Mountainside Retreat Cabin in VT

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Podunk Road, Norwich, VT 05001, United States

Our cabin is a light-filled and cozy retreat for guests wanting a rustic, yet comfortable VT experience!

The Space

Nestled on a wooded hillside at the end of the road, our cabin is a light-filled, peaceful and cozy retreat. Two sleeping lofts are accessible by ladder stair above the living area. In the colder months, a Jotul wood stove is your source of heat--we'll get the cabin toasty for you before your arrival, and you keep the wood stove going to your comfort level. A kitchenette with bottled water, sink, small fridge, 2 burner stove, dishes, and cooking utensils is available if you prefer to prepare/eat meals in the cabin. A composting toilet provides the basic amenities in the cabin. Bed and bath linens are provided.

The cabin has a private deck overlooking a small stream, a covered front porch, and full access to our gardens, woods and trails.

Full access to our main house is just a short stroll through the gardens. These amenities include 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). Cabin guests are welcome to use our well-supplied kitchen, living and dining areas, and grounds. Breakfast, which includes 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. Sited above the confluence of two streams, a large deck, screened porch and stone patios flank the southern side of the house, offering space for relaxing or working outdoors. High speed internet and wifi are available, but no television.

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 six 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 20 minute drive to Dartmouth College/Hanover, NH, 20 minutes to 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 will have access to cabin, grounds, and all public areas in the main house, including kitchen, dining, living rooms, bathrooms. Wifi and a landline are available in cabin and at house (no cell coverage at house).

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: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 0.5
Beds: 3
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $550 /week
Cleaning Fee: $25
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • My family and I had a beautiful and memorable stay at this awe inspiring property.

    All in one day we experienced rain, snow, and sunshine. Sitting in the main house admiring the view made me curious to see this lovely property in all four seasons, as it is a seemingly magical New England setting. The hostesses, Alex and Martha, were kind and accommodating. Our 11 year old had the best time with Finn the dog as a cabin companion.

    April 2014
  • I couldn't have asked for a better stay!

    This sunny little mountainside retreat was the perfect place to relax! It had just what I needed to enjoy a cozy getaway- a hot cup of tea, a soft down comforter, and a fire in the wood-burning stove. I loved falling asleep to the sound of the creek nearby, and loved waking up to frogs croaking in the pond out front.

    Alex and Martha are warm and wonderful hostesses with great ideas for places to hike and explore! They also make a great cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast. They really make it a home away from home!

    I'd suggest this cozy cabin retreat to anyone! It's very special.

    April 2014
  • Our stay with Alexandra and her family was perfectly delightful. It was just the right mix of respectful private space and friendly, open-minded company. The cabin is a perfect spot for a cozy retreat, and although the Vermont mud season kept us from exploring much around us, the echoing birdsong and early spring run-off in the nearby creek only added to the peaceful tranquility we found here. We would return in a heartbeat and thoroughly recommend this lovely place.

    March 2014
  • Nous avons passé 4 jours dans la cabine. C'était calme et très agréable. Nous avions besoin de nous évader de la vie trépidante et cet endroit est idéal. Nous avons fait de la raquette, observé les oiseaux se nourrir dans les mangeoires et regardé la multitude d'étoiles de notre lit par la fenêtre. Les hôtesses Alexandra et Martha sont très sympathiques. Nous vous recommandons cette cabine sans hésiter.

    March 2014
  • Our stay was amazing! The property is absolutely breathtaking-- even the beautiful pictures in the listing don't do it justice. The cabin was exactly what I wanted in booking this trip: rustic but warm and comfortable (warm being a key word-- we had a below-zero night during our stay, but we didn't even notice the cold while in the cabin). Alex, Martha, their daughter, the dogs, and the cats were all fantastic hosts; they were incredibly friendly and hospitable, but not intrusive at all. We truly enjoyed chatting with them in their lovely home, and we haven't had such wholesome and tasty breakfasts in a very long time. In addition, our hosts were extremely helpful in giving us advice about snowshoeing in the area, and even lent us some equipment to better traverse the snowy landscape. Overall, this was an ideal trip to a great property with extremely accommodating hosts. I can't say enough good things!

    March 2014
  • We had such a relaxing weekend in the cabin! Alex and her family are wonderful hosts. They prepared breakfasts for us each morning (no small feat; we have a few food restrictions) and provided wonderful conversation. The cabin itself is perfectly cozy. We made simple dinners in the kitchen, and stoked the fire to our hearts' content.

    March 2014
  • Alex and Martha were incredible hosts. They made us delicious breakfasts with eggs from their own chickens and ducks, gave us all sorts of tips on where to explore, and even rescued us when we couldn't get our car up a snowy hill! We were looking for an romantic/outdoorsy winter getaway, and we couldn't have imagined a better experience! The cabin is exactly as advertised: a perfect combination of rustic charm (wood stove, composting toilet), with modern convenience (kitchenette, wireless internet). Their fully-equipped main house is just a few steps away, and we felt very welcome to hang out in their beautiful living space and use their kitchen and bathrooms. We can't wait to come back to this beautiful spot to spend more time with this very welcoming family, and to experience Vermont's other seasons.

    February 2014
  • For a New Year’s ski trip to Vermont, my wife and I were looking for a cozy and scenic place to call home for a few nights. We got that and much more during our stay at this beautiful Mountainside Retreat!

    Alex and Martha welcomed us in like members of their own family… They pointed us toward the best ski resorts in the area (there are a ton!), made us great breakfasts, and provided a comfortable room to rest up for the next adventure.

    Their home is as beautiful in person as in the photos – We used the kitchen to cook dinners, read by the wood-burning fireplace with their cats, and explored the surrounded woods and stream on a snowshoe excursion with their Corgi in tow. I really couldn’t imagine a better place to experience the wonderland of Vermont in winter.

    We'll always have this great New Year's memory and hope we can return again and again to explore Vermont in each of its beautiful seasons.

    January 2013
  • The caring hosts provided a warm, relaxing experience.

    October 2012
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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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