A true one-of-a-kind place. Retreat like setting & atmosphere. Utter quiet, save for the the wind, birds, & sometimes owls & coyotes at night. Lakes, rivers, skiing & hiking nearby, or take a lovely, quiet walk/snowshoe right from the house. Plenty of shops, grocery & restaurants & a 4 screen movie theater, 10 minutes away. Off-the-grid, solar powered, & woodstove cozy. Beautiful porch for warm weather months. Yoga studio & piano, too! Relaxation & natural beauty, unplugged.
Peaceful, romantic, inspiring and comfy OFF THE GRID solar powered home, lovingly created and enjoyed by many. The solar panels are NEW and work like a charm! The house is only 6 miles to town, yet loads of privacy and peace and quiet. Overlooks mountains to the north and west - spectacular sunsets, and amazing stargazing! Beautiful meandering yard & field, no visible neighbors.
The solar array is new & makes off-the-grid living a breeze!
House has an open kitchen - dining - living room, with piano and mountain view. Several choices for eating - the island in kitchen, the dining table overlooking the view, or the porch in warmer months.
The daylight basement is finished into a yoga studio, with a view of the field and beyond, & a woodstove - open space to play, dance, stretch - whatever moves you. The house is heated by the woodstove, and is very tight & cozy. A propane fireplace is used only as occasional supplementary heat, as the woodstove is much more efficient. Please honor this.
There are 2 baths - the one upstairs has a clawfoot tub, downstairs has a shower.
Sleeping accommodations are: 2 loft bedrooms - one w/double bed & one w/twin, on main floor there's a single daybed overlooking the mountains. Please note, the layout is very open, and does not allow for complete privacy with groups, unless someone chooses to sleep in the yoga room on a mini-futon I have. There is a fire ring for having outdoor fires under the stars - take wood from my burn pile, or bring your own firewood. Please do not use wood from the shed unless you leave $5 for each armful in payment. (put in blue tea jar on fridge!) There is also 'camp wood' available for purchase several places in town.
It is easy to 'hide out' at my place, and equally easy to access entertainment and local shops. Cell phone coverage is good w/most major cell phone companies.
Let me know ahead of time if interested in private yoga, meditation or Thai-Shiatsu!
Give yourself a vacation to remember. . . to refresh, restore and inspire your spirit.
Many thanks, Karen
Quiet dirt roads and paths for walking or biking. Loads of mountain hikes close-by, lakes (even one with a beach), rivers, and magical swimming holes. (see photos of Step Falls). Sunday River Ski Resort & Mt. Abrams 20 minutes away. Mountain bike from the house, or the trails at Sunday River. Downtown is 10 minutes away, with shops, yummy (internet) Cafe DiCocoa, restaurants from basic to higher end, music on weekends, Hoot Nite (local musicians jam) at Sud's Pub on Thursdays, Farmer's Market & Taps, serves unusual food & lots of specialty beers & kombucha & often has live music, Mill Hill Tavern, with tapas menu, The Gem - our new & improved movie theater, Rite-Aid, grocery, health food store. . . A friendly and charming town, in all seasons. An hour to North Conway, 1.5 hours to Portland or Freeport. (see guidebook for more)
Interaction with guests
I am a big fan of communication! I generally trust that all is well, but may check in with you once to make sure. I am also available to call/text with any ?s. Sometimes, I am local while you are here, and other times I am not.
Super late check-in times are not ideal. Please note that you provide your own sheets & towels, or pay a laundry fee - I much prefer that you provide your own, unless you are coming from overseas & it's just not feasible!
I may be available to hire for private yoga classes during your stay. Could also arrange for massages while you are here, with a wonderful therapist!
Other things to note
Please thoroughly read all sections of the Airbnb site, to help answer your questions. The house is off-the-grid & solar powered, which requires a bit more mindfulness, while having all the creature comforts of home (sans TV & microwave!) including a wide sky for star gazing, weather watching, sunsets, and moonrises.
Although I offer a FLEXIBLE check-in time, I do ask that you make a realistic assessment of your ETA allowing for traffic, especially on Fridays coming up from the south, as it is ideal if someone (either myself or a friend) can greet you. Otherwise, I do check-ins over the phone. Many thanks, Karen
This is a non-smoking house, and it welcomes folks who are gentle and respectful. Being off-the-grid requires a bit more mindfulness, and rewards you with the peace and beauty of a private and undeveloped setting.
Also, I consider my place suitable for children, assuming that parents will be responsible in keeping their children safe on stairs, and around the wood stove!
There are bins in the shed for recyclables, & a container for compost in the kitchen, to minimize trash.
Feel free to make use of spices, teas, condiments. If you use a generous amount of one thing or use it up, please replace or leave a note alerting me to what needs replacing!
YOU PROVIDE YOUR OWN SHEETS AND TOWELS! or let me know if you need them provided, and you pay a $25 use fee for 2 people, add $10 per person after that. (I don't have laundry on site, so it is both my time and laundromat cost!)
Please be able to make a reasonable arrival time (ie; not late at night) as I will be meeting you to walk you through the off-the-grid routine! Many thanks, Karen
I teach yoga and am also a photographer and wanna-be writer! I love sharing my home with others, & having so many opportunities to meet warm & interesting people, from all over the world. I enjoy the seasons & the changing activities that go along with them: bicycling, swimming, gardening, skiing, reading, cooking, deep discussions, dancing, meditating, birdsong, being with dear friends and family, and all manner of critters!
I created this home with lots of love, & truly get pleasure from sharing it. You will have it to yourself though, & I look forward to hearing about your adventures.
Wishing you and yours abundant goodness in life and love, Karen