About This Listing
The south facing deck that overlooks a forested ravine where two streams converge. Spacious dining, sitting, sun lounging…Finn, our friendly Corgi, loves children.
Nestled on a wooded hillside at the end of the road, our newly renovated home has two available guest rooms located on their own floors of the house, and a separate guest cabin. Each space is listed separately on Airbnb, so if you are interested in more than one room, please see our other two listings. The two guest bedrooms each have a double bed, and are located on the third floor. 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.
Martha and Alexandra were the most welcoming hosts. The place was just as described in the listing and more. The house and setting is absolutely beautiful and one of a kind. My mother and I could not have asked for more hospitable treatment, from dinner recommendations to complimentary coffee/delicious breakfast in the morning, everything was great. Would definitely come back!!
Alexandra has a beautiful home and is a very generous host. She provided delicious breakfast foods every morning and was a delight to chat with. When we decided to go play in the snow, Alexandra lent us sleds and the others staying with her borrowed snowshoes for a hike.
We couldn't get up the road as we hadn't heeded the warning on snow tires and they were very gracious about giving us rides up to the house when necessary.
We stayed in a room in the main house and felt we had plenty of privacy.
The only thing to be aware of is that despite being in Norwich, it is about 20 min drive to Hanover.
Overall a very pleasant stay and I would welcome the opportunity to stay again!
Wonderful, gracious hosts and a beautiful home! Would absolutely recommend a stay here. Cool location and even though its tucked away on a mountainside its central to many area attractions. We very much enjoyed our Vermont weekend here. We especially loved meeting their friendly dog and cat family :)
We had a very pleasant 2 night stay while we were hiking in this area. The rural, mountainous area is beautiful. The house & yard are wonderfully & environmentally designed & well-kept. The room was great & very clean with a large desk, plenty of lighting, & comfy bed & bedding . I was a bit concerned about a trek to the 3rd floor after hiking all day in the mountains, but it was a very easy climb because of the stair & landing design. Their hospitality was great & pets very well-behaved. Privacy when you wanted but good conversation when desired. At times, there was a bit of a wait for the shared bathroom, but they were hosting several extra out of town guests so that might be why. This couldn't be a more convenient location for folks hiking the Appalachian Trail in this region. Alexandra generously offered to shuttle us to our trailheads each day so that was a bonus. Although situated off the beaten path with a remote feel, it is a quick jaunt to nearby towns & plenty of dining choices. We'd highly recommend this place to others & would certainly visit again if in their area. Jill W. & Dave P.
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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.