Nestled amidst of Cannon and Bretton Woods, the classic AT hikes in the Franconia, Zealand, and Crawford notches, fishing in the Amonoosuk, swimming at Forest Lake State Park, the shops, cafes, and gristmill of Littleton's award-winning Main Street, the antique stores and regional crafts shop of Bethlehem, bird watching at Pondicherry Reserve, and much more is the Mountain House.
The Mountain House is my private home that I open to guests when I am not using it. Snug into the hill for enviro-friendly insulation, this is an easy living chalet and retreat for people who love to be close to nature. It's built for simplicity and comfort; it's not a designer home. We sit on ten private balsam fir, maple and birch acres, with sunset views across three ridges of unbroken forest.
The home of an amateur cook, the kitchen features solid cookware and real knives. There is no TV, but the closet full of toys and art supplies, a boombox, a bookshelf stocked with local nature books and guest-written novels, glass-faced wood-burning stove and outdoor fireplace, hammock, VCR, sunset-facing deck (perfect for evening meditations), new south-facing sunken patio for morning coffee, the natural gardens around the house, a telescope and sleeping bags for evening star watching, the irresistible 'nap couch,' outdoor toys, and the summer birdsong concert are usually entertainment enough.
The main bedroom is graced with a mountain view and a brand new pillow-top full bed. The second room overlooks the moss garden and features a full bed. There are several extra futons and mattresses for additional sleeping. Some guests even pitch tents in the meadow to accommodate adventuresome extras. A spiral staircase connects downstairs and up - though most canine friends prefer to take the deck stairs to the second floor.
Guests have made the Mountain House even better - they have left books, recordings, poems, paintings and photos of moose, reset the stone fireplace, and contributed wonderful ideas on making the house even more comfortable. See the guestbook for their comments
I'm a former technology executive, current musician, gardener, and outdoor person who considers herself very fortunate to be the current caretaker of this quiet, private mountain retreat.
I bought this house from my friend, who built it himself, and only sold it to finance the adoption of his lovely daughter from China. I have loved being the caretaker of the woods, wildflowers and wildlife that surround this property, and have taken great pleasure in working up some of the gardens. It is my favorite place to be, in every season. I have been really lucky to have great guests who have left me photos, paintings and poems from their Mountain House stays.
In the summer, I love to listen to the birds, cook with my garden herbs, sunbathe on the deck, swim at Lake Forest Park, hike the AT, watch the lingering sunsets, have bonfires and roast marshmallows right outside the house, hang in the hammock and listen to Red Sox games, and generally enjoy the quiet of the place. In autumn, the foliage view over three ridges is stunning, migrant birds sometimes fly by, and it is quiet. In winter, I hunker down in front of the fire at night, sleep late and snowshoe up Kimball Hill in the late afternoon sun. I love turning off technology and just being quiet. I also sometimes host music jams - the 'cave room' is really nice for that in the winter.