About This Listing
Located in the woods of East Dover, VT - close to Mt. Snow. Well equipped off grid "glamping" cabin, (glamorous camping) is one of a kind. Relax & recharge at the Ice Pond Camp's quiet country setting, it's more fun and cheaper than therapy!
Enjoy complete privacy and quiet in a beautiful country setting at The ICE POND CAMP. Located just off a black top road in the woods of East Dover, VT.
There is no running water or electricity - previous guests taught me the word "glamping" short for glamorized camping - and that is a perfect way to describe the Ice Pond Camp!
This rental is a rustic, no electric, no running water Vermont camp, surrounded by woods yet just off a well traveled road! Bright and cheery in the daytime; at night there is no better place to enjoy the stars, campfire or whatever you wish. No homes around, no streetlights... just peaceful quiet!
Tucked just a few minutes from West Dover, home of Mt. Snow and the many activities the Mt. Snow region and beautiful Deerfield Valley provide.
Enjoy hiking the brooks or endless woods, birds and beautiful country side far. Take a stroll down the road to the town's old time post office, enjoy trails and waterfalls, lakes and state parks. Old farms, maple sugaring businesses and rural beauty abound on meandering dirt roads.
While this is off grid -without electricity and running water- you just might not miss either! The cabin is exceptionally well equipped, providing most of what you need for a relaxing stay.
Loft contains one double and one single bed, lower level has a futon. Blankets and pillows provided, bring your own sheets/pillowcases.
Clean outhouse a few yards (website hidden) degradable toilet paper provided. Porta-pot available in loft for night time use. Leave indoor porta-pot empty and clean.
We use propane:
Lanterns for light, small RVcooler style refrigerator, cook top (no oven) and heater.
Bring one camping type 16 oz Coleman propane fuel tank with you for each nights stay. Details included upon renting.
Fully equipped with all utensils, wine bottle openers, coffee perc., cookware, all dishes & silverware, bowls & mugs, glassware and even coffee, tea, sugar, spices, dish soap, paper towels. Cooler and water jugs for your use.
If you prefer to cook outdoors over campfire or on the grill - cast iron cookware, camp fire or grill pie and pannini sandwich presses, s'more marshmallow sticks, Weber propane and charcoal grills.
Games/cards, detailed hiking maps, local maps, birding books and area information. Plenty of reading material at camp.
Picnic table and lounge chairs, cooler for day trips, grills, 2 fire rings. Enjoy an evening campfire, roast marshmallows or make some creative "pies" using the camp's pie makers
The cabin does not have running water or shower! 1 gal. of spring water provided for cooking/drinking. Rain barrel is usually full for outdoor clean up and other water needs. Local brooks, lakes and State Parks with showers in area.
Water filter can be used to filter rain water. Kitchen sink drains just like sink at home.
Bring a couple gallons of your own fresh water and WIPES (baby wipes type) - they are very handy for "bathing"!
Enjoy the outdoors? This is a peaceful location with the joyful sounds of nature around you. Birds, spotting of turkey, deer, fox and other interesting wildlife.
Officially located in VT state designated Wildlife Preserve.
Make this your home base and explore - there is so much to see and do in southern Vermont.
A few miles away:
West Dover/Mt. Snow:
- 10 minutes away, enjoy miles of trails for hiking and biking, gondola rides, flower filled meadows, golf, horseback riding, summer mountain events, restaurants, local artist studio open houses, festivals farm tours and good food!
- Within 30 minutes, numerous classic New England markets, sights, covered bridges and quaint villages including the town of Wilmington with lake Whitingham's 28 miles of coastline, scenic Newfane, Putney (home of music and Basketville) , farmer's markets, auction galleries, quaint shops, hiking trails & waterways. - The next "large" town just 20 min east is Brattleboro VT, Smithsonian Magazine (May 2012) called it one of the 20 Best Small Towns in America! It is unique and a must visit, great restaurants and coffee shops, music, my favorite resale shop (Boomerang) , -- a haven to explore.
The Ice Pond Camp is the perfect place to reconnect with friends and family, relax, read, write, poke around, hike, walk and explore! Staying here always feeds my soul - and yes, it's SO much more fun and cheaper than therapy ;) !
Contact me for all the details.
Search area activities on the world wide web:
-- Look up: SOUTHERN VERMONT also known as the Deerfield Valley. Many summer and autumn events: Community Suppers, Festivals, craft shows and open studio art exhibits all just a few miles away.
-- Planning a fall foliage visit? For fall months most accurate and interesting information search: foliage-vermont
***All trash you have used in any way (or made) must be taken with you - it's pack in, pack out for ALL trash, with the exception of what you burn in the camp fire.***
Animal guests: Well behaved dogs may also enjoy the Ice Pond Camp.
AT&T cell phone service is the only phone service available at the cabin.
Interaction with Guests
I'm always available by phone and email. Property caretakers live one mile away and are available for any need that arises.
Other Things to Note
Remember to bring:
Your own sheets and pillowcases
Camping style propane tank - avg. 1 per day
Enjoy green living as you care for the cabin and out of doors.
Absolutely NO SMOKING in or on cabin property.
Bring your own sheets, pillowcases, pillows.
Loft - 1 double (full) bed, 1 single bed.
Downstairs - futon converts to a double bed.
Cabin has blankets.
Sweep out cabin floors.
Pull comforters over mattress.
Take ALL trash with you, EVERYTHING you have used or made use of in any way.
Empty and wipe out porta-pot (if used)
Place all furniture as you found it.
Leave cabin in condition it was upon your arrival.
Thanks and ENJOY!
Very clean and cozy - so well organized, very close to great hikes. Had great dinners by the fire. Really pretty light in the morning.
A new tradition !
Just got back from a wonderful fall long weekend in VT. This darling little cabin is just as cute in person as in the pictures. The only thing I would have done differently is not to pack as much stuff - there really is everything you need. A well stocked kitchen - lots of campfire tools - tons of books - games and cards - maps and guidebooks. And if you forget something there is a country store in Dover just a few miles away. Darva was helpful, but not intrusive. If you must have a "real shower" the Molly Stark state park is nearby with a 3.00 day pass fee that includes the use of showers - this was a must after hiking all day. I would go back to this little cabin in the woods anytime. The only tip I would say is if you go when it is cold - it gets pretty cold at night - you may want to take more than the 1 a day guideline for the propane tanks. We were there for 4 days and used the 6 tanks that we brought with us.
Darva was a lovely host; we never met her but everything in the cabin was as promised, with the exception of the outhouse, which was so full that we couldn't use it during our stay. We made the best of it, and Darva was very apologetic. Otherwise, it was a lovely place. Mosquitoes weren't bad. One night we slept in the back of our truck beside the cabin, watching the stars. Lots of hiking nearby, and kayaking in Harriman Reservoir. A rainy morning was happily spent reading in the cabin, cozied up to the gas heater. Delicious meals of campfire-cooked sausage, eggs, and toast. Sort of like camping in a house. It can get pretty chilly at night. Wonderful silence. The cabin isn't quite finished - still lacks insulation, which would be helpful, as it can get pretty chilly at night and in the morning.
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About the Host, Darva
I'm just a vagabond at heart...
My husband and I love to travel. For me it began by spending some of my growing up years in Europe. Now I rarely leave home with out my passport, just maybe an opportunity could present itself, and I'll be prepared! We love the hustle and bustle of busy cities and the exact opposite: living life in the sleepiest of villages.
Traveling in the middle east, the UAE and Oman have been my most fascinating stays. The rocky countrysides, miles of sandy deserts, stark simplicity and then just around the corner the grandeur, scents and tastes all captivate me beyond words.
In the US my favorite spot of all is my small camp in East Dover, VT - enjoying an off grid life in the simple lane. I couldn't be more satisfied and very,very thankful for the Ice Pond Camp. It's a juxtaposition from my everyday life, and it perfectly feeds my soul.
One of my favorite words in the English language is: "yet". As in:
- I haven't lived there "yet"- , or - I haven't seen, experienced, eaten, visited, smelled, touched or been there "yet"- . My bucket list is long and full, and to some it may be a little unique, I haven't lived all there is to live, -YET!
A few summers ago my husband and I enjoyed a great trip to Austria & Switzerland and celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We have 2 grown daughters who live with in a few hours away. Our cat Chester, house guests and my mom, "gramma" keep the house lively even while we are away.
Staying with Airbnb hosts has provided a wonderful, interesting and cost effective travel - we've stayed in homes in Austria, Germany, London, Ireland, Puerto Rico and various places in the US. I thoroughly enjoy hosting people as well. God has given us a fun and exciting life, we are thankful to be right in the middle of purposefully enjoying and living it!