Spacious, comfortable Vermont country home on 600 acres at end of mile-long road. 1820's farmhouse nicely rehabbed, solar-powered. Spectacular setting with miles of trails, mountain views. Share ample kitchen and large living room with piano, books, comfy furniture. Covered porches, gardens, pond. Flexible accommodations depending on needs, with bedrooms of various sizes, all with fine views. Secluded, peaceful refuge. Friendly hosts, long-time Vermont residents, available as much as desired.
Our large third-floor space is suitable for a couple, family, or group of friends. Open floor plan with three dormers, two queen-size beds plus two fold-out futons (sleeps up to six). Sitting area, TV monitor for DVDs or streaming. Desk, dressers, closet area. Windows on three sides with excellent views of gardens, fields, far-off hills. Private bath on second floor. Functions well as either a roomy private space or dormitory-type sleeping space for small crowd.
The house is a 200-year-old farmhouse that we rehabbed ourselves. Not fancy, but attractive, clean, well-furnished, comfortable, with modern appliances and an up-to-date wood-fired heating system. We're off the grid and get our power from a solar array. Water comes from a gravity-fed spring and is uncommonly pure and fresh-tasting.
4-wheel drive is generally required to negotiate our road in winter. Contact us if lacking, and arrangements can be made.
Guests share our large kitchen with two sinks, ample counter space, dishes and pots and pans galore. Basic breakfast provided, and a well-stocked pantry of staples, condiments, etc. is always available to guests preparing their own meals. The living room is equipped with comfy couches, good lighting, well-stocked bookshelves, a cupboard full of puzzles and board games, and a baby grand piano piled with sheet music and songbooks. Beyond the french doors is a large wrap-around porch that's lovely for sitting, reading, chatting, or eating meals in balmier months.
Our home is on a 600-acre property surrounded by meadows, forests, and hills. A grassy-banked swimming pond sits a short distance away. We have a network of mapped trails for hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing that link to other equally pristine woodland properties. Trails offer spectacular views of Green (Vermont) and White (New Hampshire) Mountains. Much of the surrounding area has been protected from development through the Orange County Headwaters Project (target area 35,000 acres), which we helped start. It is one of the largest unbroken sections of undeveloped forest land in this part of Vermont; wildlife is particularly abundant. All this can be explored on foot from outside our door.
For years we've hosted individuals and groups of all kinds, from family gatherings to weddings to attendees at workshops and meditation retreats in the area. Our lives have always seemed to blend with the interests of our visitors. We're happy to chat, provide information on the surroundings, lead guests on short walks, or, when desired, leave them alone to enjoy the peace and beauty of the place.
We're fortunate to live on this beautiful mountaintop. We look forward to sharing it with you.
We are a mostly retired (though highly active) couple in our 70’s. We’ve mainly been a carpenter and teacher, though there’s been lots of homesteading and other assorted activities along the way. We have four grown children who come and go and do interesting stuff. We lived in coastal Alaska a while, settled in Vermont 30 years ago, started the Wellspring Waldorf school in Chelsea and the Lost Meadow Land Coop in West Corinth, where we now live. Interests: Sustainable living, biodynamic gardening, forest management, community organizing (mostly in the area of local food/ag), hiking, education, cooking, history (including the history of local places), literature, music, buddhist meditation, couples counseling, and making the world a more liveable place in small, tangible ways. We have had our house full of friends and family for years; we’re experienced in tending to people’s needs and making them feel comfortable. We’re easy to share a kitchen with. Our housekeeping style is neat but hopefully not obsessive. We’re happy to chat and offer local information, but also to respect our guests’ desire for solitude.