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 upon request.
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 shy Great Pyrenees, and two gentle cats. 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 snow tires. Many people have 4 wheel drive vehicles, or use studded snow tires. Our road is well-maintained by the town, but it is a typical Vermont mountain road--it may 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.
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.
I had an absolutely tremendous experience with Alex and Martha as well as their brilliant daughter and friendly menagerie of cats and dogs. You couldn't ask for a warmer, more inviting home or pair of hosts.
The room was excellent - the bed very comfortable and the temperature just perfect with the windows open at night. I was hesitant about the lack of air conditioning (a not so uncommon occurrence in VT) but ended up sleeping under the covers most nights.
The shower was wonderful and the bathrooms were very spacious! I had homemade granola and delicious yogurt every morning with a strong cup of coffee waiting for me.
The best part of this experience was that Alex and Martha give you as much or as little space as you like - it's all up to you. One night I had dinner with them and the other nights I went out and then read quietly in my room without any interruptions.
I can't speak highly enough of my experience - it was such a treat to take a break from all of the hotels.
Finally, you haven't smelled a morning until you've woken up to smell the morning at this home - the flowers, the grass, the coffee all mix together for truly unforgettable experience.
Great place to stay. Very attentive and outgoing host. Home located high in the hills in a woodland setting manicured to a traditional New England garden. Truly a destination to pass a relaxing few days. Great biking and hiking right out of the driveway.
Lovely house, fantastic location. Location even better than pictured, and the dogs are too cute :-) Do pay attention to the written directions as it is a little tricky to find. Vermont was having an unseasonably warm summer when we went there and it was a little hot in our 3rd floor room until late at night, but it didn't really bother us that much. If you are sensitive to heat, you might want to see about getting a room on a lower floor where it would be cooler. We really liked how seriously they took the "bnb" part of "Airbnb": they will happily cook you breakfast and chat about things to do. The setup they have resembles a hostel in that they have guests from all over staying at the same time, which might not be everyone's cup of tea, but which we found quite nice, especially when those guests shared their wine with us! We went here on our honeymoon and I really wanted to stay somewhere we could relax after the stress of our wedding and do nothing we didn't want to do: this house fit the bill perfectly. Next time we go to Vermont we will be coming back here!
Thank you for staying with us Ashley and John! It was wonderful to get to know you both, and your suggestions for good hikes in the El Paso area were well received by our daughter working there this summer. Thanks for sharing! Best wishes to you both, and we hope you will visit us again!
Alexandra & Martha were truly lovely. Their garden was beautiful and relaxing. They were very willing to help recommend local restaurants and excursions and took a lot of time out of their day to do so. Their dogs were so charming and the homemade breakfast granola was, honestly, the best I've had. We will certainly stay here again if we are ever back in the area.
Alexandra and Martha's home was more lovely than we could have imagined. Our room offered privacy as well as a lush interior. Martha's home made granola was delicious, and their coffee was excellent. Alex and Martha afforded us as much visiting or private time as we desired. They are excellent hosts.
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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.