About this listing
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!
From Sep 18 - Oct 19, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Heidi & Tom were very responsive and thoughtful. The cottage sits on a gorgeous hill overlooking a green valley. The farm animals were fun to see. The cottage itself was very comfortable and clean and so adorable. We were also given muffins and jam, which was an unexpected but delightful treat. A great weekend in the country and we will definitely be looking to return.
We had a very pleasant stay at Breeze Hill cottage ! The cottage is lovely and the garden is beautiful !
We loved watching the squirrels and the birds in the morning outside the window !
Thanks for giving us the occasion to discover such a nice place
We couldn't have chosen a better place to stay during our trip to Vermont! Breeze Hill Cottage was a very clean and cozy accommodation for our group of 4. Heidi's attention to detail was amazing, we didn't want for anything. Her information binder covered everything we could have possibly needed to know about the cottage. Heidi and her husband were on their own vacation during our stay, but the substitute hosts Deb and Gordon were warm and welcoming, as were the handful of neighbors that we came across during our stay. Breeze Hill Cottage is the ideal destination if you're an animal lover, as the property is shared with a horse and several sheep! The gardens were buzzing with wildlife and we spent all of our mornings bird watching from the breakfast table. The kitchen is so well equipped, you could easily stay in for most meals, but if venturing out, I HIGHLY recommend the Hartland Diner. Oh, and the view! UNBELIEVABLE... It's truly something to see. We didn't want to leave, and we will most definitely return!
This is the first time that I have used airbnb. Everything about this cottage was as advertised and more. Tom and Heidi were gracious, friendly, and helpful. The cottage was clean, quaint, and was everything you would expect of a rural Vermont cottage. The history of the place made it all the more special and interesting. Drinking my morning coffee while gazing at the Green Mountains across the valley was one of the highlights of my stay. Conversing with the horse(Aggie) and the sheep was also a treat.
Sleeping was great because it was DARK and QUIET!
I would highly recommend this listing to anyone wishing for a quiet, peaceful, and beautiful setting.
Dinner at the Skunk Hollow Tavern was fantastic as were the complimentary muffins that were left for us.
Thanks to Tom and Heidi for a great experience!
Breeze Hill Cottage is a magical place where birds, flowers, and friendly sheep dwell against peaceful views of distant blue mountains. Everything in this simple dwelling was just right: clean, comfortable, well-maintained, and stocked with convenient kitchen tools, washer and dryer, dry wood, and half-and-half in the refrigerator. The owners are easily reached by phone and clearly take pride in the legacy of the amazing couple that built this charming home when they came to live with nature in 1940.
Beautiful (email hidden)e house offers everything you'd need...like living on a farm!
Amazing place to stay! While we did not se our hosts because we were in and out a lot during our stay we did feel their warmth via the amazing fresh muffins, butter and maple syrup!
I only wish we could have stayed longer. A very quiet, serene and beautiful property with an amazing view. We hope to stay again soon, thanks Heidi!
About the Host, Heidi
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.