Are you looking for privacy, peace and quiet? The ICE POND CAMP may be the perfect place for your time of R and R. Located in the woods of S. Vermont, this fully equipped "glamping" cabin, (far more than glamorous camping) is a one of a kind beauty.
Because of the rustic nature of the ICE POND CAMP it is closed over the cold winter months and opens again in May 2014.
Reserve your 2014 dates now!
Glamping - I'm told is short for Glamour Camping - and that's a perfect way to describe the Ice Pond Camp! Even without water and electricity it is cozy and fun.
This rental is a rustic, OFF GRID Vermont cabin, surrounded by woods yet just off a well traveled road! Bright and cheery in the daytime, but at night there is no better place to enjoy the stars. No homes in sight, no streetlights... just peaceful quiet!
Located in East Dover, southern Vermont; tucked away a few minutes from West Dover, home of Mt. Snow and the many activities the Mt. Snow region and beautiful Deerfield Valley provide.
At the cabin:
Enjoy hiking to the brook behind the cabin, the endless woods, tweeting birds and beautiful local country side far from the noise of TV and radio. Take a mile stroll down the road to the town's single general store (and post office) and meet the friendly owners. Or take a leisurely stroll on a 3 mile town walking loop. Pass old farms, maple sugaring business, rural beauty and meandering dirt roads.
This is an OFF GRID cabin without electricity and water, but you probably won't miss either! The cabin provides most of what you need for a relaxing stay.
--- GLAMPING!! -- Camping with glamour! ---
Sleeping: loft is complete with one double and one single bed, lower level has a futon. Blankets provided, bring your own sheets/pillow/pillowcases.
Bathroom: clean outhouse a few yards away with porta-pot (in-house) for night time use. Please leave porta-pot empty and clean.
We use propane: lanterns for light, small refrigerator, cook top (no oven) and heater.
Kitchen: fully equipped with utensils, coffee press, cookware, all dishes, bowls, mugs, silverware, glassware and even coffee, tea, sugar ...and spice and ALL things nice! Cooler and water jugs for you to use.
Outdoor cooking: Lodge cast iron cookware for outdoor grill cooking or over a crackling camp fire. Camping style "pie makers", smore marshmallow sticks Weber propane grill just off the deck.
Indoor: games, detailed hiking maps, birding books,
Outside: picnic table and lounge chairs, cooler for day trips, grills, 2 fire rings,
Please remember: ** Cabin does not have running water or shower! 3 gal. of spring water provided for cooking. Rain barrel is usually full for rough showering. Local brooks, streams and 2 ponds just up the road. Bring wipes (baby wipes type) - they are very handy for "bathing"! Water dispenser at kitchen sink (drains just like sink at home) holds a couple gallons of water for your use.
Enjoy the outdoors? Then this is a wonderful location for peace and quiet with the joyful sounds of nature around you. Lots of birds, occasional spotting of deer and other interesting wildlife, officially located in VT state designated Wildlife Preserve. Great place to sit around the evening campfire, roast marshmallows or make some creative "pies" using the available pie makers.
If you want to make this your home base and explore - there is much to see and do!!!
A few miles away:
West Dover/Mt. Snow - Enjoy miles of trails for both hiking and biking, gondola rides, flower meadows, golf, horseback riding, summer mountain events, restaurants, local artist studio open houses, festivals farm tours and good food!
Closeby: Numerous classic New England covered bridges and towns including the town of Wilmington with lake Whitingham's 28 miles of coastline, scenic Newfane, Putney (home of Basketville) , farmer's markets, auction galleries, quaint shops, waterways and hiking trails.
The next "large" town just 20 min east is Brattleboro VT. And the Smithsonian Magazine's May 2012 issue listed Brattleboro as one of the 20 Best Small Towns in America! It is unique and a must visit, with it's great restaurants and coffee shops, it is an artistic haven to explore.
The Ice Pond Camp is the perfect place to relax, read, poke around, hike, walk and explore!
Contact me for all the details.
Take a minute to (website hidden): SOUTHERN VERMONT also known as the Deerfield Valley.
For fall months most accurate and interesting information (website hidden): foliage-vermont
Maps and guidebooks in the cabin for your use.
Well behaved dogs are permitted to enjoy the Ice Pond Camp.
Darva's little Ice Pond Camp cabin is a true retreat. Nestled in the woods off a windy country road, it's the perfect escape for anyone looking for an easy, off-the-grid experience. It has no running water or electricity, but is equipped with propane lanterns, camping stove, heater and an outhouse that are all more than adequate (bring your own propane). The cabin itself is charming, simple, and cozy. The beds were comfortable and we slept soundly. There is a propane cooler/fridge available for perishables, but the nights and days were cool enough that we skipped refrigeration. For anyone bringing meat/dairy, you may want to bring a cooler and get ice to keep those items extra cold (which Darva had recommended as well). There are large containers at the cabin for filling with water for washing at the kitchen sink.
We enjoyed our tea every morning on the attached deck, and watched the sunlight come through the trees--so peaceful. We had several campfires and used Darva's dutch oven pot to make veggie stew on the grill over the fire that was delicious. There are hiking trails available as Mt Snow is nearby, but we were content to take long walks on the country road that led to great views of the changing leaves and old farmhouses. There is a general store a mile away, where you can get the morning paper, coffee, delicious homemade zucchini muffins and deli food, among other necessities. The owners, Rick and Val, are lovely people that will offer insight on everything from the local area to the joys of solar power. Darva was very helpful, providing detailed instructions before the trip and also being available throughout our time there if any questions arose (only AT&T gets cell service). Despite her absence at the actual cabin, her welcome and hospitality were palpable. I would highly recommend staying here to anyone interested in escaping to the Vermont woods for some peace and simplicity.
Three of us girls needed a place to stay in Vermont for one night in the Fall and Darva's small cabin made our vacation complete! I can tell she is continually updating the place bit by bit, but the current simplicity of it made our experience so unique and memorable. Darva is also a very welcoming and gracious host.
We made dinner over the campfire and the small gas heater definitely kept us warm sleeping inside. There are plenty of candles to keep the place lit as the sun sets as well.