About this listing
Surrounded by trees, a pond, and hiking trails, the cottage provides a cozy space (and woodstove) to relax and reflect. We offer local food, massage and yoga classes. We're 1 hour from Portland and Sunday River Skiing. Nordic skiing nearby too!
This is a timber frame cottage with a largely wooden interior, with plenty of windows to make it a bright space. The kitchen and living room are all one area, with a separate bathroom (tub, shower, sink, and toilet). The bedroom is a lofted room above the kitchen, with half-walls that look down over the living room. The upstairs has a Queen bed, and downstairs is a comfy Full Futon that sleeps 2. The space can easily accommodate 4 people, as long as privacy is not required, and its ideal for a couple or a family. Firewood is available in the attached shed, for the wood stove, and there is also a propane Rinnai heater, and radiant-floor heating in the bathroom. We are near 3 alpine skiing areas, a few nordic skiing areas, and the Oxford Casino. Our area offers many outdoor experiences such as hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, etc. Halls Pond does not allow motorized boats or swimming, because it is a drinking water reservoir, but canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are perfectly fine.
The cottage is a perfect place for a writing, creative or stillness retreat. On our land is Halls Pond Healing Arts, which offers yoga classes, massage therapy and workshops. Find the website online for more information. Please book ahead for massage, yoga classes or private yoga sessions.
We also grow vegetables, eggs, chickens, pigs and harvest maple syrup from the land. Many of these items are available for purchase seasonally. Our farm is called Starlight Pastures and we have a website.
Guests will have access to 100+ acres of land with trails for walking and exploring outside. The yoga studio will be open during sessions, but otherwise closed. The main house and garage are not open to guests, unless arrangements are made. Outside the cottage is a campfire area, and we also offer 2 kayaks for guests to use.
Interaction with Guests
We are friendly and communicative folks, but also very busy at times. Our availability will depend on what is requiring attention at the moment. We are often not home to welcome guests when they arrive, so we encourage guests to make themselves at home and call us if they need anything. There are opportunities for learning and helping out with projects (let us know if you are interested), and also relaxing together in the evenings. Generally our guests are independent and we make contact only when invited, because we respect their privacy.
We enjoy solitude and the natural environment, so our neighborhood is great! No other houses are visible from our land, just trees, field, and pond. There are nice places to walk and a short hike with a great view. And we are still only an 8 minute drive to town, and about 15 minutes to the grocery store.
There is no public transit here, but plenty of free parking on the land, and plenty of walking and biking in the area.
Other Things to Note
The cottage is great as a home-base for summer trips and also as a winter ski cabin. We are 45 minutes from Sunday River in Bethel & Mt. Abrahams in Grennwood, and 50 minutes from Shawnee Peak in Bridgton. Excellent Nordic (cross-country) ski trails are only 15 minutes away, and are open for free to the public, and there are also Nordic trails at Sunday River (fee required). Ski the slopes all day and sit by the fire all night! (We provide firewood)
Please, no smoking. Bring only well behaved pets kept on a leash or in a crate. Please no parties that include more people than are indicated in the booking request. Please ask any questions that help avoid misuse of stoves or appliances. We request you to take care of the cottage and leave it as clean as you found it. Thank You!