Villino Totemsin (Totem Villa) | hot tub • sauna

Entire chalet hosted by Harrison

8 guests, 4 bedrooms, 4 beds, 2.5 baths
Entire home
You’ll have the chalet to yourself.
Great location
90% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
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90% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.
Outstanding hospitality
6 recent guests complimented Harrison for outstanding hospitality.
Architectural gem, hidden in the VT woods, Villino Totemsin, "cabin of totems”, mid-century modern, timber frame, partially designed by famed Chicago architect A. Richard Williams. Built of whole trees (totems). Magical, funky, rustic, quirky, comfortable. Setting: private, woods. View of the river valley, 2 stone fireplaces, huge windows, hot tub and a Finnish style steam sauna. Near lakes, rivers & mountains: swim. skate. ski. hike. soak. 15 minutes to Hanover, NH. INSTAGRAM= @villinototemsin

The space
Note: In the listing text is a mystery question that I will need you to answer. I've had too many people rent, without having fully read the listing, so, to be sure, please answer the question, when you book. Thanks!

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This timber frame home was constructed using entire trees, harvested from the property, they stand, like totem poles, visually joining the surrounding woods. The south-facing, wall of glass window blurs the boundary between inside and out. It's like living inside the Nature Channel, in a reverse snow globe, surrounded by weather, but cozy, inside.
Two stone fireplaces flank the main space, (NOTE: I don't allow guests to use the fireplaces, or open flame, in the house, when I'm not there.). Wide pine and oak floors made from timber from the property and milled just up the road. There is a separate food prep space contained in the upper "Sky Room" and on the main floor, a large full "cooks" kitchen, with a double oven, etc., available for guest use. FYI: We live in the house, sometimes, so the refrigerator may have the look and feel of an "in use" frig. But, there will be plenty of space for your food. You will find evidence of our lives, in the house, (burning material in the in the fireplace, my daughters work table, with her projects, shoes in the entry, etc.).
The house is "funky" and "arty", with collections of curious objects, masks, sculptures, etc., arranged in groups, around the space, on tables, shelves, etc.. If you are uncomfortable with this, please do not rent. The house is in the woods and we do not lock the front door. Life is relaxed, here.
As the house is heated partially with wood, in winter, though it is swept, vacuumed, moped and cleaned, frequently, you will find dust, in the house. If this alarms you, please, don't rent.
If you do rent, i will assume that you and your party have read the listing, seen the photos, and are good with a wood-heated (somewhat dusty) log chalet, in the woods, and will enjoy it!

Due to the extra cleaning needed, to be sure that the space is safe for the next guest, please be sure that all of your personal messes are entirely cleaned up, when you leave, to allow time for the extra COVID cleaning. Thank you!

• The Sky Suite is the upper floor of the house, a private room (10' x 30' with 14' ceiling (at its highest point.) with it's own bath, loft and deck (with view: open in winter, leafy in full spring/summer)
• The Sky Suite has an additional Full-size bed on the loft, not within the room, itself.
• The Red Room is on the main floor with its own claw-foot tub, sink and toilet in room. It boasts a very comfy queen-size 4-poster bed, leather armchair and small closet. (Note: the tub facet water has a drip, and i haven't been able to find the specialty washer, to stop the drip. So, please reach behind the tub to turn on the water shut off, to get the water to flow.)
• Additional Bed: The Fireplace Bed.
This is a full-size bed is beside the fireplace, on the main floor, sequestered in the SouthEast corner, surrounded on two sides by floor to ceiling windows. While it somewhat open to the main floor, it is a fantastic space for sleeping, in full view of the dawn.
• The hot tub is available for an additional fee of $50 (fee one time per booking) (Please request use of the hot tub, in advance, so I can prepare it for you).
• The Finnish steam sauna is available for an additional fee of $35 (fee one time per booking)(Please request use of the hot tub, in advance, so I can prepare it for you).
• The toilet is a septic system: only human waste and toilet paper go into it. Other materials can damage the system and cost thousands of dollars to repair. Please, be thoughtful with the septic system!
• Internet: 8 down/2.2 up (hardwired), 6 down/1.2 up (wifi) (speeds can vary).

Note: The Sky Room itself is private, with bed, table and chairs, lounge area, etc.. The loft area is semi-private, open to the main body of the house. There are folding screens to create privacy, but it is open to the ambiance, sounds, etc. of the main floor, below. Again, the loft is open to the house, semi-private , which really needs to work for you. Please consider this, before renting. Thanks!

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

What this place offers

Lake access
Free parking on premises
Hot tub
Private sauna
Patio or balcony

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Where you’ll be

Fairlee, Vermont, United States

The neighborhood is very rural. This house is in the woods and other homes are only visible from the edge of the deck, or through the woods. None the less, we have a variety of great restaurants in the area and Hanover, NH is right down the road (17 minutes) where concerts, movies, dance performances, etc. are usually available.

A ski slope (the Dartmouth Skiway, visible out the front window) is about 15 minutes away and has two chair lifts, and bunny slope, lodge, rental center and very reasonable rates. Two larger ski areas are each 60 miles from the house: Okemo and Stowe, both outstanding options.
Cross country skiing is readily available near the house. The Lake Morey Resort golf course (1 mile away) is an excellent choice.

Lake Morey is a large (600 acre) lake, a mile away and is great for swimming, boating, and maintains an fantastic ice skating track in winter. The Lake Morey Resort (at Lake Morey) has an 18 hole golf course (par 70), club house, bar, spa and special events.
River swimming holes abound, nearby, I'll leave a listing in the house. They are perfection. Really.
There are many local farms in the area that produce local foods, cheeses, meats, maple syrup and more. A listing of great visits will be available to guests.
Hiking trails are available all around the local area. For a bigger climb, the White Mountains are about an hour and a half away, providing excellent mountain hiking / climbing and more.

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During your stay

I may or may not need to visit on the property, while your are staying, but will not come into the house, at all, unless requested. For example, I may need to water plants, on the deck (in the warm months), manage the pellet stove, in the basement (in winter), etc.
If I need to visit, I will write to you, in advance, to let you know.
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House rules

Check-in: After 5:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
No smoking
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $200

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