The house stands on top of a hill, watching over 5,000 acres of unspoiled, protected mountain lands; hence it's nickname, "The Fortress".
The Fortress offers a unique aesthetic and a living experience that is truly Vermont!
The upstairs floor of the Fortress is an 1700 sq ft open plan, centered on 25 foot cathedral ceilings, and encircled by giant clerestory windows, which provide almost 360 degree views.
One guest commented, "It's like living in a snow globe." (We promise giants don't periodically pick up the house and shake it)
There is an airy, uncluttered feel to the space where one can move and think freely (Medieval-Minimalism that focuses one's mind on Nature, Proportion, and Beauty) Perfect for artists, writers, nature enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and anyone looking for a respite from the daily technological grind.
The "Great Hall" has a handmade Tudor style banquet table and lots of space for reading and convening. The kitchen area to the right has new appliances: large fridge, stove, oven, toaster, coffee maker (with grinder) And there are plenty of kitchen and cooking wares, pots and pans and utensils.
There is a full, framed Master Bed upstairs. Downstairs there is a twin bed, and a study area with an antique drafters desk, and a fully functioning wood stove. (A large stack of fire wood is always kept stocked for guests, just outside the downstairs door, under the deck)
There is a full bathroom with cast iron shower and new fixtures and appliances. A washer and drier are available, and the house is professionally cleaned and managed.
The fortress is ideally suited to a couple's getaway. Or small groups of close friends 4+. But there is plenty of space, and when maximum privacy is not the main priority, bigger groups have brought air mattresses and camped out under the stars' in the medieval hall.
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.)
We do not live at The Fortress year round. Kasey and Jason Needham live next door, and clean and manage the house.
Just step out side to enjoy world-class hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and awesome sledding! And of course, the best foliage in the US in the fall!
The Fortress is also located less than 30 mins from Hanover NH, and Montpelier VT.
In less than 15 min you can drive to historic Vermont towns such as Strafford and Thetford and their local markets. A trip to Old City Falls in Strafford is less than a 7 min drive, and is alone worth the visit to the North Kingdom! We will send you a detailed guidebook with photos, local/insider info with personal directions to hikes, restaurants, wifi spots near by, and much more.
The Fortress was designed and constructed by Thetford born architectural designer, Nicholas Fabrikant. Other local examples of Fabrikant's work include the granite monument in front of Memorial Field at Dartmouth College. His love of exacting lines, and subtly placed crystals can be seen throughout the house.
The Fortress and Vershire are not manufactured fantasies of a quaint Vermont life. They are embodiments of the pure, unrestrained convergence of un-tamable nature, sporting energy, and artistic passion!
“Beauty will save the world.”
My husband and I had a great stay here and plan to come back in August. We were visiting from Brooklyn and were both happy to unplug and enjoy the peace and quiet (no cellphone reception or wifi were major pluses for us). The Fortress is especially conducive to getting work done: I had plenty of time to read and write and would love to return in a couple years when the time comes to work on my dissertation.
Of all the region's many attractions, we had time to visit the Magic Mountain hiking trail (which was lots of fun, look out for the abandoned farm house) and Soup Stone Restaurant (which was excellent; I highly recommend it. If you are vegetarian the Chef will gladly prepare something special for you).
The only thing that we didn't consider: in mid-April, the hiking trails are still quite snowy and not readily accessible (given our lack of adequate snow gear). So if you plan to visit in April and intend to see some of the outdoor sights (of which there are many), bring proper apparel.
Also, staying 2 nights was definitely not long enough! Next time we will plan to stay for at least a week.
Gorgeous property and everything went smoothly with the rental. The house is really beautiful and a great place to get away, clear your mind, and truly relax. The only drawback is it was a little scary getting there on the muddy April roads... but we could have avoided a lot of that with some forethought about the most paved route. Overall, we had a wonderful girls' weekend and came back refreshed and regenerated by the stunning views, open space, and fresh air!
My boyfriend and I wanted a get away retreat for spring break, and so we decided to stay at Ned's place for an escapist few days. The house is beautiful, and the natural light/open floor plan is absolutely enchanting. With that being said, I would not recommend watching any horror movies or you will be scared of the dark! The night time stars are unparalleled and the 360 degree views of nature are AMAZING. The house comes equipped with a bathroom in the unfinished basement (be prepared for concrete floors in the bathroom), a fully stocked kitchen (no microwave) in terms of pans/cutlery/dishes and a queen size bed. When we got to the house, there were dirty bedsheets/towels on the floor next to the bed, so I'm not sure if the host did not clean the apt between guests or we were expected to clean the house ourself. We did not see that as a huge issue, and found clean bedsheets to begin our vacation. We brought our own towels because all towels appeared dirty. There is a washer/dryer in the basement, although no detergent.
