Villino Totemsin, "cabin of totems”, is a mid-century modern, timber frame, partially designed by famed Chicago architect A. Richard Williams. Built of whole trees (totems). Magical, funky, rustic, quirky, comfortable. The setting: private, woods (full of songbirds in warm weather, sheer beauty in winter). A view of the river valley, 2 stone fireplaces, huge windows and a wood-fired hot tub. Near lakes, rivers & mountains. 15 minutes to Hanover, NH.
This timber frame home was constructed using entire trees, harvested from the property, they stand, like totem poles, visually joining the surrounding woods. The south-facing, wall of glass window blurs the boundary between inside and out. It's like living inside the Nature Channel, in a reverse snow globe, surrounded by weather, but cozy, inside.
Two stone fireplaces flank the main space, to enjoy firelight (during cold months), one even has a built in oven that can be used for cooking, if desired. Wide pine and oak floors made from timber from the property and milled just up the road. There is space to prep and eat contained in the rental suite, but the full kitchen, on the main floor, is available for guest use. (Please let me know, if you're interested in using the main kitchen.)
The wood-fired hot tub is available, for an additional fee of $50 (please give at least 48 hrs notice, so it can be cleaned, filled and heated.)
Note that the Sky Room itself is private, with bed, table and chairs, lounge area, etc.. The loft area is semi-private (where the second bed is located), open to the main body of the house. There are folding screens to create privacy, but it is open to the ambiance, sounds, etc. of the main floor, below. Again, the loft is open to the house, semi-private , which really needs to work for you. Please consider this, before renting. Thanks!
FYI: This rental is for the Sky Room Suite, which does not constitute rental of the entire main floor. You are invited to pass through the main floor space, yet be aware that we live there and you will find evidence of our lives there.
Entire House Rental is possible (ask about fee and availability): but this listing is for just the Sky Suite, a private room with it's own bath, loft and deck (with view: open in winter, leafy in full spring/summer).
I may be available, in the house, or may be out of town during a guests visit. If a fee has been paid for wood-fired hot tub prep, it will be filled, fired and ready at check in time, or as agreed. Note: in very cold times, it will take me some time to get the tub up to temperature. It's possible, even when very cold, but please have patience.
• The loft is "semi-private", please, look at the pictures to see how the space sits above the "great room" of the home.
• The rental suite (room and loft) are accessed by a spiral staircase (2' wide). Be aware that you may need to duck your head to avoid banging it! (Watch your head!)
• The loft does not have a railing. I've taken measures to protect you, but you'll need to be aware and keep yourself safe!
• Wood fired hot tub available, $50 fee for me to set it up for you.
Note: Prepping the tub takes time: Fill. Fire the submerged tub stove. Maintain the fire. Air temperature influences heat time: 5 - 10 hours, hence, the fee. There are no jets in the tub, it's a simple cedar tub... old school!) I am sometimes available to keep the tub heated, additional days, but will charge extra, for the service.
• Wood for the Hot Tub
Wood will be stacked beside the tub, ready for use.
• Claw Foot Tub for Rental Space on Loft
The rental suite includes a dynamite, two-sided, 6 ft claw foot tub. The tub is on rental suite loft, not in an enclosed room, in view of the huge picture window face of the house, but tucked behind surrounding folding screens and plants, to create the level of privacy that you desire.
• Small Food Prep Room in Rental Suite
A microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator are in the rental suite space, for your use. The full kitchen, on the main floor, is also available for cooking.
• The entry (mud room), a downstairs bathroom, the carport and garden (and a couple other minor bits of the house) are still in construction. This doesn't affect the rental suite, but you may notice it when you are here.
The neighborhood is very rural. This house is in the woods and other homes are only visible from the edge of the deck, or through the woods. None the less, we have a variety of great restaurants in the area and Hanover, NH is right down the road (15 minutes) where concerts, movies, dance performances, etc. are usually available.
WARM WEATHER SPORT
LAKE MOREY: A large (600 acre) lake, a mile away and is great for swimming, boating, and maintains an fantastic ice skating track in winter. The Lake Morey Resort (at Lake Morey) has an 18 hole golf course (par 70), club house, bar, spa and special events.
RIVER SWIMMING: Holes abound, nearby, I'll leave a listing in the house. They are perfection. Really.
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE: Ask about a package deal, including a 1–1.5 hr balloon ride over the gorgeous Connecticut river valley.
ORGANIC FARMS: Ask about visiting a local organic farm.
FARM TO TABLE: Local farms produce cheeses, meats, maple syrup and much more. Ask about getting access to these delicious treats.
A listing of great visits will be available to guests.
HIKING: Trails are available all around the local area. For a bigger climb, the White Mountains are about an hour and a half away, providing excellent mountain hiking / climbing and more.
GOLF: An 18-hole course is about a mile from the house.
CANOE THE CONNECTICUT RIVER: Ask about a package deal including a guided canoe trip down the Connecticut river.
SKI/SNOWBOARD: A ski slope (the Dartmouth Skiway, visible out the front window) is about 15 minutes away and has two chair lifts, and bunny slope, lodge, rental center and very reasonable rates. Two larger ski areas are each 60 miles from the house: Killington, Okemo and Stowe are outstanding options.
Ask about a package price including Ski/Snowboard lessons at Dartmouth Skiway (15 minutes from the house!).
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING: Readily available near the house. The Lake Morey Resort golf course (1 mile away) is an excellent choice.
ICE SKATING: Several local ponds offer skate rental.