Our cabin is a light-filled and cozy retreat for guests wanting a rustic, yet comfortable VT experience!
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 composting toilet provides the basic amenities in the cabin. Bed and bath linens are provided. Bathing facilities are located 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 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 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.
Amazing cabin in the woods- super cozy comfortable and clean! Perfect for just about anything ;)))
My husband and I could not have asked for a more relaxing, "get away from it all" experience at this lovely cabin. Alexandra and Martha are warm, friendly, and incredibly helpful hosts. If we had been more in need of company, they would have gladly obliged, but since we were in a more private mode, they were perfectly comfortable with us keeping mostly to ourselves. That kind of tact cannot be taught: it's just how some people know how to read and interact with other people. The cabin was neat as a pin and had so many thoughtful additions including great reading material (both magazines and books). We could have happily stayed a week or more given the well-equipped kitchen (dishes, glasses, mugs, bottle opener, cheese grater, etc). All was as described on the site but descriptions and photos can't capture the quiet, the way the woodstove fire reflects on the walls at night, how comfortable the bed and feather pillows/down comforter are to sleep on, how perfectly nubby and soft the towels they provide are....I could go on. We look forward to going back just to BE. As it was, we were taking a bread baking course at King Arthur Flour and this was an easy drive to and from our destination.
My wife Janet and I spent two nights at Alexandra's mountain retreat 'Solheim' in late October. Our experience FAR exceeded any expectations we had. Alexandra and her partner Martha are a delight. A private picturesque cabin with close access to the Appalacian Trail (less than 1/4 mi.) is a great experience. Combined with Alex and Martha's hospitality, access to their house for showering and, if desired, cooking in their gourmet kitchen (we did) it is over the top. We recommend this experience without any reservations whatsoever.
We were very happy with our lodging experience here. The hosts are very kind, welcoming people, and all accommodations are very 'homey' and clean. In addition, there's a real country feel here. You must love animals, though, which we do, as these women save homeless animals.
We stayed in the studio which is very cozy. However, all sleeping is in a loft area, so you must trek up and down a ladder to get to and fro. Also, the bathroom just has a composting toilet, so you use the main house about 50 yards away for showering and toilet as much as possible.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this cabin if you're looking for an authentic Vermont experience. Alexandra went far out of her way to be accommodating and helpful, and the cabin itself was a really cool structure, and was in great shape for my visit. The setting is gorgeous as well.
We arrived at 10:00 pm and were greeted by gracious Martha who showed us our cozy and warm cabin. We were weary travelers but immediately felt welcomed and comforted.
Our first experience with airbnb and though my husband was a bit reluctant about the compost toilet and no running (email hidden)ess what? He survived and was charmed by the entire experience.
We awoke to a blue sky and golden leaves on the trees, just magical. Martha and Alex prepared our breakfast while we chatted with delightful guests from the Bahamas! We spent three relaxing, delightful days and intend to return to what is now, one of our favorite spots in New England.
Alex and Martha are truly stewards to this earth. It has been a special experience.
We had to reschedule our stay. We can not wait. The communication was excellent.
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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.