Vershire itself is a beautiful but run down town. There are tons of dirt roads so make sure your car is capable of handling the roads. There are many dilapidated houses and abandoned cars in the snow. It seems like the town is empty although we did see some houses with smoke coming out of the chimney. With that being said, it is wonderful to be in the throes of nature. Nearby towns like Barre/Montpelier/Cabot/White River Junction and Waterbury make the stay well worth it. We visited the Cabot Creamery, Rowell Sugarhouse, Harpoon Brewery and Ben and Jerry's Factory over the course of two days. Also stopped in White River Junction and the Quechee gorge for some beautiful scenery.
I hope this review is helpful. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. Highly recommend this trip for anyone who is looking for a nature filled escapist retreat! There are two dogs who seem to belong to the neighbors, who like to hang around the house and we definitely fed them a couple treats.
Thanks for your honest and thoughtful review. You definitely nailed the idea of a "nature filled escapist retreat!" So sorry about the dirty sheets though. Very strange? We always have clean sheets and towels for guests. Kasey must have forgotten to take the old sheets back to wash. (there are multiple sets of course) Again, so sorry. We will refund your cleaning fee. You'll get a message from the "resolution center" where you can claim your refund. Thanks again. Come back anytime.
The fortress is a stunning place -- the beauty of it in real life outstrips the pictures! It was the perfect spot for our honeymoon -- high in the mountains, secluded and totally romantic. And we really enjoyed the champagne and Vermont treats left for us by Ned and the fortress team! We loved our week there and wished we could have spent more time. We highly recommend it!
The Fortress was amazing. Despite going there in the winter the radiant heat kept everyone nice and cozy. Amazing views. Best part of it is there's no cell service, so that you can take the time to enjoy the peacefulness. Very quiet road great for walk with dogs. Many architecture books to peruse while staying in beautifully designed home with the most insane panoramic views!
The Fortress provided the perfect mid-week getaway from New York. If you are after spectacular views and peace and quiet this is the place for you.
We kept ourselves entertained downhill skiing at Killington (75 min drive) and Dartmouth Skiway (25 min drive) and cross country skiing near Stafford (20 min drive). As well as by exploring all the quaint towns and villages nearby including Hannover.
The place is perfectly equipped for some serious cooking whilst the magnificent views and dining table provided a great setting for meals in. The central heating and wood fire kept the place perfectly cosy during the winter freeze.
Overall 10/10 - will be back!
Our stay at the Fortress was amazing - really as breathtaking as the pictures! The house has beautiful, uninterrupted views and all the amenities you need for a weekend (utensils, towels, basic cooking supplies, fridge, etc.). We really appreciated the detailed guidebook and had fun just exploring the surrounding area. The rental was seamless and Ned was helpful throughout - they clearly know what they are doing and were great hosts! The cabin gets beautiful natural light (a little too much in the mornings if you want to sleep in since there are no curtains :)), and is warm and cozy with good heating. We had a pretty small mazda and didn't have too much trouble in the snow or on the roads, though I would still recommend AWD to be safe if you were going in the winter months. Also, there is absolutely no cell service! An amazing blessing for a weekend away, but also could be a frustration for some.
Thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing stay, in snowy Vershire: this is one of the most awesome buildings I've ever been in!
Getting around was surprisingly easy considering the two feet of snow on the ground, and another 3-4 inches during our stay, would probably rent a 4x4 in the future though. One highlight was our trip to Stellas's Kitchen (delicious italian food) a short drive across the Connecticut river into NH.
We had a very nice visit to the Fortress. Very quiet, very much the ideal open space, Spartan, modern, away from the hustle and bustle home. All of the planning, etc. were quite easy and we were given a list of many things to do - though we did nothing. Really enjoyed the lack of cell service and no TV. A great place to go to relax. One thing - there are no curtains, so when the sun comes up you'll be awakened (unless you sleep downstairs). Highly recommended!
We loved staying in the snow globe. One thing you can't really tell in the pictures is that it's one giant open area - no doors, so soundproofing, etc - so really ideal only for one couple. The bed, kitchen, and dining table are all in one big room.
We purposefully went up on a new moon night for some stargazing, and we sure weren't disappointed!
It's pretty close to many things - one day we drove down to Sunapee for skiing, the next we went up to Burlington.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.