4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8
- English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
About Marion Aldrich
I first visited the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the Summer of 1970 as a camper at the Ogontz White Mountain Camp. I fell in love with the beautiful Ogontz Lake surrounded by its idyllic hills. As a camper, I went hiking on Mount Moosilauke and climbed Mount Lafayette twice. I loved eating the freshly made pancakes topped with maple butter, syrup, and sugar at Polly's Pancake Parlor. I loved Ogontz so much that I stayed there until 1975! Today Camp Ogontz is a privately owned camp and beautiful event center. As a homeowner in Sugar Hill, I continue to enjoy several activities of my Ogontz days such as hiking in the Flume Gorge, climbing up to Lonesome Lake, swimming and pedal boating in Echo Lake, wading in the Bridal Falls, and enjoying the cuisine at the Sugar Hill Inn and other historic Inns and restaurants in the area. I also enjoy checking out the antique and consignment shops in Littleton and surrounding communities.
Marion Aldrich purchased this House in 2009
Why Marion Aldrich chose Sugar Hill
During a summer reunion in 2008, I spoke to another former Ogontz camper who had moved back to the area. I decided to look at buying a house with a small apartment attached so I could rent the house out and stay in the apartment. In October 2008, I traveled up to Franconia to meet with a realtor to see a few houses that fit my criteria. The realtor informed me that a house owned by the actress Bette Davis had just dropped in price (remember the housing crash?) and was within my price range. All I could remember about Ms. Davis at that moment was the scene in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" where she uncovers a serving dish to reveal a dead rat for Joan Crawford's supper. The realtor, a friend and I went off to see the first house, one that fit my criteria but which I did not like. When we reached the second house that day, the one formerly owned by Bette Davis, I felt a strange feeling of stepping into the past. I thought the front screened porch was curious as I climbed the small steps to the front door. As I strolled through this hand crafted house, I grew fascinated by the wide floor planks and wood beams, hand crafted built-in vanities, kitchen cabinets, and wood- paneled walls. I think I was admiring the photographs of Bette's career and life in the barn room when I turned to my friend and said, "I think we are done looking at houses for the day." It took me years to insulate the walls, basement, and crawl spaces and install a geothermal heating and cooling system. I hope you enjoy the both the vintage and updated features that make this house the comfortable and charming place it is today.
What makes this House unique
The house was rebuilt and renovated by Bette Davis during her early years in Hollywood as an escape from the stress of making one movie after the next under her contract with the Warner Brothers Studio. It has been written that she employed some of the Warner carpenters to panel the interior of the upstairs bedrooms and craft the built-in vanities and mirrors. I found out she employed local architects as well to attach a barn to the house, which is the current barn room. The house changed hands a few times after Bette sold it, and the owners before me found the house abandoned with raccoons living in the attic. They collected books, photographs, posters, and other memorabilia of Bette's life and displayed these in the barn room. I have added a few more photographs and some of my guests have graciously added to the collection. There is one plaque left by a guest that states "Old age ain't for sissies!" in the barn room. The house is surrounded by quiet woods with a view of the Bette's stable house to the north. This spring I am considering cutting out a peephole through some treetops to view the mountains from the upstairs master bedroom. The newer house built by Bette, named The Butternut Lodge, sits to the south of the house. During the winter, it is so relaxing to watch the white snow swirl and blanket the back French doors of the barn room - just the way Bette did!
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Summer climbing getaway
Wonderful home in beautiful secluded location but with easy access to main roads. Home was clean and well equipped. The property manager was very helpful and responsive. We would love to visit again!
We couldn't be happier with the location, privacy, and cleanliness of the home. It was well-stocked and perfect for multiple families. The screened-in porch was such a treat. We hope to return next year!
Charming Butternut Cottage
We loved our time at the Butternut Cottage. The house is so comfortable and lovingly maintained. We are a family of 5 and there was more than enough room for us to spread out. The location is very peaceful. Marion (the owner) was very responsive with questions and concerns.
We are planing to rent again next year and are already very excited to return!
Thank you for your glowing review! I look forward to having your family stay at the Butternut Cottage this coming winter!
Our stay was wonderful. Very charming home.
Our family loved all the memorabilia of Bette Davis. We enjoyed reading up about her life and watching her old movies. We look forward to staying here again.
I am thrilled you enjoyed your stay! Please do come back because I am planning to add new films in DVD format and more, I also welcome any suggestions you may have to make your stay better! Thanks, Marion
Charm and history in a wonderful spacious cottage.9
Well equipped property with everything you might need for your stay. Beautiful area and vistas. Cozy!
I am so glad you enjoyed it! Please come back and stay with us again!
A magical get away
We had a wonderful time at Butternut cottage. The home is gorgeous and perfectly appointed. Marion is the kindest and most generous host I have ever encountered— thank you so much Marion! The cottage reflects her excellent taste. It was so clean and comfortable and set in a magical place. We hope to visit again very soon!
There are lots of superb walking and hiking trails in the area. The Flume State Park, the Old Man Historical Site, and Lonesome Lake are some of these sites. The Bridle Path Falls trail is one that Bette and Arthur loved to hike. The Kancamagus Highway offers some of the best views of the Fall foliage. The nearby historical town of Littleton offers great antique and consignment shopping, a movie theatre, and dining. There is live theatre in the area during the summer months.