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Bohonon Hill

Washington, Orange County, VT
05675
Price: $325,000
Acres: 96
Type: Multiple Uses
Availability: Available
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Introduction
Location
Access
Site Description
Timber
House/Buildings

Introduction

Bohonon Hill combines an off-grid location with high-quality cabin, fully equipped for extended visits, where long-range views and privacy characterize the site.  

Property highlights:

  • Well-constructed, off-grid built cabin with all the amenities you would expect from a year ‘round home, including modern kitchen, up-to-date appliances and front porch;
  • Unbroken, big views of the Green Mountain Range, from Camels Hump to Killington Peak, including the Northfield Range and hills and valleys in between;
  • Top-of-the-mountain location with private access road developed to the cabin site;
  • Secure bunk house storage space below grade;
  • Short drive to the Barre/Montpelier region.

Location

Bohonon Hill is located in the central Vermont town of Washington, which lies in a rural setting of rolling hills and high elevation in the east-central part of town, dominated by managed forestland. Nearby, small farms are common along the Route 110 corridor and around the small village of Washington 3 miles to the north. This part of the state has not changed much in the last few decades, still offering a quiet country lifestyle, but located within a short drive of all amenities.

Montpelier, the state capital, is located 17 miles northwest.  Chelsea, Vermont, a much smaller community, is located roughly 8 miles south.   Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth College, is located 36 miles southeast.

For weekend commuters, the drive from Boston is approximately 2.5 hours, while the drive from New York City is about 5 hours.

Access

The property has approximately 210’ of frontage along West Corinth Road, a fully-maintained town road.  A ±2,800‘ internal access road (delineated in red on the attached maps) leaves the town road, and meanders through a stand of mature sugar maple flanking the drive.  At a fork, the road makes its way up a slope to clearings where the camp exists.  Here, western exposure and stunning long-range views unfold. 

The property was part of a larger survey conducted in 1971 by Richard Sawyer, which included additional lands formerly owned by a previous seller.  Boundaries exist as a combination of old blazes and flagging.  Tract perimeter runs a distance of about 1.5 miles, encompassing over 0.135 square miles.

Site Description

Bohonon Hill sits at 2,267’ ASL (above sea level) in elevation, sited prominently within the Washington Highlands area. The top of the hill is at the land’s center and slopes fall off in all directions. Just below the hilltop, on the west-facing slope, the access road leads to the land’s clearing. It is here where the cabin is located, a site that gives way to long views of the Green Mountain Range, Northfield Range and the hills and valleys in between.

The Green Mountain Range in this region of Vermont holds the state’s tallest peaks, with the view framed by Camels Hump to the right and Killington/Pico to the left, with Lincoln Mountain and its ski areas at the view’s center.

The cabin is situated in a small clearing, creating a front yard with an outdoor fire pit.  The site offers western exposure. Just below the cabin’s clearing is a larger grassy area, offering multiple uses; the current owner uses this area for storage and as a shooting range.

The cabin site is situated just below the top of Bohonon Hill, an easy walk along a woods trail to the mostly level terrain on top of the hill.

The northern section of the land has gently-sloping terrain that runs to a small stream along the boundary line at an elevation of 1,840’ ASL.

Jail House Road, a Class IV town trail, defines approximately 350’ of the property’s western boundary line.  An historic cemetery with old slate stones sits adjacent to the property along Jail House Road.

Timber

The forest offers strong aesthetic attributes and features sugaring potential.  While young sugar maple and scattered overstory softwood occupy much of the hillside, the forest along the access road and to the north of the road has larger-diameter sugar maple stands.

The species composition is quite diverse given the wide range of ecological communities that cover the property, from early successional species on the lower slopes to semi montane spruce/fir/birch stands along the higher elevations.

Given the land is NOT enrolled in the Use Value Appraisal (UVA), or “Current Use” program, there is no forest management plan for the property.

With the property’s location in primarily a forested landscape, large mammals such as black bear, moose, white-tailed deer and coyotes are known to roam and are frequently seen on the property.

House/Buildings

The cabin is located at the land’s center, offering privacy with no neighboring homes in sight. The solidly-built, comfortable, ±650 square foot cabin has a solid concrete foundation and covered front porch with enclosed storage space on one side. Wood siding, a standing seam metal roof and fully-insulated walls seal the cabin from the outdoor elements.

Inside, the cabin features a vaulted ceiling in the main room which hosts the fully-equipped kitchen and gathering room. All interior walls are pine bead-board. The kitchen has a stone floor, custom-made cherry cabinets and stone countertops. Several windows let in tons of light. A stainless steel gas range and wood-veneered refrigerator elevate the kitchen appliances, while a quality wood-fired, cook oven/range adds a traditional touch.

Behind the kitchen and gathering room, and taking up the remainder of the plan for the first floor, is a bedroom and small bathroom with shower and composting toilet.

A steel staircase leads to additional sleeping quarters above the back section of the camp. This open area has three wooden bunk beds (total of six single beds). Opposite this and above the dining/gathering space is an open loft, well suited to additional sleeping quarters or a gathering place. 

Below the camp is a bunk house for storage. A small garage is attached to the back of the camp, suitable for ATV and mower storage. Gas and solar fully power the camp, with a back-up generator in a separate metal storage unit

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