An off grid cabin in the hills of Vermont with a spectacular view of Camel's Hump. Not for everyone, (no running water or TV, spotty cell service) but if you want quiet, beauty and solitude, this place is for you. A writer-hiker's dream. Since it is winter time, the driveway, while cleared with a snowblower, can't be driven up when there is snow. You have to park at the bottom and walk up. If you are in good shape, it will be no problem.
This one room 20' x 14' cabin is situated on some of the prettiest land Vermont has to offer. Up in the Green Mountains and about 2 miles from the Camel's Hump eastern trail head to the Long Trail, this cabin is a great place to get off line, listen to birds and the wind, write, hike and relax.
This place is not for everyone. It is about 8 miles from the nearest town. There is no running water. Water for drinking is provided in 5 gallon jugs with a push dispenser .Ergo, there is no shower. However, the Best Western in Waterbury offers day passes for their indoor pool, where you can get a dip and a shower and even a sauna. It's a little pricey.
Electricity is provided by a small solar panel and battery set up. Enough juice is generated for lights and radio. There is a new propane fridge and freezer. Check with us ahead of time, we can let you know what's in the fridge, so you can save some $ (butter, ketchup, coffee, tea..etc)
The place is heated by a propane heater (thermostatically controlled) and the stove is gas for cooking. So heat is not a problem if you are out skiing or hiking for the day. There is not a typical sink, so dishes need to be washed in a small tub outside. This is good motivation to keep your dishware use minimalist.
There is a composting toilet (but private).
Beds are a comfy queen and a twin that folds out from the couch. There is a loft accessible via ladder that is a little snug, but for the right sized person, it's pretty cozy.
Bring cross county skis and/or snowshoes for winter recreation!
The property is approximately 7.5 miles from Waterbury, Vermont along well maintained dirt roads. When you are at the corner of River Road and Camel's Hump Rd. (about 4 miles from Waterbury/3 from the cabin) you lose cell service. When you are at the cabin itself, service is spotty. You may luck out. I have gotten 4G service on my Verizon tablet.
The cabin is at the top of a long driveway (about .1 mile). During non-snow months, you can unlock the gate and drive up. When there is a lot of snow, the driveway is closed to vehicles. We snowblow a path for you, but you will need to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up; about a 1/10 of a mile. We'll take care of the heavy 5 gallon jugs of water. If you arrive after dark in the winter, we suggest you bring a flashlight or headlamp.
Complete directions and key access will be sent upon confirmed reservation.
While there are neighbors nearby, the place is totally private. There is spotty cell service. So, if there is an emergency, and you can't get a signal, you will have to either drive to town or ask to use a neighbor's phone. The nearest reliable cell service is at the bottom of Camel's Hump Road and River Road (about 3 miles). There is a fridge for you to store food, but a foray into town is not as difficult as it seems for shopping, restaurants and general civilization. (Hey, Ben and Jerry's is in town).
This really is a heavenly place, but please evaluate if this type of isolation and lack of modern conveniences is for you.
• Check-in time is 3PM.
Though it can be earlier depending on the season.
This is a very special place for us. Because of the off grid nature, there are certain ways that things need to be done. There is a card with specific instructions on how things work. Please respect that. A well behaved dog is OK. Please let us know in advance if you have one. Even though this is out in the woods, please pick up dog-poo.
No smoking, please, Inside or anywhere near the building. If you must smoke outside, please take your butts with you. Don't leave them on the ground.
It's a long way for the fire department to come. Except for the cooking stove, no open flames please (especially candles) indoors or out. Though the lights will work will turn on at night, flashlights are provided in case you want to keep the solar inverter off at night.
Trash. We do recycle and there is a separate place for plastics etc. Because there are bears in the area, we do not compost. Please toss food scraps into the regular trash.
I've traveled all over and Vermont is the place that just grabbed me and said "You really want to live here!" So, I have for the last 30 years. Things I can't live without? My bicycle and baseball glove. Both are over 30 years old and are the accessories to my passion. My dream is to ride across the US when I turn 60 (and maybe play catch along the way)
I have a wonderful partner in Patti (a native Vermonter) and three wonderful boys/men. My life has been a wonderful run and each new day feels like gravy.