Serene and cozy retreat overlooking a 7 acre pond - swimming, canoes and hiking
About Chris Hudspeth
The Cabin neighbors our home, which also overlooks the Pond. We have a young son, two cheery little dogs and occasional guests who will share the Pond, boats and open spaces. When we are home, we are happy to give guided tours and help with boats, campfires, and s’more roasting techniques.
Chris Hudspeth purchased this Cabin in 2017
Why Chris Hudspeth chose Strafford
Alton Pond is a special place. Being able to share our space is important and an honor. I hope guests who decide to stay or who return, find that being here opens something up inside of them - a creative spark, a new perspective, a renewed connection. The best way I can describe the property - You can feel nature breathing here - Whether it is the constant flow of water, wind going through the trees or birds calling to each other. There is also a good bit of reverence when surrounded by nature. In Japanese culture it is called: shinrin-yoku or "forest bathing" The pond is quite active in the spring, fun in the summer, cool in the fall, and wonderful in the winter.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Above 7 years old
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
Food composting, separated recycling and trash is required by Vermont state and local ordinances.
Fishing is catch and release - barbless hooks only
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We enjoyed our stay here to attend family wedding festivities nearby. Comfortable beds and great hospitality!
Fantastic stay !
We had such a lovely week at Alton Pond. Beautiful house in the most beautiful and tranquil setting. Chris and Sashi were so welcoming and kind we couldn’t have asked for a better stay. Will definitely love to come back again.
Serene and rustic
My family had a lovely time at this peaceful & private log cabin on Alton Pond. The cabin is rustic in all the best ways – cozy and comfortable. My sons loved the water trampoline newly installed in the pond as well as all of the other water sports available – paddleboard’s, inner tubes, kayaks, etc. My husband enjoyed the large canoe and catch & release fishing. My little son loved spotting turtles especially the baby ones hiding in the shallows. The owner, Chris, who was next-door was extremely kind and helpful. He led us on a creek walk and invited us to a next door drum ceremony. We enjoyed an outing to Strafford, hiking down to the Old City Falls and visiting the Justin Morrill historic homestead. We also appreciated streaming movies on the smart TV during the one rainy day. The cabin is rather remote on a dirt road. Basic services are a good 15 to 20 minute drive. If you’re looking for nightlife and excitement, this is not the VRBO for you. If you value peace, privacy, and pristine nature, You will love the cabin on Alton pond.
This is the perfect Vermont get-a-way. Chris is probably the nicest guy on the planet- a gentle and kind host. He told us about local happenings, the pond's history, and shared marshmallows with us! The stars at night are breathtaking, we saw several shooting stars, and the milky way. Location is off a beautiful dirt road, quiet as can be, and the pond is such a lovely feature to look at, swim, canoe or kayak in. I had two teenagers with me and they actually put down their phones to explore the pond! The photos of this cabin are beautiful, but it's so much more so in person. Very large, open living room with deer antler chandeliers, and other 'Vermonty' touches. The couch is large, super comfortable, the deck has plenty of room for outdoor seating. The kitchen is small but very well supplied with olive oil, salt, pepper, cooking spray, etc. which was much appreciated! There's not a whole lot of counter space, and the lighting in the kitchen was meh....but we weren't up there to have a culinary experience so it didn't matter to us. There is a workshop under the house that they use and you can faintly hear voices upstairs while they're in there. No big deal but something to know if you like to sleep all day. My favorite part was drinking coffee and watching the fog roll over the pond in the morning. Next time, I plan to stay an entire week. 4 days wasn't nearly enough! Thank you for sharing this beautiful retreat with us!!
We are located 30-45 minutes from:
Hanover, N.H. (Dartmouth College), Sharon, VT (John Smith Memorial), South Royalton, VT (Vermont Law School), Norwich, VT (King Arthur Bakery), Woodstock, VT (Ski area) West Lebanon, N.H. (Shopping/Dartmouth Coach stop), White River Juction, VT (Train station)
1 hour to 1.5 hours
Montpelier, VT (State capital), Killington, VT (Ski area), Stowe, VT (Ski area), Waterbury (Ben and Jerry's), The Alchemist (Brewery), Burlington, VT (cool city)
Concord, N.H. (State capital).
Boston, MA, Montreal, QC, Hartford, CT and Albany, NY are all 3 hour drives.
In 2018, we blazed a primitive trail around the pond. There are longer hikes nearby and Old City Falls, a great place to go on a hot summer afternoon.
In the winter of 2019, we had a good number of trees removed to around the cabin to offer more sunlight during the day and star gazing at night.
Please let us know if there are any particular activities you'd like to do and we will do our best to advise you.