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!
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!
My husband and I spent the weekend at Breeze Hill Cottage and we had the very best time. The view is amazing! The property is exactly as listed and so much more. Heidi and Tom were excellent hosts. We will be returning to the cottage this fall with our family.
Idyllic location, warm, inviting cottage and hosts who provide everything one could possibly need made Breezy Hill Cottage a five star stop on the way through Vermont for my family. I only wish we could have stayed longer. The hosts, Heidi and Tom gave lots of information about the cottage as well as impeccable directions to the home. The views, the muffins for breakfast and the gardens filled with birds and chipmunks made this a perfect stop on our trip. Thank you for everything.
Perfect place - I give it an 11 out of 10! (I am a rule breaker like that). Of course the view took our breath away, just stunning. It was so easy to "come down" even though I still had to work. So, for the nitty gritty - work. I never would have imagined having internet and cell phone service in what seemed like such a remote location - thank you to the hosts for making that possible! It made my life so much easier!! As did everything in the house! We were greeted with a pleasant note and I received a reply to my check in email straight away! Tom Wetmore really is an awesome guy!!! When going to bed late the first night, my husband wondered if there was a small light we could turn on in the bathroom - there was! There were even nightlights, which is such a security blanket when traveling with children. Thank you again! There was coffee (and muffins - how lovely of them to leave for us!) for the morning. Everything we could need was there AND easy to find. I only wish we had more time to spend at the house during our stay! I did get to enjoy the morning and early afternoon on Friday as my son was feeling under the weather, so we took it easy. That is another thing - it felt like home, right down the the cozy blankets and soft furniture. The kids got to watch a bit of TV, I got to relax outside - THANK YOU for having chairs. Really, all the comforts of home. I feel to lucky to have found and stayed at Breeze Hill Cottage and will do it again!! It is truly a special place and the world is lucky that the hosts are willing to share it :) Thanks to them and Air B & B for making our first experience such a rewarding one.
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.