Private room One of Four- -The children have grown and we want to share our spacious solar powered homestead with others. Oriented for southern exposure, our "off grid" battery-based solar electric homestead had its beginnings in 1981. In addition to being airbnb hosts, we are proprietors of Green Energy Options Solar Store in Keene, a local resource for energy conservation education, independent power systems and energy efficient appliances and heating. Our house is a bit of a showcase for our business. Writers, artists, musicians, naturalists, social and environmental activists, families, travelers, and people needing a respite from the buzz of life will enjoy the peace and wonder of our forest. Located 12 miles from the vibrant city of Keene, we have 5-6 guestrooms from which to choose. Come play Goldilocks and choose the perfect one for you. Our home and some of the miles of surrounding woodland trails are wheelchair accessible and available for hiking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, swimming, and exploring. Two bathrooms offer on-demand heated water for shower or bath. Wireless internet and limited AC appliance compatible. Depending on our availability and at additional cost, we offer options for wholesome breakfast and dinner meals; a wood-fired hot tub and therapeutic massage. Long term stays at a discounted rate of $675 per month, are an option once guest has completed a shorter term stay.
For the well-being of our resident animals (2 turkeys, 2 barn cats and a well-trained chocolate lab), we are unable to host animals other than service dogs. We are affiliated with a non-profit, The Sustainability Project, Inc. promoting a love of nature, environmental stewardship, and caring communities. Learn more about The Sustainability Project based in the Emerson Brook Forest, Gilsum, NH through the internet.
Good things to know about our home:
Our kitchen does not offer a dishwasher. (Did you know that washing dishes by hand offers a great opportunity to practice mindfulness?) We also do not have a microwave. We do have an efficient gas range for cooking and baking needs.
More about electricity--believe it or not, our house operates primarily on 12 volt DC power -- just like a car. We do, however, have several electrical outlets that can power certain devices such as a laptop computer or cell phone charger. Because the house is not hooked up to the grid (public utility) and depends on sunlight and battery storage to power electrical needs, energy conservation is essential. This means it’s important to turn off lights when they're not in use. When power use in the house exceeds solar input, a small and efficient Honda generator is used to recharge the batteries (primarily only necessary in Winter).
Radiant heat, produced by a wood-fired boiler located outside of our living space, serves as our primary heating system. We also have a highly efficient indoor wood stove for use for taking away a chill during the warm season or for providing the ambiance of an openly-viewed fire.
We love visits from families. We ask parents to guide children in caring for our home. This means distinguishing between outdoor and indoor play, using napkins at meal times, picking up toys, and being considerate of other guests.
More about what we offer our guests:
For $7-10 (sliding scale, determined by guests), we offer an organically and/or locally grown breakfast menu that includes a choice of French toast, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, oatmeal or cream of rice, eggs and toast, coffee, tea, juice or cocoa. With breakfast, there’s no need for advanced notice. We only ask that guests who have dietary restrictions or preferences give us ample notice so that we can be sure to have needed ingredients on hand.
Other meals: We love to cook and eat and are always delighted to prepare dinner meals for our guests. The choice of a meal is always guided by our guest’s preferences, so this needs to be a conversation that happens in advance. We ask for a contribution of $10- 15 for each meal per person with an additional charge for alcoholic beverages. Often guests bring their own favorite beer or wine to round out a meal and we’re fine with this.
For health reasons (asthma, chemical sensitivities…) we request that people refrain from wearing perfumes.
About the wood-fired hot tub: Do you ever have trouble imagining what bliss is? Let a wood-fired hot tub remind you. Enjoy this incredibly soothing (even in extremely cold temperatures) outdoor experience. The tub enhances stargazing and one's ability to tune into the natural world, any time of day. We need two days notice before you arrive if you would like us to prepare the hot tub for you. Gravity filling from our stream takes about five hours and bringing it up to temperature (102-108 degrees Fahrenheit or 38-42 degrees Celsius) can take up to 12 hours depending on how cold it is outside. Maintaining the right temperature requires careful tending. Because of what’s involved in the process, we ask for an additional fee of $75 for the first overnight of use and $25 for each additional day. For hygienic reasons, we request showering before use.
Guests are encouraged to spend their departure day out hiking trails and enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings. We do ask that you vacate your room and reload your car by 11 am. This gives us time to prepare rooms and the house for next guests.
All questions about our unique homestead are welcome. And we thank you in advance for speaking up about your needs. Thank you for reserving a stay with us. We love sharing this beautiful place.
Sincerely, Valerie Piedmont and Pablo Fleischmann
If you want the serenity of a peaceful offgrid warm and happy environment then this is the perfect place to stay. The hosts are there to help you in any way needed while also giving you complete space at the same time. I have never had a more enjoyable airbnb experience. thank you!
Staying with Valerie and Pablo was amazing. We are hoping to visit again soon.
Perfectly lovely. Valerie and Pablo were fantastic hosts, and even more wonderful people. Accommodations were cozy, comfortable, and great in every way - I slept like a rock every night, and woke up to sunlight or snow every morning. Amazing trails for snowshoeing/hiking, which led out the back of their property, so were able to just walk forever, for as long as we wanted, and then could come back to a warm kitchen and wood stove. They also have awesome pets, who appreciated (or withstood) our smothering love and affection. V+P loved interacting with guests, and sharing their life with the people who had come to visit, and it was beautifully refreshing - as I told them, it felt more like staying with friends than with strangers. Incredibly generous, gracious, and kind people. Beautiful location. Everything was a pleasure. We hope to be able to go back.
Beautiful area, beautiful house, beautiful people. Close to everything but also far enough off the path so its peaceful and relaxing. I also highly recommend Taking Valerie and Pablo up on meals, Pablo is a great cook, give the waffles a try ;) A final note a on beds: as people who prefer firmer mattresses we found the bed nice and comfy, memory foam I think. We hope to come back in summertime to take advantage of the hiking trails, highly recommended!
I had a wonderful two night stay with Valerie and Pablo in January! The house was cozy and warm in the deep winter - full of interesting claywork, house plants, big window views of the the tranquil forest surroundings. And they are both great hosts, ready to help in any way. On my second night, they prepared a tasty and belly pleasing vegan dinner, and we sat at the table having a wide ranging conversation.
I was inspired to be in a home that shows how comfortable life can be relying on renewable and appropriate technology. I only wish I had been able to explore and experience the land more, but I was busy all day at Antioch in Keene.
I expect I will be back again next time I need to be at Antioch, and this time both Lyra and I will go and schedule more time to enjoy their beautiful homestead and land!
Thank you Valerie and Pablo for great time!
Valerie, Pablo, and Andre welcomed us into their home as if we were long time friends. She called before our arrival to make sure we knew our way and to warn us the road was a bit icy. Since we were their only guests on the night of our stay, Valerie allowed us to pick our room. Our stay was a little short, due to our late arrival and early departure. I would have liked to seen more of their homestead in the daylight. Even in the dark, Valerie took me on a short tour of the workings of the house. The bed/room was very comfortable. The warm floor in the lower bathroom was a treat. Pablo set out some excellent coffee for us to have before our departure early the next morning.
Valerie and Pablo are very nice people. They make their guests at home. The house and the environment was so peaceful, I had good times to read and work. I joined the Christmas dinner with the family, all was really nice.
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