The SpaceOur 1800 square-foot home is earth-bermed, making it naturally warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. We have solar electric with battery back-up, so we always have electricity even if the grid is down for an extended time (and a gas generator as a back-up to that!). The house features a great room with a dining area, stone fireplace, living room, kitchen and media area. Your bedroom features a king-sized memory foam mattress, chair, bureau, night stands, lamps, clock radio, luggage stands, a 42 inch TV with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, and a Blu Ray DVD and VCR. Open the curtains and you'll be treated to our wonderful view of Mt. Beryl and the hills beyond. A toddler bed and a crib are available in the room across the hall. The full bathroom has a newly-tiled shower and blue-tooth speaker. Robes and slippers are in your closet for use to/from the hot tub. Smoking is permitted in the enclosed porch and outside. Complimentary coffee and tea service is in your room for your convenience. The 1100 square foot terrace features a fire pit for nighttime enjoyment, chairs, picnic table, and 2 grills, one of which is vegetarian-only. To see the most recent video of our house search "Byll & Cheryl earth-sheltered September 2016" on YouTube. This search will also pull up all of the other construction videos and previous updates. For an aerial look at the house, search for "13 Hills - A Unique Earth-Sheltered Destination". We also have a pool room in our upper garage, which is available to guests. We host Tuesday night pool sessions for our friends, and you are welcome to join in. Our house is surrounded by hills, so we have great sledding, cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter. Our main highway is a favorite of bicyclists, offering a 22 mile loop of primarily flat terrain paralleling the Cold River. Beryl Mountain offers good hiking and a variety of stones and crystals. Pitcher Mountain is just 20 minutes away and affords the best panoramic views of the entire region. Keene and Claremont are both about 30-35 minutes away, as is Springfield, VT. Guest AccessGuests have access to their bedroom, the green house, kitchen/dining/living/TV area, laundry area, media library, the enclosed porch, the hot tub, the terraces with fire pit and grills, and the pool table in the upper garage. Interaction with GuestsBoth Cheryl and Byll are almost always at the property, though Cheryl does travel for her work. While we are always interested in getting to know our guests and showing off our home, we respect guests' desires for solitude and privacy. We're certainly happy to provide information and advice on the local scene if requested. The NeighborhoodSouth Acworth is a quiet, off-the-beaten-track village that boasts a community-run country store that dates to 1865. Many local craftspeople and artisans have their wares available for purchase there, and the store stocks all the necessities and last-minute items. The Cold River runs through the town, and is bordered by hills on both sides, so we are often treated to fog views in the valley below us. Rt. 123A, which parallels the river for 11 miles, has been recently paved, making it a great bicycle route as it's fairly flat with just enough hills to make it interesting. Our community church features a recently renovated steeple and the town library, founded in 1891, houses an extensive stuffed bird collection. Beryl Mountain, of which we have a magnificent view, is the source of the beryls used in making the first atomic bomb and is a favorite with rock hounds. There is easy access in town to the vast NH snowmobile trail system, and we have great hills for sledding and cross-country skiing. There are 4 downhill skiing areas and 2 touring areas within an hour's drive, the closest being Mt. Sunapee, about 45 minutes away. Our own hills are perfect for easy sledding, snow-shoeing or cross country skiing.
The nearest town of any size is Walpole, home of Ken Burns of PBS fame and a very good restaurant - LA Burdick's. Keene, Claremont and Springfield are all about 30-35 minutes away and offer a wider array of shopping, dining and movies. Getting AroundThere is no public transportation anywhere near, so a car is required. We have ample parking space for vehicles and snowmobile trailers. Other Things to NoteThe house is one level and wheelchair accessible. We have a 4 year old mixed breed rescue dog named Hannah who is very friendly. We provide a full breakfast to your liking, from pancakes or french toast with maple syrup from our trees to omelettes or fried eggs, homefries and sausage to cereal, yogurt and fruit, so do let us know your preferences and/or dietary restrictions so we can accommodate you. As Byll is a long-time ovo-lacto vegetarian, providing a non-meat breakfast is not a problem and we also have experience providing vegan and gluten-free breakfasts.