About This Listing
Our homestead is a peaceful oasis nestled in the mountains of eastern Vermont. Get away from it all, yet be close to everything Vermont has to offer year round! Minutes from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and King Arthur Bakery/School in Norwich.
Nestled on a wooded hillside at the end of the road, our newly renovated home has four available guest rooms--two single occupancy bedrooms on the second floor, and two double occupancy bedrooms on the third floor of the house. Each bedroom is listed separately on Airbnb, so if you are interested in more than one room, or a different sized room, please see our other listings. We also have a cabin listed through airbnb. It sleeps up to 5.
This bedroom listing that you are viewing here has a double bed, and is located on the third floor. It has a great view, and privacy. 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 self-serve breakfast of 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, a rescue poodle-ish pup and one gentle cat. Many wild birds visit our feeders year round. 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.
All public spaces in house, all gardens and woods on our property. Use of kitchen if guests would like to bring personal food in and prepare own meals.
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!
We live at the end of a dirt road up in the mountains in east central Vermont. Although our home is surrounded on three sides by protected forest land with abundant trails for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and mountain biking, we are only an easy 10-15 minute drive from several towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. White River Junction is 10 minutes down the river of the same name, and has grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, etc… It is also the junction of I-89 and I-91. Just up I-91 one exit from White River Jct is the village of Norwich Vermont and Hanover, NH.
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!
You will be a guest in our family home. Rooms are located on separate floors in the 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).
Guest dogs may be negotiable with prior approval. We just want to be sure that visiting dogs will be compatible with our dogs, cats and chickens/ducks.
Our homestead is smoking and drug-free. Alcohol in moderation is fine.
The only part of the experience that was less than positive is that my visit was so short!
Alexandra and Martha were great about communicating before my visit and provided helpful advice on navigating to the property. I arrived after 8 and was immediately made to feel welcome when Finn the Corgi, came to greet me at the gate. Martha gave me a tour of their beautiful home, showed me my room, and invited me to make myself at home. We then sat up and chatted a while over tea until bedtime.
I was up early the next morning and out of the house within an hour or so, so I didn't get to spend much time. Still, it was a very relaxing stay, and my hosts made me feel like an old family friend. I hope to return with my own family at some point so that they can meet everyone and share the experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the Upper Valley. Mountainside Retreat is an understatement. The word sanctuary better describes the newly renovated living space, comfortable rooms and gracious hosts. I especially enjoyed the communal breakfast prepared by the hosts. Would definitely stay again.
Welcomed doesn't begin to describe how Alex and Martha made me feel. They are clearly experts at treading the fine line between providing easy conversation and giving visitors time to rest and retreat to their rooms. I had lesson plans to write that evening, and after a good conversation by the wood stove, I went up to my room to work. The house is gorgeous, and is both cozy and immaculate. Couldn't recommend highly enough!
This is a great place to stay. It truly is a retreat as it is peaceful, beautiful and comfortable. Alexandra had beautiful sheets and towels. Her home is very clear, attractive and welcoming. She made us a wonderful breakfast and was so accommodating with our arrival time.
We just can’t find the words to describe our two-nights stay at Alexandra’s and Martha’s.
It felt like visiting family or friends as they were so welcoming and always willing to chat, but at the same time, giving us a lot of space and privacy.
They would also help us with anything: we planned a road trip to Boston and Alexandra helped us with the parking, giving us the exact directions to where to park outside of the city.
They even offered us dinner the night we arrived, because we had forgotten to bring a packed meal and didn't feel like going out.
The house is really beautiful, tastefully decorated, warm and very clean. The bedroom is cozy, with a very comfortable bed; we couldn't hope for more.
As for the location, in “the woods” of Vermont, we found it extremely poetic and we couldn't help but take pictures of the environment, even if we imagine that it was not the best period to visit (November), and it surely is even more beautiful in fall, spring or summer.
Overall, a great and memorable experience!
Thanks again Alexandra and Martha to have made my first visit to the US, so pleasant!
Our visit to Alex and Martha's was incredible! I was visiting Dartmouth and we decided to make a weekend out of it and this place was exactly what we were looking for. The house really feels like it's completely nestled in the woods though civilization is maybe 10 minutes away. The family really made us feel at home. It was also lovely to pick your own multi-colored eggs in the morning during the great breakfast spread they had prepared. They were also always up for conversation, with suggestions on where to go for hikes and, and to talk about their incredible house. I am getting myself a Finnish soapstone heater one day! If I end up at Dartmouth, I will be visiting them again. Definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a true retreat.
What a lovely two nights nestled in this new gorgeous timber home in the Green Mountains of Central Vermont! Alex and Martha are gracious and welcoming hosts.
Our hosts prepared breakfast each morning: fresh eggs from their hens, local artisan breads, unique jams and jellys (ask for Gooseberry or Beach Plum!), yogurt, granola, juice, tea, the works! Our third floor room had skylights and windows looking east for an incredible moon view. The river stone floor shower with overhead rainshower feature is incredible - as is the heat lamp for visitors during the chilly fall. Their 2 dogs and 2 cats are totally cool. But their 3 yr old Corgy 'Finn' is a real sweetheart and loved playing with our two dogs.
The Appalacian Trail is a short walk down their private dirt road. Take the longer walk east and visit the Happy Trails Shelter. Unless you walk the trail alot you'll not be so close to a shelter. Just inside the right opening in a covered shelf is the traditional journal which most visitors write in. Some are rather humorous!
Woodstock is only 25 min away with cute craft shops, dining (Prince and the Pauper 8/10), historic homes and a covered bridge right off the town green. Hanover, NH is 20 away across the Conneticut River with typical college town (Dartmouth) shops and dining. We ate at the Canoe Club (7/10).
We highly recomended staying here. Just one note on the location. It is tucked away in the woods on a hard packed dirt road. A rear drive car in 3 seasons is fine getting here. But a winter visit could be dicey as the home is down a semi-steep but short driveway. The directions provided were perfect in pitch dark when we arrived.
What a lovely stay we had. Thank you sooo much Alex and Martha.
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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.