The historic E.H. Atherton
Mill House is an extraordinary property in the Okemo resort
area. Its unique design as a commercial building constructed to
withstand the demands of the lumber mill industry and then converted
into a rare residential structural likely is unparalleled in a
multi-state area. Its strength of construction and original design
truly makes the residence one-of-a-kind.
The property is located in the Black River
Valley town of Cavendish, Vermont. Cavendish
was chartered in 1761, slightly predating the birth of America.
Cavendish served as the U.S. home of Nobel Prize winner Alexander
Solzhenitsyn when he was exiled from the Soviet Union. It is located
near Interstate 91, off State Highway 131 (12 miles west of the
Interstate intersection), which continues on to Ludlow, Vermont,
where the Okemo ski resort is located. For more information on
The property is bordered by 2,183-acre
Hawks Mountain Wildlife Management area and is adjacent or near
a number of various State of Vermont trails, including ones for
snowmobiling. For more information in the extraordinary Hawks
Mountain area, go to another page on this Web site or to the
State of Vermont’s Hawks Mountain Web site. You can
also click here to check out the Hawks
Mountain Wildlife Management Area.
The First Floor boasts a
44’ X’ 36 (i.e., a total of 1,584 square feet for
just this one space) combined Living and Recreation Room designed
for fun and entertaining. The spacious country Kitchen and Dining
Area open to an expansive three-season porch with a hot tub and
then extend to a sundeck perfect for a quiet respite on a warm
day. The porch and deck are ideal for a morning cup of coffee
while watching visiting hummingbirds, doves, finches, woodpeckers,
and the occasional flock of Canadian Geese. A beaver family lives
up-river as well.
Central to the Second Floor
is a small Reading Room and a Lounge Area which open to an outside
Balcony. The perimeter of the Second Floor consists of 5+ small
bedrooms; 3 of which have adjoining bathrooms and many which offer
beautiful river views.
The historic Atherton Mill House
is an early 1900’s grist mill building situated on 1.6 acres
of prime Black River frontage. It is located an easy 7-mile drive
to the famed Okemo Mountain ski resort and is only minutes to
myriad Okemo Valley historical sites, attractions and shopping.
Combining the utilitarianism
of its former working life as a mill with innovative design elements,
amenities and charm, this structure has been lovingly and painstakingly
re-created into a country home with over 5,000 square feet of
modern living space plus a 1,200 square-foot all-season roofed
deck and porch. Every part of this wonderfully warm home is a
conversation piece for you, your family, and your guests -- all
of whom will be awestruck by this truly exceptional building.
On the recently completed Third
Floor, expansive river views enhance the large open floor
plan for the Master Suite. This inviting space boasts a large
Master Bedroom, a bath with a Whirlpool tub plus a separate shower,
and a private Lounge Area with cathedral ceilings. Key pieces
of original lumber mill machinery have been preserved here as
well as throughout the home, contributing to a historic and rustic
look-and-feel not found anywhere else.
Flagstone walkways incorporating
an original millstone flow through gardens and create a welcoming
entry. A Goshen stone patio overlooks the tumbling waters below
and is enhanced by wildflowers and a butterfly garden which serves
as a home to several species. The expansive yard is ideal for
casual outdoor recreation. This landscape also offers the perfect
venue for an avid gardener.
As a result of the recent remodel
project, the mechanical systems of the house have been
updated and upgraded.
• Heat and hot
water are provided by a state-of-the-art computerized oil-fired
boiler system with individually modulated radiators.
• The structure
has been thoroughly insulated with R factors of 19 to 30.
• The antique
slate roof in excellent condition.
• A newly-installed
exterior lighting system brightens the area at night, when needed.
• The house
has recently undergone a renovation, repair, and upgrade investment
totaling approximately $350,000.
The historic Atherton
Mill House is a short distance from the banks of the Black
River. Each spring the River is stocked with ample salmon and
trophy trout. Fly fishing enthusiasts worldwide flock to this
idyllic setting. Rushing Spring surges offer exciting and challenging
kayak and tubing excursions. Summer river slack opens several
swimming holes and natural pools. Hiking in surrounding forests
offer enjoyable interaction with wildlife. Topping the list of
winter possibilities is snowmobiling on the more than forty miles
of marked state snow mobile trails which abut the property. You
can begin a trek into the woods on foot, snowshoe, skies, or snowmobile
all within feet of the front door.
Centrally-located to Manchester,
Rutland and Woodstock, this area features several major ski resorts
in addition to the lakes region, hiking trails, cross-country
skiing, cycling and many other opportunities and fine facilities
geared toward four-season recreation.
In the past, the historic
Atherton Mill House has played host to family reunions, business
meetings, informal gatherings, weddings and other celebrations.
It proved ideally suited to each of these functions and offered
absolutely stunning photo opportunities. Guests are always quick
to praise the singularly impressive environment and the comfortably
An area steeped in tradition and history, the Atherton Mill House is a choice location for anything from a short get-away to a full season stay. It is completely furnished and is ready to live in as a vacation rental or as your second home. It’s a great overnight, event, retreat, or business meeting location, too. You may even want to try a combination of any of these possibilities.
Bed and Breakfast Oppertunity:
The Atherton Mill House also offers a spectacular bed & breakfast opportunity. It not only has sufficient bedrooms and separate bathrooms to serve as a bed & breakfast but also has a large kitchen and dining area as well as a spacious living room, which accommodates separate groups of people. Its access to snowmobiling and cross-country skiing right outside its door also makes it a desirable location. Because it is right off a state highway and on a well-maintained side road, access to the Mill House always is superb for any traveler. Most of all, its design, appearance, background, charm, and character combine to make it truly unique and its historic importance make it far more interesting and attractive than most other properties.
The historic Atherton Mill House currently serves as the second home for Colorado television talk show host Aaron Harber (www.HarberTV.com). Harber, his family, and their guests have used the property for over a decade. He has invested over half a million dollars into its improvement, upkeep, and maintenance, and loves the house dearly. His television production schedule and other new obligations, however, prevent him from using the property in the future so, as a result, it is available for use by others.
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