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Actress Bette Davis' former mountain lodge...unique, spacious, enchanting!

Actress Bette Davis' former mountain lodge...unique, spacious, enchanting!


Property Details

Updated: Apr 23, 2015
Open living/dining/family spaces, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 8; Garage.

Enjoy cool summers, fall foliage, and winter sports in the White Mounatins of New Hampshire!

Built by actress Bette Davis in 1940, Butternut retains the character of that grand era while accommodating family and friends in contemporary style. Peace and privacy prevail on the 22 acre property overlooking the White Mountains. It is located on a quiet birch-lined road three miles from the villages of Sugar Hill and Franconia, and five miles from Franconia Notch State Park, Echo and Profile Lakes, and Cannon Mountain ski area.

The house is comfortably furnished with country antiques, artworks, and charming accessories. It is fully equipped with kitchen accessories for the gourmet cook, satellite TV and electronics, high speed internet, washer/dryer, and all bed and bath linens. The attached garage with firewood accessible from inside is a delight in bad weather.

The Sugar Hill / Franconia area is ideal for summer, fall, and winter vacations. Butternut is available throughout the year. Reserve your vacation today and enjoy life as an American icon once did!

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  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

Butternut was part of my childhood when my family stayed at a local inn whose owners had sold the property to Bette Davis in 1938 and later bought it back from her in 1958.

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Actress Bette Davis' former mountain lodge...unique, spacious, enchanting!
Sugar Hill White Mountains
Stonington CT

Wonderful Birthday Surprise!

  • 5 of 5
As a birthday gift for my husband, I surprised him with a week at Butternut! (I told him the day before we left, and even his boss was in on it!) Alyce was quite a help in keeping it under wraps.

The house itself is gorgeous, and the views even better! It was a great relaxing place to stay, even with a active 18 month old. (He had a grand time reorganizing the drawer of spices in the kitchen--hope they weren't alphabetized!) :) We enjoyed hot chocolate by the fireplace every night.
My husband has already asked when we're going back this fall!
  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was great fun to "help keeping it under wraps" and to hear that Jodi and her family had such a good time. I'll be looking forward to welcoming them back.

What a great idea for a birthday or other special occasion, family holiday, or just a well-deserved get-away! Butternut is sure to please all with its comforts, beautiful location, amazing architecture and celebrity history.


From the Owner

Butternut is fabulously located in a picture-perfect New England town amidst all the year-round pleasures that the White Mountains have to offer. But its irresistable magic is the character that perfectly reflects the famous woman who built it...bold, beautiful, elegant, timeless.

Activity and Interests

Summer/Fall: 15 minute drive to Franconia Notch State Park (a scenic area including Echo Lake for swimming and boating, an aerial tramway to the top of 4,000 ft Cannon Mt, walking and biking trails, the Appalachian Trail and a network of other AMC hiking trails and camping huts). Also nearby are two golf courses, tennis facilities, lakes for fishing and boating, and riding stables.

Winter: 15 minutes to Cannon Mountain Ski Area; 30-60 minutes to Loon Mtn, Attitash, Waterville Valley, Bretton Woods, Wildcat and other ski areas. Many well-maintained cross-country ski areas nearby.

Anytime: Various local cultural activities include theater, concerts, arts, crafts, and antique shops. Excellent restaurants abound in nearby Franconia, Littleton, and Bethlehem areas.


From $250 Per night

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

Weekly Rate: $1600 - $1600

Monthly Rate: $4400 - $4400

Rental rates include all utilities (except long-distance phone calls) and are based on a maximum occupancy of 7 persons. Four day minimum rental period.
A 25% rent deposit confirms a reservation. A $500 refundable security deposit is required.

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Updated: Apr 23, 2015


From the Owner

You will find Butternut far more that a plain house; it has a warm ambience that will make you feel right at home from the moment you walk through the door. The open plan of the first floor is wonderful for sharing time with family and friends, while the private rooms, nooks and crannies provide perfect opportunities for personal time. The lovely grounds of lawns, gardens, meadow,and woodlands offer diverse landscapes to enjoy and a spectacular mountain view as a backdrop.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf

Floor Area

  • 4500 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single


  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • The spacious main floor has open beam ceilings, random width pine floors, four picture windows including White Mountain views. Large back-to-back fireplaces highlight the living room & kitchen/dining areas. There is also a bar, an enclosed porch, a full bath, and laundry washer/dryer. Satellite TV (47' HD in living room, second set in master bedroom), DVD, VCR, CD and DSL Internet access are provided. The kitchen is well equipped and a real delight for those who love to cook, with Jenn-Air cooktop/grill, microwave/convection oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, two sinks, extensive counter space, appliances, china, glassware, stainless flatware, and a full complement of cookware. The master bedroom suite features a canopied queen bed and private bath with stall shower, satellite TV, an adjoining single bedroom, and furnished screened porch.. Two other bedrooms (one with double beds, one with twin beds) share a second bathroom with whirlpool tub/shower, and an adjoining open porch. All linens, blankets, and down comforters are provided. The unique 'silo' spiral stairway leads from the 1st floor bar to a sitting room adjacent to the master suite, and then up to a quiet 3rd floor retreat, all with stunning views. The attached garage accomodates one vehicle and also provides convenient indoor access to firewood. Other summertime amenities include outdoor furniture and hammock, barbecue fireplace and grill, and a lovely garden.

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