Vermont Retreat/We Call It The Kiva

Earth House - Entire home/apt · Ordway Road, Tunbridge, VT 05077, United States

The Space

We call it the Kiva: a round green building -- clay-coated woodchip construction -- in Vermont, perfect for retreats and green vacations. One large, round space, with a sleeping alcove. Thick masonry walls create a deep sense of calm that fills the space.

Simple, clean accommodation, electricity and internet included. The catch: no running water in the building: Washing and drinking water is delivered by the host; and there's an outdoor composting toilet setup. Not for everyone, for sure: works for folks with a bit of the camping spirit.

Woods and fields in every direction; hike, ski, snowshoe from your front door.

Civilized amenities just a few miles away: restaurants, food coop, public library. And then you're home again in the peace and quiet.

Located a short distance uphill from neighbors who live in a strawbale house; we are sensitive to your desire for *either*: solitude or neighborliness.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0.5
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $595 /week
Monthly Price: $1995 /month
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
  • Jenna was a great host!!! We were running late due to GSP took us another way and the roads that way were not plowed and she waited with no problem at all. Cabin is just like previous reviews....cute and cozy and all the basics which is exactly what we were looking for. The pellet stove kept us very warm and was a fabulous relaxing weekend. Jenna sent an email after our first night there just to be sure we were ok and if we had any questions. If you are looking for a cozy get away with the basics this is the place to go. I would stay again for sure!!!

    Thank you Jenna,
    Jennifer and Chris

    March 2014
  • Jenna's place is the perfect little cabin in the woods. It's right on the pond with a toasty little pellet stove and all the basics. We went during winter and there was 3 feet of snow on the ground.The cabin is just a mile away from free snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Lyme is picture perfect. The cabin is basic but we like it that way. Don't go in expecting luxury and you'll be ecstatic. We loved it. Jenna was attentive and kind. Thanks Jenna!

    February 2014
  • We were looking for a quiet, basic place that would let us escape the city, cellphones, etc. for a few days. That camp was exactly this. Beautiful walks in any direction, a nice view of the (frozen) pond from the kitchen window and porch, a ski hill nearby, etc. I would recommend using a four-wheel drive vehicle, especially in the winter. Because of the fresh snowfall, we had a difficult time turning off of the main road to make it up to the property with our sedan. Fortunately it's only a 20 ft walk from the main road. This may not be am issue in non-winter months.

    Jenna is a great host. She went out of her way to ensure we had all of the information required. As well, she generously left snowshoes and poles for us to use.

    January 2014
  • Really appreciate Jenna's prompt responses. She had prepared detailed instructions that I forgot to read (Host's Directions with a (website hidden)maps link) but we were able to find a spot of cell reception to call her and found the cabin with very little trouble.
    It was gorgeous and exactly the cabin experience we wanted. Jenna requests that you bring your own bedding and the beds are air mattresses but this wasn't a problem for us. We had dinner in the town of Lyme one night and explored Hannover another night. Did a bit of hiking and just enjoyed the gorgeous views!

    November 2013
  • We stayed three nights at Jenna's cabin and it was wonderful! When we arrived Jenna gave us a great introduction to the cabin and the surroundings. She provided us with very useful information about hiking tours, canoeing, organic farms close by and good places to eat. The cabin itself is overlooking the lake and has a very cozy and really nice interior. I would highly recommend to stay with Jenna. It was just perfect.
    Thank so much, Jenna!

    October 2013
  • My wife & I stayed here for a little more than a month & a half. Beautiful "hunting" cabin on a gorgeous lake in the shadow of a mountain on the Appalachian trail. Not totally secluded, there are about 15 neighbors on the dirt road, but private enough. Amazing swimming, great bike rides, hikes etc right out the front door. The cabin is not ON the lake. It's across the road and up the hill a little. Also there is only one single bed and a blow-up mattress, at least when we were there, so it can be a little awkward for a couple. Jenna let us use a bunch of her & her brother's stuff: a nice mountain bike, three boats, fishing poles, stuff like that. There was some confusion with the owners of the property -- I'm not sure they wanted us there, but it worked out in the end. Also the internet was not unlimited, about a 10gig limit, but it was fast enough. I.e., the minor negatives were nothing compared to the positive total experience. Loons with their babies in the lake, moose sightings, fox sightings, bear sightings, snake sightings, owl sightings, beaver sightings -- great fishing for bass & trout, great weather with some epic thunderstorms, reading on the porch in the rain. There's also an amazing private "hidden" lake down an access road, that you're allowed to hang out at. No motor boats allowed, and it's pristine & totally incredible. The town of Lyme is about a 10 min drive away with a little country store for essentials and a library with super fast wireless internet. you can even park in the parking lot at night when it's closed & use it. Hanover is about a 35 min drive and there's tons of stuff there including an excellent food co-op. Oh! and don't miss out on the drive-in movie theater a 20 min drive in the opposite direction (forget the town name). Lots of local farms with good deals on organic produce / raw milk etc. Yeah -- loved the cabin, loved Lyme, the surrounding area, & Hanover. You'll have a great time, just be prepared for a few minor unexpected trip-ups.

    August 2013
  • Jenna is a great host. Loved swimming in the lake, running the trails and sleeping on the porch!

    June 2013
  • We had an awesome time over Memorial Day weekend at the Pond Camp! The cabin is great! It's not fancy but it is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. We took a boat ride on the lake, hiked in the town forest, cooked up some tasty meals and just relaxed by the pellet stove. Pure bliss!! This trip, the rain kept us from hiking on the AT and further exploring the other trails in the area so we hope to get back to the Pond Camp soon!

    May 2013
  • Wonderful camp experience, with rolling river valley and moose on the way in, Appalachian trail hiking and skinny dipping on the way out. Rowed boats, cooked great meals in the kitchen, and kept warm in front of the fire at night. The area offers some good restaurants, (and some mediocre ones – avoid Peyton Place), farms to visit, and plenty of outdoors adventures.

    Jenna was a great host, giving us all the solitude we needed, while still being welcoming and pleasant to arrange things with.

    One note to avid boaters: the boats Jenna describes as "beaters" really are – bring your own craft if you plan to spend a lot of time on the pond.

    May 2013
  • The reservoir cabin was ideal for us. We enjoyed a hike on the Appalanchian Trail (Smarts Mountain) before arriving (approx. 1.5 miles from cabin). We were greeted by our host, Jenna, who was very helpful in getting us settled in as well as ready to explore the lake via row boat for a picnic.
    During our stay, we enjoyed the screened in porch, dining area, full kitchen, the pellet stove, living room, full bathroom, and even internet. Before leaving, we explored the lake and surrounding quaint neighborhood by foot.
    This location was convenient, affordable, and with excellent views of Smarts Mtn and the lake.

    May 2013
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Pearl City High School, Hawaii. Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. Monterey Institute of International Studies, California.
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I appreciate having nature right outside my door and have set up my life accordingly. Life in rural Vermont and New Hampshire can be the best of both worlds, now that the internet has arrived: think globally, live very locally. I get most of my food from Luna Bleu Farm a few miles way; I study tai chi at Long Wind Tai Chi; I do web work for Cedar Circle Farm, ISTVS, and others. I will be happy to help you experience a bit of the slow life.
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