About this listing
Our homestead is a peaceful oasis nestled in the mountains of eastern Vermont. Get away from it all, yet be close to everything Vermont has to offer year round! Minutes from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and King Arthur Bakery/School in Norwich.
Nestled on a wooded hillside at the end of the road, our newly renovated home has four available guest rooms--two single occupancy bedrooms on the second floor, and two double occupancy bedrooms on the third floor of the house. Each bedroom is listed separately on Airbnb, so if you are interested in more than one room, or a different sized room, please see our other listings. We also have a cabin listed through airbnb. It sleeps up to 5.
This bedroom listing that you are viewing here has a double bed, and is located on the third floor. It has a great view, and privacy. All rooms include bed and bath linens, and access to two full bathrooms (one with a large stall and rain-shower, the other with a deep soaking tub--we also have a lovely outside shower available during warm months). A self-serve breakfast of local foods is included in nightly rate.
Our open living/dining room area is naturally well lit with views across the valley and woodlands. The house is sited above the confluence of two streams, and has a large south-facing deck, screened porch and stone patios, offering space for relaxing or working outdoors. High speed internet and wifi are available, but no television. Cell coverage is poor at the house, but a land line is available for domestic calls.
We have a friendly Corgi, a joyful Cockapoo, a shy Great Pyrenees, and gentle cat. Many wild birds visit our feeders year round. In the summer, our house is surrounded by perennial and vegetable gardens, and a growing orchard on the hill above.
Our property is adjacent to the Appalachian Trail Corridor and is contiguous with Land Trust and town forest, offering access right out our backdoor to miles and miles of trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing. Each season offers opportunities to glimpse wildlife and birds.
We are located 9 miles from the I-91/ I-89 interstate junction, within a short drive to Dartmouth College/Hanover, NH, Woodstock, VT, as well as many ski areas and local attractions. Driving times from Boston: 2.5 hours; NYC: 5 hours; Montreal: 3.5 hours. Public transportation from Boston, New York and Burlington/Montreal (trains and buses) are available to nearby White River Junction. You will need a car to get around, as much of Vermont and New Hampshire is rural with little to no public transportation. There are a number of rental car agencies nearby in West Lebanon, NH/White River Jct, VT. There are many restaurants within a short drive (15-30 minutes).
We hope you will consider our home, Solheim ("sunhouse" in Norwegian) for a beautiful Vermont mountain retreat within easy driving distance of many northern New England attractions and activities year round.
Guests have access to all public spaces in our home, full use of the kitchen if you prefer to bring in your own food and cook for yourself. All gardens and woods on our property.
Interaction with Guests
Guests are warmly welcomed to our home. We will be in residence during your stay, but you determine how much you want to interact. We orient you to the house, and are available to answer any questions. If you prefer to have privacy or less interaction, feel free to come and go as you please. If you enjoy some conversation or a shared breakfast with us, we are more than happy to engage--we've met many wonderful people through airbnb!
Other Things to Note
During the winter months, Vermont roads require at least good snow tires. Many people have 4 wheel drive vehicles, or use studded snow tires for winter driving conditions. Our road is well-maintained by the town, but it is a typical Vermont mountain road--it will be a challenge without good snow tires or 4 wheel drive until the plow comes through. If you have any questions, please ask!
You will be a guest in our family home. Rooms are located on separate floors in the house, and the shared bathrooms are located on the 2nd and 1st floors. You are welcome to share our common living spaces (kitchen, dining room, living room, outside porches, decks, gardens).
Guest dogs may be negotiable with prior approval. We just want to be sure that visiting dogs will be compatible with our dogs, cats and chickens/ducks.
Our homestead is smoking and drug-free. Alcohol in moderation is fine.
Alexandra and Martha are awesome hostesses! I would stay here again and again. The house is beautiful, comfortable and extremely clean! The shower was amazing too! Alexandra and Martha were extremely helpful as well, I was in town to decide if I wanted to live around there, as well as find a car and I couldn't have stayed with more helpful hosts. Breakfast was delicious,we had a few local items:) And meeting the other guest over breakfast was so fun. I wanted to live in that house by the time I had to go. I'm sure I'll be back!
La descripción del lugar le queda perfecto. Los espacios interiores y de afuera harmonizan con el ambiente. Es un lugar cómodo y tranquilo. La cocina es muy grande y bien equipado. Pasé unos días muy felices allí. Marta y Alexandra están siempre a su servicio para ayudar, pero no le molesta, no están siempre a la vista, le dejen en paz.
I stayed at Alex and Martha's house with my partner for one night while visiting the King Arthur Flour bakery in Norwich. I wish we had stayed longer. They have a beautiful home and greet each guest warmly. They provided us with very helpful recommendations for how to best enjoy the surrounding areas and offered a lovely breakfast of homemade granola and yogurt. It was very nice to meet both of them, as well as their dogs and cat.
As for the accommodations -- our bedroom was well furnished, clean and comfortable with a great view of the yard. We awoke to sunlight coming through the windows and the sound of birds chirping happily. The common areas (especially the deck overlooking their magnificent garden) were spectacular. I would definitely stay with them again.
This was a very spontaneous trip and I asked and received a very speedy response. I was thrilled to be able to stay at Alexandra and Martha’s home. Every inch of their home inside and out is well designed and just beautiful. Most of all they are gracious and welcoming, making me feel completely comfortable. Although I only spent one night, I left so happy that I had found this retreat in the mountains.
Martha and Alexandra made us feel right at home! They were very accomodating with our needs and made sure they were accessible if we had any questions. I truly felt like a guest at a Bed and Breakfast. The main house is very comfortable and modern with a rustic style. The setting is peaceful and relaxing. I especially enjoyed drinking coffee and watching the birds on the deck or screened porch!
While the location is a bit further from my destination than I had hoped, it proved to be worth the lovely and scenic drive back and forth from Hanover each time over my three day and two night stay. The home and gardens are just as pictured and very well kept by gracious hosts. I especially love that they made sure to introduce me to other house guests and made us all feel very welcome. While pets can be very unpredictable they also managed to accommodate my dog among their own despite the dominant traits shared by our corgis. Alls well that ends well as they say. Perhaps the best part of the whole weekend was sharing a hike with my daughter on the Appalachian Trail followed by truly the best and most restful sleep I have had in many months lulled by the tickling of the river below and the cool, sweet mountain air through my bedroom window. Very nice stay.
Alexandra was perfectly attentive, warm and welcoming. I was invited to either enjoy my own privacy or interact as much as I liked. The setting was absolutely idyllic, with gardens in full bloom and a plethora of birds to enjoy. It was the perfect week. Alexandra, Martha, the animals- all contributed to a truly treasured Vermont experience. These beautiful people have created a glowing little world. Oh, and the homemade granola, fabulous! Trust your written directions! It is up in the woods on a gravel road, but not hard to find if you're paying attention.
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About the Host, Alexandra
I live in Norwich, Vermont, but am a graduate student at Harvard, so commute to Boston regularly. My area of study is International Relations with an emphasis on sustainable development, education and human rights. I've been working in education and education administration, as well as organization development consulting for the past 20+ years, so grad school is a mid-life career renewal adventure for me. Our house is our home, homestead and sanctuary. We are enjoying developing our property according to permaculture principles and have put in a fruit tree orchard, honeybees, a simple rainwater catchment system, and keep chickens and ducks for pest control, as well as eggs. Vegetable, perennial, forest and native species gardening are underway, and we are managing our 10 acre forest lot for sustainable biodiversity.