and the safety of wildlife on the property. Failure to comply with this policy will result in additional charges.
Campfires: Campfires are only allowed in the designated fire pit. Campfires are only allowed when the Vermont Fire Danger Forecast is designated as “LOW” For more information see
In case of emergency: In the event of an emergency, guests should locate cell reception (there is cell service at the top of Minister Brook Road) and dial or text 911.
Departure: Please sweep up after yourselves in both the hut and outhouse using the broom and dustpan. Be sure the propane cooktop burners and gas line are all turned OFF, and that the kitchen area is clean. Replace the wood for the woodstove with dry wood from the woodshed for the next guests. Pack out all trash and personal belongings. Do not leave any food behind – it will attract mice and other animals. When leaving, be sure all doors and windows are closed.
Landowners: The caretakers do a regular check of the cabin to ensure the hut is in good condition. They may stop by to say hello and answer any questions at some point during your stay. Please report any issues requiring maintenance to them in person, by making a note in the logbook, or emailing email@example.com.
Cancellations: Reservations canceled 15 days or more in advance will receive a 50% refund. Reservations canceled 14 days or fewer in advance are non-refundable.
*Failure to comply with these policies may result in additional charges to your reservation.
Should you have any questions about your stay, please contact the Vermont Huts Association office at 802-798-3003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.