The SpaceEnjoy a unique experience and stay overnight in a tipi. This is not a tipi campground where you have other parties all around you either intruding on your peace and quiet or forcing you to stay quiet yourselves. This is a single tipi in a private wooded setting of 31 acres allowing you to get connected to nature, enjoy the serene setting, and have fun. Guest AccessThe tipi is large -- about 22 feet in diameter and 24 feet tall. It has a fire pit in the center, of course, to create that wonderful ambiance of an open, crackling fire. The tipi is equipped with long-handled retractable forks for easy marshmallow toasting, a grate for cooking, candles, and everything you need for building a fire.
The comfortable furnishings consist of four (plus two more outside) 5-foot-long log "couches" -- basically high-end benches. There are also several end tables. And new this year, are sleeping platforms so you can stretch out your legs when night falls: there are four "tables" that can be arranged to form two twin beds or one queen bed (bring your own padding and blankets).
When you're not enjoying the tipi, you are welcome to explore the 31 acres of private land, as well as the 250 acres of the very-close-by Hobbs Fern Sanctuary. You are unlikely to encounter any other humans while in the woods but be prepared to meet deer, turkey, partridge, and even moose! You may see signs of the large pileated woodpecker or hear its crazy-sounding cackling call.
There are a couple beaver ponds very close to the tipi with a picnic table conveniently located so you can watch the birds and enjoy the view of the ponds and nearby hills while eating lunch. Near dusk, walk quietly down to the pond and you may see a beaver swimming around. I have found that they like to show off a little and will repeatedly swim back and forth in order to give spectators a nice little show.
About a quarter-mile above the tipi is a beautiful ridge providing gorgeous views out to the Presidential mountains and Franconia Ridge. Interesting boulders, mushrooms, wildflowers, ferns, raspberries, and blackberies are plentiful throughout the property. At Hobbs Fern Sanctuary there are about four miles of trails, including a Cliff Loop that first brings you along the base of a tall ledge and then up over its top. The sanctuary has two ponds and lots of pretty ferns and wildflowers.
For those that are musically inclined, the tipi is a fun place to jam with acoustical instruments and have sing-alongs. In the evening as you're falling asleep to the glow of the fire, you are likely to hear the barred owl hooting. It is a wonderful experience to doze to the sounds of nature and a crackling fire.
The tipi rental includes the following:
- Use of the tipi and its furnishings
- Firewood, kindling, and fire-starter materials
- Useful information for staying at a tipi, including directions on how to start a fire
- Use of a cooking grate, long-handled forks for marshmallow toasting, and a kettle for heating water for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate
- Overview of the private 31 acres so that your explorations will be more directed if you wish them to be
- Trail information for accessing and walking at Hobbs Fern Sanctuary
- Information on local services such as convenience stores and restaurants
Interaction with GuestsAt check-in time, the tipi will be set up and the gate to the land unlocked. Guests can arrive anytime after check-in time. Please respect the checkout time to allow the caretaker to prep for the next guests.
There will be no manager onsite at the tipi so all questions should be resolved before your arrival. There will be lots of information about the local area and activities at the tipi.
If you can reach me during your stay, I will be happy to help in whatever way I can. However, keep in mind that you may not have access to phone or Internet service, and I may not be available to receive calls or emails.
Contact info for the both the owner and the caretaker is located in the tipi.
The NeighborhoodThe tipi is located near Littleton, New Hampshire. If you wish to explore farther afield than the tipi's private setting, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are nearby as are many hiking and walking opportunities both locally as well as in Vermont. Other fun activities in the area include shopping, checking out waterfalls and covered bridges, getting lost in a corn maze, or swimming or paddling in the ponds and lakes.
The tipi is available for rental year-round, providing an opportunity for a winter-wonderland experience for those heartier souls. Both the private land and Hobbs Fern Sanctuary are excellent for snowshoeing.
Getting AroundA car is the best way to get to the tipi. If you plan on staying at the tipi land and adjacent sanctuary the whole time, you could take a bus to Littleton, NH and then have a taxi bring you to the tipi (about 20 minutes from Littleton). Other Things to NoteFirewood is included with the tipi rental, so the rental price is based on season due to varying firewood usage. Reasonable use of wood helps keep the rates reasonable. Please refer to the calendar for rates.
The price includes the rental of the entire tipi and private use of the 31 acres -- you get to decide how many people you are comfortable sharing it with -- there are no stringent restrictions or extra charges for more than two people. For sleeping, the tipi can comfortably house six adults; for hanging out, it can easily fit a dozen adults. There is room to pitch a tent near the tipi for overflow sleeping space.