Mountainside retreat in Norwich, VT

House - Private room · Podunk Road, Norwich, VT 05001, United States
Your host, Alexandra
29 Reviews
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The Space

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 simple home-cooked breakfast, prepared with our own chicken eggs and locally produced foods is also 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. We have chickens for daily fresh eggs and three amusing ducks who keep our gardens pest free. 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.

Guest Access

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!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $495 /week
Cleaning Fee: $25
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Beautiful home, welcoming hosts. Just perfect

    May 2014
  • What a lovely host and what a warm and welcoming home stay I had at Alexandra's. The room was so comfortable and cozy, the morning coffee rich and sublime, the conversation stimulating and too brief. I'd like to be back there right now, and I look forward to my next stay.

    May 2014
  • Big sunny house off the beaten path. As Alex said, gps didn't really work so written directions were very helpful and we had no trouble finding the house even though we arrived after dark. Nice private room and comfortable bed with plenty of room. Awesome shower! We had a very nice stay and enjoyed Alex and Martha's company over a tasty and leisurely breakfast. We received some good recommendations for our day's activities. Karen and Randy

    April 2014
  • My husband and I had three great nights at Alex and her family's home. I enjoyed their company, having conversation with them, and learning about the area. We visit Vermont quite often in winter, and we were also interested how the locals live. We were looking for quiet and and relaxing time during our spring ski weekend outside the resort, and we had our wish and more. We are thankful that they allowed us use their kitchen to prepare meals, as I often have difficulty adjusting to restaurant food. Their home is beautiful, clean and welcoming. They prepared us very tasty breakfast of our choice. We also loved their very friendly and well behaved animals.

    April 2014
  • My fiancé and I spent one night at Alexandra's beautiful home tucked into the mountainside. She and her partner were such accommodating and gracious hosts and they made us feel right at home. Her home is absolutely gorgeous and it is designed and decorated in a Scandinavian style that just made us feel like we were in some Norse fairytale...very romantic. Our room was on the third floor and was very cosy, cute and private. She had all the amenities we needed and then some to make our stay more than comfortable. The bathrobe and chocolates were a nice touch. We went out to dinner in Hanover, which was only about 15 minutes away. That night, it was so quiet...not even an echo of the nearby interstate, that we slept like babies on the comfortable queen bed. I just wish we had more time to have a soak in their oversized tub! In the morning, we enjoyed some great conversation with our hosts over breakfast which included some of their home raised eggs...delicious! From the house we explored the towns of Queechee and White River Junction, which were all so very close by. Alex and Martha are just the sweetest hosts and made us feel very comfortable in sharing their loving home.

    February 2014
  • Our stay with Alex and Martha was amazing. First, their place is charming and beautiful with beautiful touches all around. It is situated in a beautiful, remote location that truly feels like a retreat. And they were truly gracious hosts. Because of a recent snow storm, our car could not make it up to their house so they came and picked us up down at the bottom of the hill and shuttled us up to their house. Also, they cooked an amazing breakfast including pancakes (gluten free), fresh scrambled eggs from the chickens on their property, and fresh fruit. It was delicious. But above all else, they welcomed us and made us feel like part of their family. We had tea with them and chatted about a variety of topics. They were warm and open but not overbearing in any way. It was a wonderful stay and we hope to be back soon.

    February 2014
  • Alexandra and Martha are wonderful hosts. Their home was a relaxing, warm, and calming respite from the noise and chaos of city living. An amazing collection of books in their library to browse, the tuli kivi stove to warm the soul, a beautiful setting to admire, and two wonderful people to share a conversation with. We felt comfortable and welcome from the instant we arrived, as though we were visiting old friends. Our two year old son had a blast too, even while we were "iced in", Martha came to the rescue and taught us all how to felt with raw wool, which was a lot of fun. All in all, we had a great time in the upper valley of Vermont, and I'd very highly recommend staying with Alex an Martha!!

    January 2014
  • My fiancee and I had a great stay. Alex and her partner were very welcoming and accommodated all of our needs, including flexible check-in/-out and breakfast times. We stayed in the small cabin near the main house which was small but charming. Both buildings had a smart, upscale rustic aesthetic. Breakfast was superb and featured various fresh and local ingredients. The place is fairly remote and we did not get cell phone reception (we considered this mostly a plus). Conveniently, you can pick up the Appalachian trail for a hike nearby.

    July 2013
  • I had the great pleasure of staying in Alexandra's cabin on her property in Norwich. She was the perfect host, it was cozy and charming. The setting is special, the main house is uniquely wonderful and the hosts are welcoming and helpful. It was the perfect choice and I hope our paths cross again. Many thanks for making the weekend so memorable.

    June 2013
  • Words would do an injustice for how amazing our stay was with Alexandra and her family. From the absolutely gorgeous house, setting, peace and tranquility, cleanliness, friendliness, the list goes on and on, leaving Alexandra's house after an all too brief one night stay was the saddest part of our trip around VT. The one problem that came out of our stay was that it was so lovely, my girlfriend now wants to move to a similar house and start raising chickens. :) Highly highly recommended, and we would go out of our way to stay here again were we in the area in the future.

    May 2013
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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.
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