The SpaceThis is a timber frame cottage with a largely wooden interior, with plenty of windows to make it a bright space. The kitchen and living room are all one area, with a separate bathroom (tub, shower, sink, and toilet). The bedroom is a lofted room above the kitchen, with half-walls that look down over the living room. The upstairs has a Queen bed, and downstairs is a comfy Full Futon that sleeps 2. The space can easily accommodate 4 people, as long as privacy is not required, and its ideal for a couple or a family. Firewood is available in the attached shed, for the wood stove, and there is also a propane Rinnai heater, and radiant-floor heating in the bathroom. We are near 3 alpine skiing areas, a few nordic skiing areas, and the Oxford Casino. Our area offers many outdoor experiences such as hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, etc. Halls Pond does not allow motorized boats or swimming, because it is a drinking water reservoir, but canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are perfectly fine.
The cottage is a perfect place for a writing, creative or healing retreat. On our land is Halls Pond Healing Arts, which offers yoga classes, massage therapy and workshops. Find the website online for more information. Please book ahead for massage, yoga classes or private yoga sessions.
We also grow vegetables, eggs, chickens, pigs and harvest maple syrup from the land. Many of these items are available for purchase seasonally. Our farm is called Starlight Pastures and we have a website. Guest AccessGuests will have access to 100+ acres of land with trails for walking and exploring outside. The yoga studio will be open during sessions~ Vigorous Vinyasa is Wed. 5:30pm, Gentle Yoga Thurs. 10am, Slow Flow Thurs. 5pm. Please check to confirm classes are happening or to book private lessons. Massage Therapy is available by appointment. The main house and garage are not open to guests, unless arrangements are made. Outside the cottage is a campfire area, and we also offer 2 kayaks for guests to use. The cabin has WiFi. Interaction with GuestsWe are friendly and communicative folks, but also very busy at times. Our availability will depend on what is requiring attention at the moment. We are often not home to welcome guests when they arrive, so we encourage guests to make themselves at home and call us if they need anything. There are opportunities for learning and helping out with projects (let us know if you are interested), and also relaxing together in the evenings. Generally our guests are independent and we make contact only when invited, because we respect their privacy. The NeighborhoodWe enjoy solitude and the natural environment, so our neighborhood is great! No other houses are visible from our land, just trees, field, and pond. There is a lovely 1/2 hour walk around the pond and another 1/2 hour hike up Singepole Mtn. with a great view, all right out the door. And we are still only an 8 minute drive to town, and about 15 minutes to the Hannaford's grocery store. Check out Riverside Sauna with wonderful wood fired saunas and excellent homemade meals~ Thurs-Sun. The Norway Brewery is scheduled to open in April with local brews! The Fare Share Coop is a real member owned coop in Norway with organic and healthy shopping options. Across the street is Cafe Nomad and up the road is 75 Pleasant for elegant dining. Tripp's Primal Farm and Kafe is completely glutenfree and gets rave reviews~ it is in Auburn, 20 minutes drive where there are many exceptional restaurants(Mother of India and Fuel are favorites). Getting AroundThere is no public transit here, but plenty of free parking on the land, and plenty of walking and biking in the area. Other Things to NoteThe cottage is great as a home-base for summer trips and also as a winter ski cabin. We are located in the foothills of the White Mountains. Numerous and varied hiking trails are within an hour of the cabin. We are 45 minutes from Sunday River in Bethel & Mt. Abrams in Greenwood, and 50 minutes from Shawnee Peak in Bridgton. Excellent Nordic (cross-country) ski trails are only 15 minutes away at Robert's Farm Preserve, and are open for free to the public, and there are also Nordic trails at Sunday River (fee required). Ski the slopes all day and sit by the fire all night! (We provide firewood)