This cozy two bedroom home sits on a dirt road overlooking fields, woods, and the NH mountains. Watch birds from the window, relax on the patio, and enjoy the flower gardens. The cottage boasts modern amenities mixed with antiques.
See the light change over NH mountains while watching the birds! This small home near the top of Breeze Hill overlooks a field where a horse or sheep often graze in summer and sparkling snow blankets in winter, with a stunning view of the mountains beyond. Watch the sunrise over the mountains change position with the seasons. In summer hummingbirds feed and bird boxes are home to tree swallows, bluebirds, chickadees, and wrens. In winter the feeder attracts woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, blue jays, finches and a few squirrels. In summer relax on the roofed patio enjoying the view. Many flowers and flowering shrubs edge the yard.
This home blends the old with the new. It is the owner-built home of Hartland natives Wendell and his wife, Lillian, a “farm girl” and writer who was instrumental in preserving Eshqua Bog. Heidi’s parents actually cut the trees, sawed the boards on their own small mill, and constructed the house. The original pine cupboards as well as bedroom and living room floors remain. All of the trim in the living room was made from a single butternut tree. Self-published books tell the story of their lives.
This house comfortably sleeps four with the possibility of an additional two. A bathroom with shower, washer, and dryer connects two bedrooms. In one, a full bed is angled to allow sipping coffee in bed while looking out at the mountains in summer. This bedroom also has air conditioning. The other has a queen-sized bed. The cozy living room provides a view of the bird feeder and mountains as well as having HD TV, extremely fast fiber optic wireless internet, and a sleeper couch. Most appliances are new. The kitchen has the original enameled table where chairs on either side look out to the bird feeder, flowers and mountains.
Situated on a dirt road, this is a perfect location for walking, running, or biking. Of course, dirt roads in Vermont become snow covered in winter and muddy in spring! There is also a free cross country ski and snowshoe trail network that can be accessed from the village.
This house is separate from our own residence so guests will have the entire main floor of the home to themselves. The upstairs and cellar have not been remodeled and are not part of the rental space. There is a full kitchen with coffee maker, toaster, microwave, electric range, new dishwasher and refrigerator with ice maker. The house is stocked with a full set of cooking and dining utensils. The bathroom includes a shower, washer and dryer. There is a roofed patio complete with outdoor furniture. A large lawn has flower beds and a fire pit. A swing set is available for children.
We do visit the property daily when we have animals in the field, but avoid disturbing guests.
Interaction with Guests
We love meeting new people! The amount we interact depends upon our schedule and our guests' need for privacy.
While not being isolated, there is still lots of privacy. Hartland truly is in the heart of Vermont. There are many open fields edged by stonewalls and bordered by older hardwood dominated forests. We observe a wide variety of wildlife and often have our sheep or horse in the field in back of the house. Other farms nearby have a variety of animals as well as maple sugaring operations.
As Hartland is a rural setting, there is no public transit from the home. However, one can pick up public transit at the I91 car park for transport into various stops in the Upper Valley: Hanover & Lebanon, NH and White River Jct., VT. Darmouth Coach accesses the Upper Valley from Boston and NYC on daily trips. Also Amtrac rolls through daily as well.
We're in a country setting so parking is not an issue unless you're traveling in a huge tour bus!
Other Things to Note
Our fiber optic wireless is extremely fast and efficient. If you need to bring your work with you (which we would never recommend!) Breeze Hill is the place to combine work with play!
Please clean the kitchen after use.
No smoking and no pets.
Please do not feed the horse apples or carrots as she is old and doesn't chew well, so she could choke.
Please do not wear high heels in the house. We have pine floors that unfortunately will record your every step, forever!
Our stay at the cottage was exactly what we needed after a day of riding in killington. Only a half hour away from skyship made the ride back a breeze. The grocery stores are on the way and making dinner in the fully equipped kitchen was a must. We were impressed by the variety of birds that come and feed right outside the kitchen window making having breakfast delightful. The cottage is very well insulated and being warm is no problem on extra cold stays. We will definitely return in summer to enjoy the spectacular country views.
The cottage was just as described. Perfect for two couples or less. The views are outstanding and bird lovers will see many species. We will definitely come again. Good tip for those that like a good shower, they have one and room for two.
My experience at the breeze hill and with Heidi was stress-free and great. Heidi is very responsive and was very accommodating. The cottage itself is in a great location. Very scenic views and great access to both killington and okemo mountains. It is about 35 minutes from the skyship lift at killington and about 50 minutes away from okemo. The accommodations inside the cottage were great. Everything that we needed was provided. Even though we didn't get to meet in person Heidi was very attentive to our needs even after checking in. Overall great experience and I would recommend the breeze hill to friends and family.
Tom and Heidi are great hosts of a wonderful property in the heart of Vermont. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cottage with us.
We had a fantastic stay at the cottage. It was a cozy place to be in the 20 below wind chill:) Heidi and Tom left us tasty muffins, and delicious maple syrup for our French toast! Great place to watch birds at the feeder too! We will return!!!
We had a great experience! Heidi and Tom were very responsive and gave us lots of information on how to find our way to the cabin- complete with a few suggestions for routes based on how scenic we wanted the trip to be. They weren't there when we arrived but it was easy to find our way in and they left lots of information on where things were and how things worked.
The cottage is fantastic! Very rustic-feeling but still modern and updated. Nice and cozy, with a fully-equipped kitchen if you feel like cooking while you're there. The muffins and jam were a nice touch!
And if you're worried about coming during bad weather, don't be! They are well-prepared in case of a storm. Even if a storm hits you should be very comfortable and well-situated there.
I am co-hosting with my husband, Tom Wetmore. We are both teachers with two grown daughters. Our eldest is also a teacher and our younger is at Middlebury College, studying to become a journalist. We keep a few sheep and a horse, maple sugar in the spring, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and walk. Tom loves to make his own wine and roast his coffee. I love to garden and ride the horse. Both of us like dancing. When we are not in VT we can be found in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where we often kayak.