About this listing
The Fortress is Medieval-Minimalism: focusing minds and hearts on Nature, Proportion, and Beauty. Geometrically accurate and built to inspire, this space is perfect for anyone looking for solace, and a respite from the daily technological grind.
++ The "Great Hall" has a 10 ft. long handmade Tudor banquet table with a custom 80 lb. brushed steel chandelier that floats above it– all the while being encircled by glass and mountains on all sides.
++ The kitchen has new appliances: large fridge, stove, oven, toaster, coffee maker (with grinder) – and there are plenty of cooking wares, pots, pans, and utensils to muster up a proper feast.
++ There is a full master bed upstairs. Downstairs, there is a twin bed, a
study area, and a full bathroom with cast iron shower and new fixtures and appliances. (A queen air mattress is also available downstairs)
A washer and drier are available, and the house is professionally cleaned and managed.
++ Step outside to enjoy world-class hiking, swimming or skating, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and awesome sledding! And of course, the best foliage on the globe in the fall!
++ The Fortress is not an internet hot spot but a Cold Spot– no internet here. No wifi or TV allows for a timeless experience amidst a vast sky– some of the finest stargazing in America.
++ Also please be aware that since The Fortress is a digital free zone, there is no cell reception at the house. You will need to drive down the street a little ways to get reception.
++There is a pond on the property for swimming or skating.
++ A detailed guidebook with photos, local/insider info with directions to breathtaking hikes, delicious restaurants, wholesome attractions, and much, much, more, is posted in the "Guidebook" section of this listing.
Interaction with Guests
++ Check in is after 3pm and check out is 12pm. (Please note, that one night stays are possible, just please send us a message and book at least 24hrs in advance).
++ Ned can be reached at anytime via phone or email.
++ The Fortress is also located less than 30 minutes from Hanover NH and 50 minutes from Montpelier VT.
++ In less than 20 minutes you can drive to historic Vermont towns such as Strafford and South Royalton and their local markets.
++ A trip to Old City Falls in Strafford is less than a 10 minute drive, and is alone worth the visit to The North Kingdom!
++ FOUR WHEEL or ALL WHEEL DRIVE is recommended NOV - APR
Other Things to Note
++ The Fortress was designed and contracted by Thetford Vermont born architectural designer, Nicholas Fabrikant.
++ The Fortress and Vershire are not manufactured fantasies of Vermont life. They are embodiments of the Pure, unrestrained convergence of un-tamable Nature, Ancient design principles, sporting energy, and a radiant vision.
“Beauty will save the world.” ---Prince Myshkin
My family and I enjoyed a week of beauty, abundant light, clarity of starry nights, and hiking during the days. This fortress offers simplicity in beauty and elegance. It was restorative. The proportions of the furniture in the space bring a sense of generosity and abundance. We hope to return regularly. Thank you, Ned!!
A very handy guide accompanied our booking which indicated area attractions and restaurants.
This house is fantastic. Everything about it is phenomenal, the space, the architecture, furniture, balcony etc. It was the perfect place to relax for a few days, it indeed became a tradition for me and boyfriend to come every year! Best experience on airbnb so far!
Ned's fortress nestled into the green Vermont hills was the perfect weekend escape from the city. The cabin itself is gorgeously designed with ample natural light that is refreshing and beautiful. The fortress came stocked with everything we needed to be able to cook our own meals. The views are wonderful during the day and the stargazing is amazing at night. This is a great place for a couple to stay. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Stone Soup in Strafford and highly recommend the restaurant. The only suggestion I would make is to Google map everything beforehand and have detailed directions - we had trouble finding the house and a couple of the hikes listed in the guidebook.
All the pictures here are totally accurate. This is a beautiful space to spend a few days in--I highly recommend it.
Ned promptly made contact with us, and the handbook he provided for our stay was concise and contained everything we needed! The Fortress is a beautiful and simple; and good place to relax and clear your head. The house is private, although not isolated, since there are houses on either side.
My wife and I did a lot of driving up and down the mountain on this trip, since we had places we wanted to see. Were we to book again, we would probably want to set aside some more time (full mornings or full evenings) to just be in this quiet space (Note: although perfect for a quiet time and hearing the sounds of nature, the acoustics of the house are such that any steps, coughs, dish clinks, etc. are sure to be heard throughout the entire space).
A spectacular building in a beautiful area: we're very glad we went there. It was like living in a work of art. And Ned's handbook directed us to local places to visit etc, which was very handy.
We were surprised at just how open plan it is (the only internal door is to the bathroom), which was not ideal with two couples. One bed is basically in the kitchen/living area and the other in the basement, and accessing the bathroom means walking past that bed. There are also air vents in the floor/ceiling between the two areas, so it is much like one large room.