The cabin, built in 1936, is a very calming, simple, and slightly rustic home. It sits on a hill and is surrounded by stunning views, a newly seeded meadow, 50 private acres of forest, and a 10,500 acre contiguous block of protected lands.
The cabin, built in 1936, is a very calming, simple, and slightly rustic home. It sits on a hill and is surrounded by stunning views, a newly seeded meadow, 50 private acres of forest, and a 10,500 acre contiguous block of protected lands including Miller State Park, Wapack National Wildlife refuge and the Temple Mountain State Reservation.
You enter the cabin through the front hall, with its mid-century modern desk and country bench. Connected to the hall is a large kitchen and a big double height main-room, with a lovely large stone fireplace. The main room has a dinning table, a sitting area, a quirky mix of art on the walls, shelves of art & design books, and incredible views that extend all the way to peaks in Vermont. The bathroom, bunk room, and master bedroom all also lead off the main hall. The downstairs bathroom has a claw foot tub and a high pressure rain shower head. The bunk room has two bunks, a ping pong table, and large windows looking out to the forest and stonewalls beyond. The master bedroom has a plush California king bed, oak furniture, and another incredible view. There is also an upper floor, with another bedroom, another bathroom and an office, which all have fantastic views. The cabin is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, watching the Fall leaves change, or as a writer or painter's retreat. The cabin is close to skiing, swimming, many hiking trails, and the nearby town of Peterborough, which is a lovely New England village. Boston is also only an hour and twenty minutes drive away.
The cabin shares its road with two other houses, however, they are far away and the cabin is the last house up the hill, so your privacy is absolutely complete. There is also no television, since this is really a retreat from modern life. Please also note that since the cabin is remote, the wifi has therefore sometimes been inconsistent (needing to be reset frequently if so).
Lastly, during the peak snow months, we have a snowplough man, who will clear the driveway whenever there is excess snow, however, four wheel drive cars are also very strongly advised. Late May and Early June can be black fly season in Northern New England; however, the cabin has a good breeze, so it hasn't ever been a big problem here.
Interaction with Guests
I either leave detailed instructions and tell the guests the door code or I meet the guests when they arrive.
From you: Nothing illegal please. Please drive slowly past the neighbor's houses, as some have children. Please don't build the fire in the fireplace too high and please don't leave the house if a fire is lit. Lastly, please respect the house and treat it as you would hope someone would treat your own home.
From me: I will endeavor to meet you on arrival, show you around, answer your questions about the area, and leave you stocked with some local food treat. I will also give you a key and tell you the house alarm code. If you need anything during your stay, or if you have any questions, I will always be available by phone to provide advice or send someone over to help with any problems.
We had an amazing stay at Luke's beautiful New England cabin. I only wish our stay was longer. Our group, three old friends in our 30's and our respective girlfriends, went for a three-night winter getaway. A perfect combination of relaxation and action — reading and playing games by the fire, hiking, antiquing, and cooking amazing meals in the spacious and well-equipped kitchen.
As design savvy group, we appreciated the attention to detail in how the cabin was decorated. It was stylish yet comfortable. And the surroundings were breathtaking — looking out from the porch, it feels like you're completely isolated from the world. There are great easy hiking trails leading right from the house. You can spot some deer, and discover a small stream just steps from the cabin. And there is plenty to do in the nearby towns — Luke provided us a great list of suggestions.
This cabin was perfect for a Christmas getaway! It was remote enough that you felt removed from the world and your problems, but close to a town and shops as needed. The interior is beautifully designed - we felt so comfortable and at home! It has a huge kitchen perfect for sharing the cooking or sitting back with drinks while watching someone else cook. There are books absolutely everywhere, a book-lover's heaven.
On the practical side of things, the wireless worked pretty well, and those of us on AT&T had reception (T Mobile didn't). The heating and fireplace were great, and Luke provided lots of great advice about hikes and other activities to entertain us.
Overall a fantastic cabin, perfect for escaping life's problems for a day or a month :)
The cabin is incredible. Luke is a responsive host, and provides thorough instructions about the house and things to do in the surrounding area. He's also a talented interior stylist, as the space he has created deserves a feature on Remodelista. It's charming and rustic yet has all the modern amenities, with an enviable library, enormous kitchen, giant fireplace, and lots of picturesque places to gather as a group or lounge by yourself with a book. The surroundings are equally impressive, with views that literally go for miles. You can take a gorgeous walk just by going out the front door, or travel 10-20 minutes to one of the many hiking trails nearby. All in all, it's a perfect retreat from city life.
Luke's cabin is a beautiful and well appointed home overlooking the Manadnock valley. Luke graciously provided information about the cabin, ground and a whole host of activities in the region. We took him up on several of his tips.
We found our host to be very responsive to our needs and suggestions. Very nice cabin and location. Very quiet and enjoyable.
This place is AMAZING!! The pictures do not do it justice. Seriously I was blown away with how wonderfully decorated this home was. The kitchen is fantastic and the views from the bedrooms are simply glorious. I came up here for a weekend winter getaway and we had so much fun. A list of places to go in the area was provided and helped us find some live music and a great sandwich shop. Also this is the last house at the end of a long driveway which gives you a wonderfully secluded getaway. If you are looking to getaway definitely choose this!
Wonderful experience! Luke is a great host. Even though he was away at the time, he made sure that we felt right at home - and we did. The cabin is as described, plus some more. The photos don't do it justice. We will be back soon. Thanks Luke!
I help manage a children's writers literary estate, and am a writer myself. I studied politics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and writing at Dartmouth College, USA. I've worked in writing, politics and digital fields in Ireland, England, Texas, New York, New Hampshire and Saudi Arabia. I'm design and art obsessed, and am an avid antique and photography collector.