About this listing
Our cabin is a light-filled and cozy retreat for guests wanting a rustic, yet comfortable VT experience! Get away from it all, yet be close to everything Vermont has to offer year round! Minutes from Dartmouth College and King Arthur Bakery/School.
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 (no running water), sink, small fridge, an induction cooktop, dishes, and cooking utensils is available if you prefer to prepare/eat meals in the cabin. A "state of the art" Swedish composting toilet provides the basic amenities in the cabin. Bed and bath linens are provided. Full bathing facilities are located just steps away in main house.
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. A self-serve breakfast, which includes locally produced foods is also included in nightly rate.
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 a gentle cat. Many wild birds visit our feeders year round. We have angora rabbits we raise for fiber. 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.
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 impassable without good snow tires or 4 wheel drive/studded snows until the plow comes through. If you have any questions, please ask!
You will be a guest in our family homestead. The cabin is located about 25 yards from the main 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).
Our homestead is smoking and drug-free. Alcohol in moderation is fine.
Alex and Martha were wonderful hosts who made us feel welcome right from the moment we arrived. They are open, honest, friendly people who love hosting friends and guests. This was our first experience of AirBnB and it was our favourite place to stay. I visited with one of my sons, but I would love to return here with my wife and introduce her to Alex and Martha. After this visit (three nights) we consider Martha and Alex our friends rather than just our hosts.
Vermont is beautiful and friendly and this area is no exception. The property is just minutes away from the famous Appalachian Trail and there is virtually no traffic on Podunk Road. The cabin is very comfortable and, in case you are worried, the compost toilet is clean, hygienic and easy to use and there are no unpleasant smells :-) Everybody we met from the neighbours and local dog walkers to through-walkers on the Appalachian Trail was very friendly and more than happy to stop and chat to strangers.
Martha and Alex are the most wonderful hosts you could ask for. Their home is beautiful, tranquil and comfortable. They have a fantastic library of books, happy and friendly pets, and they will go out of their way to ensure you have a good stay. The surrounding countryside is great for walking, hiking, and the nearby towns have plenty of dining etc when you need a little stimulation. We originally planned to stay for 4 nights, and decided to extend our stay because we liked it so much. This is everything you want an AirBnB experience to be: a beautiful home with lovely hosts that make you feel like it's your home too.
Thank you for finding us Autumn. You and Ian were incredible guests - - felt you belonged here! Please come back any time, and please let Ian know that we are building a cob baking oven with the help of our daughter's friends. Next time you are here, perhaps we will be able to make a pizza in it together!
Alexandra and Martha were great hosts and it was an absolutely pleasant experience. The lodge is clean and full of character. The facilities are excellent and exactly as described. This was definitely the highlight of my trip!
Martha and Alex are some of the most kind and welcoming people I have met and their cabin is simply a magical place to spend time. It was my second time staying at the cabin (of what I hope will be many future stays!). I had several cozy breakfasts with Martha and Alex at the main house (equally as beautiful and enchanting as the cabin and only steps away through the garden). I visit the area for business once a quarter and staying cabin really makes what would otherwise be purely a business trip into special time away from my home in California. I look forward to a return trip in the future.
We had such a wonderful 5 days with Alexandra and Martha that it was hard to leave for the uncertain horrors of a road trip with small children. They are warm, welcoming and just plain lovely people, who made us feel so comfortable and at home in their home.
The cabin is just the right size for a family that enjoy being together - we loved the communal area but separate sleeping loft arrangement. The beds were comfortable, the composting toilet required no extra effort or inconvenience, and we all loved the outdoor shower.
Our daughters (4 and 8) managed the ladders easily, adored the dogs and cat, and were barely grateful for the way that Martha went above and beyond to cater to their whims. We cannot wait to return, if they will have us.
Thank you, Sarah! We loved having all of you here and appreciated your efforts all 'round. You are great guests. We hope you will schedule time with us again whenever your travels bring you through our area. Please send our best to the girls…Poe & Finn would also like to have them back to play.
Warm regards to you and Ewan,
Martha and Alexandra
I could not have asked for a more perfect stay. The cabin is charming -- really well designed. The bed was very comfortable, and the whisper quiet at night was a treat to our city ears. The cabin had a sweet deck which overlooked the garden and the hillside.
Alexandra was the loveliest of hostesses -- she was warm, but also gave us as much space as we needed. Her home is beyond picturesque; colorful birds circle the terrace, the sleepy puppy lies by the doorstep, the house is welcoming and the people filling it were all very friendly. The outdoor shower was the cherry on the cake-- definitely use this is you can!
Overall, we were absolutely delighted. Thank you, Alexandra!
This mountain cabin nestled in the hills of Norwich provides a perfect base for challenging and beautiful cycling adventures. Martha and Alex and their three dogs warmly welcome you and make you feel at home during your stay. We most enjoyed their refreshing outdoor shower, homemade granola and beautiful gardens. We'd like to come back in the winter to use the cabin's wood stove and see the property in the snow!
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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.