Formerly known as the Van Arsdale-Cheney House, the Notch House has been recently renovated into an eight-bedroom, four season, vacation estate. The house, built in 1860, was the first vacation home on Lake Willoughby and is ideally perched on the south end hillside, centered between Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor, the two mountains that form the dramatic Willoughby notch. In addition to the majestic house, the property includes a one-bedroom guest cottage and four completely private acres surrounded by over 7,000 acres of the Willoughby State Forest. Short paths from the property lead down to the beautiful, south end coves and beaches as well as to the trail heads for both the Mount Hor and Mount Pisgah hiking trails and the base of the CC road for mountain biking and cross-country skiing.
Available for weekly rentals, the Notch House is aperfect venue for reunions, weddings and family vacations. There is a large chef's kitchen, a bar, and a dining room that can comfortably seat 16 - 20 guests. The sitting rooms in both the main house and the cottage feature field stone fireplaces. The property has a large lawn suitable for a wedding tent and a natural hillside amphitheater for ceremonies on the lake-side of the house.
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The Notch House was completely renovated in 2010, but maintains its vintage charm with antique lighting, furnishings and wallpaper throughout. The circular drive, lined with majestic elm and maple trees, will lead you up massive, old granite steps to the wrap-around porch - perfect for reading, relaxing or enjoying a glass of wine. The living room has a large fieldstone fireplace and a grand velvet-cushioned couch set, for cuddling up on chilly nights. The dining room is equally elegant with antique crystal chandelier lighting, and can seat 18-20 guests at its matching claw-foot tables. Step down from the dining room and enjoy the outdoor fieldstone patio while grilling a summer meal or enjoying the view of Willoughby Gap. Continue across the lawn and down a wooded path for a refreshing dip in the lake.
In the Chef's kitchen you will find everything you need to cook for a big crowd: stainless steel fridge and dishwasher, industrial Garland stove with 6 burners, 2 ovens and a raised griddle top with broiler. Counter space is plentiful, with native maple butcher block on either side of the stove and Vermont soapstone surrounding two antique sinks - a porcelain farmer sink with drain board and a double bay soapstone sink. Custom maple cabinets are stocked with dishes, cutlery, pots and pans. You and your friends will want to sidle up to the adjacent bar, with wrap-around copper top and antique lighting, and the three-bay stainless sink with pull-out faucet make dishes a breeze.
Each of the eight bedrooms is unique and cozy. Depending on your party's needs, several of the bedrooms can be arranged either as one king or as two twins.
The Aubergine Room (Queen Bed):
Downstairs is a single bedroom, the Aubergine Room, which is handicap accessible. It has a queen size bed and antique dresser. The adjacent handicap bathroom has a marble sink and full bath.
On the second floor are 5 bedrooms, and at the end of the hall is a secluded covered porch that overlooks the lawn.
The Ruby Room (Double Bed):
The Ruby Room has a double four-poster bed and antique dresser. (This bedroom could be used separately or as an adjoining room to the Master bedroom for small children. Side-rails are provided for the bed, if desired. There is also a port-a-crib available, which can be placed in any room.)
The Master Bedroom (King Bed):
The Master bedroom has its own separate entrance off the kitchen and private porch. It has hardwood floors and a grand king bed with a velvet tufted headboard. The adjoining private bathroom has marble tile and a large cast iron tub.
The Green Room (Two Three-Quarter Beds):
The Green Room has antique Asian green and gold wallpaper with matching three-quarter brass beds, an antique dresser and large closet. The Green and Ruby Rooms share a bathroom with stand-up tile shower and antique pedestal sink.
The Magenta Room (King Bed or can be Two Twins):
The Magenta Room has an antique dresser and a four-poster king bed that, with advanced notice, can be converted into two matching twin beds.
The Peacock Room (King Bed or can be Two Twins):
The Peacock Room has an antique dresser, a large closet and a four-poster king bed that, with advanced notice, can be converted into two matching twin beds. The Magenta and Peacock rooms share a bathroom with tub/shower and antique pedestal sink.
On the third floor are two bedrooms, which share a cathedral ceiling bathroom. The large shower is surrounded by custom tile.
The Sky Room (One Double Bed & One Single Bed):
The Sky Room has an antique double spool bed and a single day bed with an antique dresser and a large closet. The two north-facing windows offer the best views of Willoughby lake on the property.
The Gunmetal Room (Two Twin Beds or can be One King):
The Gunmetal Room has two antique twin metal beds that, with advanced notice, can be put together to make a king. It also has an antique dresser and a large closet.
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Lisa · Married on 09/02/2017
Had my wedding at the notch house and it was so unique and beautiful. The owners are wonderful people and the house and grounds are immaculate. You have the freedom to create the wedding you want, with no restrictions on vendors or time limits to worry about. And, of course, stunning back drops for photos. A beautiful place!
Shawna · Married on 06/19/2016
My husband and I rented the Notch House for our wedding, and we absolutely enjoyed our time, as did our guests. While the week was bound to be special due to the nature of the gathering, the house and property set a tone and stage for something truly magical. Having our loved ones -- friends and family members normally scattered across the globe -- tucked in rooms surrounding us, and the ability to make every meal a family style occasion, was so gratifying. Watching each new house guest arrive on Friday night was exhilarating, maybe even more so than watching our wedding guests arrive Sunday evening. Our time at the Notch House was so special, and we enjoyed every bit of it. The warm weather was perfect for swimming, the beach, and the path leading to it, gorgeous, and the property perfectly held our ceremony (in the lower garden, by the rock), and reception. Since we scheduled our wedding for Midsummer's Eve, under the full moon, at this lovely location, we knew it would be romantic, but couldn't have possibly imagined that our wedding night would end with a bonfire held until 2am, followed by swimming under the moonlight, between those beautiful cliffs, surrounded by fireflies and loons, at 3am. Gorgeous.
Everyone commented on the beautiful details and materials in the house, how obvious the love in every last corner and cupboard. I think everyone's favorite was the bathroom in the master suite, which was also my favorite. I also loved the peppermint soaps and shampoos - how very clever of Polly, to even create a scent for each guest's memories of their time at the Notch House. Our friends, many of whom were meeting for the first time, enjoyed themselves so much they repeatedly asked for a "wedding reunion" each year. I'm sure Polly hears this all the time, but our friends are all now planning on renting the property for one occasion or another in the near future.
Margaret · Married on 06/25/2011
The Notch House was an absolutely perfect place for us to house family and friends leading up to the ceremony, and to host our reception. We were looking for a venue that was elegant enough to host a fabulous party, but also comfortable and intimate. The house and grounds were more beautiful and tastefully decorated than the pictures could show. We live overseas and had to do all of our planning from a distance. Polly was very helpful in arranging for the caterer to visit the property in advance. We couldn't have asked for better venue!