About this listing
Circa 1850 Cape-style house featured in March, April and May 2013 issues of This Old House magazine (see on-line "From Fixer-Upper to Refined Farmhouse" by Deborah Baldwin) and on houzz (search "Beautiful Hardworking Cape Renovation").
Second floor room w/ private bath in classic New England village, 2 miles from Dartmouth College, close to lakes and rivers, mountains, shopping, museums, theater. Walking distance to fantastic independent bookstore, post office, town green, churches and quintessential general store.
Double bed heaped with old antique quilts, hypo-allergenic pillows and 100% cotton sheets. Fluffy towels. Fresh flowers in your room. Bath has small, antique 4 ft. claw-foot tub with hand-held shower. (Please note: there is no stand-up shower.) Cable TV with premium channels. Private stair separates guest room from rest of house.
Second sleeping place available for an additional $75 for those who prefer not to share a bed: queen-sized, high-end air mattress in studio adjacent to guest room. Airy room with high ceiling, very comfortable. Shares bath with guest room.
Excellent restaurants close by. Hiking in the Green and White Mountains is an easy drive. Other nearby attractions: Simon Pearce glass-blowing, Quechee Gorge, covered bridges, country fairs, King Arthur Flour store & cafe, fishing and Dartmouth's Hopkins Center for the Arts featuring film, concerts and art exhibits. Hanover, NH is right across the Connecticut River and has a multitude of restaurants, shopping, gelato, downtown movie theater showing current features. Five miles from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Laundry privileges. Continental breakfast included (yogurt & granola or muffins/toast, coffee/tea, fruit/juice). Books and magazines abound.
Our very friendly Labrador Retriever adds to the atmosphere at no additional charge.
Please note that prices will be higher for Dartmouth graduation, Dartmouth Reunions and fall foliage season.
We are not handicap accessible. Room is at the top of fairly steep and narrow stair.
Guest bedroom & en suite bath. Kitchen.
Interaction with Guests
We love getting to know our guests -- it's the real fun of Airbnb -- but if you prefer to have a romantic breakfast with just your partner or are not a morning person and don't want to talk over coffee, that's okay too.
Randy and I are happy to give recommendations for restaurants, things to see, places to ski, etc.
Vermont village setting.
There is no taxi service in the area, but we are happy to pick you up at the Dartmouth Coach bus stop at the Hanover Inn, providing the timing works. Can also give you a ride to Dartmouth or DHMC if you are stuck.
There is a good door-to-door car service that can take you to and from the Manchester, NH, Boston, Hartford, CT and Burlington, VT airports. Please contact us for details.
Other Things to Note
The room is above the kitchen, up it's own staircase and tucked out of sight and hearing of the rest of the house. It is absolutely private, but there is no actual door. At night we will be on the other side of the house where we can't hear you and you can't hear us. (Earplugs available for late- or light-sleepers.)
As described, there is no stand-up shower in the private bathroom. This is due to the configuration of the knee wall/roof: there is no room for a full shower. The tub is a small, antique clawfoot with a nice hand-held shower. Nearly all of our guests find this a fun detail.
The house was built in 1850 when spaces were just smaller. This adds to the coziness we love. Ceilings are low in the guest room, so if you are tall, you may have to duck a bit.
No smoking. No recreational drugs. Limited kitchen privileges (you can store things in the fridge, make tea, etc. but no cooking).
No pets unless otherwise arranged.
Our day begins at 5:30 AM - you can sleep as long as you like, but you will hear us downstairs (guest room is just above the kitchen). We go to bed early (9:00 PM ish). We'll leave the lights on for you.
We often work at home and need uninterrupted space, so hanging out during the day is not an option.
Bring your own laptop or there are computers available at the public library just down the road. Household wifi password available upon arrival. Cell service in the house can be spotty depending on your carrier. Land line available for limited use as needed.
Please be tidy. No meals in the bedroom. General decorum expected.
Jane and Randy have a wonderful home and are outstanding hosts. My wife and I really enjoyed our stay and felt very comfortable in their home. We also enjoyed their hospitality and will definitely stay with them the next time we visit our son in Hanover.
Jane was an incredible host and if I ever go back (and I hope I do), I would stay with her again. Lovely home, cozy bed, and a perfect breakfast -fresh blueberries, greek yogurt and organic granola. Randy was also great - ran a umbrella out to get me out of a rain storm. Thanks so much to both of you and Rudder too!
My husband and I stayed at this very charming house for a few days when our daughter was checking out Dartmouth College. Rather than staying at a hotel, we wanted to have a mini vacation staying at a home in New England. The house is very well maintained, decorated lovely and their backyard is gorgeous. Breakfasts featured fresh local fruits and rasberries from their back garden. We really enjoyed getting know Jane and Randy. Jane was very helpful giving us suggestions on interesting sightseeing spots. Their dog, Rudder is very friendly and cute, I already miss him...
Thanks again for your hospitality that made our mini vacation very special.
Toshiko & John
Staying with Jane and Randy at their place in Norwich was wonderful. The house and the grounds are beautiful. The guest room is filled with books (kids and grown up) so it was a lovely walk down memory lane. Just a word of warning - the ceilings are on the short side so if you are over 6 feet tall, you will need to watch your head.
I would highly recommend staying with Jane.
Staying with Jane and Randy is a delightful experience. They welcome you right into their home like long lost friends and do all they can to make you feel as comfortable as possible. From the little touches like beautiful vintage water glasses in the bathroom to a basket of snacks in the room if you get hungry, everything felt homey, lovely and relaxed. The room has a fairly low ceiling, and as many people have described, the bathtub is small with a slanted roof above it. Granted I'm a pretty small person but I found these details charming and fitting with the history of the house. Each morning Jane laid out a gorgeous breakfast of local pastries, fruit, yogurt, granola and coffee for me to choose from and we would chat about what was going on that day for each of us. It couldn't have been nicer or more welcoming. If I find myself in Norwich again and in need of a place to stay I'll definitely try to stay here again. Also, major bonus points if you like dogs, Rudder is the sweetest thing imaginable.
Our stay with Jane was excellent.
We have now a reasonable number of AirBnB's to use as a basis for comparison and this is a gem.
I think the discription of the space is accurate and we found the place charming.
The town and surrounds are iconic New England and Jane provided some great recommendations.
We would return in a heart beat.
This was our first experience with Airbnb. We decided to try it on the spur of the moment at 6:30 in the morning of the day we needed to check in. Jane was very patient communicating with through Airbnb messages before we booked with her as we tried to register and verify identity with airbnb.
The cozy room is very small with slanted ceilings. The room is bright and cheerful with a wall of windows overlooking a beautiful garden. It is well lit and comfortable for it's size. The bathroom has a beautiful old tub which is too small for me to use. The old fashioned iron spring bed is very soft. I prefer hard, but my wife loved it. There is a water fountain in the garden near the window that runs all night.
Breakfast was simple healthy and very fresh. A great way to start the day.
Rudder the golden lab is a very nice dog!