The SpacePeople love my funny little house and I love it too. It's a 1946 lake cottage with lots of character, being lovingly renovated and with great views.
The cheerful good-sized guest room has views in three directions - up the mountain into my gardens, out to the lake and through an old apple tree. It is uncluttered and colorful, with a good reading lamp, computer desk and empty bureau.
The bed can function as a double or a single - It has a roll-out lower trundle that can be raised to the same level as the upper mattress, or used at floor level and tucked away for more floor space during the day. Beds can be positioned side-by-side or rolled apart.
The bath is shared - it's a one bathroom house.
New mattress covers, pads, sheets, blankets and quilt cover the beds, which guests report are quite comfortable.
There is great cellphone service in this neighborhood - not always the case in this mountainous area.
During the week and in the off-season, one-night stays are fine. On peak-season summer and fall foliage weekends, though, advance bookings need to be at least 2 nights. For last-minute requests, if the room isn't already booked, one night might be fine - just be in touch and I'll accommodate you if the schedule allows. Guest AccessFull access to the kitchen and guests are welcome to help themselves to tea and coffee. A former sunporch across the front of the house is now a sunny winterized living room with a big couch ( a dreamy napping place), an armoire full of records and CDs and a dining/work table looking out over the lake. A big woodstove takes the chill off in winter, and open windows keep it breezy all summer. You're welcome to make yourself at home there or in the adjacent dining room. A big artist-made picnic table, bench and chairs give lots of places to enjoy the outdoors.
If you've been out on the Appalachian Trail and need to do some laundry, you're welcome to use my machines. Interaction with GuestsI often work at home, so some days I'll be in my office all day, some days I'll be on the run, it just depends on my schedule. I do enjoy company, especially at meal times, and have had a great time with guests who like to pitch in and do improvisational cooking together. Or if you prefer to be on your own, I'm happy to get guests situated, give directions and suggestions, and send them on their way to explore this beautiful part of the world. On weekends I'm more available. I'm always happy to give the grand tour of gardens and answer questions.
The NeighborhoodThis is the country and there is no public transportation. It is just plain beautiful here - woods and water, mountains reflected in the lake, quiet and dark at night. It's not fancy or pretentious or overdeveloped, just nice. The historic Bull's Bridge, one of the few still-operating covered bridges in the state, is around the corner and is a sight to see when the waters are rushing by. Kent is full of permanently protected open space and it's a short drive to access to miles and miles of hiking trails from easy to challenging. It is dark and quiet here at night.
Kent Falls and Lake Waramaug are nearby along with art galleries, antiquing opportunities and great restaurants. Getting AroundThere is no public transportation. I'm happy to pick up AT hikers in Kent or at Bull's Bridge if my schedule permits. The South Kent School is a very short walk - you can see the hockey rink lit up at night from my house. Other Things to NoteI hope that you will be comfortable and have an enjoyable stay. Please let me know if there is anything you need or if you would like restaurant, hiking or other recommendations.