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

Bedrooms 3
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Open living/dining/family spaces, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 8; Garage.

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



Butternut is fabulously located near 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... beautiful, elegant, timeless.

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!

New Hampshire M&R Tax License #063699

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Alyce Stick
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2018

About Alyce Stick

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.

Alyce Stick purchased this house in 1978

Why Alyce Stick chose Sugar Hill

Butternut is fabulously located near 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 beautiful, elegant, timeless.

What makes this house unique

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.


Sugar Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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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Actress Bette Davis' former mountain lodge... spacious, enchanting!
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
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: October 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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.
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Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Several excellent courses
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 93
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Cannon Mountain
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Summer hiking, fishing, boating, swimming.

* Fall foliage - watch the amazing kaleidoscope of color changes.

* Winter skiing (downhill and cross country), snow mobiling.

* Exploring antique shops, craft markets, art galleries & museums.

* Enjoy the culinary pleasures of charming local inns.

Top Thing to do in Budget:.....

Top Thing to do in Family:.....

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 and rivers for fishing and boating, and riding stables.

Winter: 10 minutes to Cannon Mountain Ski Area; 40-60 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, Sugar Hill, Littleton, and Bethlehem areas.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Nightly Rate: $300

Weekly Rate: $1800

Monthly Rate: $4600

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.