Five historic vacation rentals in southern Vermont ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Bill Regan for The Boston Globe Rudyard Kipling bought land in rural Dummerston, Vt., and designed a shingled, three-story house he called Naulakha — a Hindi word meaning “jewel beyond price.” Bill Regan for The Boston Globe Kipling's writing table, tucked into the corner of a first-floor sitting room, remains at Naulakha, as do other furnishings of the adventurous British poet. Bill Regan for The Boston Globe None of this would be surprising if the fastidiously restored house, now a National Historic Landmark, were a house museum. But it's used as a vacation rental that sleeps eight. Bill Regan for The Boston Globe Guests can feast at the polished dining table next to a sideboard with handcarved panels from India, where the writer was born in 1865. Bill Regan for The Boston Globe They can repose in Kipling’s bathtub, rock on the deep back porch, and play pool or checkers in the third-floor game room (pictured). Bill Regan for The Boston Globe Next door, Kipling’s newly restored carriage house once served as lodgings for the coachman. Now it, too, has been transformed into a vacation house. Bill Regan for The Boston Globe The nonprofit that restored Naulakha also owns three other historic vacation houses in Vermont, including a Greek Revival-style Dutton Farmhouse (pictured).