Featured in Boston Magazine, We Love Vermont, and CabinPorn, Alder Brook Cottage is an inspired, rustic dream cabin located in the woods of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Surrounded by a crystal clear stream and 1400 acres of forest, it is the perfect getaway for glampers looking to experience the tiny house life. Minutes away from Caspian Lake, Hill Farmstead Brewery, Jasper Hill Farm, and Craftsbury Outdoors Center.
**Read this: this is a rustic cottage—no electricity or running water, and you have to be okay with climbing a loft ladder AND using an outhouse.**
When I was young, I had a dream in which I lived in a tiny house in the woods. I still remember every detail of it. As I went through my teens and twenties, the dream never faded…and so, in 2015, my girlfriend and I decided to give it a try. We bought land in the woods of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, and guided by our hearts and many books, we built a tiny house.
After you park off the (paved) road, you’ll cross a wooden footbridge over a stream and climb a rocky staircase into the forest. After a couple hundred feet, the house appears in the trees. Inside you’ll find a sunny, cozy space that is perfect for relaxing in the beauty of the woods. There is a kitchenette with a stove and pots and pans, a bathroom with a composting toilet and a shower basin, a fold-out daybed, a wood stove, a pull-down table, bookshelves lined with some of my favorite books, and a loft with the most comfortable queen bed in Vermont.
**You’ll need to bring your own water (2 gallons per person per day is usually enough, and you can refill at a nearby spring on Route 14), and a bundle of firewood is appreciated in the cold months.
Behind the house is 1400 acres of untouched forest, cliffs, and streams. You’re 5 minutes from the town of Hardwick, with all modern conveniences available. You are nearby tons of pristine lakes and rivers, the best brewery in the world (Hill Farmstead Brewery...voted best in the world 2016), the best cheesemaker in the world (Jasper Hill Farm....also no joke), nordic skiing at Craftsbury Outdoor Center, mountain biking at Kingdom Trails, and ski resorts such as Stowe, Burke Mountain, Jay Peak, and many more.
Check in: 1pm or later
Check out: 10am
When you leave: strip sheets, take your trash, clean your dishes
The place is always unlocked, so no need to pick up a key.
You'll have lots of privacy and no intrusions! My girlfriend and I live 30 minutes away.
No shoes in the house! There is a waterproof shoebox outside the front door.
No electricity except what's provided by the generator, should you need it.
We love this house and built it with our own hands. Please take care of it. If you use the wood stove, be extremely careful. They are wonderful, cozy inventions, but carelessness can be deadly!
I am a musician/tutor from Charlottesville, VA. I am obsessed with the north. I am writing an album for every continent, and plan to record each one on its respective continent. My band is called The Anatomy of Frank. I love people and dreaming.