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Mountainside Retreat #2 Solheim Farm, single BR
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1 bedroom
1 bed
2 baths
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2 baths
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A peaceful oasis, our mountain homestead includes two single BRs, a double BR, and a detached cabin. On a clear night, view the constellations overhead while listening to owls hoot back and forth. Get away from it all and 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. Rent a room or the cabin, or inquire about renting the whole house!

The space

Nestled on a wooded hillside at the end of the road, our newly renovated home has three available guest rooms--two single occupancy bedrooms on the second floor, and one double occupancy bedroom 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 twin bed, and is located on the second floor. It is conveniently located across from the bathroom. 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.

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. We also have a flock of Icelandic chickens that tills our garden and provides fresh organic eggs. 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 20 minute 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.

Guest access

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!

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!


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Prices
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

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.

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Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s) live in the house

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Carbon monoxide detector
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Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Candice User Profile
October 2017
It was absolutely amazing! I truly hope I get to cone back to Vermont and stay with them again~

Tammie User Profile
October 2017
Pure tranquility..... Wrapped in nature's beauty, Solheim Farm is the perfect escape for the traveler looking to unwind and recharge. The home's large windows and warm wood interiors seamlessly compliment the natural surroundings of this mountainside retreat. Located on the town line of Norwich, Solheim Farm provides a central location to explore Vermont. Take a train ride in Chester, hike Mount Tom, sample local cheeses and maple syrups, pick your own apples, drive scenic Route 100, or visit the towns of Woodstock or Montpelier in less than an hour drive from Solheim Farm. With attention to every detail, Alex and Martha are exceptional hostesses. From the continental breakfast of homemade and regional foods to the welcoming decor and spaces of their home to their willingness to offer personalized suggestions for your visit to the area, Alex and Martha make sure you have the perfect stay at Solheim Farm.

Christine User Profile
September 2017
Idyllic country home with all you could need for a quick getaway. Lots of wildlife and domesticated animals on the property including dogs, cats, chickens and ducks. Beautiful vines, shrubs, and perennials surround the main home and were a joy to to look at. I especially loved the grapevine that crawled over the entry gate. The bedroom I used was comfortable and clean as well as the bathroom. I did not need to use the kitchen for my stay but it was large with a great soapstone sink. The hosts were welcoming and willing to answer any questions I might have. They allowed me free roaming around the property so I could laugh at the ducks and watch chipmunks dashing around the deck. I found this home to be well equipped and super cozy! I am sure to return!

Terry User Profile
September 2017
The house is filled with charm & Alexandra couldn't have been more hospitable. Highly recommend

Julia User Profile
September 2017
Alexandra's house is really beautiful. I had an excellent stay!

Sarae User Profile
September 2017
This beautiful property in the Vermont woods is hosted by very wonderful people and their friendly dogs. They are very kind and foster a sense of community between guests. I would definitely return when I have more time to spend exploring Vermont!
Alexandra User ProfileAlexandra is a superhost.
Response from Alexandra:
Thank you Sarae! We enjoyed meeting you and hope your travels bring us back to our corner of Vermont; we would love to host you again.
September 2017

Steve User Profile
September 2017
I loved the ducks and the dogs! This is a wonderful quiet stay in the hills. Feels very homey and the hosts are very welcoming
Alexandra User ProfileAlexandra is a superhost.
Response from Alexandra:
Thanks, Steve! We would be happy to host you again.
September 2017

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Alexandra User ProfileAlexandra is a superhost.

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. 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, vegetable, perennial, forest and native species gardening are underway, and we are managing the land for sustainable biodiversity. In addition, we have a well established sugarbush with approximately 450 taps. Guests visiting during maple sugaring season may have the opportunity to participate--depending on mother nature and the trees.

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