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!

Your host, Alexandra
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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
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 0.5
Beds: 3
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $550 /week
Cleaning Fee: $45
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • My stay with Alexandra and Martha was a wonderful experience. The setting is idyllic: a mini-farm tucked between steep hills in the Vermont woods, surrounded by lush forest and abundant bird life, with the Appalachian Trail less than half a mile away. The cabin appears to have come straight out of the pages of a fairy tale. The breakfasts were abundant, healthy, and delicious, and I loved the rain shower--very relaxing at the end of a long day. Alexandra and Martha were very helpful and accommodating. I was attending a four-day conference with meetings in various venues, and it would have been hard for me to find some of the locations without Alexandra's detailed directions. I also really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about permaculture, a form of "beyond organic" agriculture. I hope to return someday!

    July 2014
  • We enjoyed a delightful stay with Alexandra and her family. Her home and property are beautiful and she is a very welcoming host. We hope to visit again sometime soon.

    June 2014
  • Alexandra (and supporting cast) is a great and friendly host and is very informative about the hiking, swimming, and area events. The cabin was everything we expected, and more, and the breakfast was excellent. I only wish the night was cooler so we could have utilized the wood stove. We will definitely be back in the winter!

    June 2014
  • The solheim cabin can make all your "Little House on the Prairie" dreams come true! It's truly rustic, and feels very private despite there being people living in the main house. Alex and Martha are warm, as other reviewers describe them. We had our breakfast each morning on the porch of the cabin, and hummingbirds joined us!

    We loved having access to the AT and doing some hiking, as well as exploring the surrounding area -- Woodstock and Quechee -- on our bikes.

    A good first time Air Bnb experience.

    June 2014
  • Fantastically restful stay--the hosts are friendly and thoughtful, and the setting is marvelous; we particularly enjoyed being able to walk out the gate and onto the Appalachian Trail. Would definitely return--highly recommended.

    June 2014
  • Really enjoyed our stay. My wife and I rented the cabin and brought along our Chihuahua. Alex was very helpful and accommodating (even helping pick us up in her car when we got stuck in the mud). The cabin is just as advertised, and it was nice to have the option to use her house when we needed to shower, eat breakfast, etc. Even though the house is nearby, she did not bother us at all and let us enjoy a private weekend.

    May 2014
  • My friend and I spent two nights at Solheim for a writing and reading retreat. When it was rainy and cool outside, the little cabin was a perfect working place, cozy with the wood stove going, and when the sun came out, it was flooded with light. The structure has a compact footprint, yet it felt remarkably spacious and airy and pleasant--we two adults always felt like we had plenty of room, especially with separate sleeping lofts that gave us ample personal space. Tiny-house lovers, rejoice! I would have stayed longer if it hadn't already been booked! Also took some really nice hikes in the trails and woods nearby. Beautiful location, close enough to White River Junction that we could pick up (email hidden)-op 17 minutes away, yet remote enough that we felt like we were escaping from everything. The main house is gorgeous, with a particularly notable soaking tub available to cabin guests, and Alexandra and Martha are just lovely hosts, friendly and gracious. Great stay. Would do it again.

    May 2014
  • We had a peaceful and reinvigorating stay at the beautiful solheim cabin. The cabin is nicely situated on the land with bright sun flooding through the windows during the day and a trickling stream to ease you to sleep at night. The interior is rustic and cozy, with lovely Scandinavian touches and a well-equiped kitchen. We cooked some tasty meals and even made use of the outdoor grill on the cabin's deck. We enjoyed exploring the beautiful woods nearby and the neighboring towns of Quechee and Hanover, just short drives away. Alexandra and Martha were such warm and welcoming hosts, making themselves available when needed but not in any way invasive. We felt right at home and loved getting to know them a bit and spending time with their cute pets. We're looking forward to a return trip sometime in the future.

    April 2014
  • 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
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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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