The SpaceThis is a large third floor space suitable for a couple, family, or group of friends. Open floor plan with three dormers, two queen-size beds & sitting area, plus two fold-out foutons (sleeps maximum of 8). Sitting area, large TV monitor that can be used for DVD’s or streaming. Desk, dressers and closet area. Windows on 3 sides with excellent views of gardens and fields. Has its own private bath on second floor. Functions well as either a roomy private space or dormitory-type sleeping for a small crowd.
The room makes up most of the top floor (the rest is unfinished attic, so you are the only people on this floor) of the large, nearly 200-year-old farmhouse that we rehabbed ourselves more than twenty years ago. It is surrounded by meadows, forests, and mountain views. It isn't fancy, but it's attractive, clean, well-furnished, and comfortable, with modern appliances and an up-to-date wood-fired heating system. The house is off the electrical grid, and gets almost all of its power from a solar array. Water comes from a gravity-fed spring and is uncommonly pure & tasty!
A grassy-banked pond sits a short distance from the house, and we have a network of mapped trails for hiking (or, in winter, skiing and snowshoeing) that connect with other equally pristine woodland properties. (If weather is not socked in, you'll view the White Mountains of New Hampshire...) We manage our forest for timber, recreation, and wildlife, and are currently planning a small livestock raising operation. 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. Guest AccessGuests share our large kitchen, with two sinks, ample counter space, and pots & pans galore. Breakfast can be served as an option, and a well-stocked pantry of supplies, 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 during balmier months. Interaction with GuestsFor many 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, take guests on short walks, or leave them alone (when they prefer) to enjoy the peace and beauty of the surroundings.
We're fortunate to live on this beautiful mountaintop. We look forward to sharing it with you! The NeighborhoodWe're part of the Lost Meadow Land Co-op, which owns the property, and which we formed with several other families about fifteen years ago. Together we are committed to values of sustainability, cooperative rural living, and community. We believe in living lightly on the land, but in a spirit of abundance rather than deprivation. We hope to communicate this spirit to our visitors by making it part of their experience here. Those wishing to combine active outdoor pursuits and love of nature with a contemplative inner life will find this a congenial place--a refuge from the stresses of civilization. Getting AroundWe are in a fairly remote location, accessible only by car. 4-Wheel Drive or good snow tires required for our driveway in the winter. (Contact us if you don't have either and arrangements can be made.)
For those looking to see more of the Vermont countryside, our Central Vermont location puts much of it in easy reach. It's around a 45-minute drive to the Hanover, Montpelier, or St. Johnsbury areas, and an hour and a quarter to Burlington, providing access to stores, restaurants, cultural events, historical sites, and other tourist attractions. We're in range of many major ski slopes. Scenic drives along back roads can be taken anywhere in our neighborhood; the rural landscape of mixed farmland and forest in this part of Vermont is particularly attractive.