Butternut - actress Bette Davis' former Sugar Hill lodge

Butternut - actress Bette Davis' former Sugar Hill lodge


Property Details

Updated: Sep 9, 2014
House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 7 Sleeps

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 Cannon Mountain ski area. The house is comfortably furnished with country antiques, accessories, and artworks, and is available throughout the year. The Sugar Hill / Franconia area is ideal for summer, fall and winter vacations.

Reserve Butternut today and enjoy life as an American icon once did!


1. Butternut in summer

2. Living room with fireplace

3. Dining/kitchen/sitting area with fireplace

4. Master bedroom (1 queen bed)

5. Guest room (2 double beds)

6. Guest room (2 single beds)

7. View from Butternut (in autumn)

8. Cannon Mountain skiing

9. Butternut in winter

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Barbecue
  • Internet

Recent Review

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Butternut - actress Bette Davis' former Sugar Hill lodge
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
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.


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.


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Updated: Sep 9, 2014

Rental rates

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Feb 1 2014 - Feb 1 2015
1 night minimum stay


  • Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

    Weekly Rate: $1600 - $1600

    Monthly Rate: $1600 - $1600

  • 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.


Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Internet


  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • Lake View
  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


  • Outdoor Grill


  • 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, self-cleaning oven, microwave/convection oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, two sinks, extensive counter space, appliances (mixers, blender, toaster, rotisserie/toaster-oven, coffee maker, coffee grinder, waffle iron, etc), china, glassware, stainless flatware, and a full complement of cookware. The four bedrooms on the second floor are reached by the main stairs and a private stairway to the master bedroom suite. The 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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