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.
A beautiful house in an unbelievable location and welcoming hosts. My first Airbnb experience was a good one
I spent two nights at Alex and Martha's home and it was just lovely. I was staying in the area to visit Vermont Law School, just 20 minutes up the road. Immediately, I found their home to be well designed, comfortable, homey and very welcoming. I strolled through the garden, passing plenty of vegetable and fruit trees. Waking up in the morning to chirping birds and the sunrise was so refreshing coming from a big city. There was the most delicious homemade granola and yogurt, with fresh fruits available, and really good coffee which I certainly appreciated. I felt free to come and go on my schedule and also found the location fairly easy to find. Google maps brought me close enough and Alex's directions were easy to follow the rest of the way. For those looking for a quiet, peaceful experience, I recommend!
What a wonderful experience! Our host, Alex, was present but not intrusive, kind, friendly and knowledgeable. The home itself is lovely and the setting peaceful and tranquil, while near enough to restaurants and things to do. Bonus points for proximity to the AT! I highly recommend this B&B!
Martha was at the house to greet me warmly when I arrived. She gave a thorough tour of the house and made me welcome to all of the house facilities. I had to run right after checking in, but the house was open and welcoming when I got back. This was a fantastic place to stay and I would happily recommend it to someone else. The house location is remote, quiet and secluded, but a short drive from the main highway and roads. Martha and Alexandra were excellent hosts.
Alexandra and Martha were wonderful in the way they kept in communication beforehand, in their greeting us on arrival and in helping us decide on things to see. Our room was lovely and we felt encouraged to use the living room. A clean and beautiful home in a great setting. You would need a car to stay here. Dinner options are a shortish distance away. The peace and quiet and company is worth the distance!
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.
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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.