Charming apartment on upper level of a renovated historic Zero net Energy building – all heat, hot water and electricity are solar generated! Access to Lake Mascoma, Rail trail, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Medical Center, hiking, biking and more.
The house is located on Main Street in the village of Enfield, a short drive to Hanover/Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, shopping, theaters, art galleries, and a variety of excellent restaurants.
The apartment includes two large floors with open kitchen/dining/living area, 2 bedrooms with queen beds and one twin bed in the upstairs extra room.
The kitchen is fully equipped, with a state of the art induction cook-top, convection oven, microwave, and dishwasher. You have access to the 42" 3D flat screen TV, wi-fi, washer/dryer, and private deck overlooking the Mascoma River.
The property includes a small island on the Mascoma River; the river opens to Lake Mascoma, offering boating, swimming, and fishing in the summer and Nordic skiing and skating in the winter. Launch your kayak or canoe directly from the property!
Just across the street is the Northern Rail Trail, with many miles of hiking, biking, running and skiing. Alpine skiing and the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont are easy day trips.
Interaction with Guests
Kim can often be found in the store on the first floor. Hours and information about both Energy Emporium and the 78 Main St renovation can be found on our website.
There is a good size mudroom for all wet clothes and shoes at the entrance. We ask that you bring dry/clean indoor shoes or slippers to wear in the apartment.
No smoking on the premises. No pets.
We loved our stay at the beautiful "Zero Energy" home. Kim went out of her way to help us feel comfortable, setting up an extra (blow-up) bed for our unexpected 6th guest and allowing use of her kitchen coffee maker, produce, condiments, etc. which was a great help. The home is absolutely lovely...has a spacious, light-bright feel that the pictures can do justice. Gorgeous kitchen with marble-top counters and great appliances, opens to nice-sized dining area and living room with large, lovely t.v. Wonderful for socializing. It is tastefully adorned with unique art. Bedrooms were lovingly decorated and beds comfortable and wait til you see the upstairs shower which could fit a few folks at once..lol. There can be traffic noise during the day but we weren't there much then and at night it quiets down...We really enjoyed the chunky, gray Watts the kitty (his presence was optional) who took turns offering his affection to all of us cat-lovers. Can walk to local market for odds and ends and a walking trail is across the street. Loved it...didn't want to leave. Thanks so much, Kim! Not only are you a solar genius to create this place off the grid, you are a fabulous B&B hostess. It helped our family at a very hard time to have this comforting spot to spend time in.
We had a wonderful stay at Kim's interesting, zero energy house. Built in 1850, it has been entirely renovated by Kim with the objective of saving energy and using renewable energy. The result is impressive. The house is very comfortable, bright and very modern inside. It is a brilliant statement that one can be saving energy and protecting the environment while at the same time enjoying all the comfort of modern life. It is located on a quiet village street. Communication with Kim was excellent, and she left us a spotless house and everything we needed for a hearty, healthy breakfast.
There are many interesting things to do in the area. We visited the nearby Shaker village, located on the shore of the nearby Mascoma lake. We toured Dartmouth Campus in Hanover, walked in the Quechee Gorge, visited the nice village of Woodstock and took wonderful walks in the Marsh-Billings Rockefeller historic park. The area is positively enchanting in October.
We happily recommend staying at Kim's house.
Would I be happy to recommend Kim's place to travellers? Yes, I would.
The main living area has a great open space with an open-plan kitchen so breakfast can be cooked while anyone else your group can lounge around and watch TV or read a book on the balcony.
The beds are comfortable and the two bathrooms meant that the two couples in our party were able to get ready at the same time without having long waits for the shower.
It's a clean and comfortable space with everything you need to make yourself at home. We did a big shop at Whole Foods before arriving but Kim allowed us to use the condiments and perishable foods that were in the cupboards which was very generous. The only thing that let the stay down was the occasional cabbage smell that came from the pipes in the downstairs bathroom although opening a window and running the faucet/taps a short while seemed to clear this quickly.
Kim is also incredibly helpful and welcoming. We arrived late and checked ourselves in without any need for Kim to meet us. She'd left a useful house manual which was helpful and responded to our requests for help when the WiFi stopped working (Note: It went down twice in three days. The second time we were unable to fix it before we left but this is just one of those things that can't be helped.)
The location is great. We were a short drive from Hanover and Dartmouth college where there are some great restaurants and boutique shops. Less than two hours drive away are the White Mountains, where we were able to visit the Bretton Woods resort and spend an afternoon zip lining through the tree top canopy.
All in all, we had a great stay.
We spent one night at Kim’s distinguished house. Kim accepted our booking on very short notice. Her house is beautifully designed and very comfortable. It is a real home. The lake is right across the street, within a few minutes walk. Kim was very welcoming and helpful. In particular, she gave us great hiking tips. We very much enjoyed our stay, and we will gladly stay there again.
We had a wonderful stay at Kim's lovely home. She made us feel so welcome, with fresh zucchini bread, fruit and other goodies to enjoy for our first breakfast in her home. The open floor plan suited our family perfectly. Everything appeared quite new. The bedroom on the main (second) floor with another two bedrooms on the third floor allowed our family to spread out and have a little more privacy than they may have had if all bedrooms were on the same floor.
It was a fascinating experience to stay in such a lovely home with state of the art appliances, knowing that this was a Zero Energy house.
Enfield is a lovely community centered around Mascoma Lake. We enjoyed swimming and boating in the lake as well as excursions to other lakes and waterfalls nearby.
We highly recommend a stay at Kim's lovely home!
We greatly enjoyed our weekend at Kim Quirk's Zero Energy House.
The place is beautifully designed and extremely comfortable -- with a sweeping kitchen/dining/lounging living room, three well-appointed bed rooms and a bathroom on each floor. Everything feels new and carefully thought out (more like a luxury hotel than a b&b). You'll love all the little touches: the induction stove-top, memory-foam mattress pads, 3-D video player, back deck with grill, deep window sills (a feature of the house's super insulation) and the sound of the birds and the river in the morning.
The small town of Enfield is a quiet spot on Lake Macoma. We found great places to walk nearby -- a path to the river (behind the house) and the rail trail across the way, or down Main Street to read all the signs about Enfield town history.
Kim was welcoming and helpful. She, very kindly, showed us through her store (The Energy Emporium) on the first floor. There were articles and information about the house and the solar powered heat and electricity. Very inspiring!
The accommodations are great. The home is very practical comfortable and well appointed. We enjoyed our stay and Kim is a wonderful host.
I would gladly stay there again.
I own the Energy Emporium, a renewable energy resource center and showroom, on the first floor of my house. We design, install and maintain solar electric, solar hot water, solar/wood and geothermal systems. My goal: help people become independent of fossil fuels.
I take advantage of all seasons of New England through outdoor activities including cycling, hiking, kayaking, skiing, riding, running, and skating.