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 (we typically have chickens, pigs, and a cat). We request you to caretake the cottage and leave it as clean as you found it for the next guests to enjoy. Thank You!
Comfy,cozy and convenient to South Paris area that we were visiting in. Traveling with Mom and son so didn't get to explore the land around the cabin,but would like to bring husband back to do just that. Never met hosts, but felt their warm presence in the toasty wood stove that greeted us after dinner out our first night there.
Rocky and Katey were responsive, warm and well prepared for my visit. I appreciated their flexibility in when I could come into the cabin. I arrived late at night and came into a toasty, well lit cabin. I had a wonderful time and felt very welcome. The area is lovely, peaceful and great for a respite from the hustle and bustle of a big urban city.
Rocky & Katey were wonderful hosts! The cabin space they created is warm, bright, and welcoming. The wood stove kept us toasty - even when the temperatures outside dipped to -14 or so. The location is perfect. Rocky & Katey were kind enough to provide us with a few eggs, coffee, and syrup. As hosts, they were available, yet unintrusive. We had all the privacy we wanted. This was a perfect air bnb experience. We'll be back!
Rocky and Katey were great hosts. Comfortable space with everything one would need. Wonderful peaceful location. I bet there are beautiful gardens under the deep blanket of snow!
Looking forward to returning...
We spent a relaxing night at Rocky and Katey's cabin after a day at Sunday River. Rocky was exceptionally accommodating of our last minute booking request, which we appreciated so much. The cabin was easy to find and close to "civilization" (only a 5-10 minute drive) yet felt remote and peaceful. We enjoyed the cozy wood stove and stayed warm all night since the warm air rose to the loft. We appreciated that the fire in the wood stove had already been started for us before we arrived. We brought ingredients for a simple pasta dinner and found it easy and relaxing to cook in the well-supplied, clean kitchen space. The next morning, we enjoyed a walk around the main road and views of the pond area. If went back in winter, we would definitely bring snowshoes to explore more. Rocky and Katey were available in the main house and we had a nice chat with them before we left. We plan to book again in the warm weather since we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would like to hike nearby.
My husband and I really enjoyed our time at this cabin - our only gripe was that we couldn't spend more time! We had to leave first thing in the morning because of an on-coming snow storm :( so we didn't get a chance to explore the property or take advantage of the local ski trails, so I can't comment on that. We were also bummed that the only restaurants open on Sunday night were of the Taco Bell variety (poor planning on our part, admittedly) so we had to go out to the grocery store for dinner. That being said, the local Hannaford was exceedingly well provisioned, and we made ourselves a delicious steak dinner using the kitchen equipment in the cabin.
The cabin is quite rustic, but we found it very comfortable. It's so nice to have radiant heat in the bathroom, and the shower was very hot with good pressure.
Overall we were very satisfied, and we would recommend Rocky's cabin.
I am an 11th generation Mainer who works mainly around agriculture, education concerning our food systems, and forwarding sustainable practices. My undergraduate degree is in Comparative Religious Studies, with a focus on psychology and mysticism. I enjoy reading, taking walks, kayaking, building things, banging on the piano, and Nordic skiing. I have been to India several times. I also like learning about alternative fuels like vegetable oil.