The Mountain House offers an easygoing, relaxing retreat for people who love to be close to nature. Perched on ten private acres of balsam fir, maple and birch forest, the Mountain House offers sunset views across unbroken woods, private paths to explore and walks up lovely country lanes.
Snug, simple, and dug into the hill for enviro-friendly insulation, the Mountain House is organized for comfort, not fancy looks. It has a glass-faced wood burning stove and backup heating. The kitchen is stocked for those who like to cook, with solid pots, real knives, cookbooks and spices to play with. A spiral staircase leads upstairs to an open plan sleeping loft with two rooms. The main bedroom has a pillow-top full bed. The second bedroom has a full bed and a futon for additional sleeping. The sink-into couches and outdoor hammocks for napping. Sunset facing deck, and southern facing sunken patio for outdoor living.
4 miles from the Arlington Hotel in Bethlehem. NH Tax#04752
Outdoors: Hiking Suggestions:
You are centrally located to the Franconia Notch, Zealand and Crawford notches, including access to the western side of Mt. Washington.
Equidistant between Bode Miller's mountains: Cannon and Bretton Woods. About 45 minutes in various directions to Loon, Attitash and (secret) Burke. About an hour to Wildcat and Cranmore, 90 minutes to Jay. Great groomed XC at Bretton Woods, Franconia Inn, Sunset Hill Inn, Grand Mountain View trails, all at close reach, and ungroomed in Franconia and Zealand notches. Snowshoe through an old apple orchard - right out the front door!
Swimming 5 minutes away at Lake Forest State Park. Golf at Bethlehem's two historic courses and at Bretton Woods, Grand Mountain View, and other local courses. Canoe or kayak on the Connecticut or Pemigawasett. Bird watching at Pondicherry Reserve, 20 minutes away. Local historical museums, artist studios.
In summer: Clark's Trading Post, Santa's Village, Maya Papaya ice cream, Cog Rail ride and Mt. Washington weather station, Lost River Park with Lemon Squeezer cave, bouncy bridge in Littleton, catching frogs in woods around the house, outlet mall in Conway (45 minutes away).
Well loved dogs welcome. Pets are enchanted with the enticing smells of the property's 10 acres. Cool resting spots next to wood stove in summer, warm napping in winter. Great walks for pup and person right out the door.
Sunset Hill Stables at bottom of hill has Morgans to admire. Some boarding options.
I use the Mountain House as my creative retreat. Meditate to sounds of breeze in the trees and waterfall in spring, rain is mesmerizing. Do weeding meditation in the rock garden and Japanese style demi-tasse garden. Some percussion instruments on site. And an old acoustic guitar. Bring your instruments for a circle jam in the cave room. Writers have the desk upstairs to work.
Work from Away:
Good cellphone coverage. No high speed internet on site, but SmartPhone users have perfect access. Wireless options at WREN business center in Bethlehem, and mornings care of the wonderful folks at Maya Papaya, also in Bethlehem.
I'm a former high tech communications manager who bought the house as a retreat, and then, when the industry crashed, decided to share it with guests in order to keep it. I now work as a freelance writer, tai chi teacher, reggae musician, sustainable gardener and Reiki therapist. Sounds comical almost, such a shift. But, being over 50, I couldn't go back if I wanted to. And I don't. The Mountain House is my retreat,for solo time and cooking, eating and chilling with friends. I have loved being its caretaker, and look forward to being able to afford some of the improvements I envision - one the mortgage is paid! I have had wonderful guests who have left artwork, rearranged the furniture so that it works better, and have blessed the place with their energy. It has been, on the whole, a wonderful experience to be able to share (and keep) my Mountain House.
This house was built by hand by my friend and karate master. I bought it from him when he was looking to fund the adoption of his Chinese daughter. The construction is totally solid, even if the cosmetics are still fairly simple. The house is warm, snug, water-tight, and you can feel the earth energy flowing through it. The woods are full of plant and animal life. It is, for me, a sacred space.
I fell for the setting, the white pines, balsam firs, spruce and birches the instant I met them. As an afternoon person, the sunset views and bird choruses delight me. Being so close to the AT and all the natural beauty of the Whites, with charming small towns nearby is the ideal combo for me. Also, I like be offline. This isn't the place for someone expecting designer furniture and 248 channels - but it is heaven for me